Monday, March 30, 2009
The Anaheim Ducks have signed defenseman Mark Mitera to a three-year, entry-level contract. Mitera was the Ducks' first round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft and has been playing with the University of Michigan. Mitera will report to the AHL Iowa Chops. Source
The Ducks have also signed free agent forwar MacGregor Sharp to a two-year, two-way entry-level contract. Sharp has played the past four seasons with the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Brochu's take: He already has a great name for hockey. Source
The Minnesota Wild have signed forward Cody Almond to an entry-level contract. Almond was the Wild's fifth round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and has played the past four seasons with the WHL Kelowna Rockets. Source
The Detroit Red Wings have signed free agent defenseman Sebastien Piche to a three-year, entry-level contract. The 21-year old has spent the last five seasons in the QMJHL. Source
The Boston Bruins have signed free agent forward Yannick Riendeau to a three-year, entry-level contract. The 20-year old has spend the last five seasons in the QMJHL. Brochu's take: On hockeydb.com, he also spend time in France playing for Chamonix? Source
The San Jose Sharks have signed free agent defenseman Joe Loprieno to an entry-level contract. The 22-year old has spend the past three seasons with Merrimack College of the NCAA. Source
Sunday, March 29, 2009
According to Darren Dreger's blog on TSN, free agent forward Tyler Bozak is expected to sign a contract this week. Up to 26 NHL teams are interested in the University of Denver forward. Brochu's take: Your guess is as good as mine, but if you want my opinion, he'll go to a team that will offer an immediate spot on their roster. He will sign a two-year entry-level contract with bonuses.
Brochu's European rumor roundup:
There's a rumor from Sweden that Boston Bruins forward P.J. Axelsson will leave the organization in the summer and sign with SEL club Frolunda. Axelsson will be a UFA this summer. Source
New Jersey Devils defenseman Niclas Havelid is also rumoured to be leaving for Sweden and signing with Vasteras in the summer. Source
Saturday, March 28, 2009
The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Ryan Stoa to an entry-level contract. The 21 year old was the Avs second round pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, and spent the four seasons with the University of Minnesota in the WCHA. Source
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed free agent defenseman Jay Harrison for the rest of the 2008-2009 season. Harrison just finished the season with Zug of the Swiss Nationalliga A. Brochu's take: I don't quite understand Burke's signing of free agents after the trade deadline. Is it just to fill the lineup with warm bodies? Source
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Mark Letestu to a two-year contract. Brochu's take: An AHL depth signing. Source
Thursday, March 26, 2009
The Philadelphia Flyers have signed free agent goalie Johan Backlund to a one-year contract. The 27-year-old Backlund has appeared in 49 games with Timra of the Swedish Elite League this season, posting a 2.56 goals-against average, .907 save percentage and four shutouts. Source
There's a rumor that the Columbus Blue Jackets are among the top teams in the running for coveted free agent forward Tyler Bozak.
Brochu's European rumor roundup:
Finnish defenseman Mikko Lehtonen is getting interest from several NHL teams. Lehtonen plays for Timra of the SEL, and had 15 goals and 15 assists in 41 games this season. Source
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
According to RDS, the Colorado Avalanche have signed free agent forward Cedric Lalonde-McNicoll to a three-year entry level contract. The 20-year old has spent five seasons with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL. Source
Monday, March 23, 2009
The Chicago Blackhawks have signed free agent defenseman Brian Connelly to a contract. The 22 year old has spent the past three seasons playing for Colorado College in the NCAA. Source
According to TSN, the Montreal Canadiens may be going up for sale. Owner George Gillett is believed to be seeking investors in all his assets, including the Habs. Gillett also has ownership in Liverpool Football Club and a team in Nascar. The Canadian Press is reporting that Research In Motion CEO Jim Balsillie is among the names being rumoured as the team's next owner. Others include billionaire Cirque du Soleil owner Guy Laliberte, media giant Quebecor and Rene Angelil, manager and husband of singer Celine Dion. Brochu's take: I don't think Canadiens fans have to worry about the team being moved. Can you imagine the Habs being owned by Celine Dion? Will they play "My Heart Will Go On" after every goal? Source
Darren Dreger is also reporting that the Dallas Stars may also be seeking investors. Sources tell TSN, Stars owner Tom Hicks is willing to consider taking on minority investors, although at this point Hicks is not interested in selling the Stars. Brochu's take: I watch the English Premier League quite closely, and it's most likely that they want to sell Liverpool FC. The EPL is now the playground for the mega-rich, and even billionaires like Hicks and Gillett are being overshadowed by the multi-billionaires like Roman Abramovich and Lakshmi Mittal.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
The Vancouver Canucks have signed free agent forward Eric Walsky. The 24 year old Walsky has spent the past five seasons with the University of Alaska-Anchorage and Colorado College in the NCAA. Source
The Phoenix Coyotes have signed free agent defenseman Jeff May to a multi-year contract. May was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the fifth round (151st overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Source
Thursday, March 19, 2009
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Alex Berry to a two-year, entry level contract. Berry was selected by the Leafs in the fifth round, 153rd overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. The 23 year old will join the AHL Marlies for the rest of the 2008-2009 season, after spending four seasons with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Source
The Montreal Canadiens have signed forward Olivier Fortier to a three-year, entry-level contract. Fortier was selected in the third round by the Canadiens, 65th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. The 19 year old has spend the past four seasons in the QMJHL with Drummondville and Rimouski. Source
The New York Rangers have signed free agent forward Paul Crowder. Crowder has played for the last four years for the University of Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves. Source
The Carolina Hurricanes have signed goalie Mike Murphy to a three-year, entry-level contract. Murphy was selected in the sixth round by the 'Canes in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and has spent the past four seasons with the OHL Belleville Bulls. Source
The New York Islanders have signed forward Tim Jackman to a one-year contract extension.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Speculation continues that Patrick Roy will become the next head coach of the Montreal Canadiens. However, the rumor is that current assistant coach Don Lever has the inside track on the job. Brochu's take: There continues to be a bit of an uproar because Lever does not speak French. I don't think Roy has enough experience to become an NHL coach yet.
The Phoenix Coyotes have placed forward Brian McGrattan on re-entry waivers.
Brochu's European rumor roundup:
SM-Liiga team Tappara has loaned forward Jori Lehterä to St. Louis Blues AHL affiliate Peoria Rivermen for the rest of the season. Lehtera was drafted by the Blues in the third round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Source
HC Lugano forward Patrick Thoresen is still considering a return to the NHL. Thoresen had an excellent season in the Swiss Nationalliga A, scoring 22 goals and 41 assists in 48 games. Brochu's take: Thoresen still has a lot of upside to him, and I can imagine his old teams, the Edmonton Oilers and Philadelphia Flyers, would come calling. Source
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Do you think Sean Avery will save the Rangers?
Total Votes: 122
Will you be taking the March 4 NHL trade deadline day off?
I will be "sick"
Total Votes: 182
Thursday, March 12, 2009
The Calgary Flames released the Quad City ownership group Thursday from the remaining three years of their minor-league AHL affiliate agreement with the NHL team. "We intend to file for relocation to Abbotsford," Flames president Ken King said. "We've got a lot of critical, key prospects in our system, and we need a great home for them to prepare for the NHL." Brochu's take: Hmmm, putting a minor league team in enemy territory would sure make for interesting crowds. Source
The Vancouver Canucks have announced Thursday they have renewed their affiliation agreement with the AHL Manitoba Moose through the 2011-12 season.
Brochu's European rumor roundup:
Ottawa Senators defenseman Mattias Karlsson is rumored to be leaving the organization in the summer to play in Sweden next year. The rumored teams interested in signing him are Lulea and Farjestad. Source
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
TSN's Ice Chips is reporting that Nashville Predators general manager David Poile left the door open for a possible return to the team by Alexander Radulov. Radulov's team in the KHL was eliminated from the playoffs earlier this week. Radulov has one year remaining on his contract with Nashville and would not need to clear waivers to rejoin the team. Brochu's take: I doubt it. Both sides haven't talked to each other in months, and by all accounts, Radulov is happy in Russia. Source
Miroslav Satan's future is still unclear. He's been demoted by the Pittsburgh Penguins to their AHL affiliate, but has not asked him to report. There's a possibility that the Pens could call Satan up on re-entry waivers, but the team can't fit him under their salary cap. An annoucement is expected tomorrow. Brochu's take: A suspension is possible if he doesn't report, in which case the Penguins don't have to pay his salary. Source
The Vancouver Sun is reporting that contract talks between GM Mike Gillis and the Sedin twins are at a standstill, and talks may be shut down until the end of the playoffs. Brochu's take: I think they will re-sign at slightly under market value. Despite some stupid GMs out there, it's hard to see if anyone is willing to shell out > $11 million for these two. Source
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Gary Roberts has officially retired from the NHL.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The Dallas Stars have re-signed forward Brian Sutherby to a two-year, $1.625 million contract extension.
Monday, March 09, 2009
TSN is reporting that the Tampa Bay Lightning are close to signing a 3-year contract extension with head coach Rich Tocchet.
Larry Brooks of the New York Post is reporting that Jaromir Jagr will receive clearance from his KHL team Avangard Omsk to return to the NHL next season. Brooks is also reporting that the Edmonton Oilers were about to sign a $7 million a year contract with Jagr, and that salary would prevent other NHL teams of picking him up on waivers. Brooks is also speculating that ex-Rangers coach Tom Renney could join Jagr in Edmonton, if the Oilers don't make the playoffs. Brochu's take: That's a lof of "ifs", Larry. While the financial situation with the KHL is still uncertain, they still have money to pay top end players. Source
Brochu's European rumor roundup:
According to Swiss sources, Nashville Predators defenseman Tim Ramholt will leave the organization in the summer and sign with Champions Hockey League winner ZSC Lions. Source
Saturday, March 07, 2009
The Philadelphia Flyers have nullified the trade they made on March 4 for defenceman Kyle McLaren. The 31-year-old did not pass his physical, according to Flyers GM Paul Holmgren. McLaren had been sent to Philadelphia from San Jose in exchange for a sixth round pick at this year's draft. TSN is reporting that McLaren will be sent to the Flyers' AHL affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms. Brochu's take: I don't remember this happening in recent memory. It's strange that even though the transaction has been nullified, McLaren is still being sent to Philly's AHL affiliate. Source
Gary Roberts is expected to announce his retirement officially on Monday. The 42-year old cleared waivers on Wednesday and will not play another game for the Tampa Bay Lightning this season. Brochu's take: Roberts' has had a fantastic career, and to see him retire in the middle of the NHL season is not fitting for a warrior like him.
The Ottawa Senators have signed defenseman Craig Schira to a three-year, entry-level contract. The blueliner has scored 16 goals and 39 assists in 65 games with the WHL Vancouver Giants. Source
Friday, March 06, 2009
According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, the Florida Panthers were weighing two offers for defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who was ultimately not traded. The Vancouver Canucks were willing to give up forward Mason Raymond and a 1st rounde draft pick. It's believed that Florida wanted either defensemen Kevin Bieksa or Alex Edler included and GM Mike Gillis wasn't willing to make the move. The Philadelphia Flyers were offering Joffrey Lupul or Scottie Upshall along with prospect James van Riemsdyk and a 1st round pick. The Panthers wanted Scott Hartnell. Upshall was eventually traded to the Phoenix Coyotes. Brochu's take: In my opinion, GM Jacques Martin will regret not getting something for Bouwmeester. He's already turned down a contract offer, and even if the Panthers make the playoffs, it's not guaranteed they'll make it far. However, I do think that Bouwmeester's negotiation rights will be offered in the summer, likely for a draft pick. Source
The Washington Post's Tarik El-Bashir is reporting that the Capitals had talked to the Anaheim Ducks about acquiring Chris Pronger, but the asking price was much too high. The Ducks wanted defenseman Karl Alzner, goalie Simeon Varlamov and prospect John Carlson. Brochu's take: That would fall in line with Pronger's supposed asking price. Look for a similar type of package by other NHL teams this summer, when Pronger will be available. Source
Thursday, March 05, 2009
The Pittsburgh Penguins have claimed forward Craig Adams off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have claimed defenseman Erik Reitz off waivers from the New York Rangers.
The Leafs also claimed Ottawa Senators goalie Martin Gerber off re-entry waivers. Brochu's take: Gerber will be the no.1 goalie for the Leafs for the rest of the season, as Vesa Toskala has been shut down for hip surgery.
The Ottawa Senators have re-signed defenseman Filip Kuba to a three-year, $11.1 million contract extension, with a full no trade clause. Brochu's take: The deal effectively ended the Kuba trade rumors.
The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed Tim Connolly to a two-year, $9 million contract extension. Brochu's take: The Sabres had to do this, but that's a lot of money to a guy with serious injury troubles.
The Los Angeles Kings have re-signed defenseman Sean O'Donnell to a one-year, $1.25 million contract extension. They have also signed goalie Erik Ersberg to a two-year, $1.5 million contract extension. Brochu's take: That's an absolute bargain for Ersberg.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
The Phoenix Coyotes traded goalie Mikael Tellqvist to the the Buffalo Sabres for a 4th round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired defenceman Andy Wozniewski from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for blueliner Danny Richmond.
The New York Islanders traded forward Bill Guerin to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a conditional draft pick. The draft pick that Pittsburgh gives up will start as a fifth-round pick. If Pittsburgh makes the playoffs, it increases to a fourth-rounder. If they get to the second round, it becomes to a third round pick. Brochu's take: Finally! Guerin's saga is finally over today. It would seem that the Capitals had pulled out of the deal early on, and that's why it's dragged on.
Patrick O'Sullivan was originally shipped along with a second round draft pick in 2009 from the Los Angeles Kings to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Justin Williams. Brochu's take: This trade had been rumored late last night.
The ‘Canes then turned around and dealt O'Sullivan and the draft pick they received from the King to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Erik Cole and a 5th round pick in 2009. Brochu's take: Cole never really panned out in Edmonton, as he unable to match his stats from his Carolina days.
The Edmonton Oilers also acquired forward Ales Kotalik from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a 2nd round pick in 2009. Brochu's take: Wait, the Sabres and Oilers made a deal? So much for the frostiness between the two teams since the Thomas Vanek offer sheet affair. Mind you, Kevin Lowe is no longer the Oilers GM.
The Phoenix Coyotes also traded forward Daniel Carcillo to the Philadelphia Flyers for forward Scottie Upshall and a 2nd round pick. Brochu's take: I think the Coyotes got the better of the trade, as Upshall's upside is better than Carcillo, and the 'Yotes also get a 2nd rounder.
The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired defenceman Kyle McLaren from the San Jose Sharks for a sixth-round pick.
The Anaheim Ducks have traded forward Travis Moen and defenseman Kent Huskins to the San Jose Sharks for prospect Nick Bonino, goalie Timo Pielmeier and a conditional draft pick. Brochu's take: Moen will make a big difference (especially in the playoffs) for the Sharks. Also, it certainly looks like the Ducks are looking ahead to next year.
The Ducks also sent prospect Eric O'Dell to the Atlanta Thrashers for forward Erik Christensen.
The Ducks also traded forward Samuel Pahlsson, defenseman Logan Stephenson and a conditional pick in the 2009 draft to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman James Wisniewski and forward Petri Kontiola. Brochu's take: Pahlsson was one of the most coveted players on the market, and he will be money in the playoffs. The draft pick is undetermined at this point.
The Leafs also traded forward Dominic Moore to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a second round draft pick. Brochu's take: Burke continues to collect more picks.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have also traded goalie Olaf Kolzig, defencemen Jamie Heward and Andy Rogers and a fourth-round pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a prospect Richard Petiot. Brochu's take: What??? How did the NHL even allow such a trade to happen. Yes, it's a pure salary dump, but teams should at least make the deal somewhat fair. Maple Leafs win this one, no question.
Tampa Bay Lightning have traded defenseman Steve Eminger to the Florida Panthers for defenceman Noah Welch and a third round draft pick.
The Bolts also traded forward Mark Recchi and a second round draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft to the Boston Bruins in exchange for defenseman Matt Lashoff and forward Martins Karsums. Brochu's take: A fairly even trade, as Recchi could be a good playoff performer. Lashoff and Karsums are good young players that will probably be traded by the Bolts in the summer. ;-)
The Boston Bruins have added some defensive depth and toughness by acquiring Steve Montador from the Anaheim Ducks for forward Petteri Nokelainen.
The Calgary Flames have acquired Olli Jokinen and a third-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft from the the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for forward Matthew Lombardi, forward Brandon Prust and a conditional first round draft pick. The draft pick heading to the Coyotes will either be in the upcoming NHL entry draft or the 2010 draft, at Calgary's option. Brochu's take: The Flames are really making a run for it, and Jokinen should shore up their centre depth. It's a lot to give up for him, but Jokinen does have one more year on his contract.
The Flames also acquired defenseman Jordan Leopold from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Lawrence Nycholat, prospect Ryan Wilson and a 2nd round pick in 2009. Brochu's take: With the injury to Mark Giordano, the Flames needed another defenseman. With Leopold in the fold, he should make a strong defensive core even stronger. Again, it's a big price to pay for a pending UFA.
The Flames also traded goalie Kevin Lalande to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a fourth-round draft pick in 2009.
The Ottawa Senators have traded forward Antoine Vermette to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for goalie Pascal Leclaire and a 2nd-round pick in 2009. Brochu's take: This trade has been rumored for a few days now. If Leclaire can regain his form from a year ago, this could become a steal for the Sens. Vermette should help the centre depth on the BJs, but I really don't see him as a top 6 forward.
The Phoenix Coyotes also traded defenseman Derek Morris to the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Dmitri Kalinin and forwards Nigel Dawes and Petr Prucha. Brochu's take: Don Maloney's role as ex-assistant GM of the Rangers comes into play again. I think the Coyotes get the better deal, as Dawes and Prucha are good young players, while Kalinin provides veteran depth. Morris has been rumored to multiple teams, but his price has been driven up by the lack of quality defenseman available.
The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to shop forwards Dominic Moore and Nik Antropov. Moore and the Leafs are around $500,000 a year apart in contract negotiations, while Antropov's asking price of a 1st rounder appears to have lowered. Both players were scratched from Tuesday's game between the Leafs and New Jersey Devils. Brochu's take: A 2nd rounder might get Antropov. As for Moore's value, it's probably a 4th or 5th round pick.
Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger is reporting that the New Jersey Devils will try to find goalie Scott Clemmensen a new team by the trade deadline. Brochu's take: Speculation is that the Calgary Flames and Detroit Red Wings would make the most sense. Source
The San Jose Sharks have signed forward Brandon Mashinter to a three-year, entry-level contract. The 6'4, 232-pound has posted 30 goals and 23 assists in 47 games, with a plus-nine rating and 67 penalty minutes for the Belleville Bulls of the OHL.
The Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames and Philadelphia Flyers remain the frontrunners in the Bouwmeester sweepstakes. However, the Canucks are believed to be comfortable with their team and willing to stand pat. Brochu's take: If Bouwmeester is even traded at all, it will probably be to Philly, if they somehow free up some salary cap space.
ESPN's Pierre LeBrun is reporting a rumor from colleague E.J. Hradek that the Phoenix Coyotes would send Derek Morris and Ilya Bryzgalov to the Flyers in exchange for Joffrey Lupul, Scottie Upshall and Martin Biron. The Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins and Flyers all remain the likely destination for Morris. Brochu's take: Biron has a no trade clause that he would have to waive for that deal to go through. I'm betting Morris goes to Boston. Source
According to Sportsnet, Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray has let NHL teams know that he will not trade Chris Pronger at the deadline. Brochu's take: But he will probably get shopped at the entry draft or the summer.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
The Vancouver Canucks have signed forward Alex Burrows to a four-year, $4 million contract. Brochu's take: I didn't buy into the Burrows trade rumors, because it was obvious he was going to be re-signed. Good contract for a guy that will score 20 goals this season.
The Minnesota Wild have placed forward Peter Olvecky on waivers.
The Ottawa Senators have placed goalie Martin Gerber on re-entry waivers. Brochu's take: The Buffalo Sabres and the Edmonton Oilers have shown some interest.
The Sens also put defenseman Brenden Bell on waivers.
Look for my rumor update around 3:00 AM EST or 12:00 AM PST tonight.
The New York Rangers have claimed Sean Avery off re-entry waivers from the Dallas Stars.
The Calgary Flames have claimed defenseman Lawrence Nycholat off waivers from the Vancouver Canucks.
The New York Rangers have also placed forwards Aaron Voros and defenseman Erik Reitz on waivers.
The Anaheim Ducks have placed forward Brendan Morrison on waivers.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have placed forward Miroslav Satan on waivers.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have placed forward Gary Roberts on waivers.
The Atlanta Thrashers have placed forward Eric Perrin on waivers.
The Chicago Blackhawks have placed forward Craig Adams on waivers.
The New York Islanders have placed forward Jon Sim on waivers.
According to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, the Pittsburgh Penguins have had talks with the Ottawa Senators about re-acquiring forward Jarkko Ruutu. Brochu's take: The Pens have had a lack of grit this year, but you can expect GM Bryan Murray to gouge the Penguins for as much as possible.
LeBrun is also reporting that Derek Morris has given the Phoenix Coyotes a list of teams he is willing to waive his no trade clause to. The list is believed to contain only teams from the Eastern Conference and considered to be "contenders." One known team are the Boston Bruins. Source
Sportsnet is reporting that Sens defenseman Filip Kuba is willing to waive his no trade clause.
Damien Cox of the Toronto Star is reporting that "multiple" teams are calling the Tampa Bay Lightning about the availability of forward Martin St. Louis. St. Louis has a no trade clause, and has not been asked to waive it. The New York Rangers are among the most interested, and Cox believes a package of young players, such as prospect Evgeny Grachev. Brochu's take: St. Louis is going nowhere, unless the Bolts get blown away by a deal. Source
Atlanta Thrashers forward Eric Perrin hopes he will be traded at the trade deadline. “I’m disappointed I’m at this point with this organization,” said Perrin, who has 15 points this season, with five goals and 10 assists. “I thought I’d proven something, that I’d be a part of the rebuilding. I thought I deserved a better fate.” Brochu's take: Taking a shot at the team isn' going to win him any favors. Expect Perrin to be shipped out. Source
Monday, March 02, 2009
*** 4:31 PM PST Update *** He got injured in the pre-game skate. Oh well, still exciting, isn't it?
The Dallas Stars have officially put Sean Avery on re-entry waivers. Brochu's take: We won't know until tomorrow if the New York Rangers picked him up, or some other NHL team.
The Montreal Canadiens have signed forward Andrew Conboy to a three-year, entry-level contract. Conboy was suspended by Michigan State University this season for an attack on a Michigan player during a game.
The Los Angeles Kings have placed defenseman Tom Preissing on waivers.
The New York Islanders have placed defenseman Joe Callahan on waivers.
The Vancouver Canucks have placed defenseman Lawrence Nycholat on waivers.
The Phoenix Coyotes have placed forward Steve Goertzen on waivers.
The Pittsburg Penguins have placed forward Bill Thomas on waivers.
Tim Sassone of the Chicago Herald believes that the Chicago Blackhawks were offering forward Jack Skille around the league in the hopes of landing a centre and a defenseman. The 'Hawks are also believed to be offering defensemen Cam Barker and James Wisniewski, if the right deal came along. Brochu's take: Barker's been on the block for most of this season. The Hawks are in a very similiar position as the Pittsburgh Penguins of last year, and may think a big trade will put them over the top. Source
Larry Brooks of the New York Post believes that Rangers forward Blair Betts is available and the Detroit Red Wings are interested. Source
The Columbus Dispatch blog "Puck-rakers" is reporting a rumor that the Ottawa Senators will trade forward Antoine Vermette to the Blue Jackets in exchange for goalie Pascal Leclaire. Writer Aaron Portzline believes that there's a 50-50 chance that Vermette will be traded. Brochu's take: This would be a good "hockey" trade, as the Sens need a goalie desperately and Vermette could be used as a second line centre. Source
Rumors continue to swirl that the Tampa Bay Lightning will trade Gary Roberts to the Calgary Flames. Roberts and teammate Mark Recchi have been made available by the Bolts. Source
Sunday, March 01, 2009
Darren Dreger of TSN is reporting that defenseman Derek Morris has given Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney a list of teams he would be willing to lift his no-trade clause to join. In the meantime, Morris plans to sit out and not play for risk of injury. Source
Pierre LeBrun has made a post on his ESPN blog about the latest trade rumors, I will just go over the names that have not appeared previously:
The St. Louis Blues are interested in re-acquiring Anaheim Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger. Brochu's take: They have the cap space, but I would imagine they would have to trade of their good young defensive prospects and more to get him back.
The Boston Bruins may be targeting Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle and Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris, as they are no longer in the Pronger hunt.
LeBrun reports that impending UFA Alex Burrows could be moved by the Vancouver Canucks if he hasn't signed an extension by the trade deadline. Brochu's take: I don't agree. I think they will keep him even if he doesn't sign at the deadline, and I expect a deal to be hammered before he reaches free agency.
Five teams have expressed interest in Phoenix forward Olli Jokinen.
The Detroit Red Wings are very interested in Colorado Avalanche forward Ian Laperriere, and several teams have inquired about forward Milan Hejduk. Brochu's take: I would imagine Hejduk would make any team that much more dangerous. Laperriere would provide a veteran presence.
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Jamal Mayers is now on the trading block.