Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Whos Packing Their Bags

If you're an NHL fan, chances are you will be checking out whatever sources you can to see what happened on NHL trade deadline day. What teams will be movers, what teams will be sellers and what name players will be going elsewhere. Some don't think it will be a dramatic day because of the economic situation but I think some big name players will be on the move tomorrow.
I think Chris Pronger will be leaving Anaheim for either Boston or believe it or not Toronto. (You know Brian Burke would love to have someone like Pronger anchoring his blueline for the next few years as he starts rebuild). The Ducks acquistion of Ryan Whitney last week basically insured Pronger's move in my mind.
Jay Bouwmeester may move out of Florida and he could be headed to Edmonton but only if the Oilers give up Erik Cole and maybe Robbie Schremp or another prospect. (Note to Oilers GM Steve Tambellini---do not trade Jordan Eberle under any circumstances)This deal could also go down if the Oilers can sign the free agent at the end of the season to a new contract. Having Jay Bo in Edmonton silks would make this blogger very happy.
Speaking of Erik Cole, if he doesn't go to Florida, he will be sent somewhere. Could he go to Pittsburgh for Jordan Staal, could he be off to Ottawa in a package that includes Jason Spezza.
Former Oiler Ryan Smyth appears to be on the trade block in Colorado. I heard someone say the Flames are interested. Seeing Smyth wearing the flaming "C" would be nauseating!
The Leafs will likely get rid of Nik Antropov because like Bouwmeester he is a free agent at the end of the season and Toronto would like to get something for him. Could he end up in Pittsburgh?? How about Washington? Could Detroit or San Jose be interested in Antropov??Tomas Kaberle could and likely will also be on the move. I have heard of many teams interested in his services.
Phoenix is almost certain to trade Olli Jokinen and former Pat Derek Morris and if we are at the trade deadline, St. Louis will trade Keith Tkachuk again won't they?? Is there any team out there willing to take on Scott Gomez's contract? It should be a very interesting day tomorrow. Whatever does happen, one can expect many players will be packing their bags. Let the dealing begin!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey Mitch:
You should have been doing this a long time ago. I can't listen to CJME anymore because Morrison continues to just prattle on and on and this new guy doesn't even come close to being as opinionated as you. I won't even get started about Remen-DUH!! CKRM would be lucky to have you and I hope you can move over there and work with Pedersen. The only losers in that scenario would be CJME and I'm guessing you wouldn't care about that. Keep up the good work.