Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Trade Explosion?

1) From the amount and number of trade rumors we've been hearing from our voluminous sources through out the league we feel we are getting very close to a relative explosion of deals. The word on the street is that the Conroy trade, as minor as it is may have been, helped push a few reticent GMs over the edge and who may want to move now rather than wait till the deadline in 4 weeks. After all, another month and 10-15 games later could be the difference between watching and participating in late April hockey. And the playoffs is what makes the big dollars for teams
2) On that front since we last discussed this issue it appears that there are now a few more teams that are looking like they will be sellers. In the West Phoenix despite their recent better play finds themselves 10 points out of a spot and thus Mike Barnett is now listening more intently to offers. As we at FAUXRUMORS have stated a few times, the front runners to a Phoenix sell off are the N.Y. Rangers. Glen Sather covets impending UFA, Shane Doan. the hold up is what Barnett has been asking. Sather has been reluctant to trade any of his top prospects and instead would prefer to deal away a combination of picks, and/or a 3rd/4th line roster player. Doan will be sought after by many teams so sather may have to bite the bullet on this if he truly want Doan on Broadway. Else he may have to 'settle' for Scatchard who would be very attainable for a mid round pick
3) Players who are NOT likely to be moved are Darcy Tucker, Todd Bertuzzi, and Peter Forsberg. All 3 have health issues for starters. The Leafs are still very much in the race, so its doubtful they'd deal one of their leading scorers now. Forsberg has been discussed enough lately so we won't rehash that issue. Bertuzzi is a more interesting case. The Panthers are holding on to their playoff hopes by a thread. In reality they are out of it. They could stand to lose Todd for nothing if they don't deal him but what team would risk much of anything on a player who hasn't played a meaningful game in 4+ months? Therefore we believe the Panthers will retain Bertuzzi and hope to resign him before July 1
4) Another team that is sure to soon to be dealing are the St. Louis Blues. Specifically Keith Tkachuk, Billy Guerin, and Eric Brewer. Of the three Tkachuk has a no trade clause. meaning he will have some say so where he ends up. But he WILL be dealt. Several teams have expressed interest. The most intriguing is a recent rumor that San Jose is interested in bringing in big Keith. That would improve an already formidable line up going into the post season. The Stars are quite interested in bringing back Guerin. They didn't want to lose him in the first place, but in the cap age his salary was beyond what his production afforded. The Stars could definitely use his scoring prowess. Brewer has been rumored to be going to many teams. The defenseman has been a bit of an enigma since arriving on Long Island a few years back. He would be a decent addition for a team in need of blue line depth, but his addition won't change the balance of power anywhere. The Flames are the team we're hearing the most in discussions of Brewer.
5) These are just a few of the players we're hearing a lot about the last few weeks. We will update these and others as the days go by. As always keep it here for the latest!

9 comments:

sirhow said...

Who do you see the habs deeling for if they intend try to set a trade?
We hurd "zerdev" or "maggy". I know, now you don't put rumors for nothing compare to our famous eklund who recentlry got the conroy one I am surprise. Even though it was only a e1 . lol

Fauxrumors said...

1) EVERYONE had the Conroy trade. It was the worst kept secret in the league. Eklund hardly 'got that one'. We're still waiting for him to get his first this year. So far he's published about 973 rumors this season and is 0 for 973. LOL
2) As for your Habs, the Zherdev rumor is wishful thinking on the part of the Montreal media. Columbus may not be happy with the Russian right now, but don't look for them to deal him UNLESS they get a boat load back.
3) The Habs would love to move Ninimaa and or Samsonov. The ladder will be difficult with his contract. We've heard they may try to get into the Guerin sweepstakes

Joseph said...

not sure if my habs would be all that interested in yet another enigmatic russian....so i can't see bob going after zherdev. and who the hell is maggy??? as for guerin, um maybe, but the habs are already pretty stocked on the wings... bob is going to want a center, not a winger, guerin is a power forward, something the habs haven't had..well um ever.

Osama Bin-Laden said...

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Fauxrumors said...

1) Funny how the adjective, 'enigmatic', seems to be attached to so many Russian born NHL-ers
2) The list would be pretty impressive. Samsonov, Antropov, Kovalov, Yashin, Kvasha, Kozlev, Zherdev,etc, etc
3) Are we just expecting too much of these guys or are they just not putting out a consistent effort?

Antzmarching said...

Maybe the Caps could get a "sheik" to play along side Alex Ovechkin... What do you think about that, Osama?

Antzmarching said...

It's tough to say whether some of these "less than interested" Russians are putting forth an effort... It wouldn't be wise to lump ALL Russians in with these guys... Some literally give 150% every night - i.e., Kovalchuk, Ovechkin, Malkin, and surprisingly, Semin... However, it is safe to say that neither Kvasha nor Antropov would have made the Central Red Army roster 20 years ago...

Fauxrumors said...

1) agreed that not all Russians are cut from the same clothe
2) Yes, not only would Kvasha and Yashin not have played for the Central Red Army, but coach Tikanov would have sent their lazy asses to Siberia!

Joseph said...

sorry I didn't want to get all don cherry on you guys and lump a whole country full of players together and typecast them as enigmatic or lazy...my point was that zherdev seems to be kovalev, or samsonovesque and well i am pretty sure bob wouldn't want to bring another head case into the habs locker room, regardless of their country of origin.