Category Archives: Trade Rumors

Toronto Maple Leafs: Three things they can do to turn it around

Here’s a look at three ways they can break their slump and bolster their drive for a playoff berth:

Goaltending

Give James Reimer the task of leading the team over the remainder of the schedule.

Both Reimer and Ben Scrivens have improved this season. But the season is now at a desperate stage, and every team in the Eastern Conference seems to have elevated its game.

Time to trade?

Corey Perry’s name is the name that has surfaced on talk surrounding the Leafs with regards to trade or off-season moves.

But another name making the rounds around the Leafs is Mike Ribeiro, a top-six centre.

The Leafs are said to be interested in adding a centre and a top-four defenceman.

No more excuses

Toronto will be hard-pressed to hang onto a playoff berth if it allows defensive coverage lapses to continue.

They must prevent disasters like that four-goal second period Saturday night against Winnipeg. Good teams, playoff teams, manage those blips down to a goal or two at most. Toronto has to start looking like a playoff team defensively; it certainly has the offensive weapons to make a serious post-season bid.

http://www.thestar.com/sports/leafs/2013/03/17/toronto_maple_leafs_three_things_they_can_do_to_turn_it_around.html

Umberger, Brassard, Prospal and Aucoin may be available

There’s a better possibility they’ll be sellers, even with the club — as of today — in the hunt.

The players most talked about will be the following:

Shero has never been shy to pull the trigger on significant deals

Shero claims the Pens will make a deal only if the right offer comes along, but that hasn’t stopped the speculation that Calgary’s Jarome Iginla, even at this point in his career, would be a nice fit in Pittsburgh — especially if he landed on Sidney Crosby’s wing.

Keep in mind that Shero has never been shy to pull the trigger on significant deals before. Among the players the Penguins GM has swapped for over the years — Marian Hossa and James Neal.

The Pens have now won eight consecutive games, thanks to a 3-0 victory over the Rangers on Saturday afternoon. Whatever happens in the next 17 days, we do know this: They won’t be sellers.

http://www.torontosun.com/2013/03/16/clogged-standings-have-nhl-teams-wondering-if-theyre-buyers-or-sellers

Would Marty St. Louis ever leave the Lightning?

Would Marty St. Louis ever leave the Lightning? Would Steve Yzerman consider trading him?

Tho notion might not be as far-fetched as you think, and as the April 3 trade deadline gets closer — and if Tampa Bay completely loses its grasp on the playoff race — expect St. Louis and the general manager to at least have a conversation about it.

Leafs still in market for D upgrade and a big 2nd\3rd line centre

 

Bruce Garrioch – Rumor roundup

Doug Wilson has been busy working the phones. The San Jose Sharks GM isn’t pleased with the club’s inconsistency and he’s open to all options. The club’s UFA’s — LW Ryane Clowe, C Michael Handzus and D Douglas Murray — are available and sources say Wilson “is in full panic mode.” Murray is being “shopped hard” but one team backed off because of concerns about his conditioning. League executives believe Wilson is frustrated but he often stirs up discussions then doesn’t deal. The Habs, Bruins and Penguins have interest in Clowe … Three names to watch in Winnipeg because they’re on the trade radar: LW Evander Kane, D Ron Hainsey and C Alexander Burmistov.

Are the Canucks looking at Derek Roy?

Even though it involved two separate transactions, the Dallas Stars essentially swapped out Mike Ribiero for Derek Roy last summer, shipping Ribiero to the Washington Capitals and then bringing Roy in from the Buffalo Sabres to essentially fill his role as the team’s No. 2 centre. Ribiero has 29 points in 26 games for the Capitals and is seven points ahead of Alex Ovechkin at the top of the team’s scoring race, while Roy has 15 points in 21 games for the Stars. Both are unrestricted free agents this coming summer and the speculation is that Dallas, a team burned by Brad Richards’s departure two years ago, will likely move Roy at the deadline if negotiations on a contract extension reach an impasse. The theory that Roy will land with the Vancouver Canucks as a rental makes a lot of sense, considering Vancouver’s needs for help down the middle, in Ryan Kesler’s absence …

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/duhatschek-jarome-iginla-to-the-kings-not-so-fast/article9827643/?page=2

 

Makes all kinds of sense for Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray to go after Corey Perry during off-season

Surely, there was more to Bryan Murray’s master plan than meets the eye.

When the Senators GM convinced owner Eugene Melnyk to keep him around for a rebuild three winters ago, he had to have whispered something to go along with “we’ll just dump salaries, make good draft picks and ride our promising young players.”

He must have also mentioned the name Corey Perry.

Canucks trade search

Sources around the league tell ESPN.com that Canucks GM Mike Gillis has been very active making phone calls over the past 7-10 days, checking in with nearly every team in the league to see if there’s any fit for a trade.

Report: Ryan Miller’s ‘days are numbered’ in Buffalo

Through thick and thin, Ryan Miller has been the Buffalo Sabres’ go-to guy. There are some rumblings that might change, though.

During the first intermission of Tuesday’s Vancouver Canucks-Columbus Blue Jackets game, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos reported that Miller’s “days are numbered” in Buffalo.