In today’s collection of blogosphere-generated NHL trade rumors: Cory Schneider to the Maple Leafs? Shea Weber to the Oilers? Could Jarome Iginla, Martin Brodeur and Shea Weber be dealt at some point this season? Enjoy!
GATHER.COM: Larry Seely (citing Bleacher Report) listed the Toronto Maple Leafs as one of the teams that would make a deal for Vancouver Canucks backup Cory Schneider. he also cited Bleacher Report in suggesting the Edmonton Oilers could be a destination for Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber (though he erroneously titled his post, “Shea Weber to Colorado Avalanche?”).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Toronto Maple Leafs have been linked to Evgeni Nabokov in the rumor mill, and it wouldn’t be surprising if the Leafs had been in touch with the Canucks about Schneider’s availability. That being said, it appears the Canucks aren’t in any hurry to move Schneider this season, preferring to hang onto him to spell off starter Roberto Luongo more often this season. As for Weber, while I wouldn’t doubt the Oilers would love to have someone like him patrolling their blueline, they’re currently in no hurry to pursue him, nor are the Predators in any hurry to move him.
BLEACHER REPORT: Donald Wood suggested Weber, Calgary’s Jarome Iginla and New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur could be on the move this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t believe Iginla wants to move, nor do I believe Flames management wish to consider that option, at least not during the season. The Predators, as noted earlier, aren’t in any hurry to move Weber, and if they’re still in the playoff chase by the trade deadline, won’t consider it. As for Brodeur, he knows he’s coming to the end of his career, having previously acknowledged this, though he didn’t rule out perhaps playing one more season after this one, depending on his performance and if there’s another lockout. The Devils won’t trade him. Period. End of story.