Trade talks pick up
The Penguins were rumored to have interest in Sergei Gonchar, but with Ottawa being shorthanded on the back end, it may not make the most sense anymore. (Getty Images)
Trade talks pick up
With the new NHL collective bargaining agreement officially ratified over the weekend, there was anticipation of significant trade activity soon after. The fans expecting major moves in the first 24 hours, however, were left disappointed.
The only trades saw the Philadelphia Flyers bring back goalie Brian Boucher from the Carolina Hurricanes (seen as a depth move for their AHL farm club), while the Carolina Hurricanes shipped right winger Anthony Stewart and two draft picks to the LA Kings for enforcer Kevin Westgarth.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo was expected to be traded within 24 hours of the implementation of the new CBA, but the move failed to materialize within that time frame.
As this week begins, the hockey world still awaits a Luongo trade. The Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers are the rumored suitors.
The Ottawa Citizen's Wayne Scanlan reported Ottawa Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar laughed off a recent rumor that suggested he’d be dealt back to the Pittsburgh Penguins later this season.
The report, which appeared in the Ottawa Sun last month, claimed Penguins GM Ray Shero regretted losing Gonchar to free agency in 2010 and would try to bring him back via trade this season, or during the summer when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Gonchar told the Citizen he joked about the rumor while practising with his Kontinental League team.
With promising defenseman Jared Cowen sidelined for the season by hip surgery and veteran blueliner Mike Lundin out several weeks with a broken finger, Scanlan feels it makes little sense for the Senators to move Gonchar.
KINGS NOT QUICK TO TRADE BERNIER
The Los Angeles Kings were relieved to learn starting goalie and 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Quick made a full recovery from off-season back surgery and is ready to go for the upcoming season.
It's expected Quick will play the bulk of the 48-game schedule, possibly seeing as many as 40 games.
The status of Kings backup goalie Jonathan Bernier was the subject of considerable interest last summer when it was revealed he'd requested a trade prior to last season's deadline, but it was denied by management.
Bernier had expected to be moved before training camp opened last fall, but the combination of the lockout and management's concern over Quick's health scuttled that possibility.
Once the lockout ended, Bernier's trade status popped up again in the rumor mill, with a recent report claiming he was offered to the Maple Leafs in a deal that was rejected by former Leafs GM Brian Burke.
The Kings don't have to rush to move Bernier, who has one season left on his contract and will be a restricted free agent this summer.
If the Kings are planning to shop him later this season, it would be a good idea to ensure they've got a suitable replacement who can spell Quick when necessary. Most likely, the Kings will retain Bernier for the season and then peddle him in the summer.
ADAM FALLING OUT OF FAVOR WITH SABRES
Center Luke Adam made a promising debut early last season with the Buffalo Sabres, netting nine points in October playing alongside stars Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville and earning 19 points in his first 30 games.
His production declined after he was moved off their line and he finished the season with the Sabres’ American League farm team in Rochester.
Still, the 6-foot-2, 206-pound Adam had shown enough promise to prompt expectations of earning a regular roster spot this season with the Sabres.
Unfortunately, the combination of the lockout, a continuing decline in production and a weak defensive game resulted in Adam not being called up for Sabres training camp this week.
This has sparked speculation that Adam's days with the Sabres may be numbered. WGR 550 suggested he and the club have “gone as far as they can with each other” and called upon management to ship him to another NHL team that could use him.
The report noted Adam's trade value isn't high, but the longer he remains in Rochester, the worse it will get. His status will be worth keeping an eye on throughout this shortened NHL season, especially leading up to the April 3 trade deadline.
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 Eishockey News and Kukla's Korner.