The hottest trade rumor surrounding the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday morning is that there are discussions taking place a trade between the Hawks and Toronto Maple Leafs that would send goalie Cristobal Huet and some other pieces, likely prospects or draft picks, to the Leafs for defenseman Jeff Finger. ESPN’s Jesse Rogers is indicating that this deal would like be a precursor to another deal, likely for Florida’s Tomas Vokoun.
So who is Jeff Finger?
Finger, 30, has only played in 30 games this year for Toronto. He has scored two goals and has seven assists, while rating just -2 in 14:49 on the ice per game. He has blocked 72 shots in those 30 games, though. In parts of four seasons in the NHL (190 games), Fingers has just 56 points (17 goals, 39 assists) in his career.
He is, essentially, another Brent Sopel.
Why would Toronto unload him? Because of his contract. Finger is set to make $3.5 million through the 2011-12 season. He would be $2.165 million cheaper than Huet over the next two seasons, but would still be a dead weight contract.
According to @OnFrozenPond on twitter, Tomas Vokoun has indicated that he’s been advised of a possible trade, and that he is keeping his options open with the Panthers. Vokoun has a full no-trade clause on this contract that would have to be waived for him to be dealt to the Blackhawks.