Category Archives: Trade Rumors
According to NHL rumor guru Eklund, the Philadelphia Flyers are heavily pursuing Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets. Byfuglien has battled some weight and focus issues, but seems to have put all that in the past this year. He’s been outstanding for the Jets from the blue line, and is among the NHL’s top offensive-defensemen.
Which is why it’s odd that the Flyers would be willing to trade some “untouchable” assets to land the defenseman-turned forward-turned defenseman.
After all, isn’t that what Mark Streit and Kimmo Timonen are in town to do? Move the puck and basically act as a fourth forward on the play? While neither of those guys are on the right side of 30, Streit is locked up for the next four years while Timonen’s contract is over with at the end of 2013-14.
Even if the Flyers are bringing in Byfuglien to be a “big and mean” presence on the blue line, he isn’t the kind of Shea Weber-like player the team has been pining for since Chris Pronger went down a few years ago. He is primarily an offensive-defenseman, and for a team that seems to have issues on their own zone from time to time, he might not be the best target at the moment.
Lots of teams are looking for goaltending either because of injuries or poor performance. The Hurricanes, Predators, Oilers, Panthers and Islanders could all use help which means Murray has to decide when to pull the trigger.
“His best bet is to wait for the deadline because you find out pretty quickly it’s hard to get value for a goalie,” said a league executive Saturday. “Historically it just always has been.”
Dreger "the market is open in Florida due to new ownership. I'd still link Florida to Detroit for Tootoo"
— Hope_Smoke (@Hope_Smoke) October 23, 2013
One of the players the Maple Leafs have been eying from afar over the past couple of seasons is defenceman Dmitri Kulikov of the Florida Panthers, and Kulikov might just be more available now than he was because of the wreckage of Florida’s early season play.
Brown had seven fights as an Oiler, if you’re keeping count, two with Jordin Tootoo, which brings up Tootoo.
There’s been some discussion that the Oilers should now take a run at Tootoo as a fourth-liner because he has some ability with the puck (he has 133 points and 49 career goals).
Kulikov to Leafs trade rumors eminated from Toronto Sun. So early for these rumors. Panthers are easy target bec of good young players.
— Harvey Fialkov (@hfialkov) October 22, 2013
At this time last week, no doubt everyone thought Edmonton was going to make a goalie move. The Oilers didn’t for two reasons. First, they just didn’t believe what they could get would really solve their problems long-term.
— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) October 22, 2013
If the Florida Panthers are moving veterans to cut payroll, and they consider Shawn Matthias a veteran of sorts, the Edmonton Oilers might be all over that. They’ve tried to get the six-foot-four, 220-pound centre before and were rebuffed.
Nonis said he hasn’t considered trading Jake Gardiner and doesn’t believe in trading young defencemen. “How many teams have made mistakes trading a young defencemen too soon?”
less than a month since Vincent Viola and Douglas Cifu took over the franchise — sources say the Panthers are prepared to move any of their veteran players.
And just so you know, there was talk Wednesday afternoon that the Sabres were working on a deal with Edmonton that would send Ryan Miller or Thomas Vanek and possibly both to the Oilers in a package that would bring Nail Yakupov and more to Buffalo. Whether it actually happens is another story. But as it stood Wednesday, the two sides had considered, or were considering, a major swap.
Vanek, a rugged 6-foot-2, 207-pounder who is one of Buffalo’s cornerstones, could bring the Sabres several prospects (Scott Laughton? Nick Cousins? Oliver Lauridsen?) and/or draft picks.
He would feel right at home with the Flyers because he was winger Michael Raffl’s linemate with Austria at the 2013 IIHF World Championships.