Stan Fischler yesterday reported the following: - NY Rangers goaltender Kevin Weekes could be attractive to some NHL clubs seeking goaltending depth, like the Vancouver Canucks, by the trade deadline.
If there is a single trade rumor out there for a goaltender being traded, this is the oen that I would think Jay Feaster was exploring (instead of Manny Fernandez, or other names that have been tossed around the last few months).
What Jay Feaster may be thinking on all of this: He's interested in team players, high character guys who will not rock the boat and ruin locker room chemistry. Kevin Weekes is all those things, he's also a former Bolt (which is another quality that Feaster actively looks at) who has played with the core of this team in the past. He's not an ego, he's not a troublemaker and he's not an overhyped player that will fetch a ransom.
The entire Ranger situation and Weekes expendability makes me smack my head and say "duh!...I, and other Lightning fans, should figure that Weekes is on Feaster's radar as a acquisition of last resort. If the Lightning do pick up a goaltender after the trade freeze passes (it is already active0 I think we will see Weekes back in Tampa before you see Manny Fernandez or Jose Theodore traded to the Lightning.
Oh, and no -- Weekes will not fetch Brad Richards in trade :P. Just heading that one off at the pass.