Hockey Trade Rumors Mega Rumor Update – Feb 4, 2012

Time to wake up for Bruins

Garrison Available?

Could Nabokov go to Detroit?

Dallas Stars owner targets a top-six forward & will spend money for one

Staples clock problem may not have been the first

Oilers likely to be sellers at trade deadline, but who is expendable?

Time to wake up for Bruins

“Right now, we’re playing more like a team that should be at the bottom of the standings than the top of the standings,” said B’s coach Claude Julien last night after his team’s 3-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes — who are at the bottom of the standings.

And while Chiarelli no doubt has been hunting for a veteran defenseman who could be added before the Feb. 27 trade deadline and provide some depth/insurance for the blue line, it’s safe to assume that’s not all he looking for now.

Especially given the uncertainty over winger Nathan Horton — whose “mild” concussion is proving to be more persistent than first hoped — maybe it’s time for Chiarelli to try and acquire a forward, for two reasons.

One, the right sort of veteran — say, for instance, Phoenix’ Ray Whitney, or even Carolina grinder Tuomo Ruutu — would fill a need right now.

And two, it may be that this team needs the slap in the face that a significant trade might provide.

Garrison Available?

Garrison’s heavy shot is what leads to his offense. He’s a good puck mover but few scouts will describe him as a dynamic offensive player. They will tell you he’s “very good” who’s just coming into his own at 27 years of age.

He’s also set to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and all signs point towards him being available come July first. Considering he’s put himself in position to receive a nice raise, it’s very possible Florida GM Dale Tallon moves him prior to the trade deadline. The alternative of allowing him to walk away for nothing in the summer seems risky for a budget team like Florida.

There’s no doubt it will take a decent package to get him out of south beach. Sources suggest he’ll be seeking a contract that pays him in the $4.5 range with term this summer. Is Florida prepared to lock him up considering they already have Campbell, Jovanovski, Weaver, and Gudbranson all under control for at least two more years?

Some would say that’s a lot of money for a guy who’s done it for just one season but most will agree he’s well underpaid at $700,000. Garrison averages over 24 minutes of ice and carries a plus-6 rating.

Teams like Nashville and Florida need to be smart in terms of how they manage their assets. They would obviously prefer to hang on to him but if they know they can’t keep him moving him may be their best option.

There are plenty of teams looking for D-men and with Goligoski, Beauchemin, Liles, and Gleason all re-signing there are limited enticing options out there.

Could Nabokov go to Detroit?

You are right about the Red Wings’ goaltending depth issues. Conklin has played in only 10 games this season and has an .886 save percentage. Even though Howard’s injury doesn’t sound that serious long-term, do you think this hastens the urgency to find a more suitable backup for the Red Wings? It was GM Ken Holland, after all, who tried to nab Nabokov a year ago when the former San Jose mainstay cut short his experience in the Kontinental Hockey League. The New York Islanders grabbed him, however, and Nabokov has been OK with a pretty mediocre Islanders squad. But he’s not the long-term answer there. (Kevin Poulin appears to be the heir apparent with Al Montoya still looking to get a shot at the No. 1 job, too.) So, Nabokov to Detroit does seem a logical move and perhaps even more so with Friday’s news.

Dallas Stars owner targets a top-six forward & will spend money for one

Just completed a nice, long conversation with the new owner of the Dallas Stars, Tom Gaglardi.

My initial impressions are that this is a hockey man who knows this sport far better than his predecessor. In Tom Hicks’ defense, he didn’t grow up with hockey and he certainly never played it the way Gaglardi did, and still does.

The interview covered a wide-array of subjects, but what Stars fans are most interested in is will he allow GM Joe Nieuwendyk to acquire a large contract before the NHL’s trade deadline? The short answer is yes.

Here is the long answer from the man himself:

“Scoring is a weakness. We are one or two guys away from having a top six NHL team. So I guess the question is – what do we do about that? Do we have some guys in the system that can step in? We might, but not tomorrow.

“Are we looking at making our team better in the top six? The answer is yes. If that means more payroll, are we prepared to do it? The answer is yes. The question is, what is the cost?”

My impression is that Gaglardi is leaving this to Joe Nieuwendyk to create the trade, and he would approve it. That hasn’t happened with the Stars in a long, long, long time. But Gaglardi sounds like a man who is committed to the long-term scenario in buidling this roster.

Read more here:

Staples clock problem may not have been the first

While the NHL investigates the addition of one second to the third period of the Kings’ game against Columbus on Wednesday, footage has surfaced of another apparent pause by the clock at Staples Center during a game last month.

A video clip posted on the website Friday appeared to show the clock stop twice in the final seconds of the Kings’ game against Colorado on Jan. 21, once with 3.9 seconds left and again with 2.1 seconds remaining. It went unnoticed because nothing extraordinary occurred that required video review.

A pause prolonged the Kings’ game against the Blue Jackets on Wednesday, long enough for defenseman Drew Doughty to score with 0.4 of a second left and give the Kings a 3-2 victory. The goal was ruled to have been legal and the addition of the extra time wasn’t discovered until later.

Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior vice president of hockey operations, told The Times on Thursday that Columbus was wronged. He said the league would examine the Daktronics clock and would meet with the off-ice officials who staffed the game. Off-ice officials, including the timekeeper who starts and stops the clock, are employed by the league.,0,4613799.story

Oilers likely to be sellers at trade deadline, but who is expendable?

Wingers Ryan Smyth and Ales Hemsky and defenceman Andy Sutton all are unrestric
ted free agents on July 1, for example.

A report out of New York City suggested Smyth would be prepared to waive his no-movement clause to enable a trade to the first-place Rangers.

Which certainly was news to Smyth.

“I’ve moved four times in the last five years,” Smyth said. “I think I wanted to come back here for a reason, didn’t I?”

Of course, in theory, Smyth could OK a trade, perform as a rental in New York, perhaps even have a shot at a Stanley Cup, then re-sign with the Oilers.

“There’s no guarantees in life, is there?” a skeptical Smyth retorted. “No one has mentioned anything to me.

“Obviously, I’ve heard speculation, but I’ve never really been ­approached.”

Smyth wants to stick around and finish his career in Edmonton, he believes there is tremendous potential with the young Oilers.

So does Hemsky.

“I feel that I’m just coming into my prime,” said Hemsky, who has scored four goals and amassed 20 points in an injury-marred season. “I’m 28 years old and I have lots of hockey in front of me.”

Hemsky has had no discussions with the Oilers about a new contract, although he has certainly heard the trade scuttlebutt.

“Maybe the rumours are true,” Hemsky said. “You don’t believe everything you hear, but there is something (that’s) true in them, for sure.”

24 Responses to Hockey Trade Rumors Mega Rumor Update – Feb 4, 2012

  1. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Whose a better goal scorer??? Mike Komisarek or Scott Gomez?

  2. Boston_Bruins says:

    The inability to beat the Canes is pretty infuriating. They're just a team that always have seemed to have the Bruins number, and especially this year. I can't imagine how bad it would have been if Whitney was still a Hurricane. That guy was a Bruin killer.

  3. Boston_Bruins says:

    I hear there's a lot of parties planned for this Sunday's one year Scott Gomez goalless drought anniversary.

  4. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Well, the parties are planned in Toronto, Ottawa, and Boston…Possible riot in Montreal!!

    Happy Gomez day to you to!!!

  5. Boston_Bruins says:

    And to you, sir. One of many to come!

  6. HABSSTAR says:

    Gauthier been fired yet???

  7. HABSSTAR says:

    How about now?


    Maybe its time the Pens traded Crosby? I would, They could still get a lot for him, regardless of his injuries, what would you offer?

  9. TheLeafNation91 says:

    It's gonna take one more stupid move.

    Their going to trade for Redden.

  10. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Eric Lindros?


    Keith Primeau?

  11. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Oh, I forgot.

    Happy Gomez day to you Habsstar!!!

  12. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Happy Gomez Day to you, all the best.

  13. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    Who knows if he's down and out yet…We'll see. 

  14. HABSSTAR says:

    Thanks, and happy Gomez day to you! 

    Please substitute candles on the cake you will send him with sticks of dynamite!

  15. HABSSTAR says:

    That's what I'm afraid of.  This team's run at a playoff spot is DONE!  It was DONE a while ago and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he doesn't pull another Kaber-lol deal.

    WTF is Molson doing/thinking? 

  16. HABSSTAR says:

    No, no it's not!

  17. HABSSTAR says:

    He makes about the same as Luongo, Ward and Rinne while having the same goal totals in the last year as they do so all's good right?

  18. TheLeafNation91 says:

    But honestly, what can you sell?

    Gomez, Gionta, and Kaberle might be unsellable. Well, especially Kaberle now after that botched pass yesterday that led to the Semin break.

    I guess Gill and Moen, but the return will not be that great.

    Plekanec? I wouldn't…He's signed to a pretty good deal for the Habs.

  19. HABSSTAR says:

    Gomez to the minors. 

    Gionta is injured and not even remotely the biggest problem.

    Kaberle to go "on loan" to a Czech team if he can't be shipped to anyone.

    AK – deal him.  He's lazy, and a long term contract will make him lazier.

    Gill – sure, get whatever you can for him.

    Moen – I'd like to actually see him stay.  If Montreal had more guys with his attitude they wouldn't be in this mess.

    Weber – someone might want him for a low pick

    Darche – whatever you can get

    Campoli – again whatever you can get. 

    Plecks – this is the only guy I'd want to see a good return for IF he's traded.  

    Let's all remember that Camms was also "overpaid" and close to "unmovable". 

    Sometimes it's about addition by subtraction.  We all know this season is done.  Start from scratch.  It can't be worse than this.  There's not even any hope of getting better with this group.  

  20. Steven_Leafs says:

    yeah montreal needs to blow it up, although I seriously doubt Kaberle would ever agree to leave the NHL for a Czech league. 😛

  21. HABSSTAR says:

    He may need some encouragement.  With all the mafia action in the City of Montreal I'm sure it wouldn't take much to find a "capologist" to help the team get out from under some burdensome contracts. LOL

  22. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    To Toronto:

    To Pittsburgh:
    1st 2012
    1st 2013
    Burke, what are you waiting for… it.
  23. reinjosh says:

    I'm sure you can find a team to take him. Contrary to the perception some on hear suggest, he's not past his NHL days and he's still a decent player. He's tied for top 30 in points for a dman and he's been on two dreadful teams. I'm sure you could get something for him, even something of value. 

  24. thisgamewelose says:

    If only it was that easy to get Crosby.  The trade above is definitely a risk I'd take.

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