The Minnesota Wild have sent Josh Harding and James Sheppard to Edmonton in exchange for Jeff Deslauiers and Edmonton's 1st round pick in the entry draft
The Wild are sad to see Harding leave but feel he needs the chance to be a number 1 goaltender. While Sheppard was turning it around we feel the 1st round pick is what we need in order to acquire the pieces we need. We are plaeased to have a great backup in Deslauriers as well.
With this deal the Wild now have two 1st round picks and 2 second round picks in this upcoming draft and will attempt to deal 1 of the 1sts and both of the 2nds in order to acquire a elite 1st line center or a blue chip prospect
Scratches: Krys Barch, Toby Petersen, Jeff Woywitka
Marty Turco, Mike Ribeiro, and Steve Ott are on the trading block.
Turco has 2.62 GAA and a .911 save percentage playing behind one of the youngest and most inexperienced D in the league. He's been fantastic his last 2 shots in the playoffs, and he'll be an UFA at the end of the year. Turco will be traded for the best offer.
Mike Ribeiro has been a 70-80 point center the last 2 seasons, and he is on pace to match those totals this season. In 08-09, he centered Steve Ott and a random assortment of AHLers after Brenden Morrow only played 18 games and still scored 70+ points. He's signed long term at $5 million. Riberio will only be traded for immediate help on defense (a player better than what is already on the roster).
Steve Ott is an elite agitator who can chip in on offense and kill penalties. He's also developed a niche on the PP as a net presence. Steve Ott will be traded for the best offer.
Minnesota have Colton Gillies, Nick Leddy, Marco Scandella, Matt Hackett, Cody Almond, Maxim Noreau And have a 1st round pick and 2nd rounds picks that they will package together to land a elite foward or elite foward prospect
Toronto looking to pay a hefty sum for a true #1C (not a '#1 b/c we dont have anyone better' C). ANYONE not named Kessel or Schenn can be moved for him.
Also willing to take a salary dump if he's paired with an asset or 2. Would HIGHLY prefer an expiring contract
potential UFAs still on the block, here's some example of potential value (but it is up for discussion):
Stajan: 2nd + prospect or great prospect + pick or Stajan + prospect for a 1st
Stemps: 2nd or prospect
Exelby: 3rd or prospect, Exelby + 4th for a 2nd
Mayers: mid-pick/mid-prospect, Mayers + 3rd for a 2nd
Frogren: Low pick, Frog + 3rd for a 2nd
Toskala: Low pick, Tosk + 3rd for a 2nd (can also take on an expiring contract)
Phaneuf is on the open market. There is one pending offer he may be involved in. But we are willing to hear all offers.
Calgary requires one star top 6 preferably a Centre, at minimum one 1st rd draft pick, and a blue chip prospect. These requirements can be negotiated however we are looking for a package at minimum similar to the Pronger deal
I know. But let me ask you, this is my thinking for it.
He can get 3rd line minutes on a team that MIGHT make the playoffs, or he can get top line minutes elsewhere, improving his stock for the up coming free agent period?
Edmonton are pleased to announce 3 RFA signings.
Sam Gagner to a 3 year deal worth 9 million
Gilbert Brule to a 2 year deal worth 3 million
Josh Harding to a 2 year deal worth 3 million
WE are also pleased to announce a blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Kings.
To EDM: Alex Frolov, Jarret Stoll and Jack Johnson
TO LAK: Robert Nilson, Dennis Grebeshkov and Andrew Cogliano
With the addition of a true sniper Alex Frolov we seak to reach playoff hopes and use him as a replacement for Ales Hemsky. We feel Jack Johnson will be a key addition to our team and will be a great addition for our long term plans. Jarret Stoll is also a solid player and will help our top 6. We feel that Andrew Cogliano was no longer in our plans and we decided to ship him out, we previously tried to in the heatley deal and he wasn't very happy in Edmonton. Nilson never worked out for us here and we feel a change of scenery will help him grow as an NHL regular. We wish the three the best in Los Angeles. Enjoy the weather.
The Nashville Predators and goaltender Pekka Rinne have come to a contract agreement. As per club policy, the details of the deals will not be released.
''We are very happy to have Pekka as our starting goaltender and are thrilled to know this experience will continue for the coming years. Pekka gives us a chance to win every game and with him in nets, we feel strongly we will continue to be a top team in the western conference for now and the future.''
According to the Tennessean newspaper...
Pekka Rinne's contract would be a 4 years deal worth in the neighborhood of 18mil$ and a NTC would be added to the deal.