This Eklund guy is quite amusing because he throws out all kinds of trade rumours but never considers whether they are at all feasable. The recent ones he is tossing about is a trade between New Jersey and Calgary with Gomez heading to Calgary and Lombardi and others, probably draft picks, heading back to New Jersey. Problem is, Calgary is also pretty close ($41.2 million) to the cap and would have a hard time taking on Gomez’s salary without dumping a couple more players in addition to Lombardi. What is even more absurd is that he was on the Team 1200 in Ottawa a day or two ago and discussed the possibility of Calgary also taking Malakhov’s salary in the deal. Well, that certainly won’t happen.
But then today things get even more amusing. Today he writes “I am hearing that Ottawa and Washington would have interest in Gionta.” Washington I can understand. They have a ton of cap room and would probably like to add some more top end talent to their roster. But Ottawa? Ottawa’s salary cap committment currently sits somewhere around $42 million give or take depending on how many players they carry on their active roster. Gionta is likely to command in the $4 million range, if not more. So, who is Ottawa going to trade to free up close to $4 million?
Schaeffer? not likely
That is all their players making more than $2 million and I can’t see any one of them getting traded to clear up cap space for Gionta. In other words, Gionta to Ottawa makes little sense and even Muckler himself has pretty much said that he is done making moves.
In other rumours he has the Canadiens interested in Dumont but TSN.ca is reporting today that Montreal is not interested in Dumont.
“We’ve never had an offer from Montreal,” his agent Yves Archambault said Wednesday. “I’ve spoken to several teams. At this point we’re really looking at 3-4 teams.”
I don’t know where Eklund gets his rumours from but most of them don’t make much sense. It is unfortunate he is so clueless about each teams salary situation because with his contacts (and I don’t deny he has some contacts) he should be able to produce more reliable rumours.