Category Archives: Trade Rumors
Are the Leafs looking at a Jan blockbuster?
Anger pours over for Kings
Where do the Canadiens go from here?
If you pay attention to Blues GM Doug Armstrong it’s obvious he doesn’t like to sit back and watch. Every day this guy is trying to find ways to improve the St. Louis Blues and he’ll continue to do so leading up to the NHL trade deadline.
Sure everyone wants to get into the playoffs but for most NHL teams, their goals go beyond just reaching the post-season.
The ultimate goal is winning it all and every GM should be focused on putting together the most competitive roster their resources will allow. It takes a little more creativity to manage the Blues compared to some of the higher revenue teams in the league. Finding ways to improve your club can sometimes be easier said than done.
The Red Wings, with $5.6 million in cap room, would probably like to add another offensive top-six or top-nine player at the deadline. It’s no secret Detroit GM Ken Holland has long been an Ales Hemsky fan. He stuck a dagger in their hearts in the first round of the 2006 playoffs in Game 6 in Edmonton.
By now, there has to be some concern within the Lightning that Mattias Ohlund will not play this season, much less soon.
The defenseman has not skated in several weeks because of pain that has persisted in his knees despite Oct. 11 arthroscopic surgeries on both to clean out what the team called “loose bodies.”
Ohlund is frustrated by the situation, the team is as well, and fans are wondering what GM Steve Yzerman is going to do.
He has several options.
Look for the Oilers to become more aggressive in the trade market if they’re unable to turn around a slide in which they won five times in a recent 15-game stretch. Edmonton allowed just 23 goals in its first 14 games this season before coughing up 52 in its next 14 contests.
The Oilers are begging for help on defense, where 11 players had suited up through the first two months of the season. Cam Barker, Ryan Whitney, Corey Potter and Andy Sutton had combined to miss 48 games because of injury going into the weekend. Sutton is out again while serving his second suspension.
The self-imposed holiday roster freeze for Brian Burke kicked in Friday, but the Maple Leafs GM might be willing to make moves once it’s lifted. The Leafs could be looking for help in the middle, especially with Tim Connolly struggling with injuries. Columbus C Derick Brassard could be an option. League sources say Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson was spotted at the Marlies game last Saturday in Toronto.
Sam Gagner is hot as a pistol right now … finally.
Rumours have been spoken aloud by reporters and commentators who cover the NHL that the Chicago Blackhawks are interested in Oilers forward Sam Gagner.
This makes sense, given that Gagner’s now feeling better and is also playing better, much better. But it makes no sense for the Oilers to move Gagner, certainly not right now.
Sooner or later, probably later, the Blue Jackets will trade Derick Brassard. He will be moved for two reasons:
His career has stalled, and his agent, Allan Walsh, has made a trade all but inevitable.
Walsh last week issued a statement to Dispatch reporter Aaron Portzline. It went like this:
While I have tremendous respect for (general manager) Scott Howson and the rest of Columbus’ management team, the situation regarding Derick Brassard has become untenable. The coach has a history of burying players and using them as scapegoats to mask his own lack of success on the ice. Derick has been singled out, almost since the very beginning of the season, to be the fall guy in case things don’t go well. The Columbus organization cares about Derick and has been good to him, but at some point, one has to say, enough is enough.
The rumor is that the Caps and Flames have discussed the possibility of a swap of Iginla for Semin…in actuality they have been discussing this on and off for two and three quarter years (to my best estimate)
Now however it is gaining some major momentum…
The details I have heard most often are…Alex Semin, Braden Holtby and 2 picks for Jarome Iginla, Chris Butler and a prospect…(some say Howse, a few have said the Caps want Brodie (of course they do!)
Murray said teams called him about Ryan. Other execs said they thought Ryan was being “auctioned off.” And there was a lot of interest — Toronto, Philadelphia, Rangers, Vancouver, Florida, Carolina, Minnesota, among others (You would expect that for a 24-year-old with 100 goals the last three seasons).
The Patrick Kane at centre experiment in Chicago didn’t blow up in anybody’s face, but the Blackhawks have Kane back on the wing, which means they’re back to looking for a No. 2 centre because Dave Bolland is really the perfect No. 3 guy and Patrick Sharp is a winger, not a centre. The Hawks had Marcus Kruger as their second-line pivot with Sharp and Marian Hossa against the New York Islanders on Friday. Could you blame them if they were looking at Sam Gagner because he played junior with Kane in London?
Don’t be surprised if the Wings add a veteran forward before the February deadline. They’ve got the cap space to make a deal and GM Ken Holland has always made shrewd moves. They’d just like more depth up front and don’t be surprised if they make a pitch for Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu … Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff could be facing an interesting question: Do the Jets fire coach Claude Noel to make room for former Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle? The belief is the Jets are “high on Noel” and “don’t operate that way,” but if they’ve got a shot at a coach who has won a Stanley Cup, don’t they have to consider it? The biggest concern about the Jets is their lack of discipline — they are the NHL’s most penalized team it. Somebody is going to grab Carlyle. The Jets might want to bring him home … The Stars have contacted the Flames about RW Jarome Iginla, but have been told he’s not availabe.
SNET Analyst Rhett Warrener is saying Cory Sarich has requested a trade from #Flames. Will try and confirm with Feaster this am.
The Senators made a minor trade Friday, but there’s a bigger one for the taking if they want it.
Claims by his agent of mistreatment in Columbus made it clear that Derick Brassard is available. The 24-year-old Hull product has the pedigree to become the second-line centre the Senators have sought. A junior scoring star when he was Guillaume Latendresse’s set up man with the Drummondville Voltigeurs, Brassard was the sixth pick in the 2006 draft. But his Blue Jackets’ career has been marked by injury and an inability to near his potential. Brassard’s best season was 2010-11, when he had 17 goals and 30 assists, and through the first two months of the current campaign, he has just two goals and two assists.
Rangers general manager Glen Sather has been in touch with Anaheim counterpart Bob Murray regarding the availability of 24-year-old power winger Bobby Ryan, The Post has learned.
It is unclear whether Sather is simply conducting due diligence regarding Ryan, who is being dangled by the skidding Ducks, or whether discussions have evolved beyond the tire-kicking stage.
Toronto Maple Leafs – Brian Burke drafted Ryan second overall in 2005 and has a good relationship with him and his management.
Ryan played for Leafs coach Ron Wilson as part of Team USA during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Phil Kessel was one of Ryan’s linemates during that tournament. Plus, Ryan played junior hockey in Owen Sound, so he is familiar with Ontario.
Burke is never shy to make a deal and cap space isn’t a major issue for the Leafs right now.
Sportsnet’s Doug MacLean said that it would take a steep offer for a team to add Ryan’s services.
“I think this guy has got superstar written all over him,” said MacLean. “Bobby Ryan’s are unbelievably hard to find … I would make a coaching change before trading Bobby Ryan … No matter what deal is made, Bobby Ryan will be the best player in the deal.”
MacLean suggested that it would take a deal like Luke Schenn, Nazem Kadri and a first-round pick for the Leafs to land Ryan.
For the long term, Holmgren likely needs to make a trade to bring in depth replacements. It’s tough to be successful on a nightly basis while asking two rookies to play nearly 30 minutes per game.
Other defensemen with experience in the system – such as Matt Walker and Oskars Bartulis – would first need to clear re-entry waivers, where they would be subject to a claim at half their salary-cap price. Bartulis, 24, almost surely would be claimed for $300,000 and the Flyers would be stuck with the other $300,000 as a salary-cap penalty without anything to show for it.
Doing the oilers/predators game @RealKyper told by an nhl exec that ducks r shopping bobby ryan. Wow. 2 wins in 18.
I don’t see a big market for Iginla if only because of his $7-million salary next season and most of the contenders are close to the salary cap or maxed out.
Iginla, who is 10 goals from scoring 500 in his career, also has a no-trade clause in his contract and won’t play on a bottom-feeder like the Islanders or another team that has lots of cap room.
Is it time to press the panic button at Honda Center? Is it time for General Manager Bob Murray to make a major move to shake up — if not break up — the skidding Ducks?