NHL Rumor Wire – May 4th, 2011

Chicago Blackhawks could trade away another star from the roster this off-season. Tim Sassone from the Daily Herald thinks that Niklas Hjalmarsson, Troy Brouwer, Viktor Stalberg, Jake Dowell, and Chris Campoli might be possibilities.

From Tim Sassone (Daily Herald)

Kane finished with 3 fewer points than team leader Toews despite missing nine games to injuries.

Let’s be realistic and focus more on those players the Hawks might actually consider trading: Niklas Hjalmarsson, Troy Brouwer, Viktor Stalberg, Jake Dowell, and Chris Campoli.

Thoughts about those five?

The Dallas Stars are up for sale, Canadian businessman Tom Gaglardi is close to buying the club. Gaglardi’s offer to buy the Stars is in excess of $250 million.

From Mike Heika (Dallas Morning News)

Canadian businessman Tom Gaglardi’s offer to buy the Stars and half interest in American Airlines Center is in excess of $250 million, according to one source familiar with the negotiation.

That would make the Stars the ninth-most valuable franchise in the NHL, according to the numbers Forbes magazine reported at the beginning of the 2010-11 season.

This year Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier will have all the freedom he wants entering the off-season. Sabres new owner Terry Pegula said money is no longer an issue. So maybe the Sabres should target a top 2 defenseman?

From Jerry Sullivan (Buffalo News)

There will be several prospects in free agency. Pegula should instruct Darcy Regier to get a proven commodity who can step in and be one of the top two D. It will cost $5 million or more in salary. But we’re talking about a team that paid Tim Connolly $4.5 million this season. A top defenseman is well worth the investment.

The free-agent pool potentially includes James Wisniewski, Tomas Kaberle, Kevin Bieksa and Christian Ehrhoff. Bieksa and Ehrhoff play for the Canucks, who won’t likely be able to offer contracts to two defensemen looking for big bucks. Bieksa, 29, was plus-32 this season, tied for second (with Lydman) in the NHL. He’s an alternate captain and workhorse averaging 26 minutes of ice time in the playoffs. His cap hit is $3.75 million.

New Jersey Devils defenseman Rob Davison plans on playing in the KHL next season.

From Bill Potrecz (The Standard)

Rob Davison is a man on the move.

The 31-year-old St. Catharines native plans on playing in the Russian Kontinental Hockey League next season after spending the last two years toiling in the American Hockey League.

“I’m so excited,” said Davison, who has 219 games of NHL experience under his belt. “If I’d known two years ago what the last two years were going to have in store, I probably would have gone over then.”

Tags: Buffalo Sabres Chicago Blackhawks Chris Campoli Dallas Stars Darcy Regier Jake Dowell New Jersey Devils Niklas Hjalmarsson Rob Davison Terry Pegula Tom Gaglardi Troy Brouwer Viktor Stalberg

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