NHL Trade Deadline: D-MEN ON THE MOVE Just days after acquiring Jordan Leopold, the St. Louis Blues continue to bolster their defense, acquiring Calgary Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, the biggest chip on the trade market. The Flames will receive a 2013 first round pick, defenseman Mark Cundari and goaltender Reta Berra. If the Blues miss the playoffs, the first round pick will be deferred to the 2014 draft. Also traded within the past couple minutes was Buffalo Sabres defenseman Robyn Regehr who was shipped to the Los Angeles Kings, in-exchange for two second round picks. The Penguins acquiring Douglas Murray for two second rounders set the going rate for rental defensemen.
July 2, 2009 1:13 pm – Stars land Penguins target Karlis Skrastins has signed a two year deal with the Dallas Stars. Cap hit of $1.3 million. Pittsburgh was looking at him. Stars have offers on the table to Scuderi and Francois Beauchemen. 1:00 pm – Rangers making late push for Koivu The Wild remain the front runners to sign Saku Koivu but the New York Rangers have made a late push making a three year offer. The Ducks, Kings are also interested. 11:44 am – Thrashers sign Nik Antropov The Atlanta Thrashers have signed Nik Antropov to a 4 year deal worth $16 million. 11:35 am – Bruins re-sign Mark Recchi Mark Recchi will be returning for another season. The veteran winger has re-signed with the Bruins. 10:53 am – Thrashers re-sign Chris Thorburn Thrashers sign Chris Thorburn. Financial details were not available. 10:05 pm – Scuderi waiting onRead More »
The Calgary Flames have announced they have begun their first set of contract talks with defenseman Jay Bouwmeester today. A Report from hockeybuzz.com, claiming the Flames agreed to a deal yesterday are false as Bouwmeester’s agent Byron Baltimore told the Calgary Sun, “I can dispel that rumor. We have not agreed to anything because we haven’t even talked yet.”
Rumor Mill Heating Up NHL GM’s have convened in Pittsburgh for the annual GM meetings, trade winds and free agent talk is starting to heat up. Here’s the latest. Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell has his most important off-season ahead for him as his star forward Ilya Kovalchuk is entering the final year of his contract. Word is Waddell will be aggressive in free agency and will make a strong run at the Sedin twins with Waddell prepared to make long-term offers to both players worth as much as $6 million per season. *Another player on the Thrashers radar is San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau according to a league source. The asking price is steep. *The Atlanta Thrashers have approached forward Colby Armstrong about a long-term extension in the range of $3.1 million per season. Armstrong set a career high with 22 goals during the regular season. * The SedinRead More »
The Florida Panthers have made a few changes for tonight’s game upfront and in goal. Michael Frolik has been taking off of the Panthers first line. Zednik – Horton – Booth Stillman- Weiss-Dvorak Olesz – Campbell – Peltonen McLean – Kreps – Frolik Defensemen Bouwmeester – Skrastins McCabe – Ballard Boynton – Cullimore Tomas Voukon will start in goal. Backup goaltender Craig Anderson has started the Panthers previous four games. With four games remaining and two points behind the Rangers for 8th place in the Eastern Conference, the Panthers are in a must-win situation tonight. For the Penguins they
Pressure on agents not to set the market before July 1 With the uncertainty of the salary for next season and beyond, there continues to be significant pressure on agents who represent mid-tier free agents. The top tier players like Marian Hossa and Jay Bouwmeester are going to get their money. The wild cards are players like Martin Havlat, Eric Cole and Petr Sykora. Agent Allan Walsh represents two key wingers set to hit the open market in Martin Havlat and Petr Sykora. It is believed agents around the league don‚Äôt want to see Havlat settling for anything under
Trade talks heating up for Bouwmeester as the trade deadline approaches Florida GM Jacques Martin told the Camden Courier-Post he was in Philadelphia because his team had the night off, which is increasing speculation that D Jay Bouwmeester could be headed to Philadelphia. The Flyers have been in strong pursuit of Bouwmeester since early January. The Flyers are currently discussing two proposals with Florida. One that would send Joffrey Lupul, Randy Jones or Matt Carle to Florida and another that could include Daniel Briere as the centerpiece of a deal. The Flyers have plenty of competition for Bouwmeester as the
A lot of buzz going around regarding Panthers GM Jacques Martin. Martin continues to take a hard stance in regards to defenseman Jay Bouwmeester who is this year‚Äôs Marian Hossa at the trade deadline. Teams want to see if Bouwmeester would be open to an extension prior to trading for him. Washington is a sleeper team in the Bouwmeester sweepstakes. They remain highly interested. Check out the Trade Deadline Chart for the rest of the suitors. Florida, Vancouver and Toronto are interested in Chris Pronger. The Panthers and Senators have had discussions about Filip Kuba, Chris Neil and Nathan Horton. Horton is another popular subject in Montreal. The Panthers are denying that he wants out. The Flyers obsession with Petr Forsberg continues. The Flyers, Avalanche, Predators and Blackhawks have made inquires. Teams would be crazy to give Forsberg anything more than the league minimum Thrashers GM Don Waddell continues toRead More »