From Minneapolis Star Tribune: “The number of players on the trade market is overwhelming”

According to numerous NHL insiders who are in Montreal preparing for this weekend’s draft, the number of players on the trade market is overwhelming. The reason? With the economic future of the NHL uncertain, salary-cap strapped teams are trying to unload players before the cap potentially drops significantly after this upcoming season. The players on the market…

From TSN: Tavares or Hedman? Remember “Daigle or Pronger?”

Well if the year was 1993, the Ottawa Senators would select slick centre Alexandre Daigle and leave stalwart defenceman Chris Pronger for the Hartford Whalers. In some cases, having the second overall pick can work out pretty well. The New York Islanders have a similar decision to make heading into Friday’s first round of the NHL Entry…

From Tom Benjamin’s NHL Blog: Signing the Sedins

I don’t see what the statistical data has to do with anything. The Sedins are about to become free agents – after July 1st, they are worth whatever an NHL team is prepared to pay them. Emphasis on the word them. The ballpark here is not between $5 MM and $7 MM. It is between…

Scott Burnside: Trades, rumors and who’ll be No. 1

Another guy bound to be in the middle of about a million rumors this weekend will be Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi, whose young Kings took a big step forward last season by hanging around the playoff picture well into the second half. Lombardi is now on the hot seat to get the Kings into…

Via Matthew Barry: Lombardi on Gauthier

[vodpod id=Groupvideo.2800366&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] [vodpod id=Groupvideo.2257038&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] Love him or hate him, Denis Gauthier was certainly a decent “filler”. “I told this to him twice“, Lombardi began. “I’ve just to keep my options open in terms of whether one of the kids is ready and what would fit with this group. The one kid who had moved along…

Something may be up – The Boston Globe

The Bruins also could have their eye on Zack Kassian, perhaps the toughest customer in the entire draft. The 6-3 Kassian, though, is more likely to be nabbed in the top 12-15 picks. via Something may be up – The Boston Globe.  

Via Greatest Hockey Legends: Guy Lafleur and Marcel Dionne

Lafleur was not eligible for the NHL draft until 1971, but Montreal wanted him badly. In May 1970 they made their first move to secure the 1st overall pick in ’71. They traded Ernie Hicke and their own 1st rounder to lowly Oakland. As the 1970-71 season progressed, the Habs gamble was working well as…

Via Habslegends: Ralph Backstrom and the Super Street Skate

After 13 seasons and 6 Stanley Cup championships in Montreal, Backstrom went to GM Sam Pollock and requested a trade in 1970. The Habs sent Backstrom to Los Angeles, one of his requested destinations, in exchange for Gord Labossiere and Ray Fortin. “It was very refreshing for me to play in Los Angeles. It was…

Via Matthew Barry: Lombardi on JJ Sr and ALL THAT B.S.

Of course that was a perfect segue for me to ask about all of the off season turmoil surrounding Jack Johnson and that he seems to be talked about in every single trade deal. Lombardi cleared the air. “Aw, that’s not fair. This is the truth. The thing that set off the firestorm was the…

Via Matthew Barry: Lombardi tells Purcell to get to the blue paint, talks Calder and Army, and gives Boyle the Teeniest Wisp of a Last Chance Not to Suck

There are still many questions to be answered up front. Is Purcell ready to take it to the next level? “We’ve driven into him “you’ve got to get to the blue and you’ve got to pay the price””. Will Moulson be back? Will there be several surprises this season as we had with Wayne Simmonds…

Burke Reveals Standards, Updates Zeno’s Paradox

Burke stated that the Leafs had no interest in the two-time 50 goal scorer, largely because of the way he has chosen to handle his trade request. “We’re not going to be in on that,” Burke stated.  “He’s a good player but I have certain guidelines on how players ask for trades. [...] When you have…

Spector’s Blog: Lubo

The Edmonton Oilers are rumored willing to part with defensemen Lubomir Visnovsky ($5.6 million per season against the cap until 2012-13) or Sheldon Souray (cap hit of $5.4 million per season until 2011-12) in hopes of landing offensive depth. via Big Ticket NHL Players Hard to Move. • Spector’s Blog – FOX Sports Blogs.  

Cut and Paste from my comment on ItK re the Kings’ “third line”, so I can find it later when I want to remember what I said without having to search the unsearchable archives

How many third lines do the Kings have? The main issue with Brown/Handzus/Simmonds as a line is who would play on the right side. Brown sucked on the right last year, and talked openly about how difficult it was for him. Does Simmonds switch sides on that line? The funny thing is, x/Stoll/Brown is <i>also</i>…