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NHL Rumours: August Seventh

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 03:  Roberto Luongo #1 and Willie Mitchell #8 of the Vancouver Canucks defend against the Philadelphia Flyers on December 3, 2009 at Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Canucks defeated the Flyers 3-0.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Imtiaz FerdousCorrespondent IIAugust 7, 2010

Expect Teemu Selanne to sign a two-year deal in the next week. I don't understand why the Ducks keep signing players over 35 to two-year deals. If Selanne retires, the cap hit will still count next year; and the same goes for Andy Sutton.

Paul Kariya will soon talk with Ducks management. I don't understand what's taking him so long to talk to them if he really does want to come back. I would think it's a negotiating ploy but I don't think he should be asking for much, anyway.

The Detroit Red Wings are all of a sudden on Willie Mitchell's short list. So he wants to play for San Jose, Washington, Vancouver or Detroit. Expect a one to two-year deal worth between $1.5 and two million. He would have been offered a lot more if not for the concussion. I wonder if someone will give him a long term contract with a low cap hit.

The number of legitimate offers for Kaberle that Burke would accept is now three. It is a most intriguing scenario. I fully expect Tomas Kaberle to be traded by August 15th when his NTC officially kicks in again.

Apparently one of the rumours making the rounds is that Kaberle will be dealt for picks and prospects (I think Los Angeles, as they were rumoured to offer this) and one of those players will be part of a trade to another team to acquire a top six forward.

I recommend a three-way trade because if the other team changes their mind, then Toronto may be stuck with an unwanted player. Look no further than the MLB as the Mariners said they wanted Edwin Jackson as part of the trade for Cliff Lee; once the White Sox acquired him they changed their mind. 

This concludes today's rumours and insights.

 

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