Trade News Explodes the Quietness in the NHL

Nucks IceManCorrespondent IJune 22, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 21:  Nathan Horton #16 of the Florida Panthers skates against the Philadelphia Flyers on December 21, 2009 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The time leading up to the Draft and Free agency is an historically quiet one, but reported trade news via the Vancouver media and TSN exploded out early today.

Nathan Horton, a player who I'd previously written about in early March, was traded by the Florida Panthers today.

Highly touted Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell went to the Boston Bruins for Dennis Wideman, their first round entry draft pick (15th overall) and third draft pick in the 2011 Entry Draft.

Edmonton Oilers coach Pat Quinn stepped down and Tom Rennie took over the reins. Quinn will remain in the Oilers organization in the executive capacity.

Anaheim Ducks Scott Neidermayer will officially announce his retirement today and it looks like Teemu Selanne is close behind him.

In New Jersey, Ilya Kovalchuk has decided to test free agency. If he doesn’t like what he sees, he says he can always go to Russia and play in the KHL.

Hey Ilya, if you don't want to play in the best league in the world, that's fine. Now it's clear what your motives really are.

The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed Matt Cooke to a new three year contract.

The Manitoba Moose, in conjunction with the Vancouver Canucks, yesterday announced they have named Claude Noel as the team's new head coach.

Expect an abundance of RFA’s to hit the market as teams walk away from them due to a lack of cap space, like Andrew Ladd of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Once an RFA is not qualified, they  become unrestricted without compensation and can sign with whomever they want.

This should prove very rewarding to teams with cap space that have been patient. Are you listening Mr. Gillis?

Will the Canucks have more to look at then even they imagined and be able to fill the much needed holes.

Might they be interested in an Andrew Ladd?