Rumors are flying, still, that the Blackhawks have agreed in principle on a trade that appears to have three teams involved.
The rumor is that the Hawks would send defenseman Cam Barker to Ottawa for center Ryan Shannon and defenseman Alex Picard. The Hawks would also reportedly send defenseman Brent Sopel to Toronto in the deal with a draft pick.
Allegedly the NHL has issues with the deal, and that the Maple Leafs want a higher draft pick than the Hawks are offering. Rumors are that the Leafs will send 21-year old center Jiri Tlusty to Chicago for Sopel and a second round pick. Tlusty has not scored a point yet this season in only two games, and is -2 on the campaign.
Toronto traded away their first and second round picks in the 2010 draft (and their 2011 first rounder) in their summer trade for Phil Kessel, and are rumored to be in the market to acquire replacement picks.
Somehow the two deals appear to be related enough that the Leafs are delaying the move of Barker.
As either of these moves progress, we’ll bring you updates.
UPDATE: Toronto media is reporting Tuesday afternoon that the Leafs are eager to make a deal happen, and believed they had a deal worked out for Sopel over the weekend. However, something changed on Monday and the deal now believed to be in jeopardy. More updates to come!