The Chicago Blackhawks have traded their 2nd round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a 2nd and 3rd round pick in the 2011 draft. TSN is reporting that there are rumors that GM Brian Burke may throw an offer sheet to Boston Bruins restricted free agent forward Phil Kessel. Brochu's take: Burke can give an offer sheet, now that he has that 2nd round pick. But I don't think he will, considering his dislike for offer sheets in general.
The Anaheim Ducks have traded forward Jason Bailey to the Ottawa Senators for forward Shawn Weller.
The Ducks have signed defenseman Steve Eminger to a two-year, $2.25 million contract.
The Edmonton Oilers have re-signed forward Rob Schremp to a one-year contract. Brochu's take: I think Schremp will be a big trade chip for the Oilers this season, and look for him to be possibly moved at the trade deadline.
The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Derick Brassard to a 12-year, $12.8 million contract extension.
The BJs have also signed forward Alex Picard to a one-year deal.