Category Archives: Trade Rumors

Caps working the phones

RUMOURS DU JOUR

Trying to stave off unemployment, Washington Capitals GM George McPhee is working the phones. Three names to watch are wingers Troy Brouwer ($2.35 million cap hit through 2015-16), Joel Ward ($3 million, 2014-15) and Jason Chimera ($1.75 million, 2013-14). All are available because the Caps want to clear cash. McPhee would like to free up money and then reap the rewards of futility with a high draft pick …

Smaller midseason deals matter in NHL

The first conversation with his former assistant general manager regarding a trade happened about six weeks before the trade deadline. Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman chatted with Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff, who made it clear that if the playoffs didn’t look like a realistic option, then his potential unrestricted free agents would be available at the trade deadline.

The two stayed in touch and the phone conversations became more frequent as the deadline neared. Bowman estimates that on Feb. 27 of last year, the day of the trade deadline, he spoke with the Jets at least 10 times. He had homed in on one player he just had to have at the trade deadline: defenseman Johnny Oduya.

Liles in limbo with Maple Leafs?

While it may be a stretch to say defenceman John-Michael Liles is on borrowed time with the Maple Leafs, it’s not out of the realm of possibility.

We’re not suggesting Liles, who has an annual salary cap hit of $3.875-million US through the 2015-16 season, has played his last game as a Leaf. But he has been a healthy scratch for three consecutive games and could be out again on Saturday night in Ottawa against the Senators.

Nonis: Teams have inquired about Connolly

Tim Connolly’s return to the NHL may come sooner rather than later, but whether or not it will be with the Toronto Maple Leafs is in question as general manager Dave Nonis told Sportsnet 590 The Fan that a number of teams have called to inquire about the 31-year-old centre.

“Is there a chance (Connolly) will be back (in the NHL)? No question,” Nonis told Brady and Lang in the morning. “We’ve had teams call on him. I would expect at some point whether it’s with us or someone else that he’ll be back in the NHL before the season’s over.”

Sharks mailbag: Shopping for a forward?

“Depending on who you talk to, there are teams that say some big names are potentially in play,” Dreger said of the Sharks. “Certainly the Sharks are willing to consider just about anything. San Jose is willing to part with a defenseman – Dan Boyle’s name, believe it or not, has been thrown out there – but they would need to get a forward in return and preferably someone who could fit in their top nine.”

Dreger went on to say that even captain Joe Thornton’s name was mentioned as a trade chip, although he thought that didn’t make much sense (and neither do I). As long as the Sharks are in a playoff position and the bottom doesn’t drop out on the season, the Sharks will almost certainly keep their core players together. Not to mention Thornton, Boyle, Patrick Marleau, Marty Havlat, Michal Handzus, Brent Burns and Brad Stuart all have some form of no-movement clause, either full or limited.

Rangers and Avs talking trade for OReilly

As mentioned on Hotstove Tonight, Colorado began the process of approaching teams it considers possible trade partners. One was definitely the New York Rangers. I had originally thought the deal involved Michael del Zotto and Derek Stepan for O’Reilly and another defenceman. However, it was strongly denied that Stepan was ever discussed, so I think I was wrong. The Denver Post’s Adrian Dater has reported the Avalanche are not as interested in getting a centre back.

INSIDER TRADING: COULD THE SENATORS MOVE ALFREDSSON?

If the Ottawa Senators slide in the absence of both Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson, what should they do in regards to the future of captain Daniel Alfredsson?

LeBrun: It’s going to be really sensitive for sure. There has been no player as popular in the history of the Senators. Senators GM Bryan Murray can’t control other teams calling him and that’s going to happen if the Senators fall off because of those injuries.

Nonis still looking for a veteran goalie

Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis joined The TSN Drive with Dave Naylor on TSN Radio 1050 Toronto on Monday and discussed his club’s desire to acquire a veteran goaltender.

“Both our (current) goalies are aware of it, it’s not that we don’t think that we have NHL-calibre goaltenders, or goalies with the ability to become very good starting goaltenders,” Nonis explained. “But if we could add someone to help them along, a veteran that would help them grow, then we would do it.”

The Leafs, Bruins, Rangers and Penguins have all had talks about O’Reilly

The 22-year-old O’Reilly, the last restricted free agent who remains unsigned, is demanding more than $3.5 million than Matt Duchene is making with the Avs. It should be noted O’Reilly made $900,000 last year on an entry-level deal.

O’Reilly 18 goals and 37 assists for 55 points in 81 games last season. With centre Jason Spezza gone until at least the start of the playoffs after back surgery, the Sens could use that point production.

But if the Senators are going to make a deal for O’Reilly, Murray would be required to give up more than he’s prepared to give. The Avs are looking for a roster player who can help right now, a prospect and a draft pick.

Expect O’Reilly to land somewhere as the Avs try to clear up this sour relationship. The Leafs, Bruins, Rangers and Penguins have all held talks with Sherman, who would like to send him to an eastern conference team.

Rangers and Leafs want O’Reilly?