The New Jersey Devils have traded defenseman Sheldon Brookbank to the Anaheim Ducks for the rights to center David McIntyre. Brochu's take: Let the trade floodgates open!
CKAC is reporting that the Montreal Canadiens are interested in Brad Richards and Matt Niskanen of the Dallas Stars. According to the radio hosts, GM Bob Gainey has had some talks with Stars GM Les Jackson. Brochu's take: Gainey's been looking for an offensive centreman, but I think Richard's contract is a bit high for his production level. Source
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN is reporting that Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray was interested in acquiring Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Tobias Enstrom, but was told only defenseman Mathieu Schneider was available. There were also talks with the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders, but nothing came of it. Brochu's take: Murray's on his last legs in Ottawa, he may be prone to making a panic trade. Look for him to be very active as we near the trade deadline. Source
Edmonton Oilers forward Dustin Penner, who has been called out again by coach Craig MacTavish for his poor play, has been rumored to traded to the Florida Panthers for Jay Bouwmeester. Brochu's take: Who would want Penner's contract? Source
The Toronto Maple Leafs are rumored to be interested in Bouwmeester as well.
Former NHL star Eric Lindros resigned as ombudsman of the NHL players' union. The NHLPA confirmed the move on Tuesday but gave no reason why. Brochu's take: You'll probably hear about it on Hockey Night in Canada this weekend.