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The Winnipeg Jets have fired head coach Claude Noel after just over two seasons behind the bench and hired Paul Maurice as his replacement.
“We know we have a bunch of unrestricted free agents and Burkie will want to improve the team, that’s for sure. Burkie will make decisions — just like me, just like everybody else — for the best of the organization. Obviously, there is going to be some question marks. There is going to be some speculation.”
There is going to be — there has to be, right? — trades.
Dave Nonis is described as patient.
His is being put to the test big-time by the Toronto Maple Leafs. After falling out of a playoff position, league sources say the club’s GM has been working the phones hard trying to find some depth up front to help the struggling club.
On the block: Moulson Cammalleri Jokinen Setoguchi Boyes Gardiner Kadri. Habs need a 3D & big body RW. No cap space so must lose $ too.
— BrianWilde (@BWildeCTV) January 11, 2014
TSN Hockey analyst Bob McKenzie said on TSN Drive with Dave Naylor that he believes Nonis will trade forward Nazem Kadri or defenceman Jake Gardiner if Nonis acknowledges that head coach Randy Carlyle will not use those players. However, McKenzie notes that before the trading either Kadri or Gardiner the Leafs would have to be sure they are staying with Carlyle as coach long-term. McKenzie adds Nonis currently has no appetite for a coaching change but could make one if the Leafs continue to struggle.
Here are 6 players who can become unrestricted free agents next summer that should be on the Devils’ radar in March:
David Staples of the Edmonton Journal believes Andrew Ladd of the Winnipeg Jets is exactly what the Oilers need. Staples considers the idea of the Oilers trading Gagner for Ladd, Blake Wheeler or Dustin Byfuglien. With Mark Scheifele and Brian Little solidified at centre on the top two lines, Gagner could have to play on the wing in Winnipeg.
The Edmonton Oilers are likely moving Sam Gagner — to the wing on Friday and, if the buzz is true, out of Edmonton before the trade deadline.
It is only a matter of time before we start seeing casualties of a rebuild gone horribly wrong, and speculation is that it will begin with him.
But it probably won’t end there.
What would it take to get Moulson from the Sabres?
Considering that he is a pending unrestricted free agent and will thus be a rental, I’d say a second-round pick. Maybe a pair of picks, a second and a third. Sabres have stockpiled a pretty impressive crop of prospects. Murray is in a good position to add some more if that’s the route he wants to take. In his introductory press conference, he said he’d like to build through the draft, so that only reinforces the emphasis on accruing youth and talent
He has to resist the temptation to make a deal, any deal, simply for the sake of doing a deal and trading future for the present to appease the fan base.
That does not mean he’s going to do nothing.
“The next deal is going to be an important deal for us,” said the rookie GM who returned from the World Junior to watch a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning and a 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues.
The Capitals have lost seven of their last nine games and could be out of a playoff spot by the time they play again Thursday night in TampaBay.
They have two players – goaltender Michael Neuvirth and forward Marty Erat – who want a change of scenery, and three goalies trying to share one net.
With all that in mind, is now the time for the Caps to make a deal?
Here are a few names to keep in mind when the Bruins get serious about a veteran defenseman on the trade market:
It is time for some addition by subtraction: The Winnipeg Jets need to move Dustin Byfuglien and get the most they can for him.
Less Buff will be best for the Jets now and going forward.
Whether it’s at the trade deadline or this summer when the salary cap rises and loosens up the market, Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has to do what he can to get a return for Byfuglien.
In the interim, coach Claude Noel should limit his minutes. The addiction to Byfuglien has to end. It’s killing the Jets and Noel’s future as head coach.
It’s impossible for the coach to preach system and puck management when one of his minutes leaders refuses to buy in. It’s time to stop thinking about Byfuglien’s potential and look at his reality. He’s a hazard.
Sam Gagner: He was not eligible for a no-trade clause when he signed his three-year extension last summer (It kicks-in next season). Craig MacTavish graciously promised to honour it this season, but as Edmonton searches for answers, it sounds like both sides believe it is time for a change, not that anyone is commenting. Should a deal happen, no doubt MacTavish will try to make it a soft landing.
It appears all but certain that Maple Leafs general manager David Nonis will have to make a decision before the National Hockey League trade deadline this year:
Nazem Kadri or Randy Carlyle.
Should Nonis choose Door No. 1 – to retain Kadri and continue his development – he’ll almost certainly have to find a new coach. If it’s Door No. 2, and Carlyle remains behind the Leafs bench beyond this season, Kadri will pack up and be out of town on or before Mar. 5.
I know the trade deadline is two months away, but what would the market be for unrestricted free agents like Ales Hemsky, Nick Schultz and Ryan Jones? Second or third-rounders because they are players contenders would want? What about Devan Dubnyk/Ilya Bryzgalov and Corey Potter?
What to do with defenceman Dustin Byfuglien?
Byfuglien showed what he’s all about, a two-goal, plus-3 performance the first two games, then handing the Pens two goals and going minus-3, Sunday.
Most people think the Pittsburgh Penguins will dangle defenceman Simon Despres to get a forward at the NHL trade deadline because they have Derrick Pouliot, who was outstanding in the world junior hockey championship, coming and they like blue-liner Brian Dumoulin, who they acquired in the Jordan Staal trade.