Author Archives: Trade Man

Why trading Phil Kessel makes good sense for the Penguins

There’s a growing desperation for scoring around the league. Montreal, Minnesota, Anaheim … the list of potential buyers goes on. And if their desperation enables him to get greater value than what Kessel is providing, he has to consider the option.

http://www.si.com/nhl/2016/01/20/pittsburgh-penguins-phil-kessel-trade-possibility

Patrick Marleau’s trade request has really gone quiet

Patrick Marleau’s kind-of trade request has really gone quiet as a storyline since that early-season blip of news. But don’t think it has gone away. His agent, Pat Brisson, continues to quietly explore the market; San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson gave him permission to do so earlier this season. Things should heat up closer to the Feb. 29 trade deadline, although there’s certainly no guarantee of a deal. Wilson will trade Marleau only if it’s a deal that makes sense for San Jose. Which means there’s just as good a chance that it’s an offseason move.

http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/id/40668/rumblings-predators-wild-looking-to-add-offense

Dreger said he thinks Hextall will be relatively busy at the deadline

Stars back in mix for Phaneuf?

The Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs have reportedly been engaged in trade discussions again this season, and talks could pick up steam between now and the trade deadline.

Lightning have officially suspended Drouin

Leafs unfazed by increasing trade chatter

For their part, the Maple Leafs say they are refusing to look ahead to the Feb. 29 trade deadline, even knowing the roster may be significantly overhauled in the next 40 days.

“I try not to think about that,” forward P.A. Parenteau said after Tuesday’s morning skate. “I’ve said from Day 1 this season that I’m taking it day by day and game by game. That’s the mentality that I’m going to try to keep through the end of the year.”

McKenzie on Lucic, Kings and Canucks

On if Lucic would want to go to Vancouver, given the stage at which the Canucks are now:

“It’s hard to say. That’s the old deciding… at what cost do you want to play in your hometown. And again, where does he fit for Vancouver. They’d have to see how it works for them. But because he’s a hometown guy, who in the past has sort of wondered aloud what it would be like to play in his hometown, you at least throw it on the table as a consideration. I mean, hey listen – you’re an unrestricted free agent. If you get to that, the world is your oyster. You get to go anywhere you want, who wants you.

http://www.todaysslapshot.com/from-the-ice/mckenzie-on-lucic-kings-and-canucks/

Canucks GM Benning working the phones

LeBrun: Oilers Were Not Shopping Nugent-Hopkins

“I think with Edmonton, the only thing that changed is that a couple of teams have been calling on Nugent-Hopkins. Now, I don’t think Edmonton – in fact I know – they were not shopping him. I don’t think that was a priority for them, was to trade Nugent-Hopkins. But it doesn’t prevent other teams from checking in, because he’s a young center.

Trade Talk: Habs moving for Drouin?

From TSN.CA
Trade Talk: Habs moving for Drouin?

Friedman: Capitals ‘All In,’ May Still Target Byfuglien

“Oh, I think they’re all in. They’ve pushed their chips on the table and they said, ‘Okay, we’re in.’

Komarov an appealing deadline asset

Here in mid-January, it’s clear three clubs — Toronto, Buffalo and Columbus — will be sellers at the trade deadline, and pretty evident Edmonton will be, too.

Of those clubs, Leaf winger Leo Komarov and his 16 goals may be the most appealing asset available. Komarov, 28, has two more years at an affordable $2.95 million cap hit, and has shown this season he can play in the top six on the Leafs, and definitely in the top nine of a better club.

Is Therrien on the hot seat?