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A month into the season, the NHL’s trade market might finally be ready to loosen up.
The chatter amongst NHL executives has increased as teams head toward the pivotal 20-game mark and those who were expected to be contenders limp out with the label pretender written all over them if they don’t get their act together.
The decision by the Philadelphia Flyers to acquire Steve Downie from the Avalanche for Maxime Talbot could be the tip of the iceberg. Never before have so many cap teams started off so poorly which means something may have to give.
A summary of the latest trade buzz kicking around the National Hockey League, currently being fueled by desperate teams like the Oilers, Panthers, Flyers and Sabres — all performing under expectations and looking to reverse their fate.
Oct. 28. The seal has been cracked with the blockbuster trade of Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders for Matt Moulson and a pair of high draft picks. The Buffalo rebuild we’ve been waiting for is underway, and Ryan Miller should be the next domino to fall.
According to NHL rumor guru Eklund, the Philadelphia Flyers are heavily pursuing Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets. Byfuglien has battled some weight and focus issues, but seems to have put all that in the past this year. He’s been outstanding for the Jets from the blue line, and is among the NHL’s top offensive-defensemen.
Which is why it’s odd that the Flyers would be willing to trade some “untouchable” assets to land the defenseman-turned forward-turned defenseman.
After all, isn’t that what Mark Streit and Kimmo Timonen are in town to do? Move the puck and basically act as a fourth forward on the play? While neither of those guys are on the right side of 30, Streit is locked up for the next four years while Timonen’s contract is over with at the end of 2013-14.
Even if the Flyers are bringing in Byfuglien to be a “big and mean” presence on the blue line, he isn’t the kind of Shea Weber-like player the team has been pining for since Chris Pronger went down a few years ago. He is primarily an offensive-defenseman, and for a team that seems to have issues on their own zone from time to time, he might not be the best target at the moment.
RUMOURS DU JOUR: New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello sent out an email last week offering up an unnamed “veteran defenceman” around. D Marek Zidlicky, 36, is the oldest player on the club’s blueline while D Anton Volchenkov, D Peter Harrold and Andy Greene all qualify in the “veteran” category. It is doubtful the Devils will be able to move anybody.
The Toronto Maple Leafs failed to trade John-Michael Liles last season, then opted to use their compliance buyouts on Mikhail Grabovski and Mike Komisarek instead. Word is, the Leafs might be willing to assume some of Liles’ salary if they can move the veteran, now biding time with the Toronto Marlies. Nonis now has no other option, save letting Liles toil away in the AHL until the 2015-16 season concludes. Liles may not be top-four material anymore, but he’s good enough to play in the NHL still.