Category Archives: Trade Deadline
Edmonton Oilers’ Ryan Whitney still in play for trade with Carolina Hurricanes’ Joni Pitkanen lost to injury
If Steve Tambellini’s cell-phone wasn’t ringing shortly after Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Joni Pitkanen suffered a serious leg injury on an icing race for the puck Tuesday night — when is the NHL going to wake up and go to no-touch? — then Jim Rutherford isn’t doing his job.
Knowing Rutherford for some 20 years, he is a pro-active NHL general manager. With Pitkanen, the onetime Oiler D-man,badly hurt (ankle, three months), then the Hurricanes are going to need Ryan Whitney.
Having landed the centre they’ve needed to get their team to think attack — instead of cowering in fear and hoping to score a goal or two — the Vancouver Canucks now pursue a quality forward they hope will play with Ryan Kesler.
According to assistant GM Laurence Gilman, Roy slots in as a third line centre playing with Chris Higgins and Jannik Hansen and Kesler will centre the second line when he returns with Mason Raymond (if he’s still here) and one would presume either Zack Kassian or new winger.
Asking price on Ben Bishop right now: 2nd-round pick with either a player or a prospect
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) April 3, 2013
Flyers have interest in Keith Yandle but doubt that’s do-able today… Coyotes not looking to move him, would have to be huge offer…
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) April 3, 2013
— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) April 2, 2013
It appears the Dallas Stars have decided to trade Jaromir Jagr.
TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com reports that the Stars, who are 12th in the Western Conference, will look to move the veteran forward before Wednesday’s deadline.
There has been plenty of talk about the Jets possibly moving a defenceman, but that situation might be impacted by the fact Grant Clitsome left the contest with an apparent eye injury.
“Deadlines are funny times, because you don’t know what other teams’ pressures are and what other teams objectives are. So you have to be open to explore different things,” said Cheveldayoff. “The good thing is that as an ownership group, we have owners that are committed. If the right deal does come up, I can do the things I need to do.”
RYANE CLOWE and the San Jose Sharks have the Flyers waiting with bated breath.
Clowe, the forward the Flyers have spent the better part of the past 2 days chasing, was scratched from Monday night’s lineup by the Sharks in order to “protect the asset” in the event of a trade. An injury would have derailed the process.
As of press time for this edition, Clowe had not been traded. Check Philly.com/Sports for the latest Flyers information.
Did Roberto Luongo give the thumbs down on a potential trade to the Maple Leafs last summer?
So says Sportsnet’s Doug MacLean, who claims Luongo refused to waive his no-trade at the time in the hopes that a deal was in the works that would have reunited him with the Florida Panthers, the team he broke into the NHL with.
According to MacLean, a tentative off-season deal for Luongo was in place at the time between the Leafs and Canucks.
“Sell, Joe, sell.’’
To be fair to Nieuwendyk, he didn’t always have choices in past seasons. Brad Richards had a no-trade clause and was hurt. Nieuwendyk didn’t like the offers for Steve Ott and Mike Ribeiro at the time. He dealt Nicklas Grossmann to add a second- and third-round draft pick last year. Eventually, he moved Ott and Ribeiro and Grossmann and Mark Fistric, so he definitely got something in return. But could he have received more if he would have unloaded Mike Modano in 2009 or 2010? Could he have parlayed Richards into a big return had he started earlier and pushed harder for that move? Could he have gotten something for Sheldon Souray or added a bevy of picks by dealing Adam Burish or Tom Wandell or Vern Fiddler or Stephane Robidas?
Did he miss the boat on some potential deals?
It’s fair to ask those questions.
This time, it seems the decision has been made for Nieuwendyk. The Stars are 16-16-3, good for 35 points. They likely need to get 54 points just to be in the mix for eighth place in the West. If they went 9-3-1 in the final 13 games, they would get exactly 54 points. The problem is they don’t have that winning streak written anywhere on them. Even if the team is fully healthy and playing its best, there’s a real chance it can’t play at that level.
So armed with that information, Nieuwendyk must ponder trades for Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy and Eric Nystrom (who can each become an unrestricted free agent in the summer), and he might even have to listen to offers for Stephane Robidas. In fact, he needs to listen to every offer, because you don’t know what might be out there. Would Ottawa give up Plano native Stefan Noesen? Would Detroit part with Calle Jankrok or Riley Sheahan? Would Chicago let you have Brandon Pirri or Mark McNeill?