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Odds & Ends from North of the Border

Posted on: February 24, 2009 5:24 pm

What would a weekend be without the latest chatter from NHL columnists Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun and Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Sun? Among the highlights:

  • The Montreal Canadiens are reportedly interested in Colorado's Ryan Smyth. The winger, however, has a no-trade clause and has indicated he would like to remain in Colorado.
  • Chris Kunitz may join Anaheim's soon-to-be unrestricted free agents on the trading block.
  • How about a swap between the Ottawa Senators and Edmonton Oilers, specifically Christoph Schubert for Ladislav Smid. Tampa Bay is reportedly interested in Schubert, too.
  • Atlanta is shopping defensemen Ron Hainsey and Niclas Havelid.
  • The Rangers would like to acquire Phoenix's Derek Morris, but they don't have the cap room to do it.
  • Oilers winger Erik Cole has a few suitors, with the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, Canadiens leading the bunch.
  • There's talk St. Louis Blues forward and Massachussets native Keith Tkachuk would be willing to waive his no-trade clause if it meant playing for the Bruins. 

Since: Jul 20, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2009 11:59 pm

Odds & Ends from North of the Border

Wow. Talk about an unimpressive list (and these are the highlights?!?). I have to say that as excited as I usually get around the trade deadline and July 1, I find myself not too excited this year since the projected lowering of the cap next season has spooked most of the usual big spenders (since most of them overpaid last summer) and the chances of a "blockbuster" are incredibly slim. Really, since the cap was put in place, there really hasn't been much in the way of big trades. That really sucks from the fan (and fantasy) standpoint. Being from Detroit, I always loved the big deadline deals (or trades in general) we'd be treated to back before the lockout. Getting Chelios from Chicago was a highlight but also Wendell Clark, Larry Murphy, and a slew of others that came and went on deadline day. Sadly, those days are gone and I miss them greatly.

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