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Monday, February 27, 2006

Rumours and Updates: 2/27
Toskala re-signs, ending trade possibility
The San Jose Sharks have re-signed goaltender Vesa Toskala to a two-year, 1.375 million dollar deal, which will put a stop to all trade rumours involving the goaltender. Rumours had it that Ottawa was interested in adding Toskala with Dominek Hasek's injury situation. Toskala would've been a hot commodity with many teams looking to add some goaltending, as he had a previous salary (before the deal) of 680K, and would have been a UFA at the end of the season.

Poile Has Plenty of Options
Nashville Predators general manager David Poile will have plenty of options when deciding on his defense acquisition(s) come deadline day. The long list includes Minnesota’s Andrei Zyuzin, Phoenix’s Derek Morris, Paul Mara, Denis Gauthier, and Sean O’Donnell, Anaheim’s Keith Carney and Ruslan Salei, St. Louis’ Eric Weinrich, Columbus’ Luke Richardson, and Washington’s Brendan Witt. There were rumours that a deal was almost complete before the Olympic trade freeze took affect February 10th, that would’ve brought Brendan Witt to Nashville. But, according to a Nashville source, the deal was not as close as it was rumoured to be. With Witt gauging as much interest as he is, Washington’s asking price was a little too high, according to the source, but Poile is still interested. The source reports that Witt is still Poile’s main target, but he will still not mortgage future to land the defenseman. The source also suggests that Greg Johnson may be bait, and possibly even David Legwand.
On: Eric Lindros Situation
We would like to apologize for the previous report that Lindros' year was over. Not only NTR was reporting this, but as well as a few other sites, but it turns out Lindros' injury situation was a lot more positive than we had thought. Eric Lindros may return to the Leafs line-up against Washington tomorrow (Tuesday) night. If not then, the following game on March 3rd versus the Buffalo Sabres.

On: The Tyler Wright Situation
We had reported earlier here that Anaheim Mighty Duck forward Tyler Wright will announce his retirement shortly after the Olympic break. That may still be the case, but I will show you a press release by the Anaheim Mighty Duck organization:
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has reassigned right wing Tyler Wright to the Portland Pirates, Anaheim’s American Hockey League affiliate (AHL).
Following his assignment, Wright was given the option of reporting to Portland, or returning to his home in Columbus to contemplate his future (on a paid basis). Wright has elected to return to Ohio and will consider his career options.
“Tyler Wright is a class act who has had a long and successful NHL career, and we support his decision,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Burke.” Source:

This means, basically, that Tyler Wright is in Ohio deciding whether or not to call it a career. At this point, the only way he will perhaps resume his playing career is if Blue Jackets general manager Doug MacLean shows interest in him, and invites him to re-join Columbus. your best source for NHL trade rumours.


Anonymous thepredator said...

I wouldn't move legwand for him, but i wouldn't move future either..

February 27, 2006  
Anonymous steve-0 said...

I see Nashville trying to acquire him with depth.. Washington will likely move elsewhere.

February 27, 2006  
Anonymous leafsfan said...

Things are getting quite exciting with the deadline getting close...

jokinen is oficially going to be moved, thats gonna be fun to watch.

February 27, 2006  
Anonymous heatley15 said...

not at all a bad idea.

phillips needs a new deal at the end of the year, and we know it was going to be a struggle to get chara, phillips, and redden new deals.

plus! its jokinen!

February 27, 2006  
Anonymous southernhockeyfan said...

Jokinen and Bouwmeester, oh, and Weiss are the only positives currently in this organization.

the biggest one is going to be gone.

good job gettin it done keener!

February 27, 2006  
Anonymous imwearingthebluejacket said...

Wright was a favorite of mine here, as was he of many fellow fans.

I hope MacLean respects what wright did alot for this organization when we were new in the league. Wright shouldn't be retiring at thirty two, he is better than that.

February 27, 2006  
Anonymous quack12 said...

respectful decision burke. nice job, classy.

February 27, 2006  
Anonymous leafsfan said...


thanks for the update. would've been easy to just delete the post you had up there and act like it never happened, but you corrected it.

I don't care, because its great news. we'll get to see lindros again.

February 27, 2006  
Anonymous tbone12 said...


I rather have the cap room.

As for Jokinen. I think he may actually go to Nashville. They can offer the best deal with Legwand. Calgary doesn't have a lot there, and Ottawa doesn't have Havlat avalable.

February 27, 2006  
Anonymous cal said...

Jokinen wouldn't be too necessary for me.

I think we should add a defenseman, and sure, if Jokinen's price isn't over-the-top like Phaneuf or something ridiculous like that, try for him.

February 27, 2006  
Anonymous leafsfan said...

i don't think that's a fair thing to say, tbone.

lindros is lindros after all. he may be a bit taneted with injury, but he is still lindros.

he is capable of a point a game, and gutcheck scoring. i dont think there is a lot out there that would be much better than he is. jokinen, sure, but hes too farfeched.

February 27, 2006  
Anonymous hockeyfan101 said...

looks like the florida panthers will sell off again on deadline day.

you know what would be great? there shouldnt be two teams in a single u.s state, let alone in the south. if the team sucks, maybe its time we move them.

anyways, apart from that, mark my words, calgary will get jokinen.

February 27, 2006  
Anonymous heatley15 said...

I wonder where muckler looks now.

I would go at Curtis Joseph if I were him.

February 27, 2006  

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