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Friday, March 10, 2006

Post-Deadline News and Rumours

Tommorrow we will start a feature called "Ask the Expert," starting with trade deadline questions with ESPN's John Buccigross.
Recchi will return to Pittsburgh
A source reports that Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford's acquisition of Mark Recchi was nothing more than a rental move, and that Recchi will be finding his way back to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the summer. The deal came as a reaction to high scoring winger Erik Cole's serious neck injury, which will grant Recchi chance with a contender this post-season. The source adds that yesterday Recchi was given a choice as to which of Carolina, Philadelphia, and Ottawa he would be most interested in moving to, and it's obvious which one was his choice.

Lowe had McAmmond deal in place
A source confirms that Edmonton Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe had a deal in place for St. Louis' forward Dean McAmmond that fell through as they didn't get the paper work into the NHL on time.The addition of McAmmond would have made the Oilers the clear winner of the 2006 trade deadline, as the team had already addressed their goaltending issue with the acquisition of Dwayne Roloson and added a quick scoring winger in Sergei Samsonov.

Leetch attracted interest
Despite consistent rumours that veteran defenseman Brian Leetch would be following Joe Thornton and Sergei Samsonov out the door, Boston Bruins general manager Mike O'Connell chose not to deal the 38 year old. But it wasn"t because of lack of interest. According to sources, there were plenty of teams knocking on O'Connell's door asking about Leetch. Teams who inquired about Leetch's services include his ex-club, the New York Rangers, the Vancouver Canucks, and the Dallas Stars. All teams had vast interest in Leetch, and all ended up pursuing other alternatives. Sources report that O'Connell likely would have dealt the defenseman, had it not been for Leetch's request not to be traded. The Rangers had Leetch at the top of their list, and ended up with Anaheim's Sandis Ozolinsh. Apparently Dallas had been pushing for Leetch the past few days, and would've ended up with him had he been available, instead of Willie Mitchell.

Lowe had interest in Belfour

According to sources, Kevin Lowe was inquiring about the services of Ed Belfour in the week leading up to the March 9th trade deadline. However, Ed Belfour's no trade clause would only be waived if Lowe were to pick up his $4.8 million dollar option was picked up for next year, which no team was willing to do.
Also, according to a source, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Jay Feaster also expressed interest, and surprisingly, did not end up adding a goaltender of any sort on deadline day. your best source for NHL trade rumours.


Anonymous leafsfan said...

yeah belfour had any team wanting to rent him not able.

March 10, 2006  

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