Calgary Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr did little to silence trade rumors that have dogged him throughout the off-season.
Regehr declined to comment when asked by the Calgary media if he’d been approached by management about a trade, other than to say rumors are just a part of sports.
Earlier this summer it was reported Regehr might be dealt to the Boston Bruins for center Marc Savard. While the former has a no-movement clause and the latter apparently would only waive his no-trade for Toronto or Ottawa, it did little to dampen conjecture.
The Flames currently sit roughly $2.3 million over the $59.4 million salary cap, so shipping out Regehr’s $4 million salary would more than address that problem, but there’s no indication Flames management are considering that option.
It was reported earlier in the summer the Flames were looking at either trading or loaning out defenseman Staffan Kronwall, but that would only remove $500,000 from the equation.
Winger Ales Kotalik was also considered a candidate for trade, demotion or a loan to a European team, but he has a no-trade clause and has told reporters he fully expects to be a part of the Flames lineup this coming season.
Defenseman Cory Sarich name arose as possible trade candidate last season, but his $3.6 million per year salary makes him difficult to move.
Left winger Niklas Hagman lacks a no-trade clause, but this is a team that needs as much scoring punch at forward as it can get. Dealing away Hagman, who’s averaged more than 20 goals per season the past three years, merely to dump salary wouldn’t be a good idea.
DUMPED IN THE SWAMP
The guessing game over which players the New Jersey Devils might move to get under the salary cap before the start of the season continues.
One wild rumor making the rounds linked the Devils with the Toronto Maple Leafs and defenseman Tomas Kaberle, which the New York Post considered “unfathomable” noting the Leafs also have salary cap issues to resolve.
Any chance the Leafs had to move Kaberle before the season began evaporated when GM Brian Burke was unable to find a quality return for the puckmoving blueliner before his no-trade clause kicked back in on Aug 15.
If we take Burke at his word, he’s not going to ask Kaberle to waive his clause this season. So unless the defenseman asks to be dealt to the Devils – and there’s no indication he will – ignore any “Kaberle to New Jersey” talk.
The Devils need to dump more than $4 million, not take on Kaberle’s $4.25 million salary for 2010-11.
Devils center Dainius Zubrus, meanwhile, acknowledged the possibility he could be a candidate to be moved out. He’ll earn $3.4 million this season and he could either be dealt or demoted if unclaimed off waivers.
BELANGER REMAINS UFA
It’s been roughly a month since the <Globe and Mail reported the Washington Capitals had a deal in principle with veteran center Eric Belanger, but were holding back on officially announcing it until they’d shipped out one of their forwards for a defenseman.
That led to expectations Tomas Fleischmann would be the Capital on the move, but coach Bruce Boudreau recently shot that down, telling the <Sporting News’ Craig Custance it was time to “put those rumors to bed”.
Boudreau also said there was no deal for Belanger, which means the unrestricted free agent center is still available.
GUERIN WANTS FLYERS?
Veteran right winger Bill Guerin remains unsigned and continues skating with the Philadelphia Flyers, hoping he’ll get a contract with the club.
While it was believed Guerin wouldn’t seek a tryout, he suggested he was willing to be flexible. The Flyers, however, have limited cap space and GM Paul Holmgren has not commented on the possibility of extending Guerin an invitation to training camp.
Rumor Roundup appears Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Foxsports.com and Eishockey Magazine.