Category Archives: Trade Rumors
“Sell, Joe, sell.’’
To be fair to Nieuwendyk, he didn’t always have choices in past seasons. Brad Richards had a no-trade clause and was hurt. Nieuwendyk didn’t like the offers for Steve Ott and Mike Ribeiro at the time. He dealt Nicklas Grossmann to add a second- and third-round draft pick last year. Eventually, he moved Ott and Ribeiro and Grossmann and Mark Fistric, so he definitely got something in return. But could he have received more if he would have unloaded Mike Modano in 2009 or 2010? Could he have parlayed Richards into a big return had he started earlier and pushed harder for that move? Could he have gotten something for Sheldon Souray or added a bevy of picks by dealing Adam Burish or Tom Wandell or Vern Fiddler or Stephane Robidas?
Did he miss the boat on some potential deals?
It’s fair to ask those questions.
This time, it seems the decision has been made for Nieuwendyk. The Stars are 16-16-3, good for 35 points. They likely need to get 54 points just to be in the mix for eighth place in the West. If they went 9-3-1 in the final 13 games, they would get exactly 54 points. The problem is they don’t have that winning streak written anywhere on them. Even if the team is fully healthy and playing its best, there’s a real chance it can’t play at that level.
So armed with that information, Nieuwendyk must ponder trades for Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy and Eric Nystrom (who can each become an unrestricted free agent in the summer), and he might even have to listen to offers for Stephane Robidas. In fact, he needs to listen to every offer, because you don’t know what might be out there. Would Ottawa give up Plano native Stefan Noesen? Would Detroit part with Calle Jankrok or Riley Sheahan? Would Chicago let you have Brandon Pirri or Mark McNeill?
Included in that evaluation must be whether John Tortorella is still the right coach for this group or whether his message has gone stale. Brad Richards, a shell of his former All-Star self this season, must also occupy the organizational thoughts. The Rangers have one more amnesty buyout available, and Richards, 32, counts $6.667 million against the annual salary cap through 2020.
Interesting news Monday evening with a source confirming to ESPN.com that the Calgary Flames have given permission to the Toronto Maple Leafs to speak to Miikka Kiprusoff’s camp about a contract extension.
My TSN colleague Aaron Ward was first to report the news.
Kiprusoff has one more year on his deal next season, which pays only $1.5 million (although it counts $5.8 million against the salary cap), and the suspicion here is that the 36-year-old netminder would sign off on a trade to Toronto only if he can get another year out of it financially.
The trade market isn’t overflowing with top-flight talent that could be available but there are possibilities. Washington’s Mike Ribeiro, who knows the conference after several years with Dallas, tops the list if he doesn’t sign a contract extension.
Dallas center Derek Roy can also become an unrestricted free agent in July but the Stars might hold onto him, especially with three consecutive games against the Ducks beginning Monday night. Toronto seems playoff-bound and could keep Tyler Bozak.
Meanwhile the Leafs reportedly continue to look at bolstering their top four on the blue line. Names such as Keith Yandle, Dmitri Kulikov and Jay Bouwmeester have been linked to the Leafs in various web reports. Bouwmeester’s $6.6 million US ticket through 2014 seems a bit pricy.
CONFIRMED: #Flyers are having exploratory talks for Jagr, Clowe and Bouwmeester.
— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) April 1, 2013
A source told ESPN.com Monday that the Ottawa Senators have received “several calls” regarding goalie Ben Bishop the past day or so.
The Senators, I don’t think, feel pressed in moving Bishop before Wednesday’s deadline. They’re more than happy to wait until the summer to figure out their three-goalie situation with Bishop, Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner.
The St. Louis Blues haven’t been overjoyed with Swedish centre Patrik Berglund or winger David Perron this season, but they might not investigate trading either player until the summer.
They could move Alexander Steen or rookie Jaden Schwartz to centre for Berglund, who’s a restricted free agent July 1.
I thought Berglund might go for Calgary Flames defenceman Jay Bouwmeester, but if the Blues just got Jordan Leopold from the Buffalo Sabres for two draft picks (they plan on seeing how he’ll look with Kevin Shattenkirk, rather than Wade Redden), that likely means they’re out of the Bouwmeester sweepstakes.
The Senators have an eye toward Cowtown in search for help up front before the deadline.
League sources told the Sun the Senators have shown interest in Calgary Flames left winger Curtis Glencross because GM Bryan Murray would like to get more than a rental player if he does make a move at the deadline.
A source confirmed to the Daily Herald on Saturday that the Blackhawks and Islanders have been talking multiplayer trade with the centerpiece of the deal being New York center Frans Nielsen.
According to the source, the Hawks are seeking help on defense because they are nervous about going into the playoffs with Johnny Oduya as their fourth defenseman.