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Posted on: March 3, 2010 11:38 am
 

Odds & Ends: Deadline Day, 11:30 a.m.

Some bits from Ottawa Sun writer Bruce Garrioch:

  • Carolina's Ray Whitney is still one of the most sought-after players this deadline. An un-named source says Whitney will probably agree to being a rental. If that is the case, expect him to land in Los Angeles.
  • The Bruins, Kings, Rangers, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks have all made pitches to Nashville for Dan Hamhuis. GM David Poile may be reconsidering trading the defenseman.
Posted on: March 3, 2010 11:23 am
Edited on: March 3, 2010 11:26 am
 

Panthers to keep Vokoun talks under wraps

If the Florida Panthers are working to move Tomas Vokoun, the details of the bidding process won't be public.

According to the Miami Herald, Vokoun met with GM Randy Sexton to discuss the goaltender's future with the team. Vokoun said he would be open to waiving his no-trade clause if the right situation presented himself. The two also agreed to keep the details of any potential deals private.

The Philadelphia Flyers have been rumored to be interested in Vokoun. The Philadelphia Daily News says the Panthers would want Jeff Carter in return.

The Chicago Blackhawks are looking for goaltending help.

Posted on: March 2, 2010 4:49 pm
Edited on: March 3, 2010 11:09 am
 

Breaking down buyers, sellers

The NHL is nearing its annual trade frenzy as the March 3 deadline is less than 24 hours away. We've run through our recent rumors and a number of sources to compile a list of buyers and sellers. By no means is this list official or exhaustive, but should give a decent idea of which teams could be active on Wednesday.

Open for Business

Atlanta Thrashers
GM Don Waddell says he plans to be a buyer at the trade deadline. One player who is definitely on the block is Slava Kozlov, who requested a trade due to the lack of playing time in Atlanta. ... Colby Armstrong has received some interest. Waddell may not be willing to part with Armstrong, even though the grinder is due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. ... The Thrashers have the most picks -- two of which are first rounders -- heading into the 2010 Entry Draft. They might be able to turn those around for a couple of experienced players.

Carolina Hurricanes
In the NHL basement for most of the season, the Hurricanes have plenty to offer at this year's deadline. Players believed to be on the block: Rod Brind'Amour, Joe Corvo, Aaron Ward, Ray Whitney. Scott Walker has also been mentioned, but infrequently. Whitney has received the most attention out of this group, and nearly ended up in Los Angeles a few weeks ago. But the 37-year-old winger is looking for a two- to three-year deal, which is scaring off some teams. ... Even though Carolina has four picks in the top 60 of this summer's draft, stockpiling choices and prospects are the only things the rebuilding Hurricanes are looking for in return.

Columbus Blue Jackets
Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson will almost certainly trade Raffi Torres, who did not agree to a new contract during the Olympic break. Milan Jurcina has attracted interest. Fredrik Modin may be willing to waive a no-trade clause. Veteran defensemen are a hot commodity this time of year, and the Columbus Dispatch suggests Jan Hejda, Fedor Tyutin and Marc Methot could be moved.

Edmonton Oilers
The Oilers have been sellers for quite some time. Veterans Ethan Moreau, Fernando Pisani and Steve Staios are almost certainly gone. Last month, Shawn Horcoff, Robert Nilsson and Lubomir Visnovsky were mentioned as trade bait. Andrew Cogliano's name has surfaced a couple times. Like the Hurricanes, the Oilers are expected to restructure and rebuild their team, so clearing salary for picks and prospects is the most likely scenario.

Florida Panthers
Reports out of Florida would make you think just about everyone outside of David Booth and Michael Frolik are up for grabs. The Panthers are looking to overhaul its team before next season, with the trade deadline being step one in the process. Among the names being thrown out: Radek Dvorak, Nathan Horton, Kamil Kreps, Rostislav Olesz, Steve Reinprecht, Dennis Seidenberg, Cory Stillman, and Nick Tarnasky. Tomas Vokoun has also been mentioned as a player who could be moved, but the Panthers would need the goaltender to waive his no-trade clause. Logic would suggest Florida is looking for a bona-fide scorer in return, but if the team is about to be imploded, who knows what they're seeking.

Toronto Maple Leafs
GM Brian Burke hasn't finished cleaning house in Toronto. Among the players believed to be headed out: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Lee Stempniak, Wayne Primeau and Garnet Exelby. The Maple Leafs are without a first-, second- or fourth-round pick, so stockpiling draft choices in exchange for these unrestricted free agents may be the most popular move. Toronto is unlikely to get a first-rounder for any of them, though. ... Forget about Tomas Kaberle being traded. The latest report out of Toronto suggested he has not been asked to waive his no-trade clause, and Burke has insisted he will not ask Kaberle to do so. If the defenseman is traded, that move will probably happen around the draft.

Setting Up Shop

Minnesota Wild
Contract talks between the Wild and Marek Zidlicky have hit a snag. While the sides have agreed on a deal, Zidlicky would like a no-trade clause as well. The Wild don't seem willing to budge. Minnesota GM Chuck Fletcher stated he considers re-signing the defenseman a top priority. If a deal doesn't get done, though, Zidlicky could be shipped out. This one may come down to the wire. UPDATE: Zidlicky signed a contract extention Tuesday.

Nashville Predators
We're under the impression Dan Hamhuis will be traded on Wednesday. GM David Poile said he wouldn't trade the defenseman unless he could fill the void with an experienced player. Poile did that by acquiring Denis Grebeshkov. Another player whose contract status may lead to a ticket out of town is Dan Ellis. The Predators re-signed Pekka Rinne during the Olympic break. In both cases, Nashville may be able to get the players inked to new contracts before 3 p.m., but offers from teams desperate for defensive depth may be too good to pass up.

Who's shopping

Boston Bruins
Boston is looking to upgrade its offense before the deadline. They've done lots of tire kicking during the season, but have yet to find a trading partner. Boston has two first-round picks in this year's draft, although GM Peter Chiarelli has indicated he does not plan to trade the choice acquired from Toronto for Phil Kessel, which may end up being a top-five pick. They may be able to move one of their three second-round choices for a Mark Recchi-type player, someone with experience and a goal scoring touch. Anaheim's Teemu Selanne is rumored to be one of their targets.

Chicago Blackhawks
The Blackhawks are poised to make a run for the Stanley Cup this year, but feel they need an upgrade in net. Chicago could still benefit from dumping a more salary before next season.  Patrick Sharp, Kris Versteeg and Dustin Byfuglien have been mentioned in previous rumors. The Blackhawks also have an extra second-round pick to offer.

Los Angeles Kings
The Kings appear playoff bound and they have plenty of cap space, picks and prospects to work with. GM Dean Lombardi was reportedly vying to land Ilya Kovalchuk, but was not willing to cough up the young NHL players the Thrashers sought in return. Los Angeles also made a pitch to land Carolina's Ray Whitney, but balked at his demand for a three-year contract extension. The Kings have 10 picks in the upcoming draft, including a pair of second-round picks and three third-rounders. Their system is stocked with six first- or second-rounders who have yet to crack the Kings lineup.

Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia always seems to appear as buyers in trade rumors. They need goaltending and defense. Cap space is always an issue. They don't have a 2010 first- or second-round draft pick to trade. They're loaded up front, but some of those players seem untouchable (i.e. Mike Richards, Jeff Carter) and some have massive contracts with no-trade clauses that would need to be waived (i.e. Danny Briere). GM Paul Holmgren will no doubt be searching for ways to improve his team. How he actually does it is the question.

Phoenix Coyotes
The Coyotes are actually in the playoff race for the first time in eight years, so one would think GM Don Maloney wants to prepare his team for the postseason. On the needs list is a defenseman and a scoring forward for the power play. Maloney said he will not mortgage the team's future for a rental. That may mean Peter Mueller, whose name has appeared in some rumors this season, is off the block. The Coyotes do have an extra first-round pick to work with, but a player worthy of such a prize may not be available.

Posted on: March 2, 2010 2:27 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2010 3:02 pm
 

Odds & Ends: March 2

A little more than 24 hours before the NHL trade deadline...

  • Should a rumored deal between the Nashville Predators and Philadelphia Flyers fall through, defenseman Dan Hamhuis could end up with in Vancouver. The Canucks might be willing to part with prospect Michael Grabner. The Canucks intend to target Hamhuis when free agency begins in July at the very least. The Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils are also interested in Hamhuis. [Source: Vancouver Province]
  • Speaking of the Canucks... they may be looking for an upgrade up the middle, which could make center Kyle Wellwood expendable. [Source: Vancouver Sun]
  • Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini says trade talks have become more intense over the past couple days. "Things were kind of flat the last month or so because people were still trying to make sense of things, most teams didn't know if they were buyers or sellers." [Source: Edmonton Sun]
  • Veteran defenseman are a hot commodity, and Buffalo's Tony Lydman and Henrik Tallinder are aware they could be moved before Wednesday. Sabres GM Darcy Regier has not extended the unrestricted free agents offers. [Source: Buffalo News]
  • Colorado's Marek Svatos has his bags packed, just in case. The winger has been rumored as trade bait given his expiring contract and diminished playing time. The Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks scouted Monday's Avalanche game. [Source: Denver Post]
Posted on: March 2, 2010 2:09 pm
 

Flyers preparing to deal

A number of moves made by the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday indicate the team could be close to making a deal.

Defenseman Danny Syvret and winger Riley Cote were placed on waiver. Goaltender Ray Emery, who is out with a hip injury, was placed on long-term injured reserve. The Flyers have about $2.8 million in cap space to work with.

Philadelphia is believed to be targeting Nashville defenseman Dan Hamhuis, several sources, including the Philadelphia Daily News and TSN report. The Predators are looking to receive defenseman Ryan Parent in return. Parent, you may remember, was a key piece in the deal to bring Peter Forsberg to Nashville back in 2007.

Hamhuis, who becomes an unrestricted free agent in July, became expendable Monday night when the Predators acquired Denis Grebeshkov from the Edmonton Oilers. GM David Poile previously stated if Hamhuis was to be moved, the team would have to plug the gap with an experienced defenseman. Grebeshkov fills that void.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Flyers have also expressed interest in Ottawa's Matt Cullen, Los Angeles' Alexander Frolov, Columbus' Raffi Torres and Atlanta's Colby Armstrong
Posted on: March 1, 2010 5:10 pm
 

Odds & Ends: March 1

Less than 48 hours to go before the trade deadline...

  • The Minnesota Wild have not yet given up trying to re-sign defenseman Marek Zidlicky. "Our preference is for him to sign a deal and stay in Minnesota," Wild GM Chuck Fletcher told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "They've been realistic in their demands, and I think we've been fair in our offer. I don't think there's any deal breakers at this point." If Zidlicky is not signed before Wednesday, he will be traded. [Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune]
  • Predators goalie Dan Ellis has not given up on the idea of playing in Nashville next season, but is not convinced it is a likely scenario. "Unless our ownership chooses to go much higher [on a contract offer] than they usually have, I don't see [re-signing] as a possibility," Ellis told The Tennessean. "But I won't really close the door on that either." [Source: The Tennessean]
  • The Buffalo Sabres could be looking to add a puck-moving, veteran defenseman or a scoring winger before the deadline. A couple players who may fit the bill include: Carolina's Joe Corvo and Florida's Nathan Horton. [Source: Buffalo News]
  • Phoenix GM Don Maloney wouldn't mind adding a piece for a playoff run, but isn't ready to sacrifice the team's future for a rental. "We think we're good enough, and we like the group. If we can find a way to be better, we'll do it." Malone said. The Coyotes are looking to add defensive depth. A scorer who can improve the power play is a secondary need. [Source: Arizona Republic]
  • Raffi Torres is another player on the block. The winger met with Columbus GM Scott Howson during the Olympic break and the two were unable to agree on a new contract. The Philadelphia Flyers are would like to land Torres, but they don't have the second-round pick the Blue Jackets are looking for in return. Another Columbus player attracting interest is defenseman Milan Jurcina. [Source: Columbus Dispatch]
  • The Boston Bruins are looking for a puck-moving defenseman and a scoring winger. They have inquired about the availability of Anaheim Ducks winger Teemu Selanne, who is expected to retire at the end of the season. [Source: Boston Globe]
  • A defenseman is at the top of the Ottawa Senators needs, but GM Bryan Murray is worried about tinkering with the team's chemistry. [Source: Ottawa Citizen]
  • KHL president Alexander Medvedev confirmed the league intends to aggressively court New Jersey Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk when his NHL contract expires. [ESPN]
Posted on: March 1, 2010 4:19 pm
 

2010 free agent lists (updated)

For those who missed our post in January, we've compiled a list of players due to become free agents this summer. We've updated these to reflect recent signings and trades that have already taken place.

Most trade rumors that have already surfaced (and will probably pop up in the next couple days) involve these players. Teams preparing for a cup run often look to add players whose contract are about to expire (i.e. Jordan Leopold) since they can be had for draft picks or little else in return.

Unrestricted Free Agents
Restricted Free Agents
Posted on: February 10, 2010 11:18 am
 

Is Turco's future in Dallas or elsewhere?

There's been talk for a while that Marty Turco's days in Dallas were coming to a close. Now that the Stars have acquired former first-round pick Kari Lehtonen, the end could be near. Or maybe not.

The Philadelphia Daily News says the Flyers are the most interested in the veteran netminder, who will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Sporting News Today says the Chicago Blackhawks are another candidate.

If Philadelphia is to trade for Turco, however, they'll need to clear a significant amount of cap space beforehand. Turco's cap hit is $5.7 million, and the Flyers would need to dump at least $5.2 million from their current roster. That could involve getting or or a couple players with big contracts and no-trade clauses -- Daniel Briere, Simon Gagne and Kimmo Timonen -- to accept a move.

Right now, Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk says Turco is still Dallas' No. 1 netminder. Although logic says Turco may be shipped to a playoff-bound team seeking veteran netminding, the goalie's play over the next couple weeks could change the minds of the Stars' top brass.

"I told him that I believe it is still his net right now," Nieuwendyk told the Dallas Morning News. "We had four unrestricted free agent goalies heading into the summer, and we needed to get some kind of plan for our future, so this is one part of the process."

Given Lehtonen's history of injuries, one possibility for Dallas' future in net is to re-sign their newest acquisition and Turco to split goaltending duties. Turco's numbers have dipped in recent years, and the soon-to-be 35-year-old could be ready for a transition to a No. 2 role. At the same time, he'd give Dallas the stability it needs should the oft-injured Lehtonen go down yet again.

 
 
 
 
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