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Bruins trade Wheeler and Stuart to Thrashers for Peverley and Valabik

With Tomas Kaberle the Bruins are now over the salary cap and will have to make another move.

via Darren Dreger:

Bruins may have another deal involving Blake Wheeler in the works. Leafs not involved.


via Bob Mckenzie:

BOS trades Wheeler/Stuart to ATL for Peverley/Valabik.

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Leafs trade Kaberle to Bruins for Colborne, 1st and conditional pick

via Darren Dreger:

Colborne, Bruins 1st and a conditional pick to Toronto for Kaberle. Trade call still has to confirm. Not sure if last tweet went thru.


via TSN:

Tomas Kaberle’s time as a Toronto Maple Leaf has finally come to an end.

After 12 seasons in blue and white, the Maple Leafs have traded the veteran defenceman to the Boston Bruins in exchange for prospect centre Joe Colborne, the Bruins’ first round pick in 2011 and a conditional draft pick.

via RealKyper:

Just spoke to #Leafs Thomas Kaberle , he told me ” It just was time to move on”. “Excited at the chance to go to Boston”

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2011 NHL trade deadline: top 10 available players

It’s that time of year again and we’re only 12 days from the trade deadline.

With that said we have compiled a list of the top 10 players who could become available by the 2011 trade deadline:

1. Tomas Kaberle D
Age: 32
Cap hit: $4.25 million
Teams interested: Sharks, Blue Jackets, Bruins, Canadiens, Rangers

2. Ales Hemsky RW
Age: 27
Cap hit: $4.1 million
Teams interested:  Rangers, Blue Jackets, Flyers, Kings, Thrasher, Penguins

3. Tomas Vokoun G
Age: 34
Cap hit: $5.7 million
Teams interested: Flyers, Blackhawks, Sharks, Capitals

4. Zach Bogosian D
Age: 20
Cap hit: $3.37 million
Teams interested: Oilers, Blue Jackets, Panthers, Sharks

5. Robyn Regehr D
Age: 30
Cap hit: $4.02 million
Teams interested: Lightning, Sabres, Canadiens, Ducks, Bruins, Thrashers 

6. Dustin Penner LW
Age: 28
Cap hit: $4.25 million
Teams interested: Kings, Canadiens, Predators, Hurricanes, Penguins

7. Stephen Weiss
Age: 27
Cap hit: $3.1 million
Teams interested: Kings, Blue Jackets, Wild, Bruins, Penguins

8. Jason Arnott
Age: 36
Cap hit: $4.5 million
Teams interested: Stars, Hurricanes, Rangers, Penguins, Canadiens, Lightning

9. Chris Phillips D
Age: 32
Cap hit: $3.5 million
Teams interested:  Sharks, Stars, Capitals, Canadiens

10. Bryan McCabe D
Age: 35
Cap hit: $5.75 million
Teams interested: Blues, Lightning, Bruins, Rangers


Senators trade Chris Kelly to Bruins for 2nd

via TSN:

The Ottawa Senators continue to clean house as they have traded forward Chris Kelly to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a second round draft pick in the upcoming 2011 NHL Entry Draft.


Senators trade Kelly to Bruins for a 2nd

via Bob Mckenzie:

BOS trades 2nd round pick to OTT for Chris Kelly. Done deal.


Savard returns

via Boston Globe:

“You don’t know what you have sometimes,’’ mused the 33-year-old Savard, “until you lose it.’’

What Savard got was a warm reception from the sellout crowd of 17,565 and an impressive night’s work in which he logged 15:45 in ice time in the Bruins’ 8-1 rout. He went without a point, but he moved well, used his stick to break up a number of Lightning passes, and came out of it all feeling fine and wanting more — which he’ll get tomorrow night when the Bruins play in Toronto.

“I was hoping for a miracle today,’’ said a smiling Savard. “It didn’t happen, but . . . ’’

But, no dizzy spells, no nausea, no depression, no needless worries. Savard traded shoulder bumps and knocks in open ice. No fake artistry about it, he played well from start to finish, although he noted feeling winded when a few of his 21 shifts ran a little longer than anticipated.


Marco Sturm To LA Kings

via Darren Dreger tweet:

Sturm to La. Working on details

update 12:49pm, Bob McKenzie confirms via tweet:

Marco Sturm has been traded to the LA Kings. Details to follow.

added 1:18pm, another tweet from McKenzie:

Hearing the Bruins received a conditional draft pick for Sturm.

Remember, the Bruins could not take much salary back in order to stay under the cap.

note: original post time was 12:47pm Now this…

Bob McKenzie tweet:

Sturm waived NTC to go to LAK and thought he was on his way but fact he is still injured complicated matters. Stay tuned. No timeline.

Pierre LeBrun tweet,

was told Sturm deal “dead as of now.” Both teams leaving door open.

added 9:52pm,

BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli has released the following statement:

“I am aware of the various media reports today regarding Marco Sturm. I can confirm that I spoke to Marco about waiving his no trade clause and have had discussions regarding Marco with other teams. I can also confirm that there is no trade in place with Marco. At this time, Marco is a member of the Boston Bruins and will continue to train with our team.”


Bruins trade Matt Hunwick to Colorado for Colby Cohen

via Stanley Cup of Chowder:

The Bruins announced this evening that the they have traded defenseman Matt Hunwick to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for former Boston University defenseman Colby Cohen.

Hunwick’s $1.45 million cap hit that is cleared will give the Bruins enough cap relief to make room for Marc Savard. Peter Chiarelli said in a conference call this evening that “this will be enough to activate Marc Savard when he is ready”. Chiarelli called the move “one of the steps to take care of the cap situation” The Bruins will still need to clear up space to activate Marco Sturm when the time comes, which Chiarelli addressed saying, “we still have another move to make”.


Northeast Division Preview

By Peter Levi

Continuing my look at the NHL going into the 2010-11 season.  Today I take a snapshot of the Northeast division.  Conference rankings are listed in brackets next to the team.

Ottawa Senators (5th)
Roster losses: Matt Cullen (UFA – Minnesota, 81-48), Anton Volchenkov (UFA – New Jersey, 64-14), Jonathan Cheechoo (buyout, 61-14), Andy Sutton (UFA – Anaheim, 72-13), Shean Donovan (UFA, 30-5)
Roster additions: Sergei Gonchar (UFA Pittsburgh)
Prospect signings: Roman Wick (37-31 NLA), Bobby Butler (39-53 NCAA), Colin Greening (34-35 NCAA), Patrick Wiercioch (39-27 NCAA), Robin Lehner (2.80, 0.918 OHL), Mike Hoffman (56-85 QMJHL), Corey Cowick (27-21 OHL), David Dziurzynski (57-74 BCHL)
Forwards: Daniel Alfredsson (70-71), Jason Spezza (60-57), Mike Fisher (79-53), Alexei Kovalev (77-49), Milan Michalek (66-34), Chris Kelly (81-32), Peter Regin (75-29), Jarkko Ruutu (82-26), Nick Foligno (61-26), Chris Neil (68-22), Ryan Shannon (66-16), Jesse Winchester (52-13)
Defence: Sergei Gonchar (62-50), Filip Kuba (53-28), Erik Karlsson (60-26), Chris Phillips (82-24), Chris Campoli (67-18), Matt Carkner (81-11)
Goaltenders: Pascal Leclaire (3.20, 0.887, 34-12-14-2), Brian Elliott (2.57, 0.909, 55-29-18-4)
Injuries: Filip Kuba
Strengths: depth
Weaknesses: goaltending
Analysis: poorly regarded going into last season, they did enough to make the playoffs.  The core of the team saw only two significant changes–the loss of Volchenkov and signing of Gonchar.  The organisation has added a lot of depth the past two seasons as it recovers from John Muckler’s drafting, finally having options for injury-recall and to create internal competition.  There’s no reason not to expect Ottawa to make the playoffs again.

Boston Bruins (6th)
Roster losses: Dennis Wideman (T – Florida, 76-30), Miroslav Satan (UFA – Slovakia Extraliga, 39-14), Steve Begin (UFA, 77-14), Vladimir Sobotka (UFA – Stl, 61-10)
Roster additions: Nathan Horton (T Florida), Gregory Campbell (T Florida)
Prospect signings: Yuri Alexandrov (56-21 KHL), Joe Colborne (39-41 NCAA), Steven Kampfer (45-26 NCAA), Tyler Seguin (63-106 OHL), Michael Hutchinson (2.86, 0.913 OHL), Jordan Caron (43-53 QMJHL), Maxime Sauve (25-35 QMJHL)
Forwards: Nathan Horton (65-57), Patrice Bergeron (73-52), David Krejci (79-52), Mark Recchi (81-43), Blake Wheeler (82-38), Marco Sturm (76-37), Michael Ryder (82-33), Marc Savard (41-33), Milan Lucic (50-20), Daniel Paille (76-20), Gregory Campbell (60-17), Shawn Thornton (74-10)
Defence: Zdeno Chara (80-44), Dennis Seidenberg (79-32), Johnny Boychuk (51-15), Matt Hunwick (76-14), Andrew Ference (51-8), Mark Stuart (56-7)
Goaltenders: Tuuka Rask (1.97, 0.931, 45-22-12-5), Tim Thomas (2.56, 0.915, 43-17-18-8)
Injuries: Marc Savard, Marco Sturm
Strengths: defensive play, goaltending
Weaknesses: scoring, puck-moving defensemen
Analysis: the Bruins could not score this past season, but played well enough to make a run in the playoffs.  They are hoping that the addition of Nathan Horton and a return to form from players like Sturm and Ryder will overcome their offensive issues.  I’m not sure going with Seidenberg over Wideman is the right move; if it doesn’t work out, the Bruins blueline isn’t going to contribute much to the offence.  Regardless, Boston will make the playoffs.

Buffalo Sabres (3rd)
Roster losses: Raffi Torres (UFA – Vancouver, 74-36), Tim Kennedy (buyout - New York Rangers, 78-26), Toni Lydman (UFA – Anaheim, 67-20), Henrik Tallinder (UFA – New Jersey, 82-20), Adam Mair (UFA, 69-14)
Roster additions: Rob Niedermayer (UFA NJ), Jordan Leopold (UFA Pittsburgh), Shaone Morrisonn (UFA Washington)
Prospect signings: Alex Biega (33-10 NCAA), Nick Crawford (68-70 OHL), Jacob Lagace (60-73 QMJHL)
Forwards: Derek Roy (80-69), Tim Connolly (73-65), Jason Pominville (82-62), Thomas Vanek (73-51), Jochen Hecht (79-42), Drew Stafford (71-34), Paul Gaustad (65-22), Rob Niedermayer (71-22), Mike Grier (73-22), Patrick Kaleta (55-15), Matt Ellis (72-13), Cody McCormick (66-29 AHL)
Defence: Tyler Myers (82-48), Jordan Leopold (81-26), Steve Montador (78-23), Chris Butler (59-21), Craig Rivet (78-15), Shaone Morrisonn (68-12), Andrej Sekera (49-11)
Goaltenders: Ryan Miller (2.22, 0.929, 69-41-18-8), Patrick Lalime (2.81, 0.907, 16-4-8-2)
Injuries: Craig Rivet
Strengths: goaltending, forward depth
Weaknesses: puck-moving defenseman, backup goalie, size
Analysis: the Sabres shed a little depth in the off-season, but will hope just like last year that Ryan Miller can be brilliant enough to get them into the playoffs.  I think they made a mistake bringing back Patrick Lalime, whose mediocrity puts more stress on Miller to play.  However, barring a significant injury to Miller, the Sabres will make the playoffs.

Montreal Canadiens (8th)
Roster losses: Marc-Andre Bergeron (UFA, 60-34), Glen Metropoli (UFA – NLA, 69-29), Sergei Kostitsyn (T – Nashville, 47-18), Dominic Moore (UFA – Tampa Bay, 69-28), Paul Mara (UFA – Anaheim, 42-8), Jaroslav Halak (T – St. Louis, 2.40, 0.924, 45-26-13-5)
Roster additions: Dustin Boyd (T Nashville), Lars Eller (T St. Louis), Alex Auld (UFA New York Rangers), Jeff Halpern (UFA Los Angeles)
Prospect signings: Alexander Avtsin (30-9 KHL), Andreas Engqvist (55-26 SEL), Kyle Klubertanz (55-31 SEL), Brendon Nash (33-19 NCAA), Hunter Bishop (33-27 NCAA), Philippe Lefebvre (66-55 QMJHL), Gabriel Dumont (62-93 QMJHL), Ian Schultz (70-55 WHL)
Forwards: Tomas Plekanec (82-70), Scott Gomez (78-59), Mike Cammalleri (65-50), Brian Gionta (61-46), Andrei Kostitsyn (59-33), Benoit Pouliot (53-28), Dustin Boyd (78-24), Jeff Halpern (71-19), Travis Moen (81-19), Maxim Lapierre (76-14), Max Pacioretty (52-14), Mathieu Darche (29-10), Tom Pyatt (40-5), Lars Eller (70-57 AHL)
Defence: Andrei Markov (45-34), Roman Hamrlik (75-26), Jaroslav Spacek (74-21), Hal Gill (68-11), Josh Gorges (82-10), Ryan O’Byrne (55-4), P. K. Subban (77-53 AHL)
Goaltenders: Carey Price (2.77, 0.912, 41-13-20-5), Alex Auld (2.96, 0.895, 24-9-7-3)
Injuries: Andrei Markov, Roman Hamrlik
Strengths: forward depth
Weaknesses: goaltending, puck-moving blueliners, size
Analysis: Bob Gainey’s gamble on small players worked last year, as the Habs squeezed into the playoffs and made a surprising run on the back of Halak’s goaltending.  Halak is gone now, but essentially the same core is in place, so success seems reliant on Carey Price.  I think it’s unlikely the team will be able to slip back into the post-season.

Toronto Maple Leafs (15th)
Roster losses: Viktor Stalberg (T – Chicago, 40-14), Jamie Lundmark (UFA – Nashville, 36-12), Rickard Wallin (UFA – SEL, 60-9), Wayne Primeau (UFA, 59-8), Garnett Exelby (UFA, 51-4)
Roster additions: Kris Versteeg (T Chicago), Clarke MacArthur (UFA Atlanta), Colby Armstrong (UFA Pittsburgh), Brett Lebda (UFA Detroit), Mike Brown (T Anaheim)
Prospect signings: Marcel Muller (53-56 DEL), Korbinian Holzer (52-22 DEL), Jussi Rynnas (2.50, 0.929 SM-Liiga), Brayden Irwin (39-34 NCAA), Simon Gysbers (38-15 NCAA), Jerry D’Amigo (35-34 NCAA), Nazem Kadri (56-93 OHL), Jesse Blacker (57-33 OHL), Jamie Devane (51-14 OHL), Mikhail Stefanovich (53-68 QMJHL)
Forwards: Phil Kessel (70-55), Kris Versteeg (79-44), Nikolai Kulemin (78-36), Mikhail Grabovski (59-35), Clarke MacArthur (81-35), Colby Armstrong (79-29), Tyler Bozak (37-27), John Mitchell (60-23), Fredrik Sjostrom (65-11), Luca Caputi (23-8), Christian Hanson (31-7), Mike Brown (75-7), Colton Orr (82-6)
Defence: Tomas Kaberle (82-49), Dion Phaneuf (81-32), Francois Beauchemin (82-26), Luke Schenn (79-17), Carl Gunnarsson (43-15), Jeff Finger (39-10), Mike Komisarek (34-4)
Goaltenders: Jonas Gustavsson (2.87, 0.902, 42-16-15-9), J. S. Giguere (2.85, 0.907, 35-10-15-7)
Strengths: defence corps
Weaknesses: scoring, overall defensive play, youth
Analysis: after moving eight roster players during the season, Brian Burke shed four more in the off-season.  Over half of the Leafs top-scorers from last year are gone, replaced by third line players like Armstrong and MacArthur.  Versteeg was a good pick-up, but is another small player added to the top-six (like Grabovski and Kessel).  The defence corps is overcrowded, but should be better than last year.  I don’t believe Giguere is going to be as much of an upgrade over Toskala as many believe.  This version of the Leafs won’t be much better than last years.

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Bruins deal will happen sooner or later

via WEEI:

Dennis Wideman and Nathan Horton’s annual cap hits were essentially a wash, with Horton ($4 million) making slightly more, but the $1.1 million Gregory Campbell will earn in each of the next two seasons, in addition to multiple re-signings made by the Bruins, has left the team looking at just over $500,000 to sign both Blake Wheeler and Tyler Seguin, neither of which could be had for such cheap money.

Now that Kovy has signed with the devils expect players such a Marc Savard and Simon Gagné to be moved within the upcoming weeks. The Islanders are still looking to reach the cap minimum, so look for some action in their part.