Tuesday, January 13, 2009

NHL and Hockey Rumors for Jan 14, 2009

Montreal Canadiens GM Bob Gainey did not address the Vincent Lecavalier trade rumors directly, but admitted that he wouldn't mind adding an impact player. Lecavalier has dismissed the rumors as just that, "rumors". GM Brian Lawton has admitted that no one is untouchable on the Lightning but he is not actively shopping Lecavalier. Brochu's take: Like Bob McKenzie says, it's up to Lecavalier if he wants out of Tampa.

Scouts from 15 different teams - including three from the Florida Panthers, two from the Chicago Blackhawks and one from the Vancouver Canucks - attended Tuesday night's game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Nashville Predators. Most of them were to watch defenseman Tomas Kaberle, but several other Leafs forwards were also closely monitored. Source

According to the Ottawa Sun, Senators GM Bryan Murray wants to "get a young player or two", but doesn't want a veteran with a lengthy contract. Sources are saying that the Sens went after New York Islanders defenseman Chris Campoli, but those talks are over. Brochu's take: Murray might feel safe, but rumors are that he's on the chopping block if they don't turn it around soon. Source

There's some speculation that the Boston Bruins could be shopping goaltender Manny Fernandez, but Boston Globe writer Kevin Paul Dupont has checked around the NHL that there are no Fernandez trade rumors. Source

Larry Brooks of the New York Post is reporting that the Rangers have opened negotiations with forward Nikolai Zherdev, who is due to be restricted free agent in July. Source

The Atlanta Thrashers have acquired defenseman Brett Skinner from the New York Islanders in exchange for forward Junior Lessard.

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