Now that we've crossed the All-Star Break, the NHL rumors will be heating up to the boiling point.
After there was a bit of a lull in terms of news, now the rumors are flying in over the past few days. Obviously the same names have emerged for the most part, especially out of Ottawa and Toronto. But new names have come out, including more news about Zach Parise of New Jersey and a possible move for Calgary's Robyn Regehr.
There's also news about a possible Stanley Cup hero on the move after this season.
So here's the latest trade buzz from around the league as we begin to reach the home stretch until the trade deadline.
Parise has been one of the more interesting names around the trade deadline, especially since he is a restricted free agent at the end of the season. There have been conflicting reports about whether Parise wants to stay in New Jersey, although with him still injured, it's all a moot point. But with Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun writing that Parise wants to return to action soon, then it could make Parise a hot target once again. It'll all depend on whether or not the Devils can get something done.
Phillips continues to be the hot name surrounding the Ottawa Senators and their possible fire-sale, with the normal suspects still very much involved in Phillips. Nothing earth-shattering has come up with Phillips other than that he's been named in trade rumors, and it's really unknown what could happen with him. The whole track of the Senators could change here, and deciding what to do with Phillips could go a long way towards which track they take.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reported the Flames could ask Regehr to waive his no-trade clause. It wouldn't be overly surprising to see Regehr asked to waive his no-trade, especially since Regehr has already been part of rumored deals on the Internet. But Regehr could very well be the best trade chip the Flames have left with Jarome Iginla off the market, so it would be smart on the Flames' part (excuse the rhyme) to at least listen.
In a report from, you guessed it, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, Garrioch reiterated what we've known for a while. Iginla isn't going anywhere. I can understand the logic of not giving up and telling the fan base you're going for a complete rebuild. But unfortunately for the Flames, that's what it's going to take to turn the franchise back in the right direction. Trading Iginla doesn't make them better now. It makes them better later.
Talbot will never be forgotten in Pittsburgh for scoring both goals in Game 7 of the 2009 Stanley Cup Final. But his usefulness has gone down ever since, and now some are wondering aloud if his time in Pittsburgh is done, at least according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. To be honest, I'm not sure I buy into the fact he's done in Pittsburgh. I'd think he would want to stay and take a favorable deal to stay, but that's just me.
So apparently in professional sports, Swedish hockey players have cornered the market on retirement waffling.
Peter Forsberg is making Brett Favre look like an amateur with press conferences and there's no definite news, but he's working out at the Pepsi Center in Denver. If he does come back, then I'm sure one team will throw money at him, even though he hasn't played in the league in a couple of years. Someone has always been under the spell of Foppa's talent.
In other words, expect the bidding war to happen soon.
There have been rumors the Blues need to do something drastic, and perhaps that included dangling young defenseman Johnson as a trade chip, an idea seconded by Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
As I've written before, Johnson might be one of the best young defensemen in the league, and I'm not sure what it will do to make a move now just to make a move unless something great is coming back the other direction. But it never hurts to listen.
Stalberg was one of the pieces the Blackhawks got in return for Kris Versteeg, and apparently, according to the Daily Herald, he could be moved in order to improve the Blackhawks. It may seem counterproductive to trade away one of your young players you just traded for, but the Blackhawks don't have a lot of cap room and if they want to make a trade, Stalberg might be one of the few movable pieces.
Gonchar has turned out to be a huge disappointment for the Senators and, according to Garrioch, the Senators are looking to trade him. Unfortunately his contract and the production he's had this year don't exactly matchup, and his high cap hit will make him hard to move. Although if the Senators really want to move him, they'll try. Perhaps they can also rid themselves of Alexei Kovalev in a package deal.
Sorry Leafs fans, but that name's coming up again.
Specifically from Pierre Lebrun from ESPN, who said the Kaberle trade rumors will spark up again. And as much as you may not want to hear it, he's right.
Eventually, the Maple Leafs will have to make a decision on him. Eventually they will have to decide if they want to let him walk, try to bring him back or get something for him. To think they're making the playoffs this season is unrealistic, so perhaps now is finally the time for Burke to look at trading Kaberle so each side can move on.