Want trade talk? We've got it

Friday, 02.22.2008 / 11:00 AM
Phil Coffey  - NHL.com Sr. Editorial Director

To deal, or not to deal, that is the question …

Sorry to butcher the language with such a hackneyed phrase, but it does tend to sum up where things are as we approach the Feb. 26 trade deadline.

Rumors are going to be coming fast and furious in the next few days. Here is what actually has been said regarding possible trades.


“I’d like to do something more. We could use another shot in the arm.”

-- Ottawa GM Bryan Murray


“I think 364 days of the year we’ve all got the GM 101 thing down pat. But that one day we do things we say we would never do.”

-- Nashville GM David Poile


“We had already been informed by Mr. Baizley that we were not in the running, so I don’t have to buy any Kleenex to stop crying.”

-- Anaheim GM Brian Burke on the news Peter Forsberg will probably not return to the NHL this season.


“Whether it happens here at these meetings, or after everyone leaves, is the question. We asked Rick (Curran) about Tomas (Kaberle) before and were told he’s interested in staying a Leaf for three more years. That’s fine, he’s a great player. We’re like every other team right now, waiting. The rumor mill is not active.”

-- Maple Leafs interim GM Cliff Fletcher


“I don’t think anyone wants to (deal) a core player. But if you’re going to be out of the playoffs, you have to. Brian Leetch didn’t want to go Toronto (in 2004), but we had to retool our team. It was upsetting for him. I don’t know whether I’d do it again, but at that time it was the only thing I could do.”

-- Rangers GM Glen Sather


“It doesn’t make any sense. You’re up a point or you’re down a point and you’re going to blow your brains out? I agree it’s exciting when you add players, but it has to make sense now and in the future. There is a time to do this and I just don’t think our organization is in a position to do this right now.”

-- Canucks GM David Nonis is skeptical about making a move now.


“You make lots of tough decisions. I still remain with three options: The first one is closing in on us with the deadline and that’s signing him. The second is trading him and the third is keeping him to try to win the Southeast Division, which is very important to us.”

-- Thrashers GM Don Waddell on making a move with Marian Hossa.


“If we can do something that makes sense for our team, both long-term and short-term, we will have a look at it. We’ve had a number of talks with different teams, so yes, there is quite a bit going on here now. Everybody goes through injuries, and you have to deal with them the best you can without mortgaging your future. Our attention has been focused to make our team better without jeopardizing our future, and that hasn’t changed.”

-- Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, who swapped a third-round pick for veteran defenseman Jaroslav Modry.


“I’ve had lots of calls about (Dan Boyle). He’s won a Stanley Cup, he’s a guy that plays 31 minutes a game, he can quarterback your power play and he’s been a warrior in the playoffs. If we can’t get him signed (by the deadline), do we continue to hold onto him to try to get a deal done?”

-- Tampa Bay GM Jay Feaster


“It’s the reality of the game. I know this is a time where players worry more than ever. But it could happen at any time of the year. We know there’s probably going to be some action going on here in the next week.”

-- Bruins coach Claude Julien


“If we can do a hockey trade we’ll make one, but we don’t have a lot to move because we’ve got a lot of injured guys right now and a lot of young guys that we like.”

-- Oilers GM Kevin Lowe


“At this time of year, you’re looking for more depth, but I wouldn’t say for a specific need.”

-- Minnesota Wild GM Doug Risebrough


“My thought is, I will go in with my eyes open and my mouth shut. Although I’m not sure I’ll be able to do that.”

-- Dallas Stars co-GM Brett Hull on his plan going into the GMs meetings in Florida.

“The prospect of Peter having enough confidence in the foot-skate issue to commit to being able to play in the NHL this season isn’t where it needs to be at this moment. As a result, teams are being told it is unlikely he will be able to commit to return to the NHL this season.”

-- Agent Don Baizley updating TSN on Peter Forsberg’s playing status.


“I’m disappointed for Peter more than anything. I know how bad he wanted to come back and play with somebody in the NHL. It’s unfortunate. He’s been trying real hard to get himself back in position to come back and help somebody. It’s also disappointing for the League because I think he’s still an impact player and brings the league a lot of notoriety.

“Peter is a quality guy. He didn’t want to leave anybody hanging. So now it gives teams who perhaps had other options to pursue those other options.”

-- Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on Forsberg.


“I still think we can finish higher than eighth and we feel we’re a playoff team. Thomas (Vanek) has been able to light the lamp on a regular basis now and that’s going to be a big help for us. You better have the confidence you can finish in the top eight. That’s a great statement to make. That’s not putting any pressure on. That’s where we would expect to be. I expect no less from anybody in that room. I think it’s great. He’s got some confidence behind him now and he feels the need to step up and be a guy that’s counted on. That's a statement I think he should make.”

-- Sabres coach Lindy Ruff is looking for Thomas Vanek to play a big role in getting his team to the playoffs.


”It’s difficult to fathom. Nineteen years old, a great, big kid, 6-foot-3, 225 pounds. He had his whole career in front of him and then it’s not. I think it reminds us all -- and puts everything in perspective and everything we do -- we’re so blessed and so fortunate to be around so many gifted young men, gifted young athletes and the league. To understand something like this, it’s all about perspective.”

-- Calgary Flames President Ken King on the sudden death of Mickey Renaud.


“We missed him when he wasn’t in. He’s such a go-to guy for us. He plays in all situations ... as young as he is, he’s just a special player.”

-- Blackhawks coach Denis Savard on Jonathan Toews.


“It is tight. Maybe we’re in more of a position to knock each other off. Ottawa’s given up points to opponents, so that brings them down a bit; it’s all about parity, I suppose.”

-- Rangers coach Tom Renney assessing the Eastern Conference playoff picture.


“As long as we’re winning, that’s the key thing. But obviously, we need more players to step up if we want to keep winning. You can’t rely on one line, especially at this time of year.”

-- Penguins forward Jordan Staal


“He plays the same way all the time. He played hard at the beginning of the year, he just wasn’t scoring any goals. He still did a lot of the good things for then. He’s a good captain, a good guy.”

-- Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky on Shane Doan


“We’re all driven and have different roles, and part of my job is to be a goal scorer and point producer, so you want to be as good as you can be at your job and your role. I want to be one of the top players, and that’s part of it. It’s not a negative to have points, even if you’re not on a winning team. There are lots of players who score a ton of goals and a ton of points and contribute to winning on great teams, and that’s what I want to do. I want to be a producer and want to score as many goals as possible and points, and on a winning team.”

-- Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla


“This is his first go in which hockey is important at this time of the season. They have been out of it by mid-December. So it’s a new experience and a new situation for him to learn. This is the first time he’s been under the microscope this late in the season and I think he’s handled it pretty well.”

-- Columbus Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock on Rick Nash.


“It’s not the perfect scenario, but when you’ve got no choice, you’ve got no choice.”

-- Penguins coach Michel Therrien on having three goalies in practice.


“It’s something we used to have success with, before the salary cap came, because you could spend a million or a couple of million on a guy that you really liked. Not every team believed in that sort of investment. But now, with the cap being tighter, the salaries for those players have gone down and more teams are getting involved. So it’s harder now.”

-- Anaheim assistant GM David McNab on the Ducks’ decision to sign Ryan Carter out of college as a free agent.


“We’re still in the embryonic stages of deciding what we might want to do next on an outdoor game. Whether or not Chicago is first out of the box or a little bit further down the road isn’t anything we’ve focused on yet, but I am aware of the interest and I do believe at the appropriate time and under the appropriate circumstances, it’s something we should give very strong consideration to.”

-- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman addressing the possibility of staging an outdoor game in Chicago with Chicago media.

Material from personal interviews, wire services, newspaper, and league and team sources was used in this report.



Back to top