Rumours and Updates: 2/28
On: Clarke interested in Jokinen? Close to Reechi?
With captain Keith Primeau out for the remainder of the year, Philadelphia Flyers general manager Bobby Clarke will add offense by deadline day. It can be confirmed that Clarke is in the Olli Jokinen sweepstakes. The Philadelphia Flyers have some attractive prospects that Florida Panthers general manager Mike Keenan could demand in return. One name to mention would be Philadelphia's R.J Umberger. Also, the chances look good that Mark Reechi will be returning to the Philadelphia Flyers come March 9th.
On: Brendan Witt
Currently, according to numerous sources, David Poile's Nashville Predators and Dave Nonis' Vancouver Canucks are the front-runners for veteran defenseman Brendan Witt. General manager George McPhee has said he will be moved by deadline day, and that if the right deal came along today he would make it. Last trade deadline Witt was expected to be on the move, however that never materialized. This year is different.
Regier shopping Biron for defense
Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier is seeking defensive depth, and will move goaltending, namely, Martin Biron, to acquire some. There may be interest in Biron out of Ottawa, with Vesa Toskala now off the market. While Edmonton and Phoenix seem to be very close to reaching a deal which would be sending Curtis Joseph to Edmonton, the Oilers may have some interest. Regier also has goaltender Mikka Noronen he could move.
Muckler will make stab at Jokinen
As being confirmed by an Ottawa source, Ottawa Senators general manager John Muckler will make an attempt at Olli Jokinen, using likely depth, youth, and picks as their offer. Names Muckler might be willing to move would be veteran defenseman Chris Phillips, and youngster Anton Volchenkov. The Senators may be more willing to part with a first overall pick, knowing it will be a very low one in the '06 draft.
Ferguson has tough task ahead
Toronto Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson Jr. has suspended all trade talks to try to lock up his number one defenseman Bryan McCabe. This, by no means, is a simple and easy task. Bryan McCabe's offensive numbers have surged this season, and so too has his salary demand. With Ferguson already shelling out a rather generous sum to fellow defenseman Tomas Kaberle, it's not sure how much is left for the 30-year-old Ontario native. It is anticipated that McCabe may be demanding something in the neighborhood of $6 million dollars. There are some light whispers that Ferguson may decide that it's best he is moved, as he may before lose him for nothing on July 1st. However, Ferguson has seen the repercussions of letting key team members such as Roberts and Nieuwendyk go, and by no means has given up on signing McCabe. Ferguson will look to work something out in the upcoming week, and if it isn't going anywhere, he perhaps waits until the end of the season to restart negotiations. nhltraderumours.com- your best source for NHL trade rumours.