Rumor Mill: Free Agents and Trades

Vince RichardsCorrespondent IJuly 14, 2009

ATLANTA - FEBRUARY 06:  Ilya Kovalchuk #17 of the Atlanta Thrashers takes the shot against the New Jersey Devils on February 6, 2009 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

There are several big names in the NHL that could find a new home sooner than we think. There are trades that have been mentioned and still free agents without a home. Here is a summary of the rumors that are floating around.

The Dany Heatley drama is heating up again with him said to be in another deal with the Edmonton Oilers. The original trade would have sent Dany Heatley to Edmonton in exchange for Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner, and Ladislav Smid. The deal is said to be back in consideration after Heatley said he never "officially" rejected it at first. With Edmonton's patience running out, Ottawa better come up with something fast.

Heatley for Phaneuf has been mentioned before, but the likelihood of this going through is slim considering Heatley's lack of defense.

Other possible destinations for the Senators forward are said to be Minnesota and Columbus.

Edmonton is not only looking into Dany Heatley, but also trying to move an offensive defenseman out for a some younger defensive talent. Sources have brought up the possibility of shipping Sheldon Souray to Los Angeles for much younger defenseman Jack Johnson.

With all the recent free agent signings the Montreal Canadiens have done, it looks as if their interest in Vincent Lecavalier has gone way down. Montreal couldn't afford him right now anyways.

As of right now, possible destinations for Daniel Briere are Los Angeles and Montreal. Once again, with all the signing Montreal has done in the past couple weeks, Los Angeles is the favorite in this one.

Should the Flyers not move Daniel Briere, they might look to shop Simon Gagne.

Minnesota Wild back up goalie Josh Harding is said to be looking for a new home. A few teams interested are Philadelphia, Detroit, and San Jose.

If Josh Harding ends up in San Jose, Evgeni Nabokov could be on the move, but I highly doubt the Sharks would make that move.

Boston is still talking to Phil Kessel about re-joining the team next season, but if he wants more than the Bruins can give him, Minnesota is a possible destination.

Detroit is said to have interest in signing Mats Sundin, but GM Kenny Holland is looking for someone much cheaper to fill Hudler's spot. Unless Sundin accepts a contract earning him around $1.5 million to $2 million per year, count this one as a dud.

The Los Angeles Kings had a rumor floating around that they offered the Ottawa Senators Alex Frolov, Jack Johnson, and Jarret Stoll, plus a draft pick for Dany Heatley.

Marc Savard could be out of Boston before we know it, but first he would have to waive his no-trade clause.

If Josh Harding wants to be a starting goalie, Toronto could be his place. A deal that has been brought up is Harding and Zidlicky for Kaberle.

Ryan Clowe of the San Jose Sharks might have his rights traded away

Atlanta signed Nik Antropov so Ilya Kovalchuk would have someone to play with, but Kovalchuk has other things on his mind, like a one way ticket out of Atlanta. Kovalchuk wants to be a part of a winning team.

The loss of Mattias Ohlund has the Vancouver Canucks looking for another defenseman.

The Sharks are looking to move a defenseman for a forward. Christian Ehrhoff could have been sent to Columbus for Jason Chimera, but Doug Wilson rejected.

The Phoenix Coyotes who have basically been invisible this off season are said to be interested in Alex Tanguay. Other teams talking to Tanguay are Ottawa, Dallas, Florida, New York Islanders, and Edmonton.

Sergei Zubov is still available and is said to be talking with Columbus.

Mathieu Schneider is another defenseman on the market and is in communcation with Los Angeles and Montreal.

Tuomo Ruutu wants to stay in Carolina and is close to a new deal. Carolina is also looking for a defenseman.

The Chicago Blackhawks are yet another team to be in the hunt for a tough, physical defenseman. They might be willing to give away Patrick Sharp to dump some salary.