More trade rumors
Some highly-skilled forwards could be available for the right price, teams are clamouring for a new Swedish star and the Sens are in the middle of several rumours.
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AROUND THE RINKS
- The Los Angeles Daily News reports that, with the Kings likely to do some housecleaning, Mike Cammalleri is one player who could be had via trade.
- The Arlington Heights Daily Herald tosses out the name of Blackhawks RW Martin Havlat as potential trade bait, as the skilled winger hasn't been getting along with head coach Denis Savard. Of course, the Chicago Tribune secured a quote from Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon, who said that he had not been talking trade about Havlat at all.
- According to the Detroit News the Maple Leafs, Red Wings and Ducks are among those trying to sign Swedish unrestricted free-agent forward Fabian Brunnstrom. The 22 year-old has 32 points in 41 games with Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League and will be available in March or early April.
- According to the Columbus Dispatch, Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson shot down a rumour that the Jackets would send C Sergei Fedorov to the Senators for D Joe Corvo. Of course, with Fedorov suffering a concussion, any deal for the veteran centre will be on the back-burner.
- Senators C Antoine Vermette is getting his name thrown into more trade rumours as well, while the Sens seek a bona fide top-six forward. Senators G Ray Emery's latest indiscretions have again brought up the possibility that he could be shipped out -- GM Bryan Murray acknowledged that he attempted to trade Emery -- if the Sens are simply looking to get rid of a headache.
- Newsday wonders about the Islanders direction heading towards the deadline, and tosses out the names of Miroslav Satan, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Jeff Tambellini as possible bait.
- The St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes that, if the Blues fall back in the Western Conference the playoff race, they could look to deal one or both of Barret Jackman and Bryce Salvador, veteran defenceman that are heading for unrestricted free agency.
- The New York Daily News notes that the Rangers may still be seeking a European centre for Jaromir Jagr, wondering about trading for David Vyborny or Mats Sundin or signing free agent Peter Forsberg.
- While acknowledging it's not what Lightning coach John Tortorella wants to hear, the Tampa Tribune says that it's time for the Bolts to look at dealing pending free agents in order to start the rebuildign process. Dan Boyle, Vaclav Prospal and Chris Gratton are the most marketable of Tampa's upcoming free agents.
- The Edmonton Journal sees Joni Pitkanen as a key to building the Oilers, either via trade before the deadline, or by another team putting forth an offer sheet for the restricted free agent in the summer. The paper also sees Dwayne Rolson, Dick Tarnstrom and Steve Staios as Oilers that might draw interest.
- According to the Columbus Dispatch, the Flyers are going to be seeking a number one goaltender, as Martin Biron and Antero Niittymaki haven't established a firm hold on the job.
- The Calgary Sun has the Hurricanes talking to the Kings about D Tom Preissing.
- According to the Buffalo News, the Stars may have interest in Oilers C Jarret Stoll.
- The Toronto Star suggests that the Maple Leafs might find interest from the Red Wings and Sharks if they were to offer LW Nik Antropov, while Hal Gill and Chad Kiler might be the kind of depth players that would also interest a contender.
- Maple Leafs D Tomas Kaberle tells the Toronto Star that he won't waive his no-trade clause, even if he's asked to by the team.
- The Denver Post suggests that it's time for the Avalanche to deal D Karlis Skrastins, who would have value to teams needing defensive depth.
- According to the Calgary Sun, the Panthers are shopping the likes of Branislav Mezei and Radek Dvorak, while noting that Olli Jokinen could still be acquired in trade, despite protests from Florida's officials.