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PRINCE OF PUCKS: Spector's trade 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. Back from vacation and scrambling to play "catch-up" on the past week's hockey new, here's the latest I've found on the rumor mill:
  • In the great tradition of former and , defenseman recently told the Boston Herald he'll sit out for as long as it takes next season to force Boston GM Mike O'Connell to trade him. The Edmonton Journal suggested a couple of weeks ago the might have interest in the disgruntled blueliner, but they lack the resources to pry him away from the . With O'Connell comparing McLaren to "a young ," the asking price for other clubs could be steep.
  • The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch reports "an unnamed NHL executive" suggested the may deal , should the center win big in his upcoming salary arbitration hearing. Garrioch also reports of "sources" hinting of Phoenix, St. Louis and New Jersey possibly having interest in Bonk, however, GM John Muckler denied Bonk is on the trade block. There is apparently interest in defensemen and , and backup goaltender , but Muckler isn't in any hurry to make trades at this time. It's possible Bonk could be shopped, but unlikely. To cover his butt, Garrioch has the same "unnamed executive" claiming the won't move Bonk, their first-line center, unless they've got a replacement in line. Thus far, I don't see anyone presently on the roster filling that role, while shopping him straight up for another first-line center would be almost impossible. Spector's Take: Anyone ever notice Garrioch always refers to "unnamed NHL executives" when concocting his rumor stories? Stick to "sources" like everyone else, Bruce. They take up less space in your column, and they're about as reliable as those unnamed executives.
  • USA Today's Kevin Allen had an interesting article on defenseman 's future with the Carolina . According to Allen, Ward's eligibility next summer as an unrestricted free agent, combined with the rise of the 'Canes player payroll and the club's desire to give promising youngster an expanded role next season, could see the veteran put on the trade block sometime next season. Spector's Take: Given Ward's career-best year with the 'Canes last season, his trade value has never been higher. I suspect, however, GM Jim Rutherford will tie Ward's continued tenure with the club with Tanabe's development. If the kid falters, Rutherford may keep Ward and take the risk of losing him to the UFA market.
  • There have been several reports of free agent blueliner holding talks with the Boston , as well as speculation of the Tampa Bay having interest in the former Ranger. Speaking of the , the Tampa Tribune's Erik Erlendsson suggested GM Jay Feaster has twice attempted to shop forward to Calgary in a package offer for defenseman , but was rebuffed. The Calgary Herald recently reported the Colorado had interest in blueliners Morris , and . Spector's Take:I can understand the supposed desire for either Gauthier or Morris, but Kravchuk? His stock has fallen further than Worldcom's! Sorry, but Avs GM Pierre Lacroix didn't build his club into a powerhouse by being stupid.
  • Meanwhile, Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald reported of a rumor that had the shopping Morris to the Colorado for forward . Not a bad suggestion by Dowbiggin, but I suspect the Avs are keen to hang onto Reinprecht, who impressed me with his all-around performance in the 2002 playoffs.
  • Speaking of the , the Denver Post's Adrian Dater noted forward 's name has popped up in trade rumors. After his breakout 77-point performance in 2001, Tanguay limped to a 48-point finish in 70 games in 2002. Dater reports the Quebec native may have to battle it out with promising sophomore for a spot on one of the Avs top lines next season. If Tanguay should lose out to Vrbata, there will be plenty of suitors lining up for him, but the asking price is bound to be a quality top-three defenseman in return.
  • Don't expect Phoenix winger to be dealt. Although there has been speculation Doan could be dealt to New York, Edmonton or Calgary, Faceoff.com reported both part-owner Wayne Gretzky and head coach Bobby Francis as claiming Doan has a bright future in Phoenix and have no plans to move him. Check out Spector's hockey page and buy his book.
  • Tagged: Bryan Berard, Jani Hurme, Bruins, Flames, Oilers, Hurricanes, Kings, Rangers, Senators, Avalanche, Lightning, Coyotes, Kyle McLaren, Denis Gauthier, Derek Morris, Aaron Ward, Radek Bonk, Chris Phillips, Sami Salo, Adam Foote, Alex Tanguay, Vinny Prospal, Shane Doan

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