Canadian GMs could be busy – Rumors from the Ottawa Sun

Canadian GMs could be busy

Canadian teams could be busy at the NHL trade deadline.

While there aren’t many GMs on hand for this weekend’s all-star festivities, the talk is Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton and Calgary are all going to be trying to make moves at the Feb. 28 deadline.

Ottawa’s Bryan Murray and Toronto’s Brian Burke are likely to be the most aggressive.

Here’s a look at what the four teams could be up to:

Maple Leafs

The names of RW Kris Versteeg, G J.S. Giguere, D Tomas Kaberle and D Mike Komisarek have all been mentioned in trade rumours. Out of that group, Versteeg has the most potential to be moved. He could wind up back with the Blackhawks.


Murray is wiling to move just about anybody, but is focused on D Chris Phillips and RW Jarkko Ruutu. C Mike Fisher is available, but Murray’s asking price is high. Moving D Sergei Gonchar has been called “wishful thinking.”


They’ve got a chance at making the playoffs, but the talk is D Robin Regehr might be asked to waive his no-movement clause. Forget about captain Jarome Iginla being moved, it’s not going to happen.


They are in full rebuild mode and GM Steve Tambellini has been trying to make moves all season without much success. Edmonton might see if it can get somebody to take D Sheldon Souray, who is currently buried in the minors, at the deadline. At this point, it seems highly doubtful that they’d have any takers.

“I don’t expect it to heat up dramatically just yet,” said Burke. “A month is a long time, especially in this business. If you want to put a deal together — even a big deal — you can put it together in 72 hours. I don’t think anyone is feeling any heat yet.”

This ‘n’ that

Peter Karmanos has come to the defence of southern-based U.S. franchises. The Hurricanes owner told a group of reporters plenty of American teams are thriving. “It’s an interesting thing. It’s mainly the Canadian media that’s always giving us a bad time,” Karmanos said. “People need to remember there was a team in Quebec. It moved because they were going broke. There was a team in Winnipeg. It moved because they were going broke. The team in Ottawa went bankrupt. We don’t have an edge on them as far as troubled franchises, all right?” But Karmanos did go on to say with the Canadian dollar at parity, he would like to see Winnipeg and Quebec return. “In the meantime, just because they want a team, they need to remember they already had one and they lost it.” … Montreal D P.K. Subban put on the jersey of Carolina’s Jeff Skinner for the breakaway competition and got a standing ovation. “It was (Dan) Boyle’s idea. I’m just happy to have my jersey on now,” said Subban.

Rumours du jour

Devils LW Zach Parise, out the past three months following knee surgery, hopes to return to play in the next month.

But will he do it in a New Jersey uniform?

Parise, a pending restricted free agent who has a $3.25-million US cap hit, is expected to play before the end of the season and if he goes on the trade block at the deadline, there will be several contenders interested.

Parise will play a handful of games before the end of the season. If he isn’t in the playoffs, he could play for the U.S. at the world championship.

Parise, who can become a UFA in the summer of 2012, could simply decide to sign a one-year deal with the Devils or make it impossible for the club to sign him to try and force a trade.

The Kings have been trying to acquire a forward with Parise’s skill set since last summer, when they missed out on Ilya Kovalchuk.

If C Marc Savard (concussion) is lost to the Bruins for the rest of the season, they would have the cap space to take a run at Parise if New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello decides to put the winger on the market.

While trading Parise might seem crazy, the Devils have cap woes to deal with.

45 Responses to Canadian GMs could be busy – Rumors from the Ottawa Sun

  1. Kramer says:

    I said all this yesterday. Big trades are coming.

    Is it true the lost ark is still in egypt or did Indy Jones dig it out?

  2. Leafs_the_word says:

    Komisarek for Gonchar?  Both teams ride themselves of bad contracts Leafs take a bigger cap hit and get someone that could spark the PP and cushion Kaberle's departure and the Sens shave money and get some toughness to cushion Phillips departure.

    Parise to Boston would be interesting, Boston has a lot of value young pieces but no real superstar up front.  A prospect, Lucic and 1st could get it down.

  3. cam7777 says:

    Wow, among the most ignorant comments I've ever read in regards to the Winnipeg/Quebec situations.  It's shocking these people are successful enough to be NHL owners and yet not understand basic money concepts.  The Jets and Nordiques left because the Canadian dollar fell disgustingly low, and the NHL did not have a salary cap.  The fact that the American franchises are failing now, with all the aid of revenue sharing, and a strict cap, is absolutely pathetic.  The bottom 7 teams account for 63 million dollars in losses (Tampa, Phoenix, and Atlanta being the prime members of that group).  Maybe check over your facts there Karmanos.  Carolina scraping by with the help of an All-Star game means jack squat.

    Parise will not be moved.  No one is going to part with significant assets for a player that is highly damaged.  Teams with any brains will want to see how he comes back from injury before devoting a host of top prospects and picks to acquiring him.  All fans see when they look at Parise is a list of stats that includes multiple 80+ point campaigns, but GMs certainly don't see it that way.  That said, I would expect Boston to add someone to their roster, as the forward group could definitely use some bolstering.

  4. Leafs_the_word says:

    Welcome back.

  5. cam7777 says:

    Thanks.  I'm saddened to see that the Leafs optimism here is at an all time low.  I've been told that bbruins is gone though, so I thought I'd poke my head in and see if I can't convince Leaf fans to keep their heads up a while longer.

  6. cam7777 says:

    I think I would rather explore Komisarek for Campbell, and see if we can't get Chicago to throw in some picks and prospects.  While Campbell's contract is tough to stomach right now, I believe the new CBA will allow big market teams a lot more flexibility with enormous contracts of that nature.  The Hawks however, could use the relief right now.

  7. reinjosh says:

    Welcome back man. Long time.

  8. Boston_Bruins says:

    The rumour I heard floating around was Wheeler, two firsts, and a prospect (I'd assume Colborne). But that can't be true or else Parise would be a Bruin right now. I'm still calling bull on all of these Parise rumours. NJ will not let him go.

  9. leafy says:

    What's with the Joe Thornton to the Leafs rumors on Twitter. Any truth to that?

  10. leafy says:

    What happened Cam, were you frozen in carbonite like Han Solo?

  11. coyotes_bettman says:

    I think as a Canadiens fan you'd want to try and get Mike Fisher – though I know that a trade between Ottawa and Montreal is slim to none but what would it take?

    Could a package of Prospects and picks be enough?
  12. Leafs_the_word says:

    Lars Eller.


    I woundn't be suprised if New Jersey asked for Rask.. they'll need a goalie if Brodeur retires… Do you think Boston would part with him??

  14. Boston_Bruins says:

    Parise has more value than Rask but I still don't do that trade. The Bruins prospects in net are terrible, and I'm ok with what they have up front right now. You gotta remember that Thomas is 36.


    Ya but I'm thinking if I'm New Jersey I need to get a goalie back for Parise cause Brodeur is all but done, and no better way to get a good goalie then by trading Parise.. How about Parise for Brad Marchand, Rask, Toronto's 2011 first round pick? It sounds like alot, but talent like Parise doesn't come around often.. let me know what you think.. the way Thomas is playing my Habs will never catch the Bruins for the division title.. I sure hope they play in the playoffs this season.. I love Habs vs. Bruins playoffs series…

  16. reinjosh says:

    I saw it on HFboards.The intriguing part for me is the two top 5 first rounders and Colborne. Still I agree, the whole Parise rumors are kind of bull. You can come up with scenarios where it would make sense but in the end its a rebuilding team and giving up a 26 year old 80 point player makes little sense, as much as I would like to steal him from them. 

  17. reinjosh says:

    According to Burke he has "never spoken Doug Wilson on that. Total Fabrication".

  18. Boston_Bruins says:

    Definitely, definitely wouldn't do that trade. But yes, nothing beats a Bruins/Habs series and I'm allways hoping for one.

  19. TheLeafNation91 says:

    This trade makes no sense for the Sharks

  20. Boston_Bruins says:

    Yeah it makes no sense. Even if you think you might have some contract dispute with him, you have to remind yourself "Oh yeah, he's kind of our franchise player."

    I'd love to get Parise but I'm not getting my hopes up in the slightest.

  21. mojo19 says:

    you were missed

  22. mojo19 says:

    I'd move him for Gonchar, Campbell not sure because of the term. I also believe that there will be adjustments in the new CBA but who knows if it will be enough to stomach that contract. That's risky.

  23. leafs_r_a_joke says:

    The reason Ottawa went after Gonchar is because they need a puck moving d-man. Komisarek is the total opposite. Gonchar has more pts this year than Komisarek has had in his entire career combined. Why would Ottawa do this? They wouldn't and won't.

  24. coyotes_bettman says:

    he doesn't have the value of Kadri c'mon.

  25. reinjosh says:

    The only possible way I see him moving, is if he himself decides he doesn't want to be in New Jersey anymore. Than the Devils would pretty much be forced to put him up for auction.

  26. dumbassdoorman says:

    In all seriousness I think Fisher would be a great pick up for any team. He is a balls to the walls player who play a very solid two way game. His value is down, but I think especially if he gets traded you see him pick it up again.

  27. hockey_lover says:

    But perenially finishing in the top 5 teams in the league only to crap out in the playoffs does?

    At some point, a huge shake up is needed in SJ. As of now, they are barely holding on to the last spot in the west, their differential is 0, and their 3 "big guns" are making an average of $7.3 million for 66pts per guy.  Hardly a recipie for success. They couldnt even win with all three guys having better numbers last year .. with a "better" goalie.

    Im not saying a trade for Thornton to the Leafs is the best idea but at some point, something has to change in SJ.

  28. coyotes_bettman says:

    I do too – and I think that he's the kind of player Montreal needs I just don't think they have enough to offer for him – the sens should in reality be able to get a roster player, prospect and pick – but his cap hit isn't overly friendly maybe he goes to Nashville after all? 🙂

  29. dumbassdoorman says:

    I think him being traded depends on two things, does or doesn't he have a NTC, there are differing views out there. What is offered because of his cap hit? I think that you value maybe a little high, depending. I mean if it is a 3rd line player, decent prospect and say 4th pick, maybe all of them.

  30. reinjosh says:

    I fully agree. San Jose is primed for a big shakeup. Not only has the team just not worked out the past couple of years, they are in danger of missing the playoffs this year being tied with Colorado for 8th and one point ahead of Minnesota and only two ahead of a streaking Calgary. The worst part is their scoring isn't exactly working properly either. They are bottom 7 in scoring in the west, and only 9 goals ahead of St Louis (the 2nd last team).

    Their goals against havent't been a huge problem (surprisingly) so maybe a shakeup comes in the form of moving one of the big three is coming. Doug Wilson is one of the most proactive GM's in the league and he has shown a willingness to make big trades to shake up his team. I'm not sure if that means one of the big three will be moved but its more possible than it was this time last year. It may not mean to Toronto but at this point I'd be happy to see a trade involving one of them to any team (obviously I would be happy if it involved the Leafs haha).

    The emergence of Couture makes it even more likely in my mind. Having him emerge as a top 6 forward allows the movement of one of the big three as he could logically fill their shoes if one was traded (I realize fill his shoes is relative). The biggest thing I think San Jose would be looking for, would be cap space and then prospects. Even if all they did was spread that 7 million (one of the three) for three depth players or even two, they are fine. They have the other impact players to sustain a loss of one the big three to make it worthwhile to trade one of them. I think a perfect deal would involve a PMD, a top 9 forward and two or three decent to good prospects.

    Burke already denied talking to Wilson about Thornton but he didn't deny talking to him about anything else. It could be nothing but I gotta have some kind of hope, however small it may be haha.

  31. Leafs_the_word says:

    The reason the Leafs went after Komisarek is because they wanted a hard hitting defenseman, Gonchar is the opposite.  Komisarek gives more hits in a period than Gonchar has in his career. 

    Both are struggling, Komisarek is cheaper, Philips is leaving Ottawa, thats why it work, address the argument if you wish to criticize the proposal.

  32. cam7777 says:

    Nope, just tired of all the Leafs hate on some sites. It's gotten out of hand everywhere now though.  No one has any patience any more. 

  33. cam7777 says:

    I'm certainly not willing to pay market price for any of them though.  If you look back at the reason for success in San Jose and Dallas, it is because they acquired their big expensive centers on the cheap.  Thornton for Primeau, Stuart and Sturm, and Richards for Jokinen, Smith and a 4th.  Those deals are a far cry from what the Leafs were supposedly willing to offer.  Where would SJS be if they'd traded Pavelski, Vlasic and Couture for Thornton?  Where would Dallas be if they'd traded Neal, Robidas and Benn for Richards.  These would look just as bad today as Beauchemin, Versteeg Kadri would 3-4 years from now.

    We need to have patience, build a strong young group, and eventually a favorable trade like this will become available.

  34. mojo19 says:

    They want after Gonchar because they needed a puck moving D, that was a collasal failure for them, now they have an unmoveable D, but they could move him if they took back another bad contract, komisarek would free up a few bucks for them so it does make sense.

  35. leafy says:

    Sorry, but I don't think anyone in their 20s (like most visitors to this site) has the right to be preaching about patience.

    When you hit 40, come back then and tell me you're not sick and tired of losing.

  36. cam7777 says:

    That's fine, but it's not fair to place the burden of 40 years of losing, or even 6 years without playoffs, on Brian Burke.  The whole problem is, we never get to see a plan all the way to the end, because the fans and media lose their minds a year and a half into a 5 year plan.  This is the first year where Burke has actually assembled the team, and even then, he still has a ton of leftover problems from the JFJ regime (ie. He'd never be paying Giguere 6 million if he hadn't had to move Blake).  The team is taking baby steps, and I just think next year is the year to start being critical of Burke.

  37. 93killer93 says:

    Mitchell, 7th


    Komisarek, Lebda
    Drury, Redden, 1st, 2nd

    Versteeg, Sjostrom, Olden
    Stewart, Bergfors

    Beauchemin, Bergfors, Blacker
    Clowe, Doherty

    Schenn 4 years 3.5mil
    McCabe 3 years 3mil
    Kaberle 4 years 4.5mil



  38. Leafs_the_word says:

    Forget the NYR deal and bury Komisarek in the minors.  Replace Drury with Richards and move Bozak to the third line and I'm intrigued.

    Kaberle + McCabe = PP goals,

    Cut his 5 on 5 minutes and McCabe is a beast, but no way in hell he'd come back here.

  39. LeafsFTW17 says:

    You are a legend on this site, don't leave again.

  40. LeafsFTW17 says:

    I just don't see a 1st coming our way if the other team is getting Komi and Lebda,

  41. palindrom says:

    Thats an trade proposal worth exploring.

    If you want my opinion, i think komisarek have more value than gonchar right now.

    if you would trade Komisarek would you prefer, gonchar, cambell or Gomez going back? (of course montreal or chicago would give you a bit more)

  42. 93killer93 says:

    Redden and Komisarek have the same term on their contract but redden is payed 2mil more so the Rangers save 6mil there. plus they save 5.5-6mil by exchanging Drury for Lebda.  It also gives them money to through that 7mil at Richards in the offseason. 

    Leafs get the highest payed AHL defence

  43. dumbassdoorman says:

    If I was going to do that trade Campbell hands down. he would replace Kabs on the PP and the salaries lost in Kabs and Komi contracts wash picking up Campbells.

  44. mojo19 says:

    Brian Campbell has 2 goals and 16 assists this year, only 3 assists on the PP which is well below Kaberle's league leading (among defensmen) 20 PP assists.

    Campbell would not even come close to replacing Kaberle and is almost twice as expensive. Of the players named there I would not really be interested in any but I would go for Gonchar because who knows maybe he'll retire.

  45. coyotes_bettman says:

    I think there's as good a chance of Larry Murphy coming back to play for the Leafs as there would be McCabe.

    Also – if an NHL team (in this case the Rangers) moved a player in the minors (like Redden) does he have to clear waivers or does he simply move to the marlies? Again though Slats doesn't touch Komisarek with a ten foot pole, you gotta wonder sometimes if Komisarek doesn't think some mornings "damn why didn't I sign back in Montreal?"

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