MARCH 2, 2003.
THE LATEST COYOTES RUMOURS.
DETROIT NEWS: Ted Kulfan reports rumours of Phoenix Coyotes
defenceman Teppo Numminen being dealt to the Detroit Red Wings remain
rampant, although the blueliner isn't paying much attention to them.
When asked if he'd waive his no-trade clause, Numminen said he wasn't
thinking about it, as he was more concerned over the status of his
pregnant wife, who's due in April. He also "doesn't give the
impression" he's thinking of jumping ship. "You can't just say, 'Oh,
forget it. I'm leaving.' This is my job right here, "he told
Kulfan. " I'm with these guys. It's not like, 'Oh well, things are
not going well and I'm going to leave everybody. It's tough times, so
I'm gonna get outta here." Regarding speculations about the Red Wings
looking to obtain Patrice Brisebois from the Montreal Canadiens if
they fail to land Numminen, Kulfan considers it "debatable".
TORONTO SUN: Al Strachan reports the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues
are very interested in Coyotes goalie Sean Burke, but the 'Yotes
don't want to deal him to a Western Conference club and have made
their asking price high. Strachan believes an Eastern Conference team
could get Burke for less, but there aren't any takers.
THE LATEST ON THE MAPLE LEAFS.
TORONTO SUN: Mike Ulmer reports Maple Leafs GM Pat Quinn must make a
move before the deadline to strengthen his club, as their two main
rivals, the Flyers and Senators, recently made deals that have
improved their rosters. Ulmer notes the Leafs need blueline depth, as
Ric Jackman has been a healthy scratch abd Karel Pilar has post-
concussion symptoms. He notes the Leafs have several prospects, such
as "Brad Boyes, Alex Steen, Matt Stajan and Kyle Wellwood, as well as
defenceman Carlo Colaiacovo" they could shop to land a quality
defenceman, such as Buffalo's Alexei Zhitnik, and Ulmer is urging
Quinn to "get off the fence".
TORONTO SUN: Terry Koshan reports Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Glen
Wesley would happily ok a trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs. However,
Leafs GM Pat Quinn was noncommittal regarding the possibility of
obtaining Wesley. Koshan notes none of the blueliners believed
available, including Wesley, Bryan Marchment of the San Jose Sharks,
Alexei Zhitnik of the Buffalo Sabres and Lyle Odelein of the Chicago
Blackhawks aren't considered blueline "studs" in the same mould as
Niklas Lidstrom, Rob Blake, Adam Foote or Scott Stevens.
ISBISTER FINISHED ON LONG ISLAND?
NEWSDAY: Alan Hahn reports forward Brad Isbister's days as a New York
Islander could be numbered. Anticipated to be playing on the first
line this season, Isbister has been unproductive and dropped to the
fourth line. Hahn claims he's been shopped around but there is little
interest, but the Florida Panthers and Edmonton Oilers have shown
interest recently. Panthers head coach Mike Keenan hinted he'd like a
player of Isbister's size and potential. The Isles supposedly asked
for Kristian Huselius straight up, but Dudley rejected it. Instead
the Panthers might offer up blueliner Andreas Lilja.
ANOTHER "BONK ON THE BLOCK" RUMOUR.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators centre Radek Bonk could
be dealt to the Phoenix Coyotes this summer, if the latter is able to
dump the salaries of Sean Burke, Teppo Numminen and Brian Savage by
season's end. Garrioch observes Coyotes GM Michael Barnett was Bonk's
first agent and still thinks highly of the Senators centre. Garrioch
doesn't believe Senators GM John Muckler will deal Bonk before the
deadline, but the reporter warns this could be Bonk's "last chance"
to prove himself as the Senators number one centre, as the club has
promising Jason Spezza waiting in the wings. It's believed the Sens
would want winger Shane Doan, but they'd have to get in line with the
Rangers, Flyers and Stars. Part-owner Wayne Gretzky denied Doan would
be dealt. Garrioch claims the Sens and Coyotes are still talking
regarding Phoenix winger Brad May.
NO SCHNEIDER FOR PHILLY.
PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER: Tim Panaccio reports Flyers GM Bob
Clarke "conceded" he was unable to pry defenceman Mathieu Schneider
from the LA Kings, instead settling for adding depth by obtaining
Dmitri Yushkevich yesterday. Clarke stated if another deal for a
defenceman can be made by the deadline, he'll do it.
SPECULATIONS FROM THE BOSTON GLOBE.
Kevin Paul Dupont reports the following:
- Could Eric Lindros end up playing for the "province of his choice"
if the NY Rangers falter by the trade deadline?
- If the Boston Bruins decide to get into the trade market,
Carolina's Glen Wesley, Phoenix's Teppo Numminen and Chicago's Phil
Housley are available. Dupont doesn't believe the Bruins could land
Numminen, given his contract and no-trade clause, but feels Housley
and Wesley could be had for a draft pick.
- Colorado Avalanche GM Pierre Lacroix is believed interested in
Kings centre Bryan Smolinski or Sabres centre Chris Gratton. Dupont
believes he'll be shopping forward Alex Tanguay and defenceman Martin
- The struggling Edmonton Oilers might move Anson Carter at the
SPECULATIONS FROM THE EDMONTON JOURNAL.
Jim Matheson reports the following:
- the St. Louis Blues would love to land Sean Burke from Phoenix, but
they aren't going to part with promising young d-man Barrett Jackman
as part of the package.
- Despite obtaining Dmitri Yushkevich yesterday, the Philadephia
Flyers continue to have one of the worst power plays in the league
and could be looking at LA's Mathieu Schneider, Chicago's Phil
Housley or Carolina's Glen Wesley.
-Speaking of Wesley, he's also attracted interest from the Colorado
Avalanche and NY Islanders.
- As for the Isles, they've been scouting the Calgary Flames, leading
to speculation they could be interested in defenceman Bob Boughner.
SPECULATIONS FROM THE OTTAWA SUN.
Bruce Garrioch reports the following:
- The Chicago Blackhawks want to move "D Phil Housley, D Lyle
Odelein, LW Chris Simon, RW Steve Thomas, C Mike Eastwood and F Igor
Korolev", but won't part with their kids.
- the Calgary Flames could move centre Craig Conroy, defenceman Bob
Boughner and blueliner Denis Gauthier. They'd love to move Roman
- the Anaheim Mighty Ducks were interested in Senators winger Magnus
Arvedson, but were only offering picks in return. They'd like to move
blueliners Keith Carney and Freddy Olausson.
- the Columbus Blue Jackets could trade impending UFA forwards Ray
Whitney, Geoff Sanderson and Andrew Cassells if they're not re-signed
by March 11th, as well as winger Grant Marshall.
- the Colorado Avalanche could deal either Dean McAmmond or Dan
Hinote to Buffalo for Stu Barnes.
- the Dallas Stars apparently were interested in obtaining NY Rangers
captain Mark Messier to be their third-line forward but were told
he's not available.
- In addition to speculation of the Phoenix Coyotes shopping Sean
Burke, Teppo Numminen and Brad May, they might also make Tony Amonte
-the Detroit Red Wings might shop "D Maxim Kuznetsov, D Jesse Wallin
and D Mathieu Dandenault... Fs Jason Williams and Sean Avery"
-The Edmonton Oilers won't move forwards Anson Carter or Todd
Marchant, and instead could offer prospects for a rental player like
Columbus's Geoff Sanderson.
- the San Jose Sharks are believed shopping "D Bryan Marchment, C
Vincent Damphousse and LW Adam Graves", while rumours continue to
swirl regarding Owen Nolan going to Toronto.
- The Boston Bruins would love to move Martin Lapointe but no one
wants his big contract.
- The New Jersey Devils made inquiries about Calgary's Jarome Iginla
and LA's Ziggy Palffy, but aren't shopping much ( RW Brian Gionta, LW
Christian Berglund and RW Jiri Bicek) They won't move centre Scott
- In addition to potentially shopping impending UFA forwards Slava
Kozlov and Shawn McEachern, the Atlanta Thrashers would also like to
dump Uwe Krupp.
- While Sabres such as Chris Gratton, Curtis Brown and Alexei Zhitnik
are attracting interest, it appears Buffalo GM Darcy Regier will
retain Miroslav Satan.
- A lot will depend on their ownership situation, but of this group,
I'd say only Zhitnik, an impending UFA, gets dealt.
- the Montreal Canadiens aren't getting much interest for "RW Randy
McKay, RW Andreas Dackell, D Patrick Traverse and D Patrice
- The NY Islanders would love to reacquire Ziggy Palffy and may be
interested in Columbus's Geoff Sanderson and Ray Whitney. They're
believed shopping Chris Osgood (particularly to St. Louis), "LW Brad
Isbister, C Claude Lapointe and LW Raffi Torres."
- The Philadelphia Flyers remain interested in Jarome Iginla and
would move Simon Gagne or Justin William plus prospect Jeff Woywitka
in a package offer to get him. They might also deal center Michal
- the Carolina Hurricanes are shopping " LW Jan Hlavac, D Glen Wesley
and G Arturs Irbe", possibly for prospects. They want to keep
blueliner Aaron Ward and winger Bates Battaglia but apparently will
listen to offers.
- the Tampa Bay Lightning are interested in "Carolina D Glen Wesley,
Isles D Roman Hamrlik and Buffalo D Alexei Zhitnik" and could offer
up forward Fredrik Modin, although GM Jay Feaster doesn't want to
touch his roster.
- The Ottawa Senators continue to seek grit on their left wing and
could offer up winger Magnus Arvedson or defenceman Shane Hnidy.
- The Toronto Maple Leafs are believed very interested in San Jose's
Owen Nolan. They're could also move " LW Shayne Corson and RW Darcy
Tucker and seventh D Ric Jackman".
- If the New York Rangers wish to make a deadline deal, they'll have
to part with youngsters Jamie Lundmark and Dan Blackburn. The Ottawa
Senators are still believed interested in Matthew Barnaby.
- the Pittsburgh Penguins could slash more salaries by dealing Martin
Straka or Aleksey Morozov.
- The Florida Panthers could move winger Valeri Bure, and while the
Isles have made inquiries about forward Kristian Huselius, but the
Panthers probably won't move him.
- the Washington Capitals are seeking blueline depth and could shop
goalie Maxime Ouellet or forward Dainius Zubrus.