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PRINCE OF PUCKS: Spector stirs up more 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.
  • Another team has expressed interest in Boston holdout . The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported general manager Don Waddell contacted GM Mike O'Connell regarding their asking price for McLaren, who remains sidelined awaiting a trade. Waddell admitted being interested and hoped to "revisit" talks with O'Connell at a later date. Spector's Take: In other words, Waddell would love to bolster his sagging blueline by adding the physical presence of McLaren, but the ' asking price is far too steep.
  • Mark Everson of the New York Post claims the New Jersey are shopping disgruntled tough-guy center and little-used defenseman . Everson suggests the Calgary , Nashville , Atlanta and Florida may be interested. The are believed to be shopping forwards and , and the Post claims the might be willing to part with forward , whose poor defensive play has landed him in Florida head coach Mike Keenan's doghouse. Spector's Take: As noted in last week's rumor report, the aren't interested in Zyuzin. The talented but underachieving defenseman played for GM Rick Dudley when they were both with the Tampa Bay , and Dudley wasn't impressed with Zyuzin. As for Bure, his lousy defensive game would drive coach Pat Burns nuts. Don't forget, Bure's father also works for the , and the relationship between the two is said to be strained. Everson claims Danton would be Keenan's type of player, but I can't see the , or any of the other clubs noted above, having interest in a problem-child agitator who has yet to make a name for himself in the NHL.
  • Ottawa GM John Muckler insists holdout defenseman won't be traded, but that apparently hasn't stopped teams from making inquiries. The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch claims the Florida , New York , Toronto and New York are interested in Rachunek. Meanwhile, Larry Brooks of the New York Post suggested the Sens might be interested in a deal that would send and from the for Rachunek and . Spector's Take: Even if the do decide to trade Rachunek, they certainly won't ship him to a hated divisional rival like Toronto. The and might have the young, inexpensive players that would interest the , but not the . Dvorak re-injured his knee, while Kloucek has yet to prove he can play at the NHL level. Brooks is dreaming if he thinks Muckler would jump at that deal. Check out Spector's hockey page and buy his book.
  • Tagged: Bruins, Flames, Devils, Islanders, Rangers, Senators, Maple Leafs, Panthers, Jets, Kyle McLaren, Rob Niedermayer, Marc Savard, Radek Dvorak, Karel Rachunek, Tomas Kloucek, Andrei Zyuzin

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