NHL Rumors: Nathan Horton Packing, Brian Burke To Be Busy, and More

Derrick LightfootContributor IJune 19, 2010

OTTAWA, ONT - JULY 30:  General manager Brian Burke and second overall draft pick Bobby Ryan of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim poses for a portrait during the 2005 National Hockey League Draft on July 30, 2005 at the Westin Hotel in Ottawa, Canada.  (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images NHL)
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Six days from the 2010 NHL Draft and some rumors are buzzing.

—Expect the Leafs to do something, maybe at the draft. Not sure if Brian Burke wants to move into the first round, he obviously wants to make his squad better and a late to mid pick won't do that next year.

Bobby Ryan rumors have surfaced, but no hard evidence has been suggested. He will most likely chase a deal like the Phil Kessel or Dion Phaneuf trades.

—Florida winger Nathan Horton expects to be moved. He has a no-trade clause that kicks in July 1st, so he will most likely be dealt at the draft. Boston seems to be the front runners, though Calgary has shown interest in the past. Nashville could be a suitor also.

Horton has run into some injury problems the past couple of years. Panther fans should be happy with new GM Dale Tallon—he did in fact build the Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks.

—Nashville defenseman Dan Hamhuis' rights have been traded to the Philadelphia Flyers for Ryan Parent and a conditional pick in the 2011 draft (most likely a higher pick if Hamhuis signs, lower if he doesn't).

The Flyers have little to no cap space to sign him, so there could be some movement on their roster. Simon Gagne and Jeff Carter have been names mentioned.

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—The Penguins are unlikely to sign UFAs Jay McKee and Alexei Ponikarovsky.

—The Canadiens are talking to UFA Tomas Plekanec. Word is he wants to stay in Montreal but no indication on how fast contract talks are moving.

—Expect the Flames to do something at the draft. Last year they acquired Jay Bouwmeester's rights, and the year before that they got Mike Cammalleri from the Kings. Rumors have surfaced Darryl Sutter may look to trade for Plekanec's rights,  then maybe Horton could come.

Despite not having a first round pick, Calgary could be active on June 25th. Sutter doesn't usually trade up in the draft, but with no first rounder it could happen—but is unlikely.

—Not really a rumor, but if you've been on a computer for at least ten minutes the past couple of days you would know that the reaction to the Jaroslav Halak trade in the Habs camp is not good. Almost every Canadiens fan is livid with the move.

—According to the Los Angeles Times , someone within the organization has said that former Philadelphia head coach John Stevens has been offered the job of assistant coach.

—"Don't expect the Lightning to make a franchise-changing acquisition at the start of free agency. A more likely scenario is to see who is available after the high-priced assets are signed." -Lightning GM Steve Yzerman.

Straight from the horse's mouth, Yzerman says he won't be chasing the Kovalchuks or Marleaus. The Lightning have a pretty good team, and if they get some good goaltending, could make a push for the playoffs next year.

Signing some key role players once all of the huge contracts get signed could turn out well for the Bolts. Don't expect Tampa to go all out like when they traded for Ryan Malone's, Brian Rolston's, Mark Recchi's, and Andrej Meszaros' rights.

—And right after I publish this, TSN reports the New Jersey Devils have reacquired forward Jason Arnott for RW Matt Halischuk and a 2011 second round pick. The 35-year-old Arnott spent five years with the Devils from 1997 to 2002.


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