Category Archives: Trade Rumors
Hottest rumor around the All-Star break had the Ducks dishing Corey Perry to Vancouver for former Boston College goalie Cory Schneider, Mason Raymond, and the vastly overpaid Keith Ballard. Another one had the Bruins dishing Tim Thomas to Chicago. Perhaps that could be the University of Vermont special, with the Bruins sending their ex-Catamount to the Hawks for former Catamount Viktor Stalberg . . .
National Hockey League general managers use their down time during All-Star break to assess their own teams and check in with their rival team executives.
Expect to hear lots of rumors during the next few days as a result. But which players could actually move in a trade?
And which players could actually impact the playoff races? Here are some players that fall into that category:
Morrow has this season and one more with an annual cap hit of $4.1 million, and he has a no-trade clause.
So if Morrow doesn’t want to move, he’s not going anywhere and the Stars are certainly not in a position where they necessarily “need” to trade their captain. And because of the NTC, they’re not about to aggressively shop him either.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t contenders interested in targeting him as a possible acquisition.
All those teams looking for goaltending help might want to give Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini a call. He’s not shopping G Nikolai Khabibulin and his $3.75-million cap hit, but the Oilers are certainly listening to offers on all their players in the midst of another lost season. Bolts GM Steve Yzerman has to start thinking about next season and Khabibulin did win a Cup in Tampa in 2004. Many believe Burke should go after a goalie because as time ticks away on the season, the Leafs don’t have a true No. 1 … Vancouver GM Mike Gillis, a longtime reader of this space, has been working the phones. Some of his counterparts say Gillis wants to add grit after the Bruins ran roughshod over the Canucks in the Cup final last season. Don’t be surprised if he acquires Anaheim RW George Parros. By the way, don’t expect to see Vancouver G Cory Schneider dealt. One team on the asking price for Schneider: “Stupid high.” … The Penguins have more than a passing interest in Tampa’s Dominic Moore. They aren’t the only team, either.
More productive trade discussions this week among teams which means next week might see some action. Not surprising..many teams after D-men.
On Wednesday morning’s edition of Blue Breakfast on TSN Radio 1050, NHL Insider Darren Dreger spoke about the Toronto Maple Leafs as the NHL trade deadline approaches.
While the market appears to be calm right now as selling teams wait to see if the prices go up for players, Dreger discusses what the Leafs might have to give up as they try to land a difference maker.
“If Burke is going to make an impactful deal, then he’s going to have to give away potential, and that’s Nazem Kadri, Luke Schenn, players like that,” Dreger said. “Otherwise, you’re tinkering.”
There will be lots of trade speculation involving the Leafs until the Feb. 27 NHL deadline, and one player whose name will be in rumours is forward Mikhail Grabovski, who happened to be the best Leaf on Tuesday. Due to be an unrestricted free agent this summer, Grabovski would be an attractive piece on the trade market, and general manager Brian Burke already is getting calls about the 27-year-old.
The Rangers have depth on defense, including Steve Eminger, sidelined with a separated shoulder, and Jeff Woywitka, who presumably would play tomorrow night if McDonagh can’t go against the Jets at the Garden.
So the charge for Sather is not to find just any defenseman, but one Tortorella will trust for major minutes down the stretch.
Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini is in the hotseat as he takes calls on veteran winger Ales Hemsky.
Half the league is looking for a top-six forward. Remember back in 2006, when the Oilers beat out other teams to get Sergei Samsonov because they needed a second-liner? Teams are loathe to surrender much for rentals because you get quantity, but not quality, in most cases.
The Oilers absolutely need a puck-moving defenceman more than they need a draft pick. And if the prospect being dangled is more than a year away from being ready for the NHL, I don’t know why they would be interested in more down-the-road stuff.
A new goaltender for next season is a certainty.
The Blue Jackets appear ready to cut the cord with Steve Mason, who has endured three brutal seasons since his award-winning rookie season carried the Jackets to the playoffs in 2008-09.
Trading Mason won’t be easy, and it might require the Blue Jackets to eat a bad contract in return. Mason is signed through next season at a salary-cap hit of $2.9 million, and has a $3.2 million salary for 2012-13.
The Montreal Canadiens brass (GM Pierre Gauthier and consultant Bob Gainey) have fanned out over the Midwest and the West Coast of the U.S., and have been seen at games over the past few days leading to speculation the Habs are getting ready to make a deal. It is a foregone conclusion veteran defenceman Hal Gill will be dealt and likely wingers Travis Moen and Andrei Kostitsyn, as well.
As much as GM Bob Murray has insisted Selanne won’t be dealt, it’s going to be up to the veteran whether he stays or goes.
League sources say as many as four teams — the Rangers, Sharks, Bruins and Wings — have all made inquiries into Selanne’s availability with the trade deadline just over a month away on Feb. 27. All are watching to see if Murray decides to make a move with his club mired near the bottom of the Western Conference.
Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke expects the Feb. 27 trade deadline to seem like a busy holiday, and he plans to have his shopping done early.
“Whatever moves we intend to make will be in advance of the deadline because I’ve never liked the price tag at the deadline,” Burke said.
Last year, the deadline was Feb. 28, but some players began moving as early as Feb. 9. Joffrey Lupul, Francois Beauchemin, Mike Fisher and Kris Versteeg changed teams early and the Boston Bruins picked up defenceman Tomas Kaberle 10 days before the deadline.
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman’s phone probably needs to be recharged three or four times a day.
With teams approaching the 50-game mark, trade talks are full-go. And Bowman is eager to enhance his 62-point team.
The Hawks have told teams what they’re seeking. A quality defenseman capable of playing on the second pairing is their top priority. The need for a veteran forward, preferably a center capable of being in the top six, is second.
Other teams confirmed to be looking for a top-six forward include Chicago, Toronto, Minnesota, Los Angeles, Detroit, the New York Rangers and, as Poile said, Nashville. San Jose could be in the mix for either a top-six forward or a checking-line forward. Boston and Vancouver are looking for a depth forward.
So, easier said than done when so many clubs are looking for similar assets.
As the Wild aired things out in a team meeting in hopes of easing tension that has infiltrated the sinking team, and as the Wild hit the ice at the Toronto Maple Leafs practice facility in hopes of ending a 10-game road winless streak Thursday against the Leafs … Chuck Fletcher was on the phone.
The Wild general manager was ducking behind signage, slipping into hallways, finding quiet spots in quiet areas — his Blackberry always at his ear.
So Brian Burke may have to set his sights a little lower looking six weeks ahead to the Feb. 27 trade deadline after making big deals to acquire Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf and Joffrey Lupul the last three seasons.
Not just a little lower. Also at a financial cost that may be less appealing.
Which brings us once more to Tampa Bay Lightning left winger Ryan Malone, once one of the more highly regarded power forwards in the game, now less of a force for the Bolts, who sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings right now.
You can say this much about Brian Burke: he is not a last-minute shopper.
So while most other teams are waiting for the Feb. 28 deadline to tinker with their rosters, the Toronto Maple Leafs general manager is already taking calls and could be weeks, if not days, from making a deal.
“I have never been a deadline guy,” Burke recently tweeted. “Historically, January is the month where I have been most active.”
The Red Wings are in the market for a goal-scoring winger and/or an abrasive third- or fourth-line forward.
Money is not an issue. The Red Wings are $5.7 million under the salary cap. That gives them plenty of space to acquire anybody, since teams are responsible only for the remaining portion of a player’s contract.
It boils down to what the Red Wings are prepared to relinquish. It is doubtful they would move a core player, and it also is unlikely they would give up a top prospect for a rental (impending free agent). Detroit likely will be dangling draft picks, middling prospects and/or fringe players.
The Wild is down to 11 forwards right now, and so far, no callup. I’ve been told Fletcher has been trying to make a trade before calling up a player. I just don’t know what he can do without delving into the prospect pool. And that, he has said he is unwilling to do unless it’s a deal that makes sense for the future.
On the actual roster, I think the only player that maybe can get you a top-6 forward is Josh Harding, and again, that’s a maybe. Tampa Bay may be looking for a goalie as long as it’s one for the future.
Some guys available? Maybe the Rangers’ Wojtek Wolski, who has been a healthy scratch lately, and Erik Christensen, who hasn’t played since Dec. 17 and then basically asked to be sent to the minors on a conditioning stint so he could play. Fletcher does have a history with him from Pittsburgh, but, man, that’d be just adding a body in my opinion.