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Friday, March 03, 2006

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Oilers also shopping for offense
While the main focus with general manager Kevin Lowe is to acquire a goaltender on deadline day, an Alberta source reports they will also add some offensive depth. Lowe will be looking for depth role players, St. Louis' Dallas Drake, and Phoenix's Tyson Nash being his main targets. The source reports that there is a chance that if Lowe ends up landing a cheap goaltender like Curtis Joseph, he may make an attempt at Washington's Jeff Friesen.

Muckler looking at Recchi
Ottawa Senators general manager John Muckler is currently looking at a number of forward options. A source reports that Mark Recchi can be added to the list. Muckler has contacted Craig Patrick about his services, reports the source. Muckler has a lot of interest in Olli Jokinen if Mike Keenan chooses to move him, as well as St. Louis' Dallas Drake and Pittsburgh's John LeClair. Muckler would also be interested in St. Louis' Keith Tkachuk, but it looks like St. Louis may be picking up the option on his contract, and he also currently has a no-trade clause.

Canucks Looking at Souray, but not top priority
A source is reporting that Vancouver Canucks’ general manager Dave Nonis is looking into the situation with Sheldon Souray in Montreal, but that it appears he is leaning more towards other alternatives. The source reports that there have yet to be negotiations between the two sides, and that Nonis is simply just browsing. Souray comes off as a bit pricey, and it’s not known how willing Montreal Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey is to move him, if at all. 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.

Samsonov gauging interest
Boston Bruins forward Sergei Samsonov is gauging interest from many teams around the league, a Boston source reports. It’s still being decided by general manager Mike O’Connell whether or not he’ll move Samsonov, who he dished a handsome sum to when re-upping his contract earlier in the year- a move which he has been often criticized for. The source reports that a lot will depend on how the Bruins do in the next stretch, and how close to a playoff spot they are by deadline day. The source also has some reasonable doubt that he will be dealt regardless of where they are in the standings, because of his contract situation, and that O’Connell wouldn’t get what’s deserved in return because of it.

Teams talking about Joseph

A source is reporting that the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks have shown the most interest in Phoenix goaltender Curtis Joseph, and have been in negotiations as of late. It's not known what exactly either team will budge to acquire the goaltender, as both teams want to keep their core and prospect bases. At this time, it is figured Kevin Lowe's Oilers are the front-runner, reports the source, but that that doesn't mean too much at this point.

Plenty of teams interested in Rangers' Weekes
New York Rangers goaltender Kevin Weekes has been attracting a lot of interest from the many teams seeking goaltending, reports a New York source. The source mentioned the Ottawa Senators before any other team, while Edmonton and Vancouver are also interested. The source reports that it'll have to be decided on by general manager Glen Sather if he wants to keep Weekes as a back-up to youngster Henrik Lundqvist.
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11 Comments:

Anonymous canucklehead said...

I thought souray was a little pricey for me too.

plus, he's playing horrible lately and I dont know why Nonis would want that.

March 03, 2006  
Anonymous oildrop said...

Joseph is a guy that Lowe needs to get because of his past with the club.

I think Joseph is still a very capable goaltender, and in Edmonton he'll have that motivation.

March 03, 2006  
Anonymous imissthornton said...

well, with o'connell already kissing our franchise away with the thornton trade, may as well throw samsnov out hte dooor too.

March 03, 2006  
Anonymous newyorker said...

Weekes won't be moved.

Not sure what lundqvist can handle in the postseason so he will be kept as support.

March 03, 2006  
Blogger Hockey Pharmacist said...

Hey NTR

Hear anything about Belfour and Edmonton?

TLW

March 03, 2006  
Anonymous heatley15 said...

any of those options would please me.

I can see Drake as necessary for postseason, Reechi adds even more speed and skill. jokinen, well its jokinen.

March 03, 2006  
Anonymous senatorfanatic said...

With all these great players available, I don't think Muckler should hesitate to move a first round pick and even some quality prospects. we really have a chance htis year,

March 03, 2006  
Blogger NTR said...

Pharmacist:

Unless the Leafs have very little hope for playoffs on March 9th, don't expect Belfour to move.

If they are a good 8-12 points out, Edmonton is currently most interested.

March 03, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ReCChi

March 03, 2006  
Anonymous tbone said...

Indeed, Recchi.

March 03, 2006  
Anonymous oildrop said...

I think cujo, considering his salary, is currently the best option. I think he'll have some inspiration back in Edmonton.

friesen fits in quite well here. good playoff player.

March 03, 2006  

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