It’s been quiet of late for NHL rumors from the mainstream media, so here’s a look at what’s been kicking around the hockey blogosphere of late. Enjoy!
The Montreal Canadiens and San Jose Sharks are in talks regarding a trade which would ship Patrick Marleau to Montreal for a return in which goalie Dustin Tokarski would be part of the package. Marleau would waive his no-trade clause to go to Montreal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lemme guess, Marleau would waive it because he’s got a francophone last name, right? Except, of course, he was born and raised in Saskatchewan and spent his entire NHL career in San Jose. Marleau stated this summer he doesn’t want to leave San Jose. Depending on the Sharks performance and his role with the club this season he might change his mind, but if so that won’t happen until later in the season, if at all. The only way Marleau is going to Montreal is if the Sharks play a road game there this season.
The Detroit Red Wings are close to finalizing a one-year contract with Daniel Alfredsson.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While Wings GM Ken Holland stated he’d welcome Alfredsson back, it’s been repeatedly reported in the Detroit media the veteran winger won’t make any decision on a return until September. They’ll talk contract then.
Ville Leino could get a tryout contract with the Chicago Blackhawks or San Jose Sharks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blackhawks are deep up front and are currently over the salary cap by $2.2 million. They need to shed salary, not add it. The only reason I could see the Sharks inviting Leino to camp is because Raffi Torres (knee surgery) is expected to miss the first half of the season.
The Toronto Maple Leafs could invite former Leaf Tomas Kaberle to training camp.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless it’s an invitation to just sit in the stands and watch the club practice, they’re not interested in inviting Kaberle to camp. It was recently reported Kaberle could have a training camp invitation on the table but he said it’s not with an Ontario-based team.
The Philadelphia Flyers could invited Dustin Penner to training camp.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t know why, they’re already deep at left wing.