Friday, August 26, 2005


Plenty to Talk About

The trade of Lydman prompted dozens of emails regarding Jay McKee's status from Buffalo fans and ...I continually get a lot of inquiries from around the league regarding Jay's contract status....not just fans, but hockey people... Jay is in a very unique position. When you look at what Mike Rathje got in Philly and you realize that Jay will be a UFA next year at the age of 28 with ten years experience under his belt...

Other rumors out there...

Damphousse (e2) may sign with the Ducks today.
Joseph Marha (e1) with the Bruins
The Bruins are also looking at tough guy Peter Worrell (e3)

Morozov is likely to not return to Pittsburgh. (e2)
and the same goes for Gill in Boston.(e1)

Peter Bondra...a decision is likely early next week. There is quite a bidding war going on for his services apparently, with Phil, Wash, Atl, NYR, and NJ...yes the team that forgot about the cap. not to worry Lou has a plan I am told...

Which goes to this next rumor..It involves a big trade that I am continually hearing rumors about...the names are sketchy, and all over the map, but it is a three-way trade involving Fla, Van, and NJ.

Florida would end up with Jovanowski and Cloutier (or possibly Bertuzzi), Langenbrunner, and Friesen
Vancouver would end up with Luongo and Brylin
NJ would end up with a three high draft picks

As I said, these players are all highly speculative, especially the NJ guys. Very hard to get specifics, but there is enough smoke about this one to merit discussion at least. I will give the fact that this trade is being discussed an (e2) rating...but I will not give an e rating to any of the players except Luongo.

As for the crazy three-way Toronto trade that is out there...

Toronto Gets: G Roberto Luongo + D Jay Boumeester
Florida Gets: C Mats Sundin + First Round Pick

the Toronto turning around

Tampa Bay Gets: G Ed Belfour + 3rd Round Pick
Toronto Gets: F Brad Richards

And Last but not least has

Toronto Gets: G Mathieu Biron or G Mika Noronen ( Most Likely Noronen)
Buffalo Gets: D Ken Klee

I give it a e minus 5 rating...ugh! (Belfour and a third for Richards????????????????)

Finally for my Philly Readers...WPEN 950 AM is about to become all sports talk and go up against WIP, the station that didn't put the Hoss/Heatley deal in its updates. (not a very big trade I guess) Rumor has it that Jody Mac could be a big part of WOGL.


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