Category Archives: Trade Rumors

Many GMs feel trade deadline too inflationary

The NHL’s general managers convene in Toronto on Wednesday for a day of meetings. There will be discussion about goaltender’s equipment, shootouts and diving. But, there will also be trade talk. Vancouver, for example, is bringing its scouting staff to “The Centre of the Universe” in conjunction with this event.
Many GMs believe the trade deadline is inflationary and that it’s better to make your moves earlier. Several teams have tried, including the Canucks (looking for centres), Philadelphia (defencemen), Rangers (a defenceman and depth forwards) and Nashville (offence).
But it’s very hard to get things done.
Common complaints: “The prices are outrageous” or “teams we think are a match aren’t selling.”
Why? two factors:

NHL trade rumors: Flames like Matt Read, Senators looking for top-six forward

Elliotte Friedman brought up Philadelphia Flyers forward Matt Read in his 30 Thoughts column on Monday. With Read battling back from a rib injury, Friedman wrote about how teams respect the player’s toughness. Given that Philadelphia is looking for help on the back-end, Friedman stated without actually stating that any deal with the Calgary Flames for Jay Bouwmeester would likely include Read, via CBC.ca:

If Philly does any business with Calgary, know that Flames assistant GM John Weisbrod has chased Read for years.

Maple Leafs’ Mikhail Grabovski in coach Randy Carlyle’s doghouse

For Randy Carlyle, the problems facing Mikhail Grabovski can’t be measured in numbers.

The struggling Maple Leafs centre found himself on the third line on Monday at practice, and though that could change before the Leafs entertain the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday, it’s clear that Grabovski has some work to do to unleash himself from Carlyle’s doghouse.

And the quickest way for Grabovski to do that? Start putting forth a better effort.

Leafs interested in Ribero?

 

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.

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.