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PRINCE OF PUCKS: Spector's latest rumors

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At home in Prince Edward Island, Canada, he's known as Lyle Richardson. But around these parts, he's known as Spector, FOXSports.com's Prince of Pucks. Check in with Spector for the latest NHL rumors from around the league. And feel free to let him know what you think.
  • Could injury woes force the St. Louis into trading for a starting goaltender and a defenseman? They've lost regular goaltenders and to injury, and could face the loss of all-star defenseman and team captain for the rest of the season as he rehabs injuries he sustained in last year's playoffs. With the club under pressure to win this season, speculation abounds that GM Larry Pleau could consider dealing for Boston holdout blueliner to fill the void left by Pronger's absence. There's also talk of Pleau mulling over either a potential trade for Montreal netminder , or signing unrestricted free agent goalie . Larry Brooks of the New York Post claimed Pleau contacted the Nashville to inquire about goalie , but was told he wasn't available. Spector's Take: Pleau isn't one to panic, so I doubt he'll make any major moves at this time. However, if the are struggling a few weeks from now, it could force his hand. Should Pleau make a play for McLaren, doghouse-dwelling winger could be part of the deal. Given the choice between the goalies, Dafoe would be the logical choice, as it wouldn't cost them players as it would to deal for Hackett.
  • The saga continues in Calgary. It was speculated Savard would demand a trade again when he was made a healthy scratch in only the second game of the season, but he told the local media he wanted to remain with the . It's been rumored the have tried to trade Savard, but haven't found any takers. Spector's Take: Savard's reputation is for lousy defensive play and a poor attitude, so it's not surprising there's no market for him at this time. However, as the season progresses, Savard's offensive talents will make him more attractive. His desire to remain in Calgary will depend on how well he gets along with head coach Greg Gilbert.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun has published yet another "Senators could move " story. The Sun reporter noted Arvedson suffering two serious injuries during his time in Ottawa, but took the winger to task for inconsistent play, even suggesting the Swede only played well last season in order to make his country's Olympic Hockey team. It's Garrioch's opinion that Arvedson's UFA status next summer could force the Sens into dealing him. Spector's Take: Arvedson has been one of Garrioch's favorite whipping boys (Radek Bonk being the other) over the past couple of years. This time out, however, Garrioch could be right, as the rarely re-sign unrestricted free agents. Check out Spector's hockey page and buy his book.
  • Tagged: Bruins, Flames, Canadiens, Senators, Blues, Predators, Kyle McLaren, Marc Savard, Chris Pronger, Cory Stillman, Mike Dunham, Brent Johnson

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