Monday, February 02, 2009

NHL and Hockey Rumors for Feb 2, 2009

According to the National Post, Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is not looking to deal Tomas Kaberle, but would be willing to consider a "home-run" deal for him. Burke has not asked Kaberle to waive his no-movement clause, but a source close to the player's agent said the Leafs would soon be given a list of teams he would agree to play for. The Post also reports that an NHL team has offered a top-5 pick for defenseman Luke Schenn, but Burke isn't biting. Brochu's take: Burke's got a point about Kaberle, who's contract is actually fair in today's market. Schenn is pretty much an untouchable at this point. Source

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports that "there's talk [Florida]Panthers GM Jacques Martin has had talks with [Pittsburgh]Penguins GM (and old friend from their Senators days) Ray Shero about a Jay Bouwmeester for Ryan Whitney and draft picks deal." Brochu's take: Why would Shero do that for a impending UFA? Source

The Ottawa Senators have fired head coach Craig Hartsburg, only 48 games into his first season behind the team's bench. Binghamton Senators head coach Cory Clouston will replace him for the rest of the season. GM Bryan Murray has also said there will be "judgements" made on players before the trade deadline. Brochu's take: They fired the wrong guy. Murray has just been re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titantic, and sooner or later owner Eugene Melnyk will fire him as well.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed forward Alexandre Picard on waivers.

The Anaheim Ducks have placed defenseman Nathan McIver on waivers.

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