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PRINCE OF PUCKS: Thanksgiving rumors from Spector

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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.
  • The rumor mill is still buzzing over a recent report the Colorado offered up winger and defenseman to the Boston for holdout blueliner Kyle McLaren and gritty forward . The Denver Post first published this rumor, which was quickly picked up by the major sports news outlets. However, Avs GM Pierre Lacroix has been tightlipped about the report, while general manager Mike O'Connell dismissed the speculations outright. Spector's Take: Of all the trade rumors I've heard or read this season, this is the first one that seems plausible. The B's probably wouldn't mind dumping Lapointe's hefty contract, and McLaren isn't helping their roster on the sidelines. Landing Tanguay and Skoula would give them cheaper, younger depth on their roster. The Avs apparently are in the market for grittier players, and when healthy, McLaren and Lapointe provide a good dose of that. So will this deal go down? I'd say probably not. Lacroix is one of the stealthier GMs in the league when it comes to making trades, and it's unlikely anyone in his office would be loose-lipped about a deal of this magnitude. Besides, if the truly wanted to be rid of McLaren and Lapointe, I can't see them getting a better return than Tanguay and Skoula.
  • At some point this season, the Tampa Bay may be in the market for either a defenseman who can run their power play, or a capable backup goaltender. That's the opinion of Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times, who recently reported Bolts ownership has given GM Jay Feaster their blessing to make a trade that could increase the club's present $28.1 million payroll. Potential trade bait includes , a former 30-goal winger who has struggled with injury the past couple of seasons, and defenseman , who has not elevated his game as expected this season. Spector's Take: The offensive blueliner seems at first glance the priority, however, backup netminder has yet to prove he can get the job done in relief of . If something should happen to "the 'Bulin Wall," the Bolts' fast start this season could come to a screeching halt. Landing a quality backup is the more important priority.
  • The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch once again claimed the were shopping forwards and , as well as recently re-signed blueliner . Garrioch claimed the Sens want to move Bonk because he's not playing up to his two-year, $6.7 million contract. Spector's Take: Garrioch conveniently overlooks the fact Bonk was sidelined for several games with a chest injury, hence the reason for his "slow start." Oh yeah, and in the past 11 games (as of this writing), Bonk has nine points. Yeah, he's really underachieving there, Bruce! Besides, the Sens won't move him unless they get a quality first-line center in return. And no, rookie is not ready to step into that role yet Garrioch has stumped for an Arvedson trade for a couple of seasons now, while Rachunek's attitude and recent contract holdout obviously incurred the Sun reporter's wrath. Doesn't mean the Sens are going to move either guy, especially with the club playing so much better recently.
  • Stupid trade rumor of the week award goes to Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun, for suggesting the New York were offering center to the Boston straight up for ... wait for it ... that noted scoring machine, ! Strachan's rationale was the were interested in Lindros' marquee value to bolster their struggling gate, while the might use Lapointe to improve their sagging power play. It should be noted that Lapointe is primarily a checking forward who — apart from one year when he potted 27 goals — rarely scores over 20 per season. Now I realize Glen Sather's managing abilities aren't what they once were, but I doubt very much Slats has taken total leave of his senses, which would be the only explanation as to why he'd make this trade. Check out Spector's hockey page and buy his book.
  • Tagged: Bruins, Rangers, Senators, Avalanche, Lightning, Kyle McLaren, Martin Lapointe, Radek Bonk, Karel Rachunek, Alex Tanguay, Martin Skoula, Pavel Kubina, Nikolai Khabibulin, Fredrik Modin

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