Author Archives: Trade Man

A Loui Eriksson reunion is just what the Stars need, but I doubt it’ll happen through a trade with Boston

Could Loui be in the mix to make return to Dallas to play alongside Spezza? We desperately need a true second line winger.

Heika: I would love Loui Eriksson to return. He is exactly what the Stars need. But I can’t imagine Boston trading him back after the Seguin deal. Maybe if he hits free agency.

Dreger: Panthers, Canucks May Have Interest In Ladd

“So if he goes to market, and he’s not on the market yet, look at Florida. Don’t forget Jim Benning, formerly of the Boston Bruins, who’s in Vancouver. He’d have some interest.

“Most believe that the Jets are focused on Dustin Byfuglien – but there’s still a chance they can sign both.”

Lots of interest in Hamhuis

On what sort of interest there would be in Dan Hamhuis, if he were shopped by the Vancouver Canucks:

“Well, I think people are going to want to make sure that he’s able to come back from this injury without any adverse effects. It was really traumatic. He chronicled the physical damage, and just basically how a lot of the facial bones were shattered, and still dealing with numbness and some issues there.

Canucks Likely to move Prust

Will Reimer remain a Leaf?

Will Florida make a push for Ladd?

More teams looking to buy as trade deadline nears

A quick list of the top names that could be available to rent:

•   DEFENSEMEN: Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg; Keith Yandle, NY Rangers; Luke Schenn, LA; Brian Campbell, Florida; Christian Erhoff, LA; Alex Goligoski, Dallas; Dan Hamhuis, Vancouver; Nikita Nikitin, Edmonton; Braydon Coburn, Philadelphia; Kris Russel, Calgary.

•   FORWARDS: C Andrew Ladd, Winnipeg; RW Kyke Okposo, NY Islanders; C David Backes, St. Louis; RW Shane Doan, Arizona; RW Radim Vrbata, Vancouver; C Paul Gaustad, Nashville.

LeBrun: Vatanen Trade “Not Out Of The Question”

On how Peter Chiarelli may be interested in Sami Vatanen, if available, but the price would be dear:

“Yeah, the price would be dear, but it’s not out of the question. Whether it’s Vatanen or Lindholm – both pretty good young defensemen with their whole career ahead of them – they’re RFA. To me, it’s almost as simple as the first of those two to sign, it’s like that maybe the next guy is the one to get dealt, potentially.

Bruins seem certain to deal Eriksson by deadline

But, seeing as he’ll be one of the NHL’s premier free agents when the market opens July 1, that’s a double-edged sword. Especially since it’s never felt like he’s has any allegiance to Boston and won’t be inclined to give the B’s a hometown discount. Not only that, but his agent — J.P. Barry — has a history of getting maximum compensation, both in terms of money and years, for his clients in free agency.

The latest on Ladd

Trade speculation has begun swirling around the Jets captain after a report surfaced Monday morning that the team had broken off contract talks. Ladd has been with the franchise since he was traded from the Chicago Blackhawks to the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010, one year before they relocated to Winnipeg.

Bolts’ Yzerman working to offload Drouin

Yzerman is finding the market for the young forward is tough. He tried to get a roster player from several of the 15 teams that were interested and when that didn’t work the belief is he’s now trying to get high end prospects in return for Drouin, the club’s top pick in the 2013 draft at No. 3 overall.

Murray has a decision to make on McGinn

Will Murray let McGinn remain in Buffalo and be part of the vital lessons being learned by a budding team, or will the general manager ship out the pending unrestricted free agent for an asset who won’t feel the pride of taking the rebuild’s first steps?

Blues, Backes hope to work out a deal

The contract that was supposed to last forever is set to expire July 1, when Backes will become an unrestricted free agent. Talks between the Blues and their captain have been infrequent to date, and though he holds a full no-trade clause, there’s no certainty which way the situation will unfold with just 37 days left before NHL’s trade deadline Feb. 29.