Category Archives: Trade Rumors
With the cap dropping nearly 10 per cent next season and the free agent crop thin in terms of high end talent, a substantial number of teams are looking at that route to either ease their cap burden or improve their roster.
Here’s a look at nine key players who could be dealt in the coming days:
According to Mike Carver of WFAN, the Islanders have initiated trade talks for Sabres netminder Ryan Miller. Last season, Ryan Miller posted a .915 Save Percentage, a 2.81 Goals Against Average while winning 17 games in 34 games played.
Personally, if I were Garth Snow, I would not make this deal. While Ryan Miller is a solid goaltender and an upgrade from current goaltender Nabokov (sorry Nabby, but I do like you better), I don’t think Miller is worth his cap hit of over six million dollars per season. There are plenty of other goaltenders in the NHL of Miller’s caliber that get paid much less (Halak, perhaps).
The two-headed look in Colorado – president Joe Sakic and VP/coach Patrick Roy — is trying to make changes after pushing GM Greg Sherman to the background. Sources say Roy has been aggressive in an attempt to have success behind the bench right away. There is talk the Avs have been trying to see if the Leafs have any interest in centre Paul Statsny. Toronto needs a No. 1 centre and Stastny has one year left at $6.6 million before becoming a UFA … Confirm or deny: The Florida Panthers tried to acquire Matt Duchene from the Avs and were quickly turned down? … Calgary GM Jay Feaster, who has marching orders to make the playoffs next season, has been busy working the phones. He’s not only trying to deal some of the club’s three first-round draft picks, he has also been shopping Mike Cammalleri.
On the trade front, there is a ton of activity leading up to Sunday’s Draft.
The teams and players in play is seemingly growing by the hour.
Names like Dion Phaneuf, David Perron, Dave Bolland, Ales Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff and Roberto Luongo are all notables, and all are available for the right price. Not to mention Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang, who could get moved if an agreement with the Penguins isn’t reached in the days ahead.
Re: the Letang situation in PIT: longer he goes unsigned – PIT has made a substantial offer – more reasonable it is to assume trade possible
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 27, 2013
The Senators aren’t alone in their pursuit, but they may be one of the few teams with the assets to make a deal happen. The talk is the Ducks would like to get a defencemen in return if they are going to move Ryan.
“He’s the guy everybody wants,” said a league executive Thursday.
Ryan Miller’s future remains up in the air. Will he be a Sabre next season or be dealt elsewhere?
He has one year left on his deal at $6.25 million, which suggests this is the summer when Buffalo has to fish or cut bait with him. If it’s going to deal him, it’ll get more now than at the trade deadline next season.
Heard from another team that the Blackhawks are shopping center Dave Bolland…
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) June 27, 2013
If Norris Trophy-nominated defenceman Kris Letang can’t come to a long-term deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins, his preferred landing spot would be with the Toronto Maple Leafs, according to Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Speaking to Jim Tatti and Mike Hogan on TSN Radio 1050’s Game Night on Wednesday, Rossi explained why such a scenario could take shape.
The Bruins will have to take measures to re-sign Horton and Rask. They might have to place Savard on long-term injured reserve, which would allow them to exceed the cap by his $4,007,143 annual hit. That might not be enough. The Bruins might have to trim salary.
Bottom-six forwards Rich Peverley ($3.25 million annual hit) and Chris Kelly ($3 million) could be moved to clear space. Peverley is the more likely trade candidate of the two. He had a disappointing season. The versatile forward had 6 goals and 12 assists during the regular season, then 2 goals and no assists in the playoffs.