Category Archives: Trade Rumors
Bryan Murray has tried to reach for the top.
He hasn’t had any luck.
The Senators GM confirmed Tuesday he’s attempted to get into the top 10 of Sunday’s NHL entry draft at Prudential Center in New Jersey, but right now it looks like the club will have to be content with selecting 17th overall.
Speculation heating up that Florida really wants MacKinnon. But Avs own the first pick. So they’d need to give up something off roster to make Avs do a swap to No. 2. The Avs I’m hearing want Erik Gudbranson, a young D. That probably is asking too much, but I hear that’s the price for now
The Vancouver Canucks are still trying to trade goalie Roberto Luongo and seem confident they’ll be able to do so in and around the NHL Draft.
Several teams have expressed an interest in Luongo, but the veteran netminder has a say in where he gets dealt to.
Some rumors today about Dion Phaneuf possibly being on the trade block. If the Avs got him, they’d almost certainly have to deal Paul Stastny to get him – in large part just to make the math work on the salary cap. Phaneuf’s cap hit is $6.5 million, just under Stastny’s $6.6 million. Like Stastny, Phaneuf can be an unrestricted free agent after this season.
If the Pittsburgh Penguins reverse course and decide that they’ve had enough of Marc-Andre Fleury—though there’s no indication that’s going to happen—they have at least one potential trade partner.
The Minnesota Wild “expressed interest” in Fleury, who at the moment is a slightly above-average regular-season goalie that self-destructs in the postseason, according to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune.
The Islanders may not be content to sit tight with some combination of Evgeni Nabokov, Kevin Poulin and Anders Nilsson in goal next year — and they shouldn’t be. According to Newsday, the Islanders are “in the mix” for Los Angeles Kings goalie Jon Bernier. According to TSN, the Kings have been actively shopping Bernier around the NHL for the past week or so.
For example, EDM’s No. 7 overall pick, as well as players, are available. While it’s possible EDM drafts at 7, my guess is it gets dealt.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 8, 2013
Carolina will entertain offers for its 5th-overall pick in hopes of landing a top-4 D-man, GM Jim Rutherford told @theteam1260 Tuesday.
— Dylan Howlett (@DylanHowlett) June 6, 2013
Craig MacTavish promised to make changes to the Edmonton Oilers over the offseason and it may start with two of the team’s long-standing veterans.
Flyers were involved in trade talks prior to offer sheeting Shea Weber. I think things could heat up with St. Louis this summer.
— Dustin Leed (@D_LEED) June 4, 2013
Panthers general manager Dale Tallon made it clear he was willing to talk about trading the second overall pick in an interview at the NHL draft combine on Friday. Despite his comments, it’s extremely unlikely that a team as far down as the Edmonton Oilers (seventh overall) will be able to make a pitch that sways Florida into a deal.
Two teams with top-five picks in the NHL Draft have dangled their picks as potential trade bait in recent days. First, new Colorado coach Patrick Roy said the Avalanche would be open to dealing the No. 1 pick. Then Florida general manager Dale Tallon encouraged teams to offer packages for the No. 2. The Predators, who are slated to pick fourth, have not said they will trade the pick.
Yzerman said he doesn’t expect to move up from No. 3. Said he doesn’t have ammunition to pry No. 1 pick from Avs.
— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) May 30, 2013
The month of June is going to be a very important one for the Senators.
Owner Eugene Melnyk has to decide if and by how much he is going to increase his team’s hockey budget. If the verdict is as it should be, GM Bryan Murray has to figure out how he’s going to gamble the extra cash.
And yes, both the free agency period that begins in July and any trade for a much-needed scoring winger is a huge gamble — especially for the Senators, who unlike the New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs, are a small market team that depends largely on scouting and wise choices for their success.
A popular opinion is that, because offers for free agents are once again going to be outrageous, swinging a trade is the best route for Murray to take. And of course a guy like Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan is an enticing option. He’s only 26 and is a four-time, 30-plus goal scorer.
Skating with a playmaker like Jason Spezza, he could get 50.
But along with the $5.1-million salary cap hit for the next two years, what’s he going to cost the Senators? As my friend Bruce likes to say, they’re not going to give him away.
The Ducks, who once built a Stanley Cup winner around a strong defence, would probably ask for Jared Cowen. Murray, who was beaten by that Anaheim team, would have to say no to that.
An awful lot of speculation going on right now about what the Avs might/should do with their No. 1 pick in the draft next month.
Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic both definitely started a mini-frenzy but strongly hinting they might be open to make a deal with someone involving their top pick in what is considered the deepest NHL draft in years. You trade the No. 1 pick for more established veteran help PLUS Florida’s or Tampa Bay’s pick, and just take whatever is left of the top 3. Win-win. Or maybe not.
Let’s look at some of the potential scenarios. I have now just nestled my GM hat nicely onto my dome:
Defenseman requests a fresh start elsewhere
Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz has requested a trade, according to his agent, Jarrett Bousquet.
Frustrated by a lack of playing time for the second year in a row and limited communication from two separate Washington coaching staffs — former coach Dale Hunter and current coach Adam Oates — Schultz wants a fresh start elsewhere.
The Isles have young players they may be willing to deal and they sure could use a all-star caliber goalie to re-establish the franchise and give John Tavares someone to get excited about playing with. It’s a club very much on the upswing and GM Garth Snow, having been one himself, knows that Luongo, who for all the media attention this past season in Vancouver, played great, could take them over the top. Naturally a stumbling lock would be Canucks GM Mike Gillis taking on Di Pietro and talking his boss, owner Francesco Aquilini , into buying him out.
— Kevin McGran (@kevin_mcgran) April 3, 2013
Intriguing name: teams are talking to Florida about Dmitry Kulikov. He’s not untouchable but I think Florida would need to get a great offer
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) April 3, 2013
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.