Saturday, May 02, 2009

Weekend rumor roundup for May 2-3, 2009

The New York Rangers have re-signed goalie Steve Valiquette to a one-year, $725,000 contract. Source

Here's some of the latest rumors from CBC's Hockey Night in Canada intermission program, The Hotstove:

Al Strachan reported that there are rumors that Chicago Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon could be on his way. Strachan cites friction between Tallon and president John McDonough, and McDonough might want to bring his own guy on the team.

The Hotstove panel also reported that Mike O'Connell, David McNabb and Chuck Fletcher are rumored to be in the mix for the Minnesota Wild GM position.

Pierre LeBrun reported that contract talks between the Vancouver Canucks and the Sedin brothers are not going well, and three NHL teams are very interested in landing them both in the free agent market this summer. The Montreal Canadiens, Minnesota Wild and Toronto Maple Leafs all have the cap space and interest in the Swedish twins. Brochu's take: I still think Vancouver will sign them both in the summer, at slightly less than market value.

According to the CBC panel, if the New York Islanders take defenseman Victor Hedman first overall in the upcoming 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the Tampa Bay Lightning would consider trading the 2nd overall pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Tomas Kaberle and Luke Schenn. Consequently, the Leafs would take John Tavares. Brochu's take: That would be one crazy proposal. There's a lot of speculation that the Islanders could be edging towards taking Hedman, so there's a real possibilty that this could happen. LeBrun reports that Lightning owner Oren Koules was scouting another top draft pick, Matt Duchene tonight.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That sounds like a sweet deal for the Lightning. Toronto's only glimmer of hope for an overrated Junior that blew it in the playoffs! Sedins in Montreal, no thanks, we have enough puck cycling forwards that don't go to the net as often as they should!