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Monday, March 06, 2006

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A Belfour and Allison Update
Contacted a Toronto source today, and he reports that if the Montreal Canadiens both beat the Leafs and win their game in hand, the organization will have given up on the playoffs. He reports that if the Leafs are at a situation where they are to sell on deadline day, Belfour may not be so easy to move. The source said "Belfour 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." Interestingly, this is to the contrary of what Belfour was saying in the Star (had him saying he won't stay anywhere he's not wanted), but our source reports "Belfour feels that if no teams want to pick up his option for next season 'then he's not wanted'." As for Allison. The source also expects Allison to be headed nowhere, "because of his bonus package, you would essentially pay him over $1million for 20 games."

Canes pursuing Pittsburgh's Mark Recchi
With Erik Cole sidelined with a fractured vertebra in his neck, the first placed Carolina Hurricanes will be pursuing a replacement for the 27-year-old forward. Cole had been having a career year before the injury, and according to a source Jim Rutherford is currently after a scoring winger, with Pittsburgh's Mark Recchi as his main target. Rutherford is also interested in Washington's Jeff Friesen, reports the source. Another team to mention in the Recchi sweepstakes is Ottawa, I am hearing.

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.”

Lindros’ days as a Leaf not over, Belfour to Detroit?

A reliable Toronto source reports that while Eric Lindros’ year may be over, it isn’t the last we’ll see of him in blue and white. He reports that Lindros will sign for the league minimum to stay in Toronto. Also, the source reports he sees Belfour heading to Detroit. Rumours have it that Detroit will look to move Chris Osgood in the deal. The Wings would have to clear the cap room, as they are already at the maximum.
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21 Comments:

Anonymous theonlysouthernhockeyfan said...

Thanks for clearing that up. That's the very true and reasonable basics of the situation here, ppl are just taking it too far.

March 06, 2006  
Anonymous oildrop said...

he is a solid addition, and hopefully there are no reprocussions of the disease.

March 06, 2006  
Anonymous leafsfan said...

think we could get fischer?

osgood would be good temp for the rest of the season.

March 06, 2006  
Anonymous thepennsylvanian said...

Carolina gave up a lot of depth for Weight, they would have to give up youth here.

March 06, 2006  
Anonymous leafsfan said...

as for lindros, he desrves another chance. its not like this is a head injury or anything, its something randonm and out of his control. and for the min, sweet.

March 06, 2006  
Anonymous heatley15 said...

How is Recchi doing this year?

I don't think its worth going after him with his slow year ( I think his year hasnt been great).

March 06, 2006  
Blogger NTR said...

Not having a bad year at all, in fact a great one.

He has played every game so far this season (health looks good). He is currently at 56 pts in 61 games, on pace for 75 on the season.

March 06, 2006  
Anonymous heatley15 said...

In that case, not a bad playoff retnal at all.

March 06, 2006  
Blogger Ben said...

Leafsfan: Do you mean Jiri Fischer? He will almost definitely be out for the entire season, and may never play professional hockey again. I certainly hope he comes back, though. As for Osgood, I highly doubt he will be available - unless the Wings procure a veteran goaltender.

Being a Wings fan, I feel uneasy about the supposed Belfour-Detroit rumor. Is Belfour really a Cup-caliber goalie anymore? And the talk of trading Mathieu Schneider makes me flat-out upset. He is having a career year, and losing him would hurt the Wings in many ways - particularly on their power play. The only way I could possibly support that is if they got a superb defenseman in return. I really don't see either Detroit trade happening, though. If they are going to do anything, it will most likely be a trade for Weinrich or Carney, and possibly a depth forward like Dallas Drake (that would be interesting to see him in a Wins uniform again!) or Dean McAmmond. Apparently Holland has made inquiries regarding Luongo, but I seriously doubt a deal will be made there. I think the Wings won't make a huge splash, although their seemingly minor deadline deals have always been their best (Larry Murphy in 97, Jamie Macoun in 98, as opposed to the huge Wendel Clark/Bill Ranfod/Chris Chelios deals in 99, when they won only five playoff games and Ranford was a bust in net).

The Robert Lang trade talk is slightly worrisome. If they are going to deal their solid second-line center, they had better get one in return. I think Lang is a solid performer and will prove useful in the playoffs. As for Jiri Hudler, I certainly hope the Wings don't move him. He is doing a superb job for Grand Rapids (AHL) and is regarded by many to be a near-blue chip prospect. Giving him and someone else up for Belfour or something would be ridiculous.

March 06, 2006  
Blogger Ben said...

I definitely think Recchi could be a great playoff rental for whoever bids highest. He would add some goals and a heck of a lot of experience - including a Stanley Cup win with the Pens in 91. Carolina or Ottawa (or anyone else, for that matter) would be even more formidable with him in their lineup.

March 06, 2006  
Blogger NTR said...

Not to worry Ben, just contacted reporting that the Schneider report was false.

March 06, 2006  
Blogger Ben said...

Superb! Thank you very much, ntr. I was pretty alarmed when I read that, and thought that it must be erroneous. I am glad to hear confirmation that it is! Keep up the good work - I know we all appreciate it.

March 06, 2006  
Blogger NTR said...

Hey, that's my job.

Apparently there was some false rumour floating around, but the source has cleared it up, and apologizes for reporting it earlier.

How did you find the site, Ben?

March 06, 2006  
Anonymous missoulaCanucksfan said...

I think that Carolina should pick up Recchi because the Pens are a really bad team that needs to dump the needless high salary surrounding Crosby. If the Canes give the Pens any draft picks in exchange for Recchi, then it would help the Pens draft some more building blocks to help out Sid for years.

March 06, 2006  
Blogger NTR said...

Hey Everyone- Just made an interesting Belfour update, check it out.

March 06, 2006  
Blogger Ben said...

That was definitely an interesting rumor, though!

I found the site yesterday by googling for nhl trade rumors. Obviously, your site came up, and I am very impressed, to say the least!

Interesting about Belfour and the Leafs approach generally. They definitely have a few players that would be of interest to any number of teams, if they decide to sell.

March 06, 2006  
Blogger Ben said...

According to www.thefourthperiod.com, McCabe just rejected a 4-year, $16 million offer from the Leafs today.

March 06, 2006  
Anonymous jen said...

I've got the upmost respect for Mark Recchi. He is a small player who has really excelled at the NHL level, despite of it. I wish him the best wherever he may end up, hopefully on a serious contender such as the Hurricanes, Senators, or Flyers, because we all know he deserves it.

March 06, 2006  
Blogger NTR said...

Hey Ben.

Yeah, was just reading up on that.

It was expected. McCabe is looking for at least $5 million, and the Leafs won't be dealing him on March 9th and will continue to work on a deal...

March 06, 2006  
Blogger Ben said...

Hey NTR - where do you expect him to go? And for whom? He could certainly be quite an addition to any given team...

March 07, 2006  
Blogger NTR said...

McCabe? Re-read my post:

It was expected. McCabe is looking for at least $5 million, and the Leafs won't be dealing him on March 9th and will continue to work on a deal...

March 07, 2006  

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