LEAFS TO SHOP McCABE?
TORONTO STAR: Ken Campbell and Mark Zwolinski reports stalled
contract talks between the Maple Leafs and defenceman Bryan McCabe
could result in the club shopping him by the trade deadline. McCabe
currently earns over $3.4 million but it's believed he's seeking over
$5 million per season and he and his agent could decide to test the
UFA market this summer.
JOKINEN HOPES TO REMAIN IN FLORIDA.
MIAMI HERALD: George Richards reported yesterday Florida Panthers
centre Olli Jokinen acknowledged the trade rumours swirling about him
because of the lack of progress in his contract talks. Jokinen
maintains he wants to remain with the Panthers and hopes a deal for a
contract can be made to accomplish this. Ottawa and Calgary are
believed very interested in his services.
CANUCKS GM DENIES SOURAY TRADE RUMOUR.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma reports Canucks GM Dave Nonis denied
recent reports he was interested in Montreal Canadiens defenceman
Sheldon Souray. "I've had no discussions," Nonis told Kuzma, adding
that he's waiting for the right deal and won't make a trade just to
shake things up. Kuzma also notes Nonis is facing a "three-headed
monster" leading up to the deadline. One, teams with assets the
Canucks covet are still in the playoff hunt and thus less inclined to
move them. Two, other teams are also pursuing the same thing and
three, the asking price is rising for those assets.
THE SCORE.CA: reported a rumours that the Canadiens might be willing
to part with Sheldon Souray for hulking Canucks forward Todd
Bertuzzi, who's once again the subject of speculation leading up to
THE LATEST ON THE FLAMES.
CHICAGO DAILY HERALD: Tim Sassone reports an internet rumour suggests
the Calgary Flames, seeking an offensive centre, may be interested in
Chicago's Tyler Arnason. Sassone also noted "Scouts from Florida,
Washington and Detroit watched the Hawks and Predators play."
CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak reports the Flames won't get far in the
playoffs unless they can acquire more scoring. Sportake noted the
Panthers Olli Jokinen would be a good pickup and given his UFA status
this summer might not be as expensive to obtain as a playoff rental,
costing perhaps picks and/or prospects. Sportake also reported there
are rumours "Detroit's Robert Lang, San Jose's Patrick Marleau and
Tampa Bay's Brad Richards are all available" but their RFA status
means they'd be more expensive to acquire. Other possibilities could
include Toronto's Darcy Tucker, Atlanta's Marc Savard, Boston's
Sergei Samsonov or the Islanders Mark Parrish.
THE LATEST ON THE FLYERS.
PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS: Ed Barkowitz reported yesterday team captain
Keith Primeau's decision to sit out the remainder of the season to
recover from post-concussion symptoms frees up some payroll for
management to perhaps swing a trade. Centers like Florida's Olli
Jokinen and Chicago's Tyler Arnason have been mentioned but GM Bob
Clarke said he's not necessarily seeking help at that position.
Another name mentioned is Boston winger Sergei Samsonov. Barkowitz
also noted that Flyers head coach Ken Hitchcock is concerned over the
status of defenceman Kim Johnsson, who's also recovering from post-
WILD GM GETTING CALLS.
MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE: Michael Russo yesterday reported Wild GM
Doug Risebrough has been getting calls from rival general
managers. "I have five calls to return," Risebrough said. "Everybody
was having their break and now they're calling back. I'd find it
ironic if I have five calls to make and nothing's changed." Russo
suggests the results of the Wild's next three games could go a long
way in determining what moves Risebrough might make.
THE LATEST SHARKS NEWS.
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: Ray Ratto reported yesterday San Jose Sharks
GM Doug Wilson may not necessarily be a seller by the trade deadline.
Wilson admits if the right deal came along he'd make it but told
Ratto "one of the things about the new rules and the compressed
schedule is that the kind of guy teams used to want at the deadline,
like veteran defensemen, aren't necessarily as valuable anymore.
Plus, you've got guys I would have been interested in who either got
hurt, or someone else at that position got hurt and the market
shrunk." Wilson may be betting that the clubs above him stumble down
the stretch, which combined with stronger player by the Sharks could
see them make the playoffs.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Mark Purdy reported yesterday Wilson may be
more interested in acquiring a forward (``a detail guy'' who could be
trusted in short-handed situations.") rather than a defenceman as