Busy day of moves as Boston lands Kaberle and Wheeler is shipped off to Atlanta

 

A busy day of moves in the National Hockey League and it’s not even 2:00 p.m. as Tomas Kaberle has been officially traded to the Boston Bruins. The Bruins landed their coveted puck moving defenseman and the Maple Leafs will receive prospect Joe Colborne, the Bruins’ first round pick in 2011 and a conditional 2nd round draft pick in 2012, if Kaberle resigns in Boston which is a strong possibility or if the Bruins reach the Stanley Cup Final. Toronto has acquired two first round picks for the 2011 draft, in a matter of days. To make room for Kaberle, the Bruins as expected shipped off Blake Wheeler and defenseman Mark Stuart. Wheeler and Stuart have been dealt to Atlanta in exchange for Rich Peverley and defenceman Boris Valabik. Wheeler has 11 goals and 15 assists with a plus-8 rating through 58 games. He was coveted by several teams. AtlantaRead More »

Established Veterans expect to remain on the free agent market well into September

 

The Latest NHL Buzz The 2010 NHL Free Agency Period has been a unique year and a frustrating summer for agents trying to find their clients jobs and the right fit. After the first frenzy of signings on July 1, the second wave of signings has been prominently slow for mid-tier players who are suddenly finding it very difficult to find work and the right fit. Many agents of established productive veterans I’ve spoken with in the past couple days tell me signings may not pick up again until mid-to-late September when camps open. One-way contracts will be difficult to earn as teams are looking to go with cheaper younger alternatives to fill their 3rd and 4th lines. “League seems to be caught between capped out and using the one-way money already spent and ELS players who were top draft picks, an NHL agent on the condition of anonymity whoRead More »

The Latest NHL Free Agency Buzz

 

Free Agency Buzz *The Atlanta Thrashers will be shopping for wingers this off-season. Contract talks with winger Maxim Afinogenov have gone nowhere and Colby Armstrong has already made his intentions known that he intends to test free agency. Afinogenov, 30, is coming off a breakout season scoring 24 goals and 61 points. Afinogenov is looking for a significant raise over his $800,000 salary from 2009-2010 but a stumbling block in talks with the Thrashers has been the term of the contract. Afinogenov is seeking a mult-year deal and Thrashers management doesn’t appear ready to commit beyond two years. Look for Alexei Ponikarovsky to be a target of the Thrashers. *Hurricanes winger Ray Whitney and Sabres winger Raffi Torres will test free agency. Both were primary targets of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the trade deadline. Whitney, 38, made $3.5 million last season. Torres made $2.75 million. *The market for defensemen willRead More »

NHL: Los Angeles & Minnesota interested in Fedotenko?

 

Kaberle on the radar of Rangers, Wild, Capitals Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke will begin the process of listening to offers for defenseman Tomas Kaberle and once again Kaberle will be highly coveted. Whether he gets traded though remains to be seen due to his NTC. Among the early suitors, Kaberle is at the top of the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals wishlist. Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has also been coveting Kaberle since the 2009 NHL entry draft but Kaberle nixed a potential deal to Minnesota last summer and will likely do the same again this winter. Burke is looking to sell high on Kaberle who has 35 points in 40 games this season. The asking price begins at a first round pick. Kaberle has one year remaining on his contract at $4.25 million. Bruins targeting top-6 winger Heading into the new year, the Boston BruinsRead More »

Around The NHL

 

Photo Courtesy of South Central The most glaring thing of the Penguins 3-2 shootout loss against the Islanders Monday afternoon is playing in front of their new coach for the first time they couldn‚Äôt come up with enough of a adrenaline rush to beat the worst team in the league. Personnel wise this team is flawed. There is no way around it. I am all about the Penguins moving to a more up-tempo system but all Dan Bylsma will be is a fresh face. Until the roster is upgraded where the Penguins can be effective playing a up-tempo system, were not going to see much improvement. Sidney Crosby is clearly frustrated and he is just doesn‚Äôt seem like himself lately. The losing seems to be getting to him and it appears he is frustrated with the lack of help on his wings. Shero has to bring in somebody to elevateRead More »

NHL Insider Report: Antropov, Kaberle drawing significant interest; NYR to pursue Scuderi in FA?

 

The Penguins, Hurricanes, Stars and Blue Jackets have had discussions with the Leafs about forward Nik Antropov. Leafs GM Brian Burke is driving up the price for Antropov If Blues forward Andy McDonald hits the free agent market, Brian Burke will look to bring him in. Rob Scuderi has been one of the Penguins most consistent defensemen this season. Scuderi could triple his current salary on the open market and sources indicate the Rangers will make a play for him if he opts for free agency. If Mark Eaton is worth two million per season, Scuderi’s representatives will be using that as a starting point in talks with the Penguins. The Minnesota Wild have inquired about Lightning forward Martin St. Louis. The Wild have Marian Gaborik‚Äôs salary coming off the books next season but their best hope to add a top 6 forward is through a trade. Elite Players justRead More »