Florida media is reporting Florida GM Randy Sexton has talked to Tomas Vokoun about the possibility of a trade and Vokoun is open to waiving his no-trade clause.
It clearly sounds as though Vokoun will do so for the right situation.
A source I spoke with a week ago told me then that a deal with Florida and the Hawks was alive and heating up, though it had been recently dead at that point. The source also told me that Florida GM Randy Sexton is very interested in acquiring Kris Versteeg.
This same source told me within the last hour, after speaking with sources in Florida: "Chicago is IN" (and that Philadelphia, for what it's worth was "OUT").
Rumors have been swirling of a deal between Toronto and the Hawks for Cristobal Huet. However, this rumor has apparently been rejected out of hand by the Maple Leafs, per Darren Dreger.
Even if not included in a possible Vokoun deal, Huet and his contract are a critical stumbling block. For the Hawks to consummate a Vokoun deal with Florida, one of the following would need to happen first:
- Huet placed on waivers
- Huet traded elsewhere, or included in the Florida deal
- The Hawks sending $5.7 million in salary (not including Huet) to Florida
This one's hot. Stay tuned.