Wednesday, January 07, 2009

NHL and Hockey Rumors for Jan 8, 2009

Sorry about the lack of updates, it's been a busy time for me.

According to a French language hockey website, the Tampa Bay Lightning are having serious financial troubles and have asked forward Vincent Lecavalier to waive his no trade clause. Brochu's take: There have been rumours that the "Bolts" are having money issues, but I doubt that they asked Lecavalier to waive his NTC, since he just signed a long-term extension. Source

Ottawa Senators Eugene Melynk made an announcement to the media assuring that he is not looking to make changes to his team at the moment. Rumors spread early on Wednesday that coach Craig Hartsburg and GM Bryan Murray would be both be fired, and replaced with Pat Quinn and Bob Nicholson respectively. There have also been speculation that Quinn could become the coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins once Michel Therrien gets fired.

According to the Team 1040 radio in Vancouver, the Tampa Bay Lightning have been scouting the Vancouver Canucks very closely for the past few weeks, and something could be in the works. Brochu's take: The Nucks and Bolts have been common trading partners lately; it wouldn't surprise if there is a trade brewing between these two teams again.

The Anaheim Ducks have traded forward Brad May to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a conditional 6th round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Brochu's take: This makes this the 3rd time that GM Brian Burke has traded for Brad May. He did it in Vancouver, and he brought May into Anaheim. Does May have incriminating photos of Burke or something?

The Calgary Flames have signed defenseman Keith Aulie to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Brochu's European rumor roundup:

Forward Frederik Cabana has left the Philadelphia Flyers organization and signed with Austrian hockey team EC Dornbin. Source

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