Rumors & Trades (Mar.2)

Tomas Kaberle

Not going anywhere?…

Teams hoping that Tomas Kaberle will waive his NTC may be disappointed at the end of the day tomorrow. According to Kaberle’s agent, Rick Curran: “It’s as it always has been. He would prefer to stay in Toronto, forever, hopefully.” This is the last season that Kaberle controls his fate on deadline day because his NTC is conditional based on the Leafs making the playoffs this year. Assuming that the Leafs don’t make the playoffs (the currently sit in last place in the Eastern Conference, back 15 points from 8th) Kaberle will no longer be able to use his NTC.

Odd man out?…

Kyle Wellwood

The Vancouver Canucks may be looking to ship out one (or two) players come Wednesday. Canuck coach Alain Vigneault recently talkedabout his third line: “Wefeel we’ve got two pretty good lines and we think we can really have a strong fourth line with grit and toughness. So then you look at our third line and you say to yourself, if we could upgrade a little bit it would help our team.” Many people believe that it’s the undersized center Kyle Wellwood that needs to be moved as the Canucks have had issues with him for the past two season. Yet Steve Bernier, who came in with high expectations last year and has failed to come into his own on the offensive front, maybe be feeling some heat.

Toni Lydman

Out with the old?….

The Buffalo Sabres may end up trading two of their 30+ year old defensemen between now and the end of the trade deadline tomorrow. 31 year old Henrik Tallinder and 32 year old Toni Lydman both realize that as veteran defensemen with expiring contracts the odds of them being moved are high. “Whatever jersey I put on after Wednesday, that’s who I work for” Lydman said on Monday with Tallinder saying almost the same thing when asked about the situation “It could be a little bit tough if you get traded, but that’s part of the business.”

Dan Hamhuis

Hamhuis close?….

A league source has said the Flyers are close to completing a deal with the Nashville Predators for defenseman Dan Hamhuis, possibly pending Riley Cote’s andDanny Syvret’s waiver status at noon today. Dan Hamhuis becomes a UFA at the end of this season and has a cap hit of $2 million, it is believe that the Nashville Predators will receive Ryan Parent in return from the Flyers. The Flyers have also expressed interest in Alexander Frolov (LA) and Raffi Torres (CLB).

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