Rumor & Trades (Feb.28)

Brian Pothier

Ottawa, not done yet…

Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray isn’t finished tweaking his team for the playoffs just yet. After acquiring forward Matt Cullen from the Carolina Hurricanes it is believed that the Senators will try to add a defensemen on March 3rd. Marek Zidlicky and Ladislav Smid are two names floating around, yet the price to acquire either of those players may be more then Murray is willing to pay. Jan Hejda, Brian Pothier, John-Michael Liles, or Aaron Ward may be more likely scenarios.

Teemu Selanne

Will he stay or will he go?…

After the bronze medal game Teemu Selanne was asked if he thought this season would be the last of his NHL career “Yeah, I think so.” This isn’t much of a surprise, the 39 year old, has been considering retirement for the past few seasons yet the question that we’re left with is whether or not he will finish this year out with the Ducks and try to help push them to the playoffs or waive his NTC and go to a locked team.

Dan Hamhuis

Closing the deal on Hamhuis…
A source close to Nashville defensemen Dan Hamhuis has suggested that if the Predators can’t get a new deal done by the trade deadline the Predators may try to find a partner to trade with. Hamhuis is slated to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year.

Joe Corvo

Bigger is better…

The Boston Bruins may be looking to add another piece to blueline with names like Pavel Kubina, Joe Corvo, and Dan Hamhuis as possible targets. Draft picks along with Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart may be available in return.

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Rumors & Trades (Feb.27)

Alex Auld

Another team on the resume…

The New York Ranges picked up Alex Auld on re – entry waivers today from the Dallas Stars. Auld posted a 9 – 6 – 3 record this season with a 3.00 GAA and .894SV% with the Stars. His career numbers are  83 – 81 – 26  win/loss 2.78 goals againsts average and a .904 save percentage so you know what your getting in this solid backup. Auld, age 29, has played on six different teams thus far with only a very small handful of playoff games. Picking up Auld will give current backup goaltender Chad Johnson some more time to develop in the minor.

The Whitney Sweepstakes…

Ray Whitney

It seems like Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford has a few choices on what to do with 37 year – old Ray Whitney (and others) receiving serious offers from some of the contenders looking to land the left – winger. Whitney is third in points on the Canes roster with 19 goals and 29 assists +/- 1. Other names who may move include defensemen  Joe Corvo and Aaron Ward. “We’re now getting to the point where we’re getting solid offers that we’re going to have to seriously consider, not only on [Whitney] but a couple of other players”

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Rumors & Trades (Feb. 26)

Kozlov

Vyacheslav Kozlov

Unhappy Kozlov?

Vyacheslav Kozlov has apparently requested a trade and too a contender. Kozlov is a bit flustered with his lack of playing time. The 37 year old has eight goals and sixteen assists in 52 games so far this season and is slated to become an unrestricted free agent. I’m not sure which team would be willing to deal in order toget Kozlov. Apparently he wants more playing time but which contender out there will satisfy that, Nashville?

Dan Ellis
Dan Ellis

What about Ellis?

Wednesday the Nashville Predators announced that they resigned Pekka Rinne to a two – year 6.8 million dollar deal, what does this mean for Dan Ellis? The 29 year old net minder has a 13 – 11 – 1 record this year with a .913 save percentage and a 2. 59 goals against average.The Blackhawk were looking at Turco before Alex Auld was send down, with a cheap cap hit could we see Ellis packaged up and shipped off at the deadline?

Leaf

Alexei Ponikarovsky

Bye – Bye Poni?

People are almost in unanimous agreement that Alexei Ponikarovsky will be moved come the trade deadline, heck even Ponikarovsky believes it will probably happen,“Whatever management decides, I have to respect their decision” was a part of a quote from the Toronto Star today. Ponikarovsky (along with Tomas Kaberle if he decides to waive his NTC) are believed to fetch a high return for the rebuilding Leafs.

Huet out?

Huet

Cristobal Huet

Cristobal Huet seems to be unshaken that the trade deadline is coming up and that  he may be shipped off the second place team in the Western Conference.”Yes, we have a good team. Yes, we [goalies] have given up some shots. But look at the games to see if we have helped the team win, and I think the answer is yes. Stats are stats. We both have a large number of wins compared to losses [Huet is 24-11-4 and Niemi is 17-4-1] and we’re pretty much getting the job done.” Coach Joel Quenneville doesn’t seem as confident in Huet “We’re close to where somebody is going to get the net and the opportunity to keep it, that was the chance, (Niemi) took it and he has it. He has won some games and I don’t like usually bucking that trend.”

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NHL trade deadline looms around the corner…

Next week the NHL trade deadline will be upon us!

Be sure to check Hockey Jabber regularly for up to the minute deadline news, reviews and even some previews on what we can expect from this years trade deadline.

Be sure to check back on March 1st/2nd and check out our NHL sellers list, we will be talking about some of the names who may be moving.

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One more round, Jaromir Jagr?

Jagr

Has Jaromir Jagr looked out of place during this tournament?

The 38 year looked impressive out there against Russia, even giving that last ditch effort after being run over by Alex Ovechkin and I’ve heard many people debate whether he would still be a good fit in today’s NHL.

Impressive Olympic play, fueled by past performances in the NHL and an expiring contract overseas, must have some NHL GM’s pondering whether or not they could lure him back over to this side of the world.

Jagr was the 5th pick in the 1990 NHL draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins (the team he won two Stanley Cups with.) A multiple Art Ross Trophy winner, as well as a Hart Trophy, Lester B. Pearson award, NHL All – Star (seven times ) and Rookie All – Star. Jagr is also the recipient of many international awards and holds many NHL records that still stand today.

Jagr has a total of 1273 NHL games under his belt with 645 goals and 953 assists. He has amassed five 100+ point NHL seasons and five additional 90+ seasons in his 17 NHL seasons.

Jagr has already stated that he is unsure whether he would even return to the NHL:

“I signed for two years and in three months my contract expires and then I’m going to make a decision what’s going to happen next. I’m not going to tell you I miss or I don’t miss (the NHL) because I said I’m not going to do it.”

Which doesn’t give NHL fans very must optimism about a return, but if the price is right it may not be an unconceivable notion considering a lot of us still remember his comments from early 2009:

“I was excited when I heard that Edmonton pushed pretty hard to get me and I really appreciate it. And if I ever go there [the NHL], they would be my No. 1 pick because they showed me the interest first”.

Perhaps the Oilers (who look to be sellers come the 2010 trade deadline) can free up some cap space too offer Jagr some incentive ($$$) to come to North America which would certainly please a majority of fans (not just talking about Oiler fans.) They have the ability to (depending on what the choose to do at the deadline) offer him enough money and a top spot for him to play at (something he said he would want if he choose to come back.) Lets face it the Oilers need someone to play in that top spot and give the fans someone to cheer about.

Of course the Oilers aren’t the only team (presumably) who would have some interest in Jagr. A young team like the L.A. Kings might want to look add adding his veteran services, or how about the Pittsburgh Penguins (although his role there may not be as impactful.)

Where do you think Jaromir Jagr will end up playing?

Will he stay in the KHL?

Will the Oilers make a push to for him?

Can he compete in the NHL of today?

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