Category Archives: Trade Rumors

June 27, 2011 News and Rumors

Minnesota Wild turn attention to free agency market, which opens Friday

Blue Jackets turn their attention to defense

New York Rangers likely won’t find a taker on NHL trade market for defenseman Wade Redden: sources

Jets weighing their options

Panthers ready to trade and add free agents this week

While the Panthers’ front-office honchos flew home Sunday morning feeling content after adding 10 building blocks, there is still more work to do.

With just 10 signed players on the active roster and the free-agency period starting Friday, the Panthers, who have about $26 million to shop for nine players, are trying to make some early-week trades with cash-strapped teams looking to shed payroll.

Draft day News and Rumor update – Evening edition

Minnesota – San Jose trade

New York Rangers favorites to land Brad Richards, plan to go all-out to get All-Star center: sources

Oilers re-acquire Smyth from Kings: report

Winnipeg Jets name returns


Gaborik on the move?

New York Rangers winger Marian Gaborik — was attached to the Senators in trade talks.

Gaborik, 29, has scored 42 goals in an NHL season twice and has topped 30 goals six times, but his career with both the Rangers and Minnesota Wild has been plagued by injury problems and questions about his character. Considering he has three years and $22.5 million US remaining on his contract, it would be a big risk for any team to take a chance on him, even if the Rangers were willing to take salary back in exchange.

Panthers angling to move up to No. 1

Except for the ones who detoured through Las Vegas en route to the Twin Cities for Friday’s first day of entry draft, most teams are now settled in, in preparation for the action, so let the rumours begin.

The most intriguing scuttlebutt this morning focuses on the Florida Panthers and their desire to move up from No. 3 to the No. 1 spot in the draft, so they can select Red Deer’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. That would mean making a deal with the Edmonton Oilers, who have the top choice right now. Florida’s general manager Dale Tallon rebuilt the Chicago Blackhawks, largely around centre Jonathan Toews, so it’s understandable why a player of Nugent-Hopkins’s pedigree would appeal to him. If Tallon stays where he is, he’ll get a worthwhile consolation prize in Saint John centre Jonathan Huberdeau.

Burke open to dealing top three Leafs picks for one player

After being so far unable to move up in the NHL entry draft, Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke is trying a different tact.

He’s now put his top three picks on the table, saying he’s willing to trade those selections for a player or players that would help make the Leafs more competitive immediately.

Flames in hunt for Smyth?

When Ryan Smyth was a free-agent and taking bids for his services in the summer of 2007, the Calgary Flames were an ardent pursuant.

Flames captain Jarome Iginla even personally talked to Smyth to sell him on moving to Southern Alberta.

Then-GM Darryl Sutter also called Smyth directly, on top of dealing with his agent, Don Meehan.

But it was to no avail at the time. Smyth signed with the Colorado Avalanche, inking a five-year contract with a US$6.25-million cap hit.

Flames ask Regehr to waive no-trade clause

The Calgary Flames have asked defenceman Robyn Regehr to waive his no-trade clause to complete a deal with Buffalo, according to a source.

The veteran has spent his entire 11-year NHL career with the Flames.

NHL News and Rumors – June 23, 2011


Ryan Smyth not right fit for rebuilding club

Jagr movement could be coming very soon

Senators eye Super Six

From Minnesota: NHL draft scuttlebut

Jagr to Habs? Smyth back to Oilers? NHL rumour mill goes crazy

Ballard Headed for Waivers?

Huge Rumor update – June 22, 2011

Trade winds start for Jackets

Sens need second-line centre

Will Panthers trade up for Nugent-Hopkins?

Stars trying to deal Richards rights

Sens look to deal at draft, eye Oilers' No. 1 pick

The Senators are ready to deal at the draft.

GM Bryan Murray, assistant Tim Murray and director of player personnel Pierre Dorion are listening to all offers as they head to St. Paul, Minn., this week to prepare for the draft beginning Friday.

Speaking to reporters at Scotiabank Place on Monday, Tim Murray said the club will attempt to trade up from the sixth overall pick — and wouldn’t rule out trying to pry the No. 1 selection away from the Edmonton Oilers.

Monday Afternoon Update

Jagr reaches out to Penguins


For Flyers, deal with Bryzgalov seems near, but tricky

Wheeling, dealing a big part of draft week


With the NHL Draft and free agent season quickly approaching, the Toronto Maple Leafs plan on making some moves to improve the team sooner rather than later.

Appearing on the Bryan Hayes Show on TSN Radio on Monday, Leafs general manager Brian Burke made it clear that everything from current players to draft picks to cap space will be on the table if he can add to the roster for next season.

Could the Oilers move Souray to Nashville?

A fan on has actually come up with a fairly legit trade proposal for Sheldon Souray. How about Souray to the Minnesota Wild for fellow defenceman Cam Barker, and the Oilers throw in a draft pick to sweeten the deal?

Oilers likely to deal for another top-10 pick

This is Year 33 of the NHL draft for the Edmonton Oilers and only once have they had two picks in the top 10. That was in 1994, and it turned out to be a good news/bad news scenario.

They swung and missed big-time on Jason Bonsignore with the fourth-overall selection, but recovered after some draft-floor debate to take Ryan Smyth at No. 6. Bonsignore loved everything about NHL life except playing the games and only dressed for 21 in Edmonton before he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning along with Bryan Marchment for Roman Hamrlik; Smyth played 770 games for the Oilers before he was dealt to the New York Islanders in 2007.

Columbus hot on trail of Hemsky, sources tell Peter Adler

Ales Hemsky to Columbus? Sources in Prague say they heard that Scott Howson, the Blue Jackets GM, is keenly interested not only in Philadelphia’s Jeff Carter, but in the Oilers’ winger, also. No more
details, though.

Staples’ comment: Interesting tidbit from Peter Adler here. This rumour should come as no surprise (and Adler’s sources are excellent, I might add). Howson needs his team to win now, both to save his own job and to keep the NHL flicker alive in Columbus.

Oilers likely to offer up Stortini as trade bait at NHL entry draft

When Edmonton Oilers winger Zack Stortini was exiled to the Oklahoma City Barons late this past season with no recall from the American Hockey League affiliate club, it likely means he doesn’t figure into their plans as a fourth-line agitator.

It’s likely the Oilers will offer up the popular forward, who has had 80 regular-season fights as an Oiler, at the June 24-25 NHL entry draft, for a pick. I

Islanders willing to trade their 5th overall pick?

For the first time since the Collapse-and-Rebuild began in 2008, the Islanders are dangling their first round draft pick as trade bait. NHL sources have told Point Blank that general manager Garth Snow will listen to offers for the fifth overall pick in the 2011 draft.

If not Carter, who will Flyers deal to make space?

Sometime either before or during the first day of the NHL draft on June 24, the Flyers figure to be making some roster moves to secure the salary cap space needed to sign goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

There’s been speculation everywhere, most notably in the Columbus Dispatch, and locally among some blogs, about the Flyers’ dealing Jeff Carter for the Blue Jackets’ eighth overall pick in the first round and enigmatic forward Jakub Voracek.

Oilers taking calls from teams interested in No. 1 draft pick

The Edmonton Oilers general manager has had discussions with some of his counterparts around the league and remains willing to discuss a trade leading up to the June 24 draft in Minnesota. It’s the second straight year Edmonton has held the top pick.

“I’ve had a few calls (from) people kicking the tires of how they can help me make the Oilers a better team,” Tambellini said Wednesday after the NHL’s GMs meeting. “For me to move the No. 1 pick it would have to be obviously something exceptional. Because this is a huge building block again for us.