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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Rumours 1 day from deadline: 3/8

NTR's Top Headline: Witt to Nashville All but Done. Announcement expected tomorrow morning.
Read NTR's Deadline Coverage for the latest trade alerts and rumours.
Witt to Nashville all but done, and more
A Nashville source contacted me just minutes ago and reports that Brendan Witt is about to be a Nashville Predator. He reports a deal will be announced by morning. He adds that general manager David Poile is working on a deal for Phoenix's Mike Comrie, and adds that David Legwand may be involved.. also that they are not yet out of the Jokinen sweepstakes.

Klee move will lead to Witt attempt
Our Toronto source reports that Leafs general manager John Ferguson's deal that shipped out Ken Klee for a prospect will lead to another deal. He reports that John Ferguson will make a push for Washington Capitals defenseman Brendan Witt. He also adds that Bryan McCabe is not going to be dealt, for any wondering.

Witt won't play tonight, deal is imminent
Well, if it wasn't already carved in stone that the Washington Capitals would be moving Brendan Witt before tomorrow's 3pm trading deadline, it is now. The Capitals won't play Witt against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight, to assure no injury as they are poised to deal the veteran defenseman. The Vancouver Canucks and Nashville Predators remain the front-runners for Witt.

Clarke looking at Gauthier and Kuba
Philadelphia Flyers general manager Bobby Clarke will add defense by 3:00 pm tomorrow, reports a source. He is currently looking into the situation Denis Gauthier, and is also contacting the Minnesota Wild about Filip Kuba and Andrei Zyuzin. The source adds that Clarke is still interested in Mark Recchi on the offensive side of things.

Canes looking at Sanderson, Recchi
Previous rumour reports had Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford after Pittsburgh forward Mark Recchi, which according to a source still looks like a strong possibility, and he also reports that Columbus’ Geoff Sanderson is being looked at by Rutherford.

Parrish deal not done, but is imminent reported last night that the New York Islanders had dealt forward Mark Parrish. That was a false report, however according to a reliable source a deal is imminent and could happen in the next 24 hours, if not, most definitely on deadline day. >A source has contacted me and says it's Ken Holland's Detroit Red Wings and Pierre Lacroix's Colorado Avalanche that are in the running for Parrish.

What could the Avs be up to?
According to a Denver source, nothing overly big due to cap restrictions. However, general manager Pierre Lacroix will seek replacements for injured forward Steve Konowalchuk and defenseman Ossi Vaananen, reports the source. Lacroix may be after Washington’s Jeff Friesen, or St. Louis’ Dallas Drake on offense, while on defense he may be looking at Washington’s Brendan Witt, Phoenix’s Denis Gauthier or Minnesota Wild defenseman Andrei Zyuzin.

The Latest with Luongo and Jokinen rumours
A Florida source contacted me yesterday saying “there is truth that the Kings have made an offer for Roberto Luongo. But I also think the Panthers aren't considering it seriously. As for the latest with Jokinen: the Panthers probably will end up keeping him, because they won't get much more than picks for him, since the three teams most interested -- Nashville, Ottawa and Calgary -- aren't looking to give him $5 to $6 million a season long term and will thus want to just rent him. Considering they're looking at him as a rental, they won't want to give up much. And picks back for Olli not only won't be considered equal value by the Panthers, it wouldn't be worth the PR firestorm they'll endure. So unless some team decides to give up a big name, say Ottawa offering up Martin Havlat for Olli, I see him staying put.”

Fernandez re-signing sure sign of Roloson's departure
With Minnesota Wild general manager Doug Risebrough re-signing goaltender Manny Fernandez to a new multi-year deal, a source is reporting that Dwayne Roloson's days as a member of the Wild are numbered. The source reports that this is a "sure sign of Roloson's departure." He labels Vancouver as a team that will likely make a pitch at Roloson, and possibly the Ottawa Senators, as well as the Edmonton Oilers as the front-runner.

Key players in Boston could be on the move
A Boston source reports that Bruins general manager Mike O'Connell will deal some big names if the deal is right. It's suggested that winger Sergei Samsonov is being talked about, defenseman Brian Leetch, and forward Glen Murray. The source reports that the Bruins will accept youth and picks, as it's best to receive something for these players (in Leetch, Samsonov) than lose them in the summer to unrestricted free agency. There is wide-interest in Samsonov, while apparently there is some interest in Leetch from his ex-club, the New York Rangers.

The Latest with the Sens
A source reports that Ottawa Senators general manager John Muckler’s main focus will be goaltending on deadline day. Muckler’s current targets are labeled as Minnesota’s Dwayne Roloson, and Phoenix’s Curtis Joseph. Despite all the rumours of Muckler seeking a big-name forward on deadline day, it’s more likely he goes for cheaper names like St. Louis’ Dallas Drake. The source still leaves an outside chance that Muckler ends up with Pittsburgh’s Mark Recchi, however.

The Leafs Situation one day from deadline
After having a long discussion with a Toronto source, regardless of whether the Leafs organization has given up on the playoffs or not on deadline day, very little will occur. No one wants what Ferguson is willing to move, and those that are wanted he’s not willing give up. So if the Leafs remain far from a playoff spot on March 8th, and all hopes for the post-season are lost, it doesn’t mean anything will occur the following day. The Leafs have said to be interested in moving Allison, but the source expects Allison to be headed nowhere, "because of his bonus package, you would essentially pay him over $1million for 20 games." With Belfour, “he wants someone to pick up his $4.5million option for next season or he won't waive his no trade contract- no one will do that.” Belfour said yesterday that he doesn’t want to be anywhere he’s not wanted, however "he feels that if no teams want to pick up his option for next season 'then he's not wanted'." Those that would attract interest would be Darcy Tucker, Bryan McCabe and Ken Klee. But Ferguson won’t part with Tucker or McCabe, and perhaps Klee goes- but it is unlikely Ferguson will get much more than a middle of the road draft pick.

Three main interests in Recchi
An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette had Dallas, San Jose, Ottawa, Carolina, and Philadelphia as the main five interested in Pittsburgh's winger Mark Recchi. A source reports that you can really just narrow that down to Caroina, Philadelphia, and maybe Ottawa at this point. The injury to forward Erik Cole has Carolina general manger Jim Rutherford very hot on Recchi's trail, while Philadelphia GM Bobby Clarke is still seeking a forward to replace a sidelined Keith Primeau. The Stars will not be much of a player if at all on deadline day, and the Sharks aren't looking like they'll be a playoff team and will likely wait until the off-season to do their buying.

Nashville interested in Dowd
After speaking to a Nashville source, he reports that while Predators general manager David Poile has been standing pat, that status will change with the latest injuries to forwards Yanic Perrault and Mark Eaton. It's being suggested that the Nashville Predators will make a pitch at Chicago forward Jim Dowd. Currently, that looks like Dowd's most likely destination. Also, the Atlanta Thrashers, who have surged into 9th place since the end of the Olympic break, may have interest.

Tkachuk Staying in St. Louis
It looks like Keith Tkachuk may not be on the move after all. The St. Louis Blues have an option on Tkachuk's contract, and according to a reliable source, it looks like they'll be picking it up. Many wondered and speculated that Tkachuk would eventually waive it, with the pressure from the organization and interest from top teams.

Canucks D Situation
It is expected that Nonis is still most interested in and is one of the front-runners for Washington Capitals defenseman Brendan Witt. Also, Vancouver and Phoenix have been negotiating lately, and Nonis may be trying to acquire one of the available defenseman there: Sean O’Donnell, Denis Gauthier and Derek Morris are all names to mention. Vancouver is looking into Filip Kuba of Minnesota, reports the source.

The Latest in Phoenix
Currently, it appears as though every player, with the possible exceptions of Shane Doan and Ladislav Nagy, is touchable. According to a Toronto source, Curtis Joseph will most definitely be in new uniform on March 10th. A deal between the Edmonton Oilers and Phoenix Coyotes appears to be very close, reports the source. With Vesa Toskala off the trade market, Muckler may make an attempt at Joseph before the chance is gone. Gretzky has said that there have been a lot of phone calls concerning Joseph, and that he will likely be a hot commodity with a number of teams looking to add goaltending depth and his insignificant salary. It can be confirmed that Geoff Sanderson is actively being shopped, while other availabilities could include defensemen Sean O’Donnell, Derek Morris, Paul Mara, and forwards Mike Comrie and Mike Johnson. The Coyotes are a team that many playoff-bound clubs will look to improve their roster on deadline day.

Kings pursuing Witt
Los Angeles Kings general manager Dave Taylor is currently talking to the Washington Capitals about the services of defenseman Brendan Witt, reports a source. Los Angeles is looking "for a solid defensive defenseman," and Witt fits the bill perfectly. With the wide interest in Witt, the source reports that Taylor is also looking at Anaheim's Keith Carney. Other teams interested in Witt are said to be the Vancouver Canucks, and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Oilers pursuing Minnesota's Roloson
Edmonton Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe is pursuing Minnesota Wild goaltender Dwayne Roloson, an Edmonton source is reporting. The Minnesota Wild have two goaltenders capable of the starting role in Roloson and Manny Fernandez, and have been said to be shopping Roloson. your best source for NHL trade rumours.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The leafs should give up sundin and build for the future and land a guy like luongo.

March 08, 2006  
Blogger NTR said...

Keenan's asking price is ridiculous. Unless he ends up in the UFA market, the Leafs would have a very hard time acquiring him.

March 08, 2006  
Anonymous canucklehead said...

Bring Witt to Vancouver, Nonis!

March 08, 2006  

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