Monday, November 03, 2008

Is Gillis going to trade Ohlund? / Burke to talk to Sundin?

From Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:

Gillis was telling anybody who would listen last week he is not going to trade D Mattias Ohlund. As I told Gillis in an e-mail, he can deny he won't deal Ohlund all he wants, but if he doesn't get him signed before the trade deadline, then a move is a strong possibility. Oddly enough, Gillis admitted that "teams have called" on all his players and that means there's interest. He can't deny that ...
Right. Thanks for pointing out the obvious, Bruce. But don't forget that Ohlund has a no-trade clause. How easily will the big Swede lift that? Only Ohlund knows at this point.
What the Canucks would get in return for Ohlund would be huge. But I'd prefer Ohlund to stay here at a reasonable price, which is $6 million or less.

Speaking of big Swedes, Garrioch also reported that Brian Burke plans on talking to Sundin about Mats joining the Ducks. This to me sounds ludicrous. If you check out where the Ducks sit under the cap they would have to do a lot of roster shuffling to get under the limit. A LOT. Why would Burke make such a huge shuffle if the Ducks are playing so well? If the Ducks are tanking in say, December, if Sundin returns then, then maybe that is a different story.
Other than that, this rumor seems bunk.
In my opinion, I think the Canucks and Leafs have the best chances at this point because they have so much cap space. I am banking on Sundin returning to the Leafs if he decides to play. Rumor has it that he will begin skating this week. Stay tuned.

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At November 3, 2008 at 7:31 a.m. , Anonymous alanah said...

Bruce Garrioch drives me nuts. The part you cited from his article this morning is a classic example of why: always willing to state the obvious (or the stupid) one paragraph at a time...

At November 3, 2008 at 9:30 a.m. , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

How would the Ducks afford Mats Sundin when they can't even afford to have Bobby Ryan on their big club?

Methinks that rumor is waaaaaaaaaaay off.

At November 3, 2008 at 9:39 a.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking as someone who grew up 10 mins from Anaheim Stadium, all I can say is: what a gigantic waste of good hockey a NHL team in Anaheim is. What a hole that place is.

At November 3, 2008 at 11:53 a.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Wow, Kevinv, way to make friends :)
Never been to Cali yet, but want to go.
Alanah- I wasn't too familiar with Garrioch until now. He's full of hot air. And now the story about Ottawa stepping up to the Sundin plate. I wonder if that is Garrioch as well. Haven't checked yet.
Sleek- Agreed 100%.

At November 3, 2008 at 3:07 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know, I know. When it comes to my hometown, I'm not very forgiving. You may like it, though. I've found that the people who are the happiest in SoCal are the people from somewhere else and not, say, us old-timers who remember when the sky was blue and you could move on the freeway.

At November 3, 2008 at 3:16 p.m. , Blogger Sean Zandberg said...

Well hell, how can you top Oregon?

At November 3, 2008 at 4:10 p.m. , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, we could have an NHL team in Portland, for starters!


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