Sunday, February 12, 2006

NHL Rumors - February 12th, 2006

- According to the Vancouver Province, the Canucks can be expected to be one of the teams interested in goaltenders Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Curtis Joseph and Vesa Toskala. The paper also says the defence-hungry Canucks might have some interest in Blues veteran Eric Weinrich.

- According to the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, Blackhawks veterans D Jassen Cullimore, D Todd Simpson, C Jim Dowd and C Curtis Brown have been offered around the league and the paper notes that C Tyler Arnason has also been mentioned in talks with the Maple Leafs, with the Leafs apparently offering Nik Antropov in return.

- The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Wild, facing the prospect of both Manny Fernandez and Dwayne Roloson leaving as unrestricted free agents, might be interested in acquiring a goaltending insurance policy. At the same time the St. Paul Pioneer Press suggests that some of the Wild's pending free agent defencemen, like Willie Mitchell, Filip Kuba, Andrei Zyuzin and Daniel Tjarnqvist might be on the move.

- The Star-Tribune goes on to say that the Wild have been actively scouting the Islanders and Lightning, mentioning Isles winger Mark Parrish, a Minnesota native who will be a free agent, as being of interest. The paper indicates that the Lightning might also be willing to move Fredrik Modin, Ruslan Fedotenko or even Martin St. Louis.

- Many reports have Capitals D Brendan Witt ready to move, with teams like Tampa Bay and Toronto mentioned as potential destinations.

- The Palm Beach Post says Panthers veterans C Chris Gratton and D Sean Hill could be trade bait.

- According to the Columbus Post-Dispatch, D Luke Richardson, D Cale Hulse and C Jan Hrdina could be the most available Blue Jackets.

- Blue Jackets GM Doug MacLean tells the Columbus Post-Dispatch that, despite rumours, G Marc Denis isn't going anywhere.

- The New York Daily News notes that both the Rangers and Devils have interest in Blues LW Keith Tkachuk.

- The Los Angeles Times speculates that the Ducks may be looking to move veteran defencemen Keith Carney and Ruslan Salei, but if the team remains in the playoff hunt, the paper also indicates that the Ducks covet a second-line scoring centre.

- Sergei Samsonov and Andrew Raycroft are the most likely Bruins to be traded, according to the Boston Globe.

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