Friday, July 11, 2008

Players rumoured to be on the block

Hey Doc Hock back with another amazing post. This summer and at last seasons deadline all the guys who were rumoured to be moved were almost all moved! Camalleri, Jokinen, Tanguay, Brad Richards all traded. Here are the guys who are on the block right now:

Sorry I don't have a source here, but I believe Patrick Marleau is NOT on the block anymore, but there were rumours that the Sharks were looking for a potential shake up with their forwards, the article I had read (it was from the Toronto Sun) had speculated on Milan Michalek potentially being the guy they move. Not sure how valid that is, but the Sharks have made a few key moves bringing in Rob Blake for example, so its possible they're done this offseason.

According to various reports the Carolina Hurricanes are shopping defensman Frantisek Kaberle for forward depth. They can afford it after having brought Joni Pitkanen over from Edmonton. One team that was rumoured to be interested was Ottawa but they have since signed Jason Smith. I think Kaberle might start the season off with the 'Canes as most teams are starting to have their rosters set for next season but look for these rumours to persist as the season goes on.

The Anaheim Ducks are apparently shopping defensman Matthieu Schneider. At close to $6 million on the cap this season Schneider could be tough to move, but he is a great player and I'm sure there is interest out there for a complete player like Matty. Since its a pure salary cutting move by Brian Burke its possible he could be had for a tier-2 scorer, and maybe a draft pick on top of that. The Schneider for Glen Murray rumours quickly died, Murray is still on the block(2 years and counting now)

Jay Bouwmeister's name has come up since he supposedly is not happy with the direction the team is going after losing their captain Oli Jokinen. Jay-Bo is heading for arbitration which is often a sign that things aren't going well between a player and a team. Since Pitkanen was traded for Erik Cole, I expect Bouwmeister to go for a player of at least that calibre if he is dealt. If Jay-Bo is singed to a one-year contract you can expect the trade romours to swirl throughout the season especially if Florida struggles early on.

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