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Evgeni Nabokov trade stalling, Tim Thomas trade rumors heating up


The buzz here in Los Angeles is that the Bruins are pushing hard to trade Tim Thomas and Marc Savard, and somehow would like to package them together. That just doesn’t seem possible, especially considering their contracts, but that’s the consistent word.

At the very least, the NTC by Savard and the NMC by Thomas don’t seem to be the big hurdles they should be, as both players have reportedly revealed the team’s they’re willing to go to.


So which teams are looking at the goaltenders? The Philadelphia Flyers seemed to be making a big push for Nabokov yesterday, and when those talks fell apart Sharks GM Doug Wilson said he expected the negotiations to drag on into next week.

When asked about a potential trade for Nabokov, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren first responded with “I have no clue what you’re talking about” before going on to say that he thought that Nabokov “is going to be a free agent.” He was unwilling to talk about any potential trade, in any capacity or whether the Flyers were interested in Nabokov at all.

The other team that seems to be in on the Nabokov talks is Tampa Bay, who is also supposedly going after Tim Thomas.

I’m still not sold on why a team would trade for Thomas to take on his contract at his age, but there certainly appears to be at least some interest in the veteran.

Holmgren: Flyers could take another shot at Dan Hamhuis

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While we didn’t anywhere near the flurry of activity we were anticipating — which is usually how it goes — there was one constant throughout this weekend’s draft.

After the Flyers stated they would like to try and keep negotiating with Dan Hamhuis through next week, they ended up trading away his rights to Pittsburgh when it became apparent a deal wouldn’t be reached.

Talking to the media today, GM Paul Holmgren said that while they did trade away Hamhuis’ rights the story may not be over with the defenseman and the Flyers.

“I’m a little bit disappointed on the Hamhuis deal,” Holmgren stated when asked his thoughts on the weekend. “But that may come
around again on July 1. He might be a free agent on July 1, like he was
schedule to be.”

“We took a shot at him and when it didn’t look like it
would work out we moved his rights.”

The holdup with Hamhuis and the Flyers had nothing to do with a monetary offer (in fact none was ever actually on the table) and Holmgren stated the decision to move Hamhuis had nothing to do with the Flyers’ cap situation.

Instead, the holdup was over the intangibles that the Flyers could offer Hamhuis, namely the fact that Hamhuis wanted to be regarded as a top 3 defenseman on the team and wanted to be guaranteed Matt Carle-like minutes.

The Flyers couldn’t make that promise and Hamhuis’ rights were traded. There’s no guarantee that Pittsburgh will sign Hamhuis either, so there’s a good chance he becomes a UFA on July 1 anyways.

Will the Flyers have another shot? Doubtful, as they couldn’t work out a contract with Hamhuis when they were the only ones negotiating — now they’d be competing with the rest of the NHL.

2010 NHL Entry Draft: Second day results

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Here are the results on the second through seventh rounds of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. We’ll be keeping you up to date throughout the day on every single pick on the second day of the draft.

We won’t have detailed analysis of every single pick, but we will be updating on trade rumors and any moves that are made today. We’ll also have some thoughts on certain picks as they come.

We’ll link a player’s name with any specific thoughts we may have.

Second round:

31. Edmonton Oilers – Tyler Pitlick, C

32. Boston Bruins – Jared Knight, C

33. Florida Panthers – John McFarland, LW

34. Columbus Blue Jackets – Dalton Smith, LW

35. Chicago Blackhawks – Ludwig Rensfeldt, LW

36. Florida Panthers – Alexander Petrovic, D

37. Carolina Hurricanes – Justin Faulk, D

38. New Jersey – Jonathon Merrill, D

39. Minnesota Wild – Brett Bulmer, RW

40. NY Rangers – Christian Thomas, RW

41. Dallas Stars – Patrik Nemeth, D

42. Anaheim Ducks – Devante Smith-Pelly, RW

43. Toronto Maple Leafs – Bradley Ross, LW

44. St. Louis Blues – Sebastian Wannstrom, RW

45. Boston Bruins – Ryan Spooner, C

46. Edmonton Oilers – Martin Marincin, D

47. Los Angeles Kings – Tyler Toffoli, C

48. Edmonton Oilers – Curtis Hamilton, LW

49. Colorado Avalanche – Calvin Pickard, G

50. Florida Panthers –  Connor Brickley, C

51. Detroit Red Wings – Calle Jarnkrok, C

52. Phoenix Coyotes – Philip Lane, C

53. Carolina Hurricanes – Mark Alt, D

54. Chicago Blackhawks – Justin Holl, D

55. Columbus Blue Jackets – Petr Straka, RW

56. Minnesota Wild – Johan Larsson

57. Phoenix Coyotes – Oscar Lindberg

58. Chicago Blackhawks – Kent Simpson

59. Minnesota Wild – Jason Zucker, LW

60. Chicago Blackhawks – Stephen Johns, D

Third through seventh rounds after the jump….


2010 NHL Entry Draft, Round 2: Devils get great value with Jonathon Merrill

There were bound to be a few players that dropped out of the first round, and there were murmurs that Merrill would be one of those players to fall. If he did, whichever team grabbed him would get a player with great potential, and should get a lot of value with their pick even if his stock was sliding.

Merrill was one of the top ranked young defenseman in North America, but lately has seen his name start to brought up along with words like “disappointing”. One of those guys that just hasn’t seemed to play up to his potential, despite having all of the tools to be a great defenseman.

The good news is that Merrill is still very young and has time, with the help of the Devils, to work on his shortcomings and play up to the level of talent many suspect he has. If his mental makeup had matched his physical tools, Merrill would easily have been picked in the top 15. As it stands, the Devils had Merrill fall to them and they get a player with great potential and great value early in the second round.

2010 NHL Entry Draft: Latest on Evgeni Nabokov trade talks


GM Doug Wilson said today that he’s hopeful that the Sharks can trade the rights to Evgeni Nabokov today, but that if it doesn’t go down this afternoon he’s expecting negotiations to drag into early next week.

It seemed that the Flyers were on the verge of making a trade for the veteran netminder, but another team swooped in and put their name into the mix for Nabokov’s rights. No word on exactly who it is that is haggling with San Jose over Nabokov.

The other issue here is the fact that Nabokov has a no-trade clause. Tim Panaccio says that the Nabokov’s agent already knows which teams Nabokov would be willing to waive his NTC for. Is that a team like Philly?

Some may ask why Nabokov would be willing to be traded instead of testing the FA market, but it’s highly unlikely he get’s the sort of contract he’d want if he’s in the mix with a crowded group of goaltenders. If he can get negotiations started early with a team he’s willing to play for, chances are his contract will be a bit more favorable.

One interesting note: there are rumors that teams are very hesitant to take a chance on Nabokov after his Olympics performance, and that he wouldn’t have anything close to the amount of offers others would receive once free agency starts.