Flames add Leopold. Jokinen next?

The Flames have acquired Jordan Leopold from the Colorado Avalanche for a second round pick (acquired from Montreal in Tanguay trade), prospect defenseman Ryan Wilson and recent waiver wire pickup Lawrence Nycholat.  This is a good deal for the Flames as Leopold will add some quality defensive depth on defense which every Cup contending team can use and it doesn’t cost them all that much. TSN is also reporting that the Flames are in serious discussions with Phoenix about acquiring Olli Jokinen.    The issue is that the Flames are right up against the cap and the Leopold trade doesn’t help

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Kuba signed, Vermette traded

Another defenseman has dropped off the trade market as the Ottawa Senators have supposedly signed Filip Kuba to a 3 year, $3.7 million per year contract.  I can’t say that this is a bad deal, but if I was a Senators fan I would really question whether it is intelligent to lock up more players on a team that has been one of the worst teams in the NHL for nearly two full years now. Also just in, the Senators have traded Antoine Vermette to Columbus for Pascal Leclaire and a second round pick.  This trade makes more sense because

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The Waiver Wire and Other Moves

Some interesting non-trade moves have taken place today that might shed some light on trades and player value for tomorrows trade deadline. First, Niklas Backstrom has signed a four year contract extension in Minnesota. That means, if there was any doubt, that Backstrom will not be traded. But what it does mean is that quite possibly young backup Josh Harding could potentially be used as trade bait for the Wild either leading into tomorrow’s trade deadline or in the off season. A number of intriguing players have been placed on waivers today. The list included Miroslav Satan, Gary Roberts, Brendan

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Trade Deadline Rumour Thoughts

The talk around Toronto and Boston today is that the Leafs and Bruins have been discussing a Tomas Kaberle deal. The rumour is the Bruins have offered the Leafs a first round pick, a third round pick and prospect Joe Colborne, the Bruins first round pick from last season. TSN.ca is reporting that Brian Burke has emphatically denied this rumour and says it is completely fabricated and that he has not talked with the Bruins about a Kaberle deal. So, which is it? Well, as is oftent he case, the truth usually lies somewhere in the middle. It would surprise

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Buyer Beware

With less than a week until the deadline, the GMs are burning phone lines and big names are starting to pop. Here’s a look at some of the players that have “buyer beware” tags. Chris Pronger I still maintain the fact that the Ducks would be ill-advised to deal Pronger at the deadline. The Ducks have played uninspired hockey all year long but still have enough talent to make it to the postseason. If they do, they’ll once again boast one of the stronger defensive corps with Pronger, Scott Niedermayer, and Ryan Whitney. However, the buyer beware tag on this

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