Saturday, February 07, 2009

NHL and Hockey Rumors for Feb 7, 2009

The Washington Capitals have claimed defenseman Staffan Kronwall off re-entry waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The St. Louis Blues have placed goalie Manny Legace on waivers, with the intention to send him to the AHL. Brochu's take: Hmm, didn't see this coming. There's a small possibility that the Detroit Red Wings might pick him up.

According to New York reports, the Rangers are looking to re-acquiring forward Sean Avery from the Dallas Stars. GM Glen Sather accompanied the team to Dallas to speak with Stars co-GM Les Jackson. Avery is about to come off a "behaviour modification" program, and would be eligible to play in the NHL soon. The plan is put Avery on waivers, assign him to the Rangers AHL affiliate in Hartford, and see if he fits into the plan. Then, the Stars would call him up through re-entry waivers, and the Rangers would pick him up and pay half the salary owed to Avery. Brochu's take: A complicated plan, this is. The Stars don't have an AHL affiliate at the moment. If this was to take place, the Rangers are assuming that no other NHL team will pick up Avery on waivers. Rumors are that this is not necessarily the case. Source

Rumours continue to swirl that the Toronto Maple Leafs will trade goaltender Vesa Toskala at the trade deadline. This has come on the heels that both the coach and GM have called him out in consecutive days. Brochu's take: The market for goalies that don't perform to their contract is obviously low. But I think GM Brian Burke can still get a 2nd or 3rd round pick for him. The Washington Capitals and Calgary Flames are looking for goaltending depth.

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