Monday, May 18, 2009

NHL and Hockey Rumors for May 18, 2009

Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post is reporting a rumor that the Philadelphia Flyers would trade either Daniel Briere or Joffrey Lupul and a top prospect (either James van Riemdyk, Luca Sbisa or a 2009 1st round pick) to the Montreal Canadiens for goalie Carey Price and the rights to impending UFA defenseman Mike Komisarek. Another rumour has the Flyers sending a package to the Vancouver Canucks for goalie Roberto Luongo and the rights to Mattias Ohlund. Gormley also adds the Canucks are interested in acquiring forward Jeff Carter. Brochu's take: First, this is completely ludicrous, but since it's quiet in the NHL rumor mill, I might as well have a stab at analyzing it. Briere has a no movement clause, and if he really wanted to be in Montreal, he could have signed there a few years ago. The rights to Mike Komisarek is only worth a 2nd rounder, so this trade would signicantly benefit Montreal. As for Luongo, he's not getting traded, despite all the made-up media speculation coming from Vancouver. Source

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman told officials with the Phoenix Coyotes in early April that the NHL would consider moving the team to Winnipeg but not Hamilton, court filings show. Bankruptcy proceedings are expected to continue on Tuesday. There has also been rumors that Las Vegas could play into the equation. Brochu's take: The Vegas bid for an NHL team has been on the backburner since the arena deal fell through, but the Phoenix situation may stoke the fires again. Source

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