Here’s What I’m Hearing.
And I’m hearing a lot…one massively huge hell of a lot.
Too much to really put into any sort of pattern, outside of the fact that there is a tonne of Senators players being discussed, at least at some level.
Gonchar – He is being discussed, with some teams being beyond tire kicking, but not yet ready to close a deal. As it stands teams are looking to move salary to accommodate for Gonchar, and Murray is not willing to take a bad one, while contenders are loath to ship off a good one. I’m not convinced this will get done before the deadline, but I have little doubt he will continue to be available through the off season. There’s no use listing teams interested, as almost all have been mentioned elsewhere, almost all…Pitkanen/White have recently been suggested as a possible return in a D-man package including Lee. He will not move at the deadline, for a bad deal with term, period.
Kuba – Much the same, but Murray has little leverage to force a sweetened deal as few teams are looking to Kuba as anything more than a depth acquisition to mitigate for post season injuries. He might go late at the deadline, if a team is willing to move just a pick…but not sooner.
Neil – He’s drawing a considerable amount of interest, and the Kelly deal has set the price at a 2nd or prospect, with no returning salary. Like with Kelly, Neil will not be moved for the sake of change. I suspect he’ll move, but closer to the deadline, as the more skilled players fall off the list.
Kovalev – Will be moved, sooner rather than later, expect a pick (3rd).
Phillips – This one has more twists and turns than a Kaberle trade rumour. Has he waived or not? Is there a list? I honestly have no idea, this one is being played really tight…does this mean he is or isn’t going, I’m not sure, but I do know Murray is openly accepting offers, bidding war?
I’ve also been told Phillips agent(s) are “negotiating” Phillips availability…?
Michalek – “Not available”. Is that a bargaining position, or an absolute? I hear LA is “hot” to land Mich…
Ruutu – He’s hoping for a move, some suggest he’s openly requested one, and as such I have no doubt he will be accommodated.
Alfie – I’ve been told by someone within the Sens organization that Alfie’s absent is about more than just re-habing an injury, but nothing to do with a possible trade. Whatever that means?
If I had to guess, I’d put Kovy as the next domino to drop…but at this time of the year, that is impossible to predict.