The NHL might have something for Pittsburgh sports fans who have nothing to hold their attention other than The Most Annoying Franchise in History.
Do you like trades and trade rumors?
The NHL Draft is tomorrow night and there are lots of rumors and there have already been some major trades. If you watched the Blackhawks in the playoffs, you had to notice Dustin Byfuglien. He’s a 6’5″, 257 lb. power forward who played a huge role in their run to the Stanley Cup.
He was traded to Atlanta as part of a nine player deal. The Blackhawks get a first and second round pick in the draft as part of the deal. They’re the two picks that the Thrashers got when they traded Ilya Kovalchuk to New Jersey.
The Boston Bruins had one of the worst offenses in the league last season and they picked up Nathan Horton from the Florida Panthers. He hasn’t lived up to his potential since being picked third overall in 2003, but he’s only 25 and could still become a 30–40 goal scorer.
The Canadiens traded a guy whose name will be a dirty world in Pittsburgh for a longtime, Jaroslav Halak, to the St Louis Blues last week.
There are lots of big name players out there who could be traded. There’s actually a rumor circulating among Toronto Maple Leafs fans that the Penguins could be trading Jordan Stahl to Toronto for Tomas Kaberle, one of the best defensemen in the league.
According to STLTODAY.com Tampa Bay’s new GM Steve Yzerman is shopping Ryan Malone around.
TSN is reporting that the Penguins are looking into trading the negotiating rights to Sergei Gonchar. They can’t trade Gonchar, but they could find a team willing to pay his asking price and get something for him before he becomes a free agent tomorrow.
Jason Spezza, the Ottawa Senators number one center, is probably going to be traded.
Things should get more interesting as we get closer to the first pick in the draft tomorrow night at 7.