Afternoon Mega NHL Hockey Trade Rumors Update – June 21, 2012

Signs point to Krueger as Oilers head coach

Tallon Says Panthers Have Made Offer; Will He Sign?


Penguins general manager Shero: I’m not trading Staal


Parise not tipping hand as free agency nears


Signs point to Krueger as Oilers head coach

Ralph Krueger is positioned to become the new head coach of the Edmonton Oilers.

And not just physically.

Krueger is no longer at his home in Davos, Switzerland, but a 20-minute boat trip and two-hour drive to Winnipeg, then a two-hour flight away.

And there’s every evidence and indication the job is going to be his, that Krueger will be making the trip here from his family summer home outside of Kenora, Ont., to be hired and press conferenced as the 10th head coach in Oilers NHL history.

Krueger isn’t saying it. But there’s more than enough in what he does say – and in what Brent Sutter says – to believe there is only one candidate in the running for the position.

Put it all together and it’s virtually impossible not to come to the conclusion that the Winnipeg native and long-time coach of the Swiss national team, who was Tom Renney’s associate coach here the last two years, is going to be given the job when Kevin Lowe, Steve Tambellini and Craig MacTavish return from the NHL draft next week.

Sutter says he still hasn’t had communication in any way, shape or form from the Oilers.

Krueger admits he has.

“I agreed to be part of the process the way it’s evolving,” were the carefully chosen words from the man who took over coaching the Oilers power play last year and moved it from near worst to near first. The Oilers ended up third at 20.6% after being 27th at 14.5% the year before.

Tallon Says Panthers Have Made Offer; Will He Sign?

General manager Dale Tallon said the Panthers have made an offer to free agent defenseman Jason Garrison and that he plans to meet with Garrison’s agent when he travels to Pittsburgh for the NHL draft this weekend.

Garrison, who had a career season with 16 goals and 17 assists, can leave the Panthers on July 1.

“We’re going to go right to the wire with this,” Tallon said. “We’ll see where it goes. We’re optimistic, but we have to have contingency plans just in case. We have young players who we’re going to have to count on sooner or later.”


The Montreal Canadiens aren’t taking any chances on another team extending an offer sheet to Carey Price.

RDS in Quebec reports that the club has filed for arbitration with their No. 1 netminder, who was set to become a restricted free agent on July 1.

RDS hockey reporter Renaud Lavoie reported on Twitter that the move is no indication that salary negotiations with Price and his representatives aren’t going well, but the move does prevent other NHL teams from signing the 24-year-old to an offer sheet.

Penguins general manager Shero: I’m not trading Staal

The numbers suggest keeping Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal together through their prime years will be almost impossible.

General Manager Ray Shero said something entirely different Tuesday.

Shero told the Tribune-Review that he isn’t interested in trading Staal, who can become a free agent next summer. Speculation has swirled since April when Staal was asked how the three could remain happy with the Penguins and he responded, “That’s a good question.”

Shero painted a different picture.

“He told me he likes it here,” Shero said. “Told me he likes Pittsburgh, likes being a Penguin.”

Staal was Shero’s first draft pick in 2006.

There are two questions pertaining to Staal: Will he be satisfied being the third-line center for the duration of his career? And, can the Penguins reasonably sign him — along with Crosby and Malkin — next year while remaining under the salary cap?

The long-term salary cap figures are unknown because of impending CBA negotiations.

Shero didn’t get into specifics but made his intentions clear. Teams are inquiring daily about Staal, Shero said, but he remains uninterested in any offer.


Soon-to-be-unrestricted free agent winger P.A. Parenteau won’t re-sign with the New York Islanders, according to RDS.

It’s unclear, though, whether Parenteau wants to test free agency to see what kind of money he can get somewhere else or if the Islanders don’t want him back.

The 29-year-old was the Isles’ third-leading scorer — he had 18 goals and 49 assists in 80 games — and made just $1.25 million. But some believe his point total was inflated by playing with John Tavares.

Despite his age, Parenteau has played just 188 NHL games during his career, recording 41 goals and 88 assists.

Parise not tipping hand as free agency nears

It’s hard to believe everything Zach Parise says these days.

Surround him with fans of his current team, the New Jersey Devils, and he’ll tell them there’s no way he’s going to sign with the rival New York Rangers, as he did last week.

Put him behind an autograph table at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, and he’ll tell a Wild fan he’s coming to the Twin Cities. Everyone knows it’s a joke, that there’s so little Parise can say, yet the questions keep coming. He was put on the spot about the Rangers, he said, just as he chose to dodge question after question from Wild fans Wednesday night.

That’s just reality for the 27-year-old left wing, who has 10 days left in exclusive negotiations with the Devils before he would become a free agent on July 1. After a playoff run in which his team made the Stanley Cup Finals and Parise scored eight goals, he’s become one of the hottest potential free agents on the market, and the rumors are especially prevalent in his hometown of Minneapolis.

“It’s been a runaway train, for sure, in the media everywhere – and not just here,” Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said of the rumors that started spreading June 14 at his pre-draft press conference. “I think it just speaks to the parity in the league and how much competition there is. … There’s a lot of teams with a lot of money to spend. So I think my only statement would be, ‘It’s probably a good year to be a free agent.'”

28 Responses to Afternoon Mega NHL Hockey Trade Rumors Update – June 21, 2012

  1. Steven_Leafs0 says:

    definitely over-using the “Mega” title. lol 😉

  2. Staal just turned down a 10 year extension with the Penguins.

  3. nordiques100 says:

    According to hockeybreak, the flyers are close to acquiring the 6th overall pick from Anaheim.

    • reinjosh says:

      That would be pretty epic. Holmgren acquiring another top 10 pick in two successive years? Definitely becoming one of my favourite GM’s. Dude can wheel.

      I also want to see what Chuck Fletcher does. I’d love to see him make the draft his playground again.

  4. Steven_Leafs0 says:

    interesting, the most likely piece we are talking about is JVR but Anaheim needs a center more and you can get a decent one with the 6th pick.

    If the rumor is true I wonder if the key piece going back is Schenn or if it is JVR and Anaheim has a deal to flip Ryan for a 2nd line center++.

    Can’t wait for tomorrow, been dying to see some damn trades. lol.

  5. mojo19 says:

    Staal is obviously done in Pittsburgh.

    • blaze says:

      Scares me to make an offer though from a Leaf stand point. The brother argument has merit. Can’t see Staal signing an extension with the Leafs.

      • Steven_Leafs0 says:

        yeah only make a deal if Staal agrees to extend, similar to the Kessel deal.

      • mojo19 says:

        If the whole thing is to play with Eric, then ya, what’s the point in trading for him? But if the whole thing is to be a top centre, then he’d have a chance here. But at the end of the day, i think its the Eric factor. Also, $6 mil a year on a long term deal seems a little bit crazy to me.

        • Makes me scared for what Marc’s contract is up.

          • mojo19 says:

            Ya, that’s a great point. And if Jordan does end up in Carolina, then the speculation will be crazy the year Marc is UFA eligible. That would also be a devastating blow to the NYR defence. Marc Staal is a flat out stud.

            • reinjosh says:

              I don’t really know if he would want to be there. If he doesn’t want to play second fiddle to Malkin/Crosby, is he really going to want to play second fiddle to his brother? My gut says no.

              Maybe I’m not giving enough credit to the option of playing with a brother though.

  6. mojo19 says:

    Team Canada 2014 (why the hell not?)

    Rick Nash – Sidney Crosby “A” – Jarome Iginla “C”
    Claude Giroux – Joe Thornton – Steve Stamkos
    Eric Staal – Ryan Getzlaf – Cory Perry
    Johnny Toews – John Tavares – Tyler Seguin/”The Nuge”

    Shea Weber “A” – Drew Doughty
    Duncan Keith – Alex Pietrangelo
    Marc Staal – Tyler Myers
    Brent Seabrooke – Dan Boyle

    Marc-Andre Fleury
    Cam Ward
    Carey Price

    • dumbassdoorman says:

      I think Toews gets a letter on his jersey lol

    • blaze says:

      Damn. Great looking squad.

    • blaze says:

      How about a ‘B’ squad?

      Evander Kane – Jason Spezza – Jeff Skinner
      James Neal – Logan Couture – Jordan Eberle
      Mike Richards – Patrice Bergeron – Jeff Carter
      Taylor Hall – Jordan Staal – Patrick Sharp (Jamie Benn)

      Kris Letang – Dan Girardi
      Dion Phaneuf – Michael Del Zotto
      PK Subban – Brent Burns
      Dan Hamhuis – Braydon Coburn

      Mike Smith
      Brian Elliot
      Jonathan Bernier

      • mojo19 says:

        Hahaha. See, if you can put multiple entries in for Bobsleigh, and speed skating, why not hockey?

        You could probably make up a 3rd team that could potentially medal. haha
        PS, nice looking 3rd line. Two Selke guys and Carter. Flip Carter and J.Staal and you have a true shut down line.

      • mojo19 says:

        I like your team a lot. I’m thinking as i read it “why is Skinner, Neal etc. not on the team I wrote down?” We’re so deep in talent. Even that D would crush anything Finland would put together.

        • blaze says:

          Ya I like it too. Ha definitely over kill but ya got me curious what would a ‘C’ team look like?

          Milan Lucic – Brad Richards – Jason Pominville
          Jeoffrey Lupul – Stephen Weiss – Scott Hartnell
          Teddy Purcell – Mike Fisher – David Perron
          Matt Moulson – Ryan O’Reilly – Kris Versteeg
          (Chris Stewart, Adam Henrique, Justin Williams)

          Brian Campbell – Kevin Bieksa
          Mark Giordano – Mike Green
          Travis Hamonic – ME-Vlasic
          Josh Gorges – Luke Schenn

          Roberto Luongo
          Brayden Holtby
          Devyn Dubnyk

          Lost the star power but still a solid team. Not even including the young guns who could easily explode on the scene by 2014 such as Duchene, Johansen, Hodgson, Couturier, etc.

      • mojo19 says:

        Depending on how the next year and a half goes, Brayden Holtby is a possibility in goal.

  7. reinjosh says:

    Apparently Keith Yandle might be available? Wow that’s sort of shocking (but then again not really). I guess with OEL playing like he did last season and both Rundblad and Gormely in the pipeline, Phoenix might feel it makes sense to move Yandle for some offensive help?

    I have to imagine Philly becomes hugely interested. Boston too, as they have been reportedly interested for a long time.

  8. blaze says:

    I’m sure if it’s true it’s a money issue Phoenix is still in trouble.

  9. Ryrad8 says:

    Way out there and way off topic, but does anybody think that if Malcolm Subban is available by the 33rd pick, will the habs take him? He’s projected late first round, so it’s not a huge stretch but I thought that would be intriguing. Honestly you can’t have too many goalie prospects and/or starting goalies ie. LA, St. Louis, Vancouver.

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