NHL Rumors: A Look at Who Will Be Staying or Leaving?

Derrick LightfootContributor IJune 21, 2010

TORONTO - APRIL 6: Tomas Kaberle #15 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates up the ice during an NHL game against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Air Canada Centre on April 6, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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There is a Strong chance Tomas Kaberle will be dealt at the draft. Some rumors have Kaberle going to the Blackhawks with the Leafs GM Brian Burke wanting to take advantage of a tight cap situation there. Patrick Sharp, Dustin Byfuglien, and Brian Campbell have been mentioned as Leaf targets.

Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman has told Vincent Lecavalier that he won't be traded. Yzerman said they were "going to challenge him". Being able to play without all these trade rumors surrounding him, Lecavalier might be able to re-find his form.

Working on signing Dan Hamhuis, the Flyers could be looking to upgrade their goaltending position through trades. There is no indication on what type of goaltender they will be chasing (or if they will just get a goaltenders rights like they did with Hamhuis).

Thomas Vokoun of the Panthers is the best goaltender available, but they would have to clear space. If they can't get a deal done they could look to the free agency market, maybe Marty Turco or Dan Ellis could fit.

The Flyers should be very busy in the coming weeks as they prepare to fill their needs of singing Hamhuis, acquiring a goaltender and clearing some cap space.

The Vancouver Canucks may look to deal their first round pick in this years draft (25th overall). They are looking to improve their blue line (rumors had them wanting Hamhuis) so they could package their pick for a D-Man.

Sergei Gonchar might be available come July first. The Penguins want to sign the defense-man, but he may be asking for too much money. This could just be part of negotiations, but Gonchar could get a large contract if he does test the free agent market.

Pittsburgh also has Jay McKee (who will most likely go unsigned), Jordan Leopold, and Mark Eaton (on their back-end) who still need contracts. Kris Letang signed an extension earlier in the year.

Ottawa GM Bryan Murray has said that Spezza won't say no to a trade. He isn't necessarily being shopped, but the fans in Ottawa have somewhat turned on Spezza. Murray will look to avoid another 'Heatley' saga. Don't be too surprised if Spezza stays a Senator.

Nashville has been quite busy dealing Arnott and Hamhuis. They could be gearing up for a big move. The Predators usually always find a way to do well despite their lack of talent compared to other teams. A few key moves could put them in Stanley Cup talks, but goaltender Pekka Rinne will have to be solid.


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