Jason Spezza ahs a goal and five points through his first five games. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)
Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray told the Ottawa Sun he’s spoken with several teams, but is finding the pickings slim in the trade market, as those teams appear only interested in moving expensive contracts.
Murray is believed to be seeking a veteran physical defenseman. ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun reported the Senators GM had contacted the Anaheim Ducks, who are believed to be in the market for a puckmoving defenseman.
LeBrun believes Murray would like the Ducks to take Brian Lee, but the Ducks would prefer Chris Campoli. Another source told LeBrun the Ducks had also been in talks with the Buffalo Sabres, another club with a struggling defense corps this season.
Murray also shot down what LeBrun called “blog-fueled trade rumors” about center Jason Spezza, saying there was “no way that’s happening.”
If Murray couldn’t find any takers for Spezza back in June before his no-trade clause kicked in and when teams had more available cap space, why would he have more success early in the season when teams have limited cap space?
Put simply, the Spezza trade rumors were ridiculous, without any foundation in truth.
The Senators are in a difficult situation to start this season, one THN.com blogger John Grigg doesn’t see improving anytime soon.
RADULOV STAYING IN KHL
Don’t expect to see Russian right winger Alexander Radulov returning to the NHL anytime soon.
Reports out of Russia late last week indicated Radulov, 24, had signed a two-year contract extension with Salavat Yulaef of the Kontinental League.
Radulov signed a three-year contract with the KHL team in the summer of 2008 despite having one year remaining on his entry level deal with the Nashville Predators.
Although the winger, through his agent, recently told Predators GM David Poile he could get out of any deal with his KHL team, Poile noted Radulov said the same thing about his current contract, yet remains in Russia.
If Radulov did return to the NHL it would be with the Predators, who still own his rights, and he’d have to complete the final year of his entry level contract.
This extension carries Radulov through 2012-13, covering the possibility of another NHL lockout.
Barring a collapse of the KHL, it’s apparent Radulov doesn’t want to return to the NHL, perhaps until a new CBA is in place.
CANADIENS TALKING TRADE WITH BLACKHAWKS?
TSN’s Darren Dreger reported last week Montreal Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier was spotted scouting a recent Chicago Blackhawks game, which raised some eyebrows, although Dreger noted it’s not unusual for Gauthier to actively scout rival teams himself.
It’s believed Gauthier is looking to bolster his blueline, not necessarily by dealing with Chicago, but perhaps Vancouver, where it’s thought the Canucks will make Kevin Bieksa available later in the season.
The Canucks’ blueline has been ravaged early by injuries, meaning Bieksa won’t be going anywhere for the time being; if the Canucks do shop him it won’t happen until after mid-season and only if their defense corps gets healthy.
Rumor Roundup appears Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Foxsports.com and Eishockey Magazine.