The NHL Trade Deadline is less than two weeks away but the trade market has yet to take off. A big reason for that is due to a limited number of sellers. According to one league source, there are only three true sellers right now in the Columbus Blue Jackets, Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers. In the Eastern Conference, teams such as the Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning who are eight points out of a playoff spot are believed to be a week away from whether to go into full sell mode, while a team like the Montreal Canadiens who are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games and only seven points out of a playoff spot, could suddenly become a buyer (although unlikely) in a conference with vulnerable teams battling for the No. 7 and No. 8 spots. Big names surfacing as trade bait include ColumbusRead More »
The New York Rangers are one of the most interesting teams leading up to the trade deadline. Today the Rangers claimed Mark Bell off re-entry waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs They are actively shopping Scott Gomez and Chris Drury. Gomez has the most trade value but they prefer to move Drury. The Rangers have approached the Colorado Avalanche about forward Ryan Smyth. They haven’t moved on older veterans Keith Tkachuk or Bill Guerin to this point. Word is John Tortorella wants management to add another puck-moving defensemen prior to the trade deadline. Rangers looking at Filip Kuba, Tomas Kaberle and Jordan Leopold. As for the Penguins
The Penguins are currently conducting internal discussions about making an major offer that could land them a top tier winger for Sidney Crosby and another asset with top-6 potential. By the way there is no three way deal in the works between the Penguins-Avalanche-Kings.¬†Three way trades rarely work anymore, especially ones with multiple players involved. The Penguins inquired about Kings winger Alexander Frolov in January and there hasn’t been much talk since.
CD‚Äôs for Soldiers at the Mall in Robinson Just wanted to mention that 105.9 WXDX is accepting any new /used CD‚Äôs or DVD‚Äôs at the Mall in Robinson today. The CD‚Äôs and DVD‚Äôs will be sent to troops overseas. The Penguins just concluded their practice which began around 11:00 a.m. today. They will depart for Philadelphia this afternoon. The team has been mum on why Kris Letang was a healthy scratch last night. Letang was paired with Ryan Whitney in the morning skate and skated in the pregame warm-ups. The plan going into the pregame skate was for all seven defensemen to skate and then Coach Bylsma would make a decision. When your running an uptempo system why do you scratch one of your best puck moving defensemen? Not like a ton of scouts were in the building last night that could be looking at Hal Gill or Mark Eaton.Read More »