Rumored Avalanche-Kings deal … Rangers turning to McCabe … Canadiens after Penner, others … Richards not interested in Leafs
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Colorado Avalanche now have 5 centers (Duchene, Stastny, McClement, O’Reilly and Dupuis), with Matt Duchene getting close to returning, he’s expected to practice today. Dater expects one of them to be traded by the deadline, with Duchene likely being the only one that would be on the ‘untouchable’ list. Dater has heard a few rumors regarding Paul Stastny including, “Stastny, TJ Galiardi and maybe a pick/another player to Los Angeles for Jack Johnson, Jonathan Bernier and Jarret Stoll.” Dater adds, “This is a blog, so I am NOT reporting that as a fact, or, again, something I have great confidence in.” Dennis Bernstein via twitter: Berstein can’t see that rumored deal happening. David Pagnotta via twitter: He’s hearing that the Avalanche could be pulling off another big deal, lots of chatter coming from there.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Marian Gaborik was forced out of yesterday’s game with a concussion. Coach Tortorella said that Gaborik complained intermittently for a week for not feeling well, but didn’t miss any time. It might change the interest Gaborik was getting leading up to the trade deadline. The Kings were rumored to ask about him. As to the extent of his concussion, it’s not known yet.
  • Mark Spector via twitter: The Rangers have turned their attention to Bryan McCabe after one last discussion about putting a claim in for Sheldon Souray.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Brad Richards supposedly told a Tampa source that his first choice is to remain with the Stars. His other choices would be to return to the Lightning or to the Rangers, and hinted he may have some interest in Carolina. “When asked about Toronto, he apparently said nothing but shook his head.”
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Rossi has heard from an agent and Penguins source that the asking price for Ales Hemsky is “huge.” “At least first round pick and a player off the NHL roster, probably more.”
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: (Q & A) Heika doesn’t think the Stars were in on any Tomas Kaberle talks as the Lenders may not want to add more than a $1 million in salary to this year’s payroll. He’s being to think the Stars won’t do much at the trade deadline. Heika thinks that Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk has to listen to all offers for Brad Richards. If Richards waived his no trade clause “it would be because Joe asked him to.” If he reaches free agency, Richards would likely chose the team he felt he had the best chance to win the cup.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: If Sharks defenseman Marc-Eduoard Vlasic’s upper-body injury is serious, they could be looking to add another defenseman. They are not saying much on Antero Niittymaki, so they may need a backup goalie. With Stars forward Jamie Benn still out with a shoulder injury, it lessens the chances of James Neal being dealt for an offensive defenseman.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson’s top 10 list of players that could be traded: 1. Brad Richards 2. Ales Hemsky 3. Bryan McCabe 4. Chris Phillips 5. Dustin Penner 6. Nikolai Zherdev 7. Jan Hejda 8. Marty Reasoner 9. Jason Arnott 10. Tomas Vokoun. “Wild Cards” to be traded: 1. Zach Bogosian, 2. Ladislav Smid, Steve Montador, 3. Dan Carcillo, 4. Wayne Simmonds, 5. Michael Ryder, 6. Brent Sopel, 7. Tim Connolly, 8. Stephen Weiss, 9. Alex Kovalev, 10. Jim Vandemeer, 11. Mike Grier and 12. Rostislav Klesla. Players that make too much: 1. J.P. Dumont, 2. Nik Antropov, 3. Kristian Huselius, 4. Michael Ryder and 5. Mike Komisarek.

Dude, look at your list. Is that top 10 based on likelyhood of being traded? No, but Richards is clearly not the most likely player in the league to be traded?

Is it a list of the best players that could be traded? Ok, ill buy that, except you have McCabe (sucks), Phillps (sucks), Penner (mostly sucks), Zherdev (glorified AHL player) ahead of Tomas Vokoun, Stephen Weiss, Marian Gaborik and many others we hear might be traded.

Have a nice day.

  • I cant envision any scenario where they trade either Statsny or Duchense.

    (then again, i am shocked they traded Stewart)

  • List that could be traded….

    Duchene isn’t going anywhere, and I was surprised to hear Stastny’s name. He does have a big cap hit of $6.6 million I think, but is still an excellent young player.

  • If i am EDM, i wouldnt trade Hemsky for a package, but rather target 5 young defencemen and goaltenders that i like, and focus on getting at least one of them in any deal.

    Players like: Blum and Franson in Nashville, Bernier and Forpert (Kings), Subban (Mon), etc.

  • Actually that COL-LA trade makes lots of sense. Both Galiardi and Stastny have been about average this season and Col seemingly wants to make room for Duchene to be no. 1. Stoll and O’Reilly battling for the 2nd line center spot and McClement mastering the PK and 3rd checking line. Also both Johnsons in the back end sounds great. And don’t forget that “goalie of the future” Bernier.

    LA gets promising left winger and a great PP guy in Stastny. Possibly even a first rd pick too?

    What’s the deal with JJ? After last season everyone was like this guy is garbage and when he got that 4mil deal it was awful. Now when rumors are that he could be moved most of LA fans cry after him.

    Being the GM of infamous Toronto, i’d see that Burkie has to overpay a lot to get a 1st line center. I’m a fan of Toronto too so don’t get me wrong but that isn’t the most desirable place to be right now, especially for a guy who can choose his team.

    PS. Really loved Souray couple years ago. I hope that somebody gives him a chance. Would it be so hard for a long time pro to get his “awful skating” back into shape? It hasn’t been that long since he played like a 5,4mil guy!

  • And when people say that Souray isnt playing well in the AHL, i think you have to consider how unhappy he must be.

    Divorced, separated from his daughter, has tons of money but is living in Hershey. I cant imagine he is giving 100% effort down there. He deserves a shot, and i think the EDM management team shot themselves in the foot, given how poorly they handled this.

  • Oh yeah, gotta ask this. Am I imaging it or does really almost every team respect Kadri more than his own team Leafs? Since the draft day -09 it haven’t felt like Kadri would be in Burkes plans. Very skilled but not physical enough?
    Am I totally out of line here?

  • Playing the Devils Advocate on the Souray comments.

    If you know the only way you’ll get back into the NHL this year is if you play well, shouldn’t give 100%?

    And if you’re a team and see that he’s not giving 100% when his NHL career is on the line, do you want that type of player on your team?

  • In regards to Richards not wanting to come to T.O., I’d assume that’s only about being traded, since that’s what the topic is about. If I were Richards, I’d rather be traded to a contender.

    We’ll see what happens if he doesn’t get resigned.

  • LA
    Jack Johnson

    to COL

    The Cap hit balances out…both teams address their needs………..COL can replace Duchene with their high #1 this year.

  • You have to give up something to get something.
    Duchene for Johnson….la gets scoring Avs get defence
    LA has many D prospects
    Hejduk is the left winger they need
    Brenier is the goalie COl needs
    Wilson replaces Johnson
    Hanzus contract expirers after the end of the season so the cap hit is even

  • I think its a fair trade for both teams. The cap hit is even. La gets offence. Col gets defence.
    What do you guys think?
    La gets the left winder and another superstar centre and a decent D man
    Col gets a great goalie a superstar D man and an expiring contract
    Duchene’s offence can be replaced by there Hih #1 this year

  • kings would never trade johnson and handzus hasn’t been playing amazingly well lately so he’s not going to appear as good as he is. any trade with jack johnson is not happening.

  • Remember you’d be getting Matt Duchene and Milan Hejduk back…you still have Doughty and a ton of D prospects

  • Matt Duchene is superstar. The Kings would be foolish if they didn’t make that trade if it were even possible. Colorado would regret it down the line. Bernier is going to be a good goaltender. Quick is better. Johnson is good sometimes and he will drive you crazy the rest of the time. He makes alot of mental mistakes as if it were his rookie season. A great athlete though. Handzus would be a throw, the way he has played this season. In other words, he’s worthless.

  • LA First line: Kopitar C, Hejduk LW, Brown/Simmonds RW. LA 2nd Line; Matt Duchene C, Justin Williams RW, Ryan Smyth LW. Would be great for LA. 2 really strtong lines.

  • Oilers are dreaming if they think thay are getting alot for Ales Hemsky. Not with a dozen goals in 5o plus games this year. Any team who is willing to bet the farm on that guy and part wih alot of assetts would be a ridiculously foolish. Hemsky is big time mediocre. Memo: Kevin Lowe, You have recieved some overly generous offers for this guy. Probably some offers that you dont deserve. your going to end up regreting it in the off-season and you will be kicking yourself. His value is going to worse and worse as time goes on. Thats what happens when you get greedy.

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