Author Archives: Trade Man

Columbus will have to move players to free up cap space

GM Jarmo Kekalainen will likely have to move a player to give Alexander Wennberg the raise he requires when he reaches restricted status in July.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/bruins/2016/12/31/columbus-power-play-rocking/4OmgT7Ne0PcoCxbvQdYMyL/story.html

Avalanche are ‘prepared to listen’ to offers on core players

“Now, if you’re asking about Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog, from what I understand, teams have been told they’re not giving these guys because they’re panicking,” said Friedman. “If you want to come at [the Avalanche] with good, young defencemen or prospects, [they] are prepared to listen. But the packages are going to have to be big because they look at both [players] and see good players signed to good contracts.”

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/avalanche-prepared-listen-offers-core-players/

Halak will clear waivers

Could a Tyson Barrie for Oscar Klefbom trade happen?

Richardson notes numerous NHL insiders such as TSN’s Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie have weighed in, with Dreger telling Buffalo’s WGR 550 that Sakic is going to have to do something to improve his club’s culture. Richardson adds, “McKenzie told Toronto’s TSN 1050 he thinks there’s a sense of urgency for the Avalanche to change something. If Sakic moves a core player, McKenzie cautions he must ensure he gets a good return… ESPN.com’s Craig Custance’s notes the Avs need an impact defenseman. ”

http://edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/nhl/cult-of-hockey/tyson-barrie-matt-duchene-gabriel-landeskog-avs-melting-down-do-their-aces-fit-with-edmonton-oilers

Predictions from the USA Today

New York Islanders center John Tavares will receive the Steven Stamkos treatment when it comes to his 2018 potential unrestricted free agency. The build-up will start next summer. Every team that would have bid on Stamkos will covet Tavares. It will be speculated that he will get $10.5 million per season, just as Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane did in 2014.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/columnist/allen/2016/12/19/ten-nhl-predictions-2017-bold-obvious/95624476/

Is this it for Doan?

Rumors will be flying in Colorado

The time is here for the Canucks to trade Jannik Hansen

Following a two-goal game by Hansen, a game in which the Sedins flashed greatness again, Henrik gave his best explanation yet as to why Hansen is so important to the Sedins at this stage of their career.

“He brings a lot of speed,” the captain said. “For us, we want to play the right way (and by that he means they don’t want to cheat).

“We’re two players were a lot of our game is on instinct. We try to read where the D is going with the puck and we try to stay a step ahead.

Jason Botchford: The time is here for the Canucks to trade Jannik Hansen

The time is here for the Canucks to trade Jannik Hansen

But Hansen is also 30 years old, remains one of the Canucks most marketable commodities, and on a team that should be looking three years down the line, not three months, he should be traded.

Good luck trying to convince the Canucks of that one.

http://vancouversun.com/sports/hockey/nhl/vancouver-canucks/jason-botchford-the-time-is-here-for-the-canucks-to-trade-jannik-hansen

Could someone offer-sheet Artemi Panarin?

Are the Avs going to tear down this team?

“I think the moment of reckoning is going to arrive here soon for Joe Sakic in terms of – he’s got to figure out whether he blows this up or not,” indicated NHL Insider Pierre LeBrun during a Monday appearance on Vancouver’s TSN 1040. “I’m not saying he will, but they’ve seen enough now to know that the team that surprisingly won the division a few years back is really the aberration, as opposed to what’s happened since, right.”

http://www.fanragsports.com/nhl/lebrun-sees-moment-reckoning-arriving-soon-sakic-avalanche/

Doubtful Pouliot could be moved

Jets looking for goalie help?

Citing the Jets’ history of shaky goaltending. Matheson thinks their best bet is to pursue a reliable veteran with some term remaining on his contract before next June’s expansion draft. Hellebuyck could then go into a backup role.  He suggests Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings, Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins as possible trade options.

http://www.msn.com/en-ca/sports/news/rumor-roundup-maple-leafs