Category Archives: Trade Rumors
With the NHL trade deadline fast approaching, you have to figure some Maple Leafs are getting a little antsy — especially those whose names keep popping up as possible trade bait. You could count speedy centre Mikhail Grabovski among them.
What makes Grabovski’s situation a little more tenuous than, say, defenceman Luke Schenn’s, is that he can be an unrestricted free agent in the summer. Schenn, meanwhile, signed a new deal before the start of the season.
Toronto’s bevy of blue-liners continues to draw interest from around the league.
With Jake Gardiner unavailable, multiple teams would like to pry Luke Schenn loose, however the Leafs insist he won’t get moved unless faced with an offer they can’t refuse, and so far, that offer hasn’t been made. Carl Gunnarsson, Cody Franson and Keith Aulie are also generating interest.
Like the rest of his teammates, rookie defenceman Jake Gardiner has heard his name associated with potential trade talk, quite a compliment for a player who a year ago was playing NCAA hockey for the University of Wisconsin. Not that he wants to go anywhere, but you can be sure any rival general manager that Maple Leafs boss Brian Burke talks to as the trade deadline approaches has Gardiner on his wish list.
“Any time your name comes up in a rumour, you don’t like it,” Gardiner said Monday following practice at the MasterCard Centre. “Everything is a rumour. I don’t know what’s true and what’s not.”
If the Avs fall seven or eight points back by next weekend, it’s almost too late to get in the postseason and that would probably force general manager Greg Sherman to parcel out some players and start looking to next season.
Most likely, the names mentioned will be guys who can become unrestricted free agents this summer (David Jones, Shane O’Brien, Jay McClement, Daniel Winnik and Cody McLeod), or, a defenseman or two who might interest teams (Kyle Quincey, Ryan O’Byrne, Ryan Wilson).
Hearing Kings offer expanded to Jonathan Bernier Jack Johnson Andrei Loktionov plus for Rick Nash.
Tick, tock. The NHL trade deadline is a week away.
It’s one of the two times of year, as Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is fond of saying, when his fellow general managers make their biggest mistakes. (July 1, a.k.a. Free Agent Madness, is the other.)
Why does Burke say that? Because only one team wins the Stanley Cup. But ever year about 20 of them think that if they make one or two moves — add some grit, add a goalie, some size, a puck-moving D-man — they’ll be in good shape.
The temptation to mortgage the future — or to save your job — for a shot at the Stanley Cup is huge. So throw in a prospect, throw in a draft pick. Go ahead, overpay.
Some will make trades for the playoffs. Some will make trades for the future. Some will make trades they regret.
Say this about Columbus Blue Jackets general manager, Scott Howson: He’s handling the Rick Nash game like a professional poker player.
Howson may not move his prized forward by next Monday’s trade deadline or even during the summer, but with all the attention on him, the GM has certainly lined up the suitors in ample time to create a big-stakes bidding war.
Much like Brad Richards was in last summer’s free-agency period, Nash is the runaway darling of the trade deadline market, obviously, and rival GMs are getting in line to woo Howson with the multi-player packages it’s going to take.
The Sharks lost again Sunday, lost for the sixth time in their past eight games. But do not come to the wrong conclusion.
The Sharks are not in trouble. The Sharks are in need.
They need an oomph injection.
What price for Rick Nash?
Whatever it is, it should be too much for the Flyers.
Do they need a Rick Nash?
Do they need another scoring winger? Is Nash going to fix the problems on defense? Or in net? Or on the penalty kill? No. And those are the issues that Flyers were dealing with this past week.
Sportsnet can confirm that Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke met with Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson this morning at a New York City hotel.
Burke was in New York for an HBO taping when he ran into Howson and the two managers decided to talk over breakfast.
As reported earlier, Damien Cox confirmed the Leafs were on a short list provided by Rick Nash to the Blue Jackets of teams that he would consider waiving his no-trade clause for.
All eyes are on Bryan Murray.
With just over a week to the Feb. 27 trade deadline, many are wondering if the Senators GM is going to pull the trigger or stand pat to see if this group can make the playoffs.
While Murray told the Sun last week he’d like to add a piece to help the Senators get to the post-season, he won’t so do at any cost. As we head into the final week of bidding, prices remain unreasonable.
In the minds of Maple Leafs management, this is not a question of moving a player whose contract expires at the end of the season just to get some sort of return for the future.
The goal remains to make playoffs this season. Dealing away the team’s third leading scorer in Grabovski just to get help for down the road doesn’t do anything to bring them closer to achieving that goal.
LeBrun: A Flyers source suggested Thursday night that if they can add another defenseman, they would. But no team needs a blueliner more than the Blackhawks, and it hasn’t been from a lack of trying on the part of GM Stan Bowman. He’s been working the phones for a few months but has yet to find the fit. A source told me that the Hawks had inquired about Grossman, but I’m not sure how serious they were about him.
The Montreal Canadiens acquired a familiar name in a trade that has defenceman Hal Gill going to the Nashville Predators on Friday.
As part of the deal, the club acquired forward Blake Geoffrion – son of former Canadien Danny Geoffrion, grandson of Habs great Bernie Geoffrion and great-grandson of Montreal legend Howie Morenz.
With Larsson out and Henrik Tallinder (blood clot) not expected back anytime soon, the Devils are trying to add a defenseman before the Feb. 27 trade deadline.
The Tampa Bay Lightning may be ready to make a move before the NHL trade deadline.
The team sent out a tweet during Thursday’s morning skate, leading to speculation that a trade may be in the works involving defenceman Pavel Kubina.
The Canucks, for starters, have the hockey assets to make a trade work. First and foremost, they have the young, inexpensive goalie in Cory Schneider as the centrepiece of the deal. Beyond Schneider, they can go young – Cody Hodgson, Chris Tanev. They can go older – Mason Raymond. They can go cheap – Jan-nik Hansen. And they can go expensive – Alex Edler.
Throw in a full complement of draft picks and a couple of prospects and any would-be GM can put together a package which, on the most superficial level, makes sense.
This much is certain: If Brian Burke somehow wriggles Nash out of Columbus, don’t expect there to be the $5 million-plus a year in the pot that Mikhail Grabovski is looking for in a new contract.
Interestingly, those here in Edmonton that know Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson from his days in the Oilers organization claim he will demand smooth-skating defenceman Jake Gardiner as part of any package involving the Leafs. Whatever Howson lands for Nash, it likely will involve at least three or four high-end prospects, young players and/or picks.
The Rangers have conquered distractions all season — including the late September/early October tour through Europe, the omnipresent cameras that recorded HBO’s “24/7” series and the Winter Classic in Philadelphia on Jan. 2 — to roll to a nine-point lead in the Eastern Conference, a 10-point lead in the Atlantic Division and first overall in the NHL with a .718 percentage. Now, however, the Rangers face potentially the most damaging distraction of them all: players dealing with being named in trade speculation in advance of the Feb. 27 deadline, and those specifically who might be involved in a possible mega-deal for Blue Jackets star wing Rick Nash.
Teams that I believe have either been contacted by Columbus regarding Rick Nash or have reached out to the Blue Jackets: the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Vancouver Canucks and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Of that list, I think the Rangers, Flyers and Kings really stand out in terms of their interest and ability to provide the right assets. The Canucks and Leafs obviously have interest, but I’m not sure they’re willing to part with the kind of package of assets the Jackets are looking for.