- Dan Boyle in TB. Reportedly a 6 year 40 mil deal. He would have been the most sought after available defensemen with Blake apparently out of the running. The new owners gave Feaster the go ahead earlier yesterday to try to get a deal done in front of the deadline. Its a HUGE mistake in our opinion. The 32 yr old is gifted for sure, but is he worth that kind of dough? No! It almost forces the team to try to unload one of the big 3 (with Richards the most rumoured to be on the block)
- Barret Jackman also won't be going anywhere at the trade deadline as the St. Louis Blues re-signed the defenceman to a four year contract extension worth $14.4 million.
- Brian Campbell Reports this evening tell FR2 that the Sabres made a 'considerable offer' to the impending UFA defender. We're told it was a 3 year 15 mil extension which Brian's agent rejected. Although talks could restart, if the Sabres don't give Brian at least 5 years he will be dealt by this afternoon. We hear the Sharks are hot and heavy on acquiring the talented defenseman. The Boyle deal makes it MORE likely that Campbell will have to be dealt as the bar has been raised by the silly TB deal
- Mike Comrie- As FAUXRUMORS mentioned yesterday our sources told us that the Islanders and the impending UFA centre are closing in on a deal of at least 1 more season to keep the Edmonton native on Long Island
- Marion Hossa- Negotiations are on going so its no guarantee that the Slovak will be going anywhere, unlike a few of his team mates, mentioned yesterday by FR. However, if things fall through we are hearing that the Habs have a deal on the table that could include Chris Higgins plus a prospect/pick.
2) As for trades/impending deals. No surprise to anyone that Vinny Prospal was traded. He goes back to the Flyers the team that drafted him 15 years ago. Vaclav and hot-head coach John Tortorella have been feuding not so privately the past few weeks to the point where the two had to be restrained at a recent practice. Ironically, Tortorella's days may also be numbered as the new ownership group isn't too keen on his coaching style of alienating/berating players in public.
3) Also, as FR mentioned yesterday a lot of the Brad Richards trade talk is a load of hot air. However our sources tell us that the Boyle deal almost forces Feaster to have to try to make a deal. One could be worked out with an unidentified Western conference team with considerable cap space and one Eastern Conference team, also with lots of space to absorb Richards enormous(and in our opinion over-inflated) salary. Some have mentioned Columbus. If true it would be a huge mistake in our opinion. They would simply be replacing one over priced forward(Fedorov) with another. The East team has not been confirmed to be the Islanders, BUT they do fit the bill in having tons of space. Their problem is not necessarily having many top assets that would interest TB. Its also possible that Feaster can wait until the off season to complete such a trade.
4) It appears the Black Hawks are going to try to be very active this afternoon. They have at least 8 players for whom they are making available: Nikolai Khabibulin, Martin Havlat, Robert Lang, Tuomo Ruutu, Marty Lapointe, Yanic Perrault, Andrei Zyuzin, and Rene Bourque. Of these as FR discussed yesterday LaPointe, Zyuzin and Lang would be most likely to go. Havlot would get the most return. Khabibulin is unlikely to go now, but almost assuredly to be traded at the draft if he's still with the team.
5) And so it goes. Many teams will continue to try to get their players resigned before 3:00 p.m. (EST) However, if players who will be UFA's remains unsigned and lures of attractive offers start coming in, both sides could find themselves in a quandary. That's the beauty of the NHL trade deadline. Sometimes you don't know how it's going to play out until the very last second. As always, keep it here for all the latest news, rumors and expert/unique analysis!