Hockey Trade Rumors – Feb 8, 2012

Price of NHL deadline trades soars

Yzerman in no hurry as trade deadline nears

Could the Avs move O’Brien

Price of NHL deadline trades soars

Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher has been aggressively reviewing his trade options for two months, and he often has been more troubled by the market than intrigued by it.

“It is not a big market in terms of the number of sellers,” Fletcher said. “And second, the prices are very high. And historically, if you look, I’m not sure that 25% of these rental trades work out for the teams that are buying.”

Since the salary cap was introduced, the trading of potential unrestricted free agents has become a staple of trade deadline maneuvering.

There has been considerable attention this season to the fact that the Carolina Hurricanes have Tuomo Ruutu, Jaroslav Spacek and Bryan Allen in that category and the Edmonton Oilers have Ryan Smyth, Ales Hemsky and Andy Sutton as possible rentals.

The salary cap has created parity, and parity has created tighter races, which have turned the trade deadline into a seller’s market.

Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke decided he wants to avoid deadline day shopping if it all possible because he thinks prices are always too high.

Yzerman in no hurry as trade deadline nears

Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said Tuesday he is no closer to determining whether he will be a buyer or seller at the Feb. 27 deadline.

Yzerman had said he believed clarity would come after the homestand that ended against the Kings. But with the team still on the edge of the playoff conversation, there is no longer a clear timetable, though the upcoming three-game road trip that starts Thursday against the Rangers likely will be key.

“The team is playing well,” Yzerman said before Tampa Bay’s 3-1 loss stopped its 6-0-1 points streak. “We’re winning games. There’s still lots of time left. … Let this play itself out.”

There was a minor stir when for the eighth time D Evan Oberg was called up from AHL Norfolk. With Marc-Andre Bergeron in the lineup after missing nine games with a back injury, Tampa Bay has nine healthy blue-liners. That sparked thoughts of a pending trade.

But Yzerman said Oberg was insurance for a team that wants to dress seven defensemen and see how Bergeron’s back reacts.

“No trades or things that you would love to hear; nothing to speculate on,” coach Guy Boucher said. “It’s just a precaution thing. If something happens, it will be something that comes out of the blue.”

Could the Avs move O’Brien

Veteran defenseman Shane O’Brien, a potential unrestricted free agent this summer, doesn’t want to speculate about his future with the Avs. His name could be tossed around in trade talks before the NHL’s Feb. 27 trade deadline, but “I’m only going to talk about the game,” O’Brien said Tuesday. O’Brien was a healthy scratch for a game last week, but he has been in the lineup the past two games and said he’s getting his play back in gear. “My game wasn’t where it needed to be. It’s a long season and it’s tough to be at your best every night, but you’re a pro and you’ve got to try to do that,” he said. “Right now I’m just trying to work as hard as I can, keep my legs going and keep my energy up. Hopefully, I can get back to where I was playing a month ago or so.”

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15 Responses to Hockey Trade Rumors – Feb 8, 2012

  1. albertateams says:

    If the Flames fall out of the playoff race before the deadline I wonder what they could get for Olli Jokinen? Big 2nd line center on pace for 60+ points with a manageable cap hit and an expiring contract. Could they get a late 1st rounder or a 2nd and a prospect?

  2. MystifoLeafs says:

    I could see someone paying that he is a pretty solid two way center. I mean the pickings are slim so given the way things are it is not out of the question. I wish Calgary would fall into the top three. Not because I want to see them fail I would just like to see them grab Grigorenko and have him center Iggy. Maybe then Iggy could prove the nay sayers why he is still an elite player.

  3. reinjosh says:

    I really, really hope they don't work themselves out of the top ten and out of a shot at Galchenyuk. I will be uber annoyed with Feaster if that happens.

    Depending on how the market works itself out, I think they could. If what Poile is saying about the market is true, it's a real sellers market. And if what McKenzie was saying about first rounders being used like currency, then I really think he could get a first. Possibly more.
    He's been very solid, he would be an easy add to any team, and he's got a lot of good qualities to him. A team like Chicago or Washington who are both rumored to be looking for a 2nd line center might both be interested. He's a perfect fit for them. Especially Washington, they have two picks, why not use one? 
    I say he does. 
  4. albertateams says:

     I doubt they fall into the top three but even a 5-10 pick is going to be a really solid prospect (Galchenyuk?). I am kind of hoping the Flames fall 5+ points out of the playoff race by the deadline because I think it will force Feaster to unload UFA's. I just don't see this team making it in to the playoffs.

    With the lack of sellers players like Sarich, Hannan, Jackman, and Kostopolous could also be moved to get 2nd-5th round picks.

    The Flames aren't going to move Kipper, Iggy, J-bo or Gio at the deadline so why not grab a few picks and give some kids more playing time.

  5. albertateams says:

    Was just posting about Galchenyuk being available 5-10. Would be a great grab.

    Would love to get either of Washington's 1st's for Jokinen (12th-20th) could probably get a d man that falls further than expected.

    If it is going to be a sellers market the Flames need to capitalize on UFA assets and even look at moving other players for the right price. 

  6. reinjosh says:

    Galchenyuk is pretty much the ideal player for Calgary I think. Grigorenko would probably be best but we know that isn't happening haha. If we could have him fall to like 7th or 8th and pick him there or get a top 5 pick to pick, that would be best.

    And yeah a guy like Ceci or Maata would be nice. Maybe go with offense though and grab a guy like Gaunce if he's available, or a guy like Frk to get some size replacement for Iggy when he leaves. 
    I really, really hope Feaster doesn't stick it out and hope for the playoffs. The chances are slim to make it and do anything anyways, so taking even a year off to prepare for the future is in the best interest of the fans and the team. 
  7. albertateams says:

    I really like the Derek Smith signing 2 yrs @ 775k per. A nice affordable contract for a guy that played really well before he got hurt. Just another reason to move out two of Hannan, Sarich or Babchuk before the deadline.

  8. reinjosh says:

    Interesting. Hopefully it actually is another reason to move one of those three or two of them out.

    Ideally I'd like to see the Flames get another 1st and a 2nd at the deadline somehow. Grab Galchenyuk with the Flames, Frk or Wilson with the extra first, and Ville Pokka with the 2nd.
  9. KingCanada says:

    Well since Washington is pretty much garanteed to win their division (I have zero faith in Florida) then their own 1st rounder would definatly be in play.  Itll be 25-30th however, not 12th-20th.

    I dont think they would give up Colorado's pick unless the Flames sweeten the pot.

  10. albertateams says:

    Washington's pick might be later but who would have thought they'd be battling with Florida for the division lead / 8th in the east. There is obviously something very wrong in Washington. A team with that kind of talent shouldn't be on the playoff bubble, but they are.

  11. Steven_Leafs says:

    remember that pick position goes by points not division leaders. Washington's pick will only be 25th-30th if they make it to the conference finals. Otherwise it will be 15th-20th.

    The Avs pick will only be given up over the Caps pick if Calgary insists on Washington to sweeten the pot themselves.

  12. Steven_Leafs says:

    especially considering where the rest of their division is.

  13. reinjosh says:

    It all depends on the market. If they can't get a second line center anywhere else, than Calgary can ask for the Avs pick. If other teams are involved, then Calgary can ask for that Avs pick. 

    And the more Jokinen keeps playing like last night, the more value he has. 
  14. albertateams says:

    Great game by Jokinen last night, hope he keeps it up. Blair Jones really impressed me last night, he's turning into a really nice agitator / defensive player, he drew two penalties and irritated Thorton all night.

    If the flames keep winning they won't be moving Jokinen though. I keep getting this feeling that the Flames don't sell and finish 9th or worse yet add and finish 9th.

  15. reinjosh says:

    I have the same feeling and I don't like it. I really don't like the idea.

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