Here's the latest NHL and hockey rumours update for the weekend of Jan 24-25, 2009:
Tampa Bay Lighting general manager Brian Lawton is denying talk that Vincent Lecavalier is going to be dealt Monday to the Edmonton Oilers for a large package of players and draft picks. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reported that the rumoured deal would have sent Lecavalier to Edmonton for three players, two prospects, two No. 1 picks and a third-rounder. "It's just a pipe dream that people think we're going to trade him," Lawton said. Brochu's take: Actually, in Garrioch's article, he describes how Lawton denies the deal. So in essence, Lawton had to deny the denial! I'm sure Lawton is happy he had to get out of bed to put the fire out on this one. Source
Garrioch in his article also stated that that Los Angeles Kings and "some team who wants insurance in the playoffs" might look at getting Ottawa Senators goalie Martin Gerber. Brochu's take: I doubt it. He cleared waivers already, and there's no way they are going to bring him up through re-entry waivers. Source
According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, two sources have confirmed to him that the Tampa Bay Lightning are shopping forward Steven Stamkos. Brochu's take: I wouldn't put it past the Bolts, considering their crazy year so far, but I'm sure he's staying there. Source
According to Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe, the Bruins are likely to make a move in the next five weeks. Dupont speculates that it could mean bringing more character and playoff experience in the lineup. Dupont states that Edmonton Oilers forward Erik Cole and St. Louis Blues forward Keith Tkachuk could be good acquisitions. Brochu's take: Hmmm. Everyday there seems to be more and more rumours that Tkachuk is headed to Beantown. It would cost quite a lot to get him, but not as much as his last stint as a rental player.
NHL teams have stopped calling GM Peter Chiarelli about goalie Tuukka Rask, because he keeps telling them, "No!".
Dupont is also reporting that Philadelphia Flyers are willing to move forward Glen Metropolit and defenseman Andrew Alberts. Brochu's take: I don't think there's much interest in either players, but the Chicago Blackhawks have kicked the tires on Metropolit. Source