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PRINCE OF PUCKS: Holiday rumors from Spector

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At home in Prince Edward Island, Canada, he's known as Lyle Richardson. But around these parts, he's known as Spector, FOXSports.com's Prince of Pucks. With the Christmas holidays just around the corner, 'tis the season for disgruntled players to demand trades.
  • The New York Post recently reported gritty forward has grown weary of Lindy Ruff's coaching style and wants out of Buffalo. The Montreal Gazette reported , who was brought in by the to bolster their offense, but instead became a healthy scratch in recent games, had asked Habs management for a trade. Meanwhile, Chicago defenseman apparently had his fill of the Windy City and wants to move on. Spector's Take: Although Varada's overall performance has dropped off in recent years, his hard-hitting style could attract interest from teams seeking more grit for their forward lines. Czerkawski is a former two-time 30-goal scorer, but his reputation as a "soft" player could adversely affect his trade value. Indeed, the Habs put him on waivers, but found no takers. As for Mironov, his defensive game has left much to be desired, but his offensive skills make him valuable on the power play.
  • Speaking of the , the New York Post's Larry Brooks claimed the Habs offered goaltender to the N.Y. . Brooks reported GM Andre Savard wanted either prospect or Fedor Tutin, but GM Glen Sather dismissed the offer, unwilling to part with a promising youngster to bolster his goaltending. Spector's Take: Since when did trading away young talent for veterans ever stop management? Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette noted that, as long as Hackett keeps outplaying Vezina and Hart winner , he won't be going anywhere.
  • Is goaltender on his way out of Long Island? According to Peter Botte of the New York Daily News, there were "Canadian-based reports" of the Philadelphia expressing interest in "Ozzy." Spector's Take: Hey, I'm Canadian and I never saw anything in the Canadian media about this! Anyway, as Botte points out, Osgood's awful stats this season and his $4 million contract will make him tough to move if the Isles do indeed try to shop him.
  • Gritty rookie center wasted little time wearing out his welcome with the New Jersey . Tired of his abrasive nature, GM Lou Lamoriello has removed Danton from the lineup and is actively shopping him. According to Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger, San Jose scout John Ferguson confirmed his club would like to acquire Danton, while the Vancouver , Ottawa , Chicago and Calgary might also be interested. Spector's Take: What's with all the interest in Danton? Most of the press about him has been negative, from his contract clashes with Lamoriello to his public complaints about his playing time.
  • The Arizona Republic's Bob McManaman reported Phoenix management could shake up their struggling roster with a trade. GM Michael Barnett confirmed a deal could be forthcoming, and McManaman claimed the club will be seeking either a first- or second-line scoring center or winger. Spector's Take: It takes quality to land a player of that caliber, so it'll be interesting to see who gets shipped out of Phoenix. There's speculation captain could be shopped, but unless he waives his no-trade clause, he won't be going anywhere.
  • Washington GM George McPhee may be running out of patience with his high-priced, underachieving roster. According to David Fay of the Washington Times, McPhee was disgusted with a recent loss by his club to the Ottawa , and acknowledged he was seeking a trade that would help his club both now and in the long term. Spector's Take: There are several players, notably forwards and , who simply aren't playing up to expectations and could be among the first to go if McPhee decides to shake things up.
  • Another week, another report from the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch that the are shopping forwards and and defenseman . This time, however, Garrioch reports GM John Muckler hasn't found a deal his cash-strapped club can afford. Spector's Take: Garrioch backs off slightly on the Arvedson speculation, claiming the winger's injury history and poor playoff record could adversely affect any potential returns. Meanwhile, Bonk now has 14 points in 14 games, and unless the Sens can get a first-line center of equal or greater value in return, he'll stay put. As for Rachunek, I doubt very much the Sens would've gone through all the trouble to re-sign him after a holdout to just turn around and trade him.
  • I'll end this week with the latest on Kyle McLaren. With a supposed five-player deal involving McLaren between the Boston and Colorado now dead, there are reports the San Jose , New York and Philadelphia may be interested. Check out Spector's hockey page and buy his book.
  • Tagged: Bruins, Sabres, Flames, Blackhawks, Canadiens, Devils, Islanders, Rangers, Senators, Flyers, Avalanche, Sharks, Capitals, Coyotes, Kyle McLaren, Jose Theodore, Radek Bonk, Karel Rachunek, Dainius Zubrus, Jeff Halpern, Jamie Lundmark

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