Category Archives: Trade Rumors
Versteeg’s journey with the Leafs ended in Boston, where Toronto’s troubles with first-round picks began 17 months ago with the Kessel trade. Flush with success in pre-season games, with a parent company pining for playoff revenue and anxious to make a splash in his first full season, Burke sent two first-rounders and a second to the Bruins.
Though he bravely asserts he’d make the same deal today, Kessel has not lived up to billing, at least without a No. 1 centre.
He carries a 14-game goal-less streak into Boston where he’s called the gift that keeps on giving, especially if Boston gets another top-five selection.
Rangers win won’t end push for trade
Blues are in tough spot, GM says
With two weeks until the trade deadline, teams in the tight Western Conference are looking for any edge to get ahead.
There are obvious sellers in the East — Ottawa, Toronto, New York Islanders, New Jersey and maybe Florida — that would rather not deal with a conference rival. The West, meanwhile, is so tight that only Edmonton is out of it.
Acting GM faces difficult decisions with squad stuck on playoff bubble
Considering their situation — a veteran-filled roster and lack of slam-dunk, high-end prospects — the Flames may be looking to add at the deadline but can’t afford to deal away high draft choices or top up-and-comers.
Selling would also require a tight-rope walk, because it could mean the difference between making the playoffs or watching from the sidelines despite a terrific run — 14-3-5 heading into Saturday night’s clash in Vancouver.
Market thin for teams wanting to add
Let the shopping begin.
With the NHL trade deadline set for Feb. 28 at 3 p.m., many of the league’s 30 GMs are still trying to figure out whether they’re going to be buyers or sellers.
At last year’s deadline, there were 31 deals involving 55 players.
The rebuilding of the Senators is already in full swing with Mike Fisher being dealt to the Predators on Thursday.
That was just the beginning.
The NHL trade deadline is Feb. 28 and Senators GM Bryan Murray got a jump start on things by trading away the team’s most popular player for a first-round pick in June and a conditional pick in 2012 (a pick that dissolves to nothing if Nashville doesn’t win one round in the playoffs).
If Murray was capable of dealing the Senators’ heartthrob and all-around good guy, then there can’t be a single player who isn’t feeling at least at little bit uneasy.
Out with the old and in with the new.
Trade talk: Kings interested in Hemsky?
Stars and the trade deadline
The Rangers; they’ve got to get that 24th-ranked power play going if they’re going to hang on to their playoff spot. I can’t tell you how good Toronto’s Tomas Kaberle or Florida’s Bryan McCabe would look on that power play. Problem is, as Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told me this week, at least 14 teams are looking for defensemen.
Carolina winger Erik Cole has heard the rumors that he could be reunited with Peter Laviolette – his coach when the Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup in 2006 – in a trade with the Flyers.
Cole, 32, is taking it in stride, though he said he enjoyed playing for Laviolette.
The Leafs’ dressing room was still buzzing Thursday after the trade of Francois Beauchemin a day earlier, and if GM Brian Burke has his way, the defenseman won’t be the only player to make an exit.
Veteran puck-moving blueliner Tomas Kaberle is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1 and he’s used to hearing his name out there at this time of year.
Brian Burke said on the conference call announcing the Francois Beauchemin to Anaheim deal — the Leafs get back oft-traded, oft-injured Joffrey Lupul, college defenseman Jake Gardiner and a conditional 2013 pick — that his team had nothing brewing imminently, but was not done dealing.
Dustin Penner and Ales Hemsky know better than to send out their dry cleaning.
And as the trade deadline draws even closer, they’ll know better than to buy green bananas.
As they near the end of their contracts, both can’t help wondering if they’re nearing the end of their time in Edmonton.
Hemsky admitted Wednesday that for the first time since he became an Oiler in 2002, he thinks he might be on the block.
There are many intriguing scenarios being discussed, even though the true list of available players is far from complete.
For a number of NHL teams, it’s still too early to declare their intentions, while for others – such as Pittsburgh and Boston (two contending clubs) – injury has heightened their sense of urgency.
1) With no time frame set for the return of Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and a knee injury that will likely see Evgeni Malkin miss the rest of the season, Pittsburgh general manager Ray Shero needs a Top 6 forward – preferably a centre.
His No. 1 center shattered, it’s now up to Peter Chiarelli again to pick up the pieces. How to mend a broken lineup? That’s Chiarelli’s charge, only this time, with a re-concussed Marc Savard done for the season, the Bruins general manager theoretically has the ability to engineer a roster makeover before the NHL trading deadline Feb. 28.
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli expects to be very busy between now and the Feb. 28 trade deadline, trying to figure out his best option for filling the void left by the loss of center Marc Savard.
“We built a team that is strong down the middle with our centermen, and obviously there will be a gap now,” said Chiarelli, who will be able to use a prorated portion of Savard’s $4.007 million salary on a deal. “So we’re going to have to look to fill that gap now. We’re going to have to be a little more diligent seeing what’s out there.
The Penguins aren’t quite ready to acknowledge that Evgeni Malkin won’t play again this season, although that is nothing more than a formality at this point.
Putting him on the Long Term Injured List will free up $8 million or so in salary-cap space (the precise figure changes day to day, but it is Malkin’s $8.7 million cap hit, minus the amount separating the Penguins from the cap ceiling of $59.4 million).
Habs lining up to acquire help Of the 16 teams holding playoff seeds as of yesterday morning, only the Wild (135) had scored fewer goals than the Canadiens (136). Look for the Habs to try to fortify their forward lines leading up to the trade deadline. A prime target would be pending unrestricted free agent Brad Richards in Dallas, but the Stars remain for sale, and a strong playoff run with Richards aboard is likely worth more to an owner (Tom Hicks) who these days covets a sales receipt over a Stanley Cup.
His detractors might say somebody should have woken up Alex Kovalev with a shot in the head a long time ago.
Or what the Senators winger is doing now is auditioning for a job as Sidney Crosby’s linemate before the trade deadline.
But maybe, just maybe, all the aging Russian needed was a few days under the hot sun to recharge his battery.
Having three goalies hurts the Leafs
The Kaberle Trade Watch is back on
Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley is actively looking to make a trade to shake up a struggling team on the verge of falling out of the playoff race.
Dudley told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday that there is a heightened sense of urgency following a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Tuesday.