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NHL Trade Rumors and Signings – 20 Oct 14

Andrej Sekera could be on the move

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Sekera not expected to finish the season in Carolina

The Carolina Hurricanes have some serious issues coming into the 2014-2015 season. At 0-2-2 for the season and sitting at the bottom of the East Metropolitan standings, the Carolina Hurricanes will be generating all kind of rumors. One strong one coming out of most social medias and talkback forums is the Andrej Sekera trade rumor. Why Andrej Sekera? he is a viable defenceman on a bad team and many teams are looking at some help on defence. The Oilers, Stars, Wings, Panthers, Bolts, Flames, Canadiens and Sharks are looking for a top four type of defenceman and Sekera could fit the bill.

Sekera who has no goals and two assists in three games played this season is due to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. The first news out of Carolina are saying the Hurricanes are intending to have Sekera resigned by next year and they would like to keep him. Sekera, last year in 2013-2014, had excellent numbers. In 74 games played he scored 11 goals and registered 33 assists for 44 points while compiling  plus +/-4 with Carolina. A veteran of eight seasons, Sekera could a great addition to any of the teams rumored above to be inquiring about the defenceman.

T.J Brodie resigns with Calgary

It is now official, the Calgary Flames have resigned defenseman T.J. Brodie to a contract extension of five years worth 23 million dollars. The Average cap hit salary is established at 4.65 million dollars per. Brodie is currently in the final year of a two year contract signed in 2013 and was due to renegotiate on a new deal. He currently earns 2.1 million dollars.

Brodie, 24, was drafted in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames. The Calgary Flames have determined that Brodie is part of the main core in Calgary which has many young prospects to build on. This year Brodie has cumulated 3 goals and has added 4 assists in 7 games played. In 192 career games, Brodie has scored 11 goals and added 55 assists.

Is Colorado looking for a goalie?

When in Montreal playing the Canadiens over the weekend, Patrick Roy head coach of the Colorado Avalanche was asked if they will need to get a goalie to put a stop to the bad start Colorado is having so far. Semyon Varlamov and Reto Berra are both out with injury but both of them are not long term. Roy insisted that he will put all his confidence on the young goalie, Calvin Pickard who was brilliant on Saturday against the Montreal Canadiens.

When asked about whether making a phone call to Hall-of-Famer, Martin Brodeur in Gatineau or to get Ilya Bryzgalov on the roster, Patrick Roy declared that they would not seek outside help for now and go with Pickard who had a decent training camp and who deserved to show what he could do when called upon. At 1-4-1, the Avalanche are not having the start hey had in 2013-2014, Roy is being patient with his goalies, who could Varlamov back by next week and doesn’t intend on bringing a veteran in net for the time being. On Saturday, Damien Cox from Sportsnet did mention that Bryzgalov reached out to Avalanche management which they declined preferring to go with Pickard.

Editor’s Note: What the Colorado Avalanche needs more offense like last year, when they were working on all cylinders. In addition, they could use a solid defenseman like Hedman in TB and Subban in Montreal, which they don’t have.

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