Monday, February 16, 2009

Weekend rumor roundup for Feb 14-15, 2009

Adrian Dater of the Denver Post believes the Colorado Avalanche will make a deal this week involving one or more of defensemen Jordan Leopold, Brett Clark and Ruslan Salei. Dater also shoots down the Ryan Smyth rumors, citing that he has a no trade clause, along with family and contractual issues. Brochu's take: I agree that Smyth is not on the block, but I'm sure some NHL teams have asked about him. As for the three defenseman, it's more than likely that at least one will be traded before the deadline. Source

Pierre LeBrun reports that the Ottawa Senators will definitely trade forward Chris Neil before the trade deadline if he doesn't sign a contract extension.

LeBrun also reports that the Buffalo Sabres have asked to start contract negotiations with forward Tim Connolly. It still remains a possibility that the Sabres could deal Connolly if they don't come to terms before the deadline.

The Carolina Hurricanes are likely to put defenseman Frantisek Kaberle on re-entry waivers in the next 10 days. LeBrun speculates that any team willing to pick up Frantisek might have an inside edge on acquiring Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle, who has expressed an interest in playing with his brother. Brochu's take: A Niedermayer like situation? Source

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