The Tampa Bay Lightning have traded forward Jussi Jokinen to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for defenseman Wade Brookbank, Josef Melichar and a fourth-round draft pick in 2009. Brochu's take: A pretty even hockey trade. Jokinen earns $1.81 million, while Melichar and Brookbank make a combined $1.475 million. The Bolts get a nice extra draft pick for taking on an extra contract. Source
The Dallas Stars have placed forward Sean Avery on waivers. Brochu's take: His journey back to New York City begins.
The Toronto Sun is reporting that New York Rangers scout Rick Kehoe has been following the Calgary Flames across the continent. Flames GM Darryl Sutter is said to have liked Rangers forward Nigel Dawes in the past. Brochu's take: Dawes could be available at the right price. Source
Nashville Predators scout Ray Knickle continues to monitor the Calgary Flames. The Flames might be willing to part with forward Matthew Lombardi for a defenceman such as Dan Hamhuis, writer Mike Zeisberger suggests. Brochu's take: I don't think Calgary needs another defenseman, and the loss of Lombardi would really kill their depth. Look for the Flames to add to their roster, not subtract.