Monday, February 16, 2009

NHL and Hockey Rumors for Feb 17, 2009

The Boston Herald is reporting that Edmonton Oilers forward Erik Cole is, according to "one NHL source", is telling his friends that he expects to be a Boston Bruin soon. Most speculation focused on Vladimir Sobotka and defenseman Matt Lashoff as trade bait for the impending unrestricted free agent. Brochu's take: The Oilers are still fighting for a playoff spot, so it would be odd if they traded Cole now. Source

According to Mark Spector of Sportsnet, Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney has told defenseman Derek Morris that he will be unable to sign the 30-year old. He has offered a one-year contract, but because of Phoenix's financial situation, there are unable to offer a longer term. Brochu's take: This pretty much means Morris is done in Phoenix, as Maloney can't let him go to free agency without getting something in return.

TSN is reporting that Tomas Kaberle has waived his no trade clause and given the Toronto Maple Leafs a list of 10 teams he is willing to be traded to. All the teams are in the Eastern Conference, and it's believed whichever team has Frantisek Kaberle could have the edge. Brochu's take: Eliminating the non-playoff teams, you can figure out exactly which teams are on the list. As for Frantisek, he remains with the Carolina Hurricanes organization, awaiting a potential recall on re-entry waivers.

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