Wednesday, January 14, 2009

NHL and Hockey Rumors for Jan 15, 2009

According to Al Strachan of the Score's Hardcore Hockey Talk, the Montreal Canadiens have made an offer to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Vincent Lecavalier. However, it's believed the Bolts want Andrei Markov in return, someone the Habs do not want to trade. The deal is still rumored to involve P.K. Subban and a 1st rounder. Brochu's take: More updates as this story begins to explode across the NHL.

Strachan also reports that various NHL governors have had informal discussions about a dispersal draft, if the Phoenix Coyotes do indeed fold. Meanwhile, TSN's Darren Dreger is reporting that the Coyotes are likely to be sold in the next two months, with current owner Jerry Moyes retaining as much as 20 percent.

Hartford Mayor Eddie Perez met this morning with commissioner Gary Bettman at the NHL Headquarters in Manhattan. He was there to update the commissioner on the status of Hartford's plans for a new arena in the city. Perez hopes to bring back NHL hockey back to Connecticut. Brochu's take: I got an idea, move the Coyotes to Hartford and bring back the Whalers. But only if they promise to play "Brass Bonanza" after every single goal. Source

According to the Columbus Blue Jackets blog "Puck-rakers", BJ's assistant GM Chris MacFarland was at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto last night, watching the Toronto Maple Leafs play the Nashville Predators. Writer Aaron Portzline also reports that two scouts from the Pittsburgh Penguins, one each from the Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues and Florida Panthers were at the Blue Jackets-Colorado Avalanche game on Tuesday. Brochu's take: It looks like teams are circling the Leafs, looking to pick up whatever's left. Scouts are at every game, but trade speculation seems to be picking up around the league.

There appears to be still no contract talks between the Minnesota Wild and free-agent to be Niklas Backstrom. There has been no indication that GM Doug Risebrough event wants the goaltender to come back. Source

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