Multiple sources have reported, and now its confirmed that Brian Burke inquired into the availability of James van Riemsdyk. Flyers said he's not available.
This is no surprise as Burke wants to shake up his anemic offense, and Riemsdyk is a big forward. As for the Flyers refusing to deal him, I find it interesting because they are right up against the cap and unless Riemsdyk takes a huge paycut, he cannot remain on the Flyers.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reported that several teams are interested in Senators defenceman Brian Lee, but the Senators will have to take major salary back.
Makes sense as in a cap system you have to make it a dollar-for-dollar swap. Furthermore, Lee has a terrible contract so he can only be traded for another bad contract.
Peter Chiarelli denies that he has a deal in place that will send Marco Sturm to the Los Angeles Kings. Sturm has agreed to waive his NTC for a few teams, and the Kings just happen to be one of them.
I expect the Bruins to deal Sturm to the Kings, but for a reasonably low draft pick as the Kings don't want to spend their entire budget on an ordinary player like Sturm.
Bruce Garrioch also reports that the Senators may be working on a major deal in addition to the Brian Lee trade. He further explains that the Senators sent David Hale on waivers because of a trade they may soon complete.
Will Brian Burke make a trade before the December 9 roster freeze?
This is just utter speculation and I highly doubt it. Murray is probably just going to tinker with his roster as he has shown he does not like to take big risks (or any risks) in his tenure as GM of the Senators.
Atlanta GM Rick Dudley has said that before he acquires a player he likes to personally watch the player play. He has been personally scouting the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Unlikely that he has something in mind. He is just doing some scouting to see if something can happen. He may also watch Clarke MacArthur so he knows how to not repeat the same mistake of walking away from arbitration.
Lots of GMs and scouts have been recently at Toronto Maple Leafs games.
This is probably because Dion Phaneuf is returning soon and as a result the Leafs may move a defenceman for a forward. There's also the possibility that with all the forwards the Leafs have called up due to injuries to Armstrong, they can scout them and see which one may be soon ready for the NHL.
Darren Dreger reported some public comments made by Brian Burke. He said there will not be a coaching change. Also there are no trades worth considering and if a trade occurred it would probably be for a bottom six forward for a bottom six forward, but even that's difficult to do.
Translation: don't expect Burke to make a move before his self imposed December nine roster freeze. Of course anything can change in a week, the Phaneuf trade was negotiated in a week. But I highly doubt he does anything before the roster freeze kicks in.