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    Default Today rumours

    The Senators will be buyers before the March 3 NHL trade deadline, just don’t expect them to be involved in the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes.

    While the Senators are on a six-game win streak, GM Bryan Murray is still looking to improve and with only three weeks until the Olympic break begins, trade talk is expected to heat up as teams try to position themselves for their runs to the post-season.

    If the Senators have a wishlist, it would likely include another scoring forward.

    That won’t be Kovalchuk because Atlanta’s asking price is going to be high for a rental player with a cap hit of $6.4 million (all terms US).

    The Thrashers are expected to demand established NHLers, along high-end prospects and a No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft for Kovalchuk, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and has no intention of staying in Atlanta unless the club is willing to ante up $11 million per season.

    That’s not a direction the Senators are interested in going. Ottawa will be seeking a forward in the next tier of players available.

    Right now, there aren’t many teams who are sellers:

    * The Senators would be interested in Carolina LW Ray Whitney, but there’s now talk he may re-sign with the Hurricanes. It’s believed the Senators like Hurricanes C Matt Cullen, who has a cap hit of $2.8 million and is being shopped by GM Jim Rutherford.

    n Oilers GM Steve Tambellini is willing to move just about anybody. Naturally, W Dustin Penner would interest the Senators because they had him included in the failed Dany Heatley deal last summer, but Penner has been one the few players who has been consistent for Edmonton this season.

    * The Thrashers are expected to deal RW Colby Armstrong, who is making $2.4 million. If the Senators are interested, they won’t be alone. The Flames have been trying to acquire Armstrong for weeks, but haven’t been able to get a deal done.

    * Toronto GM Brian Burke wants to deal LW Alexei Ponikarovsky, C Matt Stajan and LW Niklas Hagman before the deadline, but it would be difficult for him to deal with one of Leafs’ top rivals.

    * Flames GM Darryl Sutter said publicly Sunday he believes in the group he has. What else is he going to say? Sutter has been trying to wheel and deal. Underachieving C Olli Jokinen is being shopped, as is C Craig Conroy. Both can become UFAs on July 1.

    If the Senators are going to make a deal, the player is going to have to be affordable because the club is close to the cap and has spent a lot of money on injuries. Other than winger Jonathan Cheechoo, the Senators likely don’t want to touch their roster.

    NHL insiders are having a tough time predicting whether the trade market is about to get hot.

    “You’ve got three weeks to the Olympic break and I think the ideal scenario for everybody involved would be to make a deal now so that the guy can come in, play for a few weeks before the break and then be comfortable for the stretch drive,” said a league executive.

    “But it’s so hard to make a trade right now. It’s really, really tough. It’s difficult to say that anything is going to happen.”

    The Blues Paul Kariya want to share before the trade deadline. The Canucks would be interested in acquiring the veteran.

    - Patrick Marleau, an unrestricted free agent after the season, insists on staying with the Sharks. "I'm happy in San Jose and I am prepared to accept less money to stay here," said Marleau.

    - The Florida Panthers are interested in obtaining Ales Kotalik Rangers with 8 headlands and 14 assists in 44 games despite an annual salary of $ 3 million.

    - The Stars, Flyers and the Blackhawks are all looking for a goalkeeper.

    - It is a good chance we see Steve Yzerman as executive director of an NHL team next season. His name was circulated in Edmonton, Philaldelphie, Tampa Bay and even Montreal in the event that Bob Gainey would lose his job.

    also Jim Mathison from edmonton jourmal is saying as SupeMario want Ray Whitney ( as bad as he wanted Mary Ann Hossa , a couple year ago )

    and as you can bet as Whitney will be a Penguins very soon.

    By the way the trade deadline is 3 week away

    According to the Edmonton Journal, Capital; s Washington and Philadelphia Flyers are interested in Stars goaltender Marty Turco.

    To replace Turco, the Stars would be interested in turn to Jaroslav Halak.

    It is becoming increasingly clear that the general manager of the team, Joe Nieuwendyk, will not sign a goalkeeper before the end of the season.

    This will become an unrestricted free agent next July. Nieuwendyk might be tempted to grant planning for the future by seeking a goalkeeper's number one first.
    Last edited by Genofan#1; Jan-25-2010 at 11:21 AM.

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