In today’s roundup of blogosphere-generated rumor goodness: Five teams that will pursue Martin Brodeur next summer…Ales Hemsky for Drew Doughty?… Canadiens planning a trade?
BLEACHER REPORT: Andy Campbell listed five teams that will pursue Martin Brodeur next summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A tad premature to start speculating where Brodeur might be next summer, especially since he doesn’t know for certain if he’ll even play another season after this one. Let’s wait and see what unfolds this season before we start wondering about where Brodeur will go…oh, ok, since some of my readers suggest I’m a bit of a bore in my analysis of trade and free agent rumors by not at least considering some alternative options….I predict Brodeur will…..wait until this season ends, see how well he and the Devils performed, and if there’s a new CBA in place…(drumroll)… re-sign with the Devils, or retire. Hey, whaddya mean that was predictable?…;)
GATHER.COM: Larry Seely cites a Bleacher Report post claiming Drew Doughty could be heading to the Edmonton Oilers, as they have put together an offer sheet and the Kings are considering their options, one of which could see Doughty shipped to Edmonton for Ales Hemsky and “possible” first round draft picks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I followed the link Seely cited, which linked to a HockeyBuzz Oilers blogger, who wrote, “I have no information or knowledge that the Oilers have talked offer sheet with the Doughty camp”, before launching into speculation over how it might be possible. In other words, there is nothing but baseless blogger speculation about the Oilers, or any other NHL team, sending the Kings an offer sheet for Doughty.
A WINNING HABIT: Steven Ellis wondered why the Canadiens signed Chris Campoli if Yannick Weber is NHL-ready, and suggested perhaps the Habs might move Jaroslav Spacek’s bad contract (over $3.8 million) for a forward at a similar price.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe the reason for the Campoli signing was Andrei Markov will likely be sidelined longer than anticipated to start the season, and Weber isn’t ready, or at least the coaching staff doesn’t believe he’s ready, to log big minutes. Reports out of Montreal claim Weber has been moved to forward, and he, not Spacek, could be the odd man out. There’s been nothing about Spacek being dealt, likely because that contract and his age makes him tough to move, especially for a forward with a similar salary. Sure, it could happen, but I wouldn’t get my hopes up if I were a Habs fan.