The NHL’s 2009 trade deadline saw 47 players moved in 22 trades, but several players oft-mentioned in rumors leading up to the deadline weren’t dealt.
Jay Bouwmeester:ESPN.com reported Florida Panthers GM Jacques Martin came very close to trading Bouwmeester on deadline day.
According to the Ottawa Sun, Martin had a couple of interesting offers from the Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks.
The Flyers were believed to have offered up a package of either Joffrey Lupul or Scottie Upshall, prospect James van Riemsdyk and a first round pick, while the Canucks reportedly dangled winger Mason Raymond and a first-rounder.
The Sun article claimed Martin wanted Scott Hartnell as part of the Flyers offer and either Kevin Bieksa or Alexander Edler included in the Canucks offer. If that’s the case, it’s no wonder Bouwmeester is still with the Panthers.
Chris Pronger: The Boston Globe and Boston Herald reported Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli had considered a couple of big deals in the days approaching the deadline, leading the papers to speculate they involved Pronger or St. Louis Blues winger Keith Tkachuk.
Chiarelli ultimately opted for two more affordable acquisitions in Anaheim Ducks blueliner Steve Montador and Tampa Bay Lightning winger Mark Recchi, whose skills and experience should make the Bruins an even tougher club to face in the upcoming playoffs.
Keith Tkachuk: Although St Louis Blues president John Davidson claimed prior to the deadline he wasn’t actively shopping Tkachuk, he subsequently admitted to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he received several good offers for the veteran winger by deadline day.
The Boston Bruins were believed one of the clubs interested in Tkachuk before they acquired Mark Recchi from Tampa Bay.
Davidson decided against moving the veteran winger in part because the Blues had battled their way back into playoff contention. Team management concluded their chances of clinching a berth were better with Tkachuk than without.
Chris Neil: The Detroit News reported Red Wings GM Ken Holland had contacted the Ottawa Senators expressing some interest in the gritty Neil, a pending UFA currently sidelined by a calf injury. Holland, however, decided to stand pat with his current roster.
The Ottawa Sun claimed the San Jose Sharks and Florida Panthers were also interested in Neil, but the deals ultimately fell through.
Perhaps if Neil weren’t sidelined the Senators might’ve had more success shopping him. For now, it remains to be seen if the stalled contract talks between Neil’s agent and Senators management will begin again once the regular season ends.
THIS AND THAT
The Washington Post and Washington Times reported Capitals GM George McPhee had interest in Jay Bouwmeester and Chris Pronger, but passed because the asking prices for both would’ve cost the Capitals too much in terms of prospects and young talent…
New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello listened to offers for recently demoted netminder Scott Clemmensen, but according to NJ.com and The Bergen Record, Lamoriello didn’t hear any returns that would’ve made the Devils better, so he opted to retain the goalie…
The Chicago Daily Herald reported Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon said he never came close to shopping goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin leading up to the trade deadline.
Rumor Roundup appears Mondays 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.