Author Archives: Trade Man

Rangers shopping captain Ryan Callahan

One player whose name I would have never predicted to even possibly be in the mix before the season is that of New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan.

But he’s a pending UFA July 1 and so far contract talks have not gone well at all, a source told ESPN.com Tuesday.

from tsn.ca – Are we going to see some kind of mini-trade deadline prior to the freeze on February 7?

LeBrun: What’s happened this week is that I’ve had teams tell me that the bubble teams have started to send their lists out and say “If we pull the plug right before the Olympic break, here is the list of players that we’re willing to move,” so keep that in mind. But those bubble teams are also using these next 10 days to determine their performance and see if they’re still in it and if they’re buyers or sellers, so those two days right before the break could be interesting.

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Devils still seeking offense

This team is seeking a viable left winger to play with center Travis Zajac and the ageless Jaromir Jagr. Coach Pete DeBoer decided veteran Dainius Zubrus wasn’t the optimal fit there.

Price too high right now for Miller

 

Flyers have small window to make a deal to improve team

The clock is ticking. The puck drops on the Stanley Cup playoffs in 78 days.

For Paul Holmgren, one foot is in a frying pan and the other one is in a pressure cooker. The next 6 weeks leading up to the March 5 trade deadline could make or break his tenure as Flyers’ general manager.

Report: Canadiens reject deal for Avs’ Parenteau

The Canadiens have reportedly turned down a trade that would have sent Colorado Avalanche forward P.A. Parenteau to Montreal in exchange for winger Rene Bourque, according to Louis Jean of TVA Sports.

Ottawa Senators in no rush to make a deal before Olympic break

If it sounds like the Senators are taking a cautious approach on what they’ll do next, they are. Murray and his staff need to decide what they are willing to pay to get a rental and do they need someone for the playoff push alone?

“We identified what our team is right now and possible targets for possible trades,” said Dorion.

Source: D-men trade target ‘pickings are slim’

It’s only natural at this time of year that rumors and whispers kick up about potential trade scenarios.

That’s exactly what happened when Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish and team president Kevin Lowe showed up to take in the Bruins-Flyers Saturday matinee at the Wells Fargo Center yesterday.

Could the Pens be looking to make a move?

Pittsburgh general manager Ray Shero loaded up at last year’s trade deadline, adding Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow, Doug Murray, and Jussi Jokinen. It wasn’t the first time Shero complemented his roster before the deadline. In 2011, the Penguins brought back Alex Kovalev. In 2010, they added Alexei Ponikarovsky and Jordan Leopold. In 2009, Shero acquired Bill Guerin. It won’t be easy for Shero this year to land veteran help. In previous years, the Penguins had cap space to fold in contracts.

It’s looking more and more like the Sabres will trade star goalie Ryan Miller

Ryan Miller’s days in Buffalo are likely numbered.

While Sabres general manager Tim Murray is still trying to get the lay of land after taking over the post earlier this month, the whispers are getting louder that Miller won’t be sticking around after the trade deadline and there’s a school of thought he could be gone before the Olympic break.

The appeal in trading for Dustin Byfuglien

It’s a recent playoff series that’s slowly fading away into the NHL history books without much thought. The 2010 Western Conference finals wasn’t a seven-gamer. In fact, it was quite the opposite. The Chicago Blackhawks swept the San Jose Sharks in a series that was fascinating because it was brief yet extremely competitive. This wasn’t a mismatch. Every game was close.

You would talk to Joe Thornton after every loss to try and get answers and he would kind of shrug and say, “I liked how we played.” And he was right — they just weren’t winning.

Edmonton Oilers winger Jordan Eberle’s name pops up in trade conjecture

Jordan Eberle hears the rumours.

The Edmonton Oilers winger has seen his name come up as a key to solving the team’s struggles by being attractive trade bait.

With few assets to move in order to improve a roster wallowing at the bottom of the NHL standings, Eberle has seemingly become a hot trade commodity.

Rafa’s All-Out?

 

The Montreal Canadiens may be in the thick of the Atlantic Division playoff race but that might not mean they won’t look to move some players out before the deadline.

Ottawa Senators look to trade for top 6 forward

In the past, it has taken a second round pick and a prospect to get a deal done at the deadline. The options are limited if the Senators decide to go shopping. Here’s a look at a few of the names available on the trade front:

It’s time for the Washington Capitals to move defenseman Mike Green

It feels like it’s time to break up the nucleus, to shake up a roster with just three players not under contract for next season. It can only happen through a substantial trade, and that is why it is time for Mike Green to go.

Vanek would re-sign with Isles ‘even if they traded me’

Thomas Vanek has enjoyed Long Island so much that — even if the Isles dealt him at the deadline — he’d consider re-signing there if he becomes an unrestricted free agent in July.

Yes, that’s right.

Trade Letang? Sure, why not?

Shero has been adamant all winter he doesn’t want to go down the rental route again. He has had enough of sending away first-round picks for Brenden Morrows. He wants to make what he calls “pure hockey trades.” And that’s a great start to the thought process. No team can give up prospects and picks in perpetuity without some lasting returns.

This team needs more than a two-month fix or the brittle Beau Bennett at first-line right wing to replace Pascal Dupuis. It needs an impact performer, one who could stick around. It also needs more than a handful of AHL call-ups killing time on the third and fourth lines around poor Brandon Sutter.

Bruins targeting help on defense

Some trade targets:

Ales Hemsky’s healthy enough to be traded – if that’s what the Edmonton Oilers want

In a limited trade market with few competent offensive players, Hemsky’s history of scoring might very well appeal to another NHL team. That potential trade value is certainly something the Oilers have to consider, particularly given the way the player’s skillset overlaps with that of other skaters (Jordan Eberle and Nail Yakupov) on the roster.

But despite the rumours that have dogged the long-time Oiler, a trade shouldn’t be seen as automatic either.

Sharks mailbag: Return of Ray Whitney?

The rumors are already out there that Whitney could be in play, and the 41-year-old would be the dictionary definition of a rental player. A quick check of the stats says that Whitney has six goals and 14 assists for 20 points in 43 games with the Dallas Stars this season, but lately he hasn’t played among the top six. He’s in the second and final year of a two-year, $9 million deal.