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PRINCE OF PUCKS: Trade winds blowing

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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. With the signing of by Phoenix last week, interest in the unrestricted free agent market has ebbed. Naturally, this means the trade rumor mill has begun churning again.
  • The Boston Herald reports defenseman has requested a trade. After seven injury-plagued seasons, McLaren believes his development into a top-tier blueliner is suffering playing for Boston. His agent insists his client, a restricted free agent, isn't trying to put a "salary squeeze" on the , but rather believes a change of scenery will improve his career. GM Mike O'Connell, however, has no plans on moving McLaren unless he gets a player of equal value in return. The rugged blueliner's injury history could have an adverse affect on his market value.
  • The Edmonton Sun reports forward agreed to the club's one-year qualifying offer worth $1.54 million, which is below the league salary standard. This will make him eligible for unrestricted free agent status next summer, so expect trade rumors to dog Marchant throughout next season.
  • The New York Post's Larry Brooks suggested Calgary GM Craig Button might be stretching the truth when denying reports he was trying to deal blueliner to the N.Y. for center . Brooks claims Button made the offer to Blueshirts GM Glen Sather, but it came with the stipulation the pick up a sizeable chunk of Nedved's salary. Apparently, Slats spurned the offer. Do we believe Button, who's a NHL general manager, or Brooks, one of the NHL media's biggest rumormongers? You be the judge, hockey fans!
  • Speaking of the and Morris, Toronto Sun columnist Steve Simmons's claim the were offering super-pest winger for the top defenseman was also dismissed by Button. Simmons also hinted the Leafs were shopping Tucker's brother-in-law , but he forgot the veteran winger has a no-trade clause, which Corson reminded the world of in a subsequent report stating he would veto any trade offer next season.
  • Add the Chicago to the list of clubs interested in . The Chicago Sun-Times reported 'Hawks GM Mike Smith plans to make a pitch for the diminutive winger when Fleury starts entertaining bids next month. The Tampa Bay , Phoenix and reportedly also have interest in the former Ranger. Could the Columbus become a dark horse in a potential bidding war for Fleury? The Columbus Dispatch's Michael Arace reported GM Doug MacLean is interested in obtaining a quality center or right wing via free agency or trades. Arace suggested or could be of interest to MacLean, but given their recent surprise signings of UFA defensemen and , it wouldn't shock me if MacLean shows interest in Fleury. Check out Spector's hockey page and buy his book.
  • Tagged: Bruins, Sabres, Flames, Blackhawks, Oilers, Rangers, Flyers, Blues, Maple Leafs, Canucks, Coyotes, Blue Jackets, Kyle McLaren, Derek Morris, Tony Amonte, Todd Marchant, Petr Nedved, Luke Richardson, Darcy Tucker

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