Gossip around NHL

There was speculation going around last week, the Penguins were looking to move a defenseman on the current roster which led to rumors they were looking to acquire another defenseman through trade or free agency. One source told me thats where the Morris speculation came from but the Penguins had no interest in him. A lot people believe if Ray Shero wants to go get a Kovalev or Murray during the season, he has the role players to do it.

Heres a new one: A source told me the Boston Bruins inquired about Penguins defenseman Mark Eaton.

Sign Markov or Sopel and send Eaton to Boston.

The Boston Bruins are looking to cut payroll and are looking to move Glen Murray and P.J. Axellson. Axellson has became expendable with the addition of Peter Schaefer.

According to Metro news in Calgary, the Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff has rejected the club’s initial contract offer and will test the free-agent market after the 2007-08 season if the Flames don’t increase their offer significantly before training camp opens.

According to TSN.CA, Eric Lindros is considering retirement.

Montreal looking to cut payroll, to make a run at Teemu Selanne. Very unlikely Selanne leaves Anaheim, despite the recent speculation.

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Anton Babchuk, who at age 23 has played in 96 NHL games, is on the trading block and but is drawling little interest because he is expected to play in Russia this season according to reports. The Canes are also looking to move forward Trevor Letowski.

Curtis Joseph reportedly would like to return to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but in order for that to happen, the Leafs would have to find a way to move Andrew Raycroft and his $2.2 million dollar salary. Aebischer meanwhile, is negotiating with four teams and is expected, according to sources, to sign a deal within 10 days. Source Tsn.ca

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