Trade/free agency rumors
Like many of you, I found the site HockeyBuzz Hogwash to be a pretty jolly laugh. Longtime readers know that I’m no fan of Dwayne “Eklund” Klessel, and I still shake my head in wonder when I see people pay money for his “rumors.” Still, someone paid Miss Cleo money, so there’s a sucker born every minute.
One of the neat things about HockeyBuzz Hogwash is their success tracker. As the Forechecker pointed out, even a broken clock is right twice a day; the Hogwash tracker shows that Dwayne’s accuracy rating is about 3%.
Now, let’s think about this logically:
Here’s a new trade rumor for you. The Pittsburgh Penguins, in an effort to shore up scoring on the wing and anticipating the return of Ryan Whitney, are looking to package Alex Goligoski with some draft picks over to Montreal for impending UFA Saku Koivu.
Where did I hear that rumor? The one place where I guarantee no one else could have found it.
Oh, that wacky Mats Sundin—will he ever make up his mind? According to his agent (courtesy of Spector), Mats might…wait for it…wait for it...return to the NHL sometime this year.
Wow, Mats, way to be uncommittal. But you know what’s scary? If Mats doesn’t sign somewhere by the end of November, another oft-delayed superstar will beat him to the punch when it comes to anticipated returns. Sundin fans who like to rock, you can no longer say, “At least Mats will sign before the new Guns N’ Roses album appears.”
Let’s just pretend for a moment that Nikolai Khabibulin passes through waivers unclaimed. After all, a $6.75 million bill is a hefty chunk o’ change and the cap hit isn’t pretty, even if it’s only for one season. Ok, so then let’s pretend that Chicago GM Dale Tallon rolls the dice and sends Khabibulin to the minors and then recalls him, effectively placing him on re-entry waivers (Chicago keeps half his cap hit and salary while Team X gets the other half).
A one-year no-risk deal for a Stanley Cup-winning goalie that has (in the past, at least) been a solid #1, all for $3.375 million. Who will go for it?
There are two things to consider here: