Category Archives: Trade Rumors
Holland is eyeing Nashville’s Ryan Suter if the Predators can’t sign him. Holland has said with respect to the prize free agents (Zach Parise is in the same boat), he would be willing to trade for their negotiating rights, usually a window of a few days around the draft and before July 1 when they hit the marketplace for one and all.
“I’ve never done it and it would depend on what the price is, but I’m not opposed to anything,” said Holland, who knows the Philadelphia Flyers have made a history of trading for negotiating rights of UFAs such as Scott Hartnell, Kimmo Timonen and the Predators’ Dan Hamhuis. They signed the first two, and couldn’t work out a deal for Hamhuis in 2010. They dealt his rights to the Pittsburgh Penguins six days later.
The salary cap is going up to $70.3 million from $64 million as of July 1, but only until a new collective bargaining agreement comes in, when the cap will likely drop substantially because the owners don’t want to give the players 57 per cent of the league revenue, more like a 50-50 split. The Red Wings, like most teams, are likely operating under the old model, so they won’t be spending fools. But they would love Suter; they’ve played against the Predators constantly in the playoffs. Parise, they envision, could play with Datsyuk.
For now, they have Niklas Kronwall, Ian White, Kyle Quincey, Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl as their top five on defence, with two huge holes. Holland knows he’ll have to get somebody to replace Stuart too, but he doesn’t have a lot to trade.
Earlier this week, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun linked the Flyers to Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar as one of the possible replacements for Chris Pronger, whose career may be over as a result of post-concussion syndrome.
Bill Meltzer of HockeyBuzz.com cited a source within the Flyers’ organization, who said the Flyers’ chances of trading for the 38-year-old Gonchar are “slim to none.” While I think the Flyers might be kicking the tires to see exactly where Ottawa stands with Gonchar, there’s also something a little more to the story than the possibility of adding an over-the-hill blueliner, who at one time was one of the best two-way defensemen in the NHL.
The Flyers could very well be searching for a defenseman with just one year remaining on his contract. In the case of Gonchar, he has a cap hit of $5.5 million and he’s an unrestricted free agent after 2012-13. Sure, the Flyers would love to get their hands on Ryan Suter if he hits the open market come July 1. But perhaps the Flyers can still upgrade defensively, though only in the short term for two reasons:
1. I don’t think the organization wants to completely close the door on a Pronger return. If he takes a year off and shows significant improvement between now and the summer of 2013, then it would make sense to make a trade for a veteran D-man, who would come off the cap after 2012-13. I believe Paul Holmgren when he says he looks at Pronger as “a cup half full.” The idea of him “officially” retiring makes no sense at all. Not only would he forfeit five years of salary ($19 million), but the Flyers would be on the hook for his $4.9 cap hit over the next five seasons as well.
While the Senators will likely try to deal blueliner Sergei Gonchar — who has one year left at $5.5 million — to make room for Erik Karlsson’s new deal, there could be a lot of attention paid to the club’s depth in net.
At least three teams — Columbus, Toronto and Tampa — are looking to shore up goaltending before the draft. There could be a fourth if the New Jersey Devils win the Stanley Cup and Martin Brodeur decides to retire on top.
Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson is gearing up for what’s expected to be serious and lengthy trade discussions with his counterparts about captain Rick Nash.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, Howson will be in New Jersey on Wednesday for meetings with other GMs, some of whom will want to resume or kick-start trade talks for Nash.
The Blue Jackets had shopped Nash during the season and tried moving him before the Feb. 27 trade deadline, but Howson wasn’t able to land what he had been looking for.
When the Maple Leafs embark on their annual quest for a better on-ice product, they’ll be attempting to solve an age-old problem with a man of a certain age.
Acquiring a proven veteran goaltender ranks among the club’s biggest off-season priorities. That means there will be internal debates about no end of possibilities, be it a trade for Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, or a free-agent signing of one of the handful of seasoned NHLers expected to be available this summer.
Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo hasn’t just agreed to waive his no-trade clause, he’s also asked to be traded, according to Sportsnet. Luongo reportedly asked to be moved during his exit meetings with the Canucks. Canucks general manager Mike Gillis wouldn’t confirm that Luongo has asked for a trade while talking on a Vancouver radio station, TEAM 1040.
The whole hockey world understands that he is the biggest name, and most talented player, available as the NHL trade deadline looms. The deadline is Monday at 3 p.m.
Nash was asked whether the specter of it had any impact on the team.
“We’ve got such a tight group of guys in here, a good bunch of guys, but everyone realizes there is a business side to this,” he said. “There have been so many rumors, so much speculation.”
Mason Raymond not only scored Sunday, he scored the best line when reminded that the NHL trade deadline was one day away.
“There’s a trade deadline tomorrow?,” chuckled the Vancouver Canucks winger.
Not only has the restricted free agent been the subject of scrutiny with his uneven game and his potential value in a trade for more grit, his name has repeatedly surfaced in rumours that he might be bound for Dallas in exchange for veteran winger Steve Ott. And when the Chicago Wolves recalled winger Darren Archibald and defenceman Taylor Ellington from the ECHL, there was a brief pre-game buzz Sunday that some sort of trade package was imminent.
The Kings are getting lots of interest in captain Dustin Brown. They may not move him in the end but are seeing what’s out there for him. Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia and the New York Rangers are among a long list of teams that have interest in the Team USA Olympian. One source told ESPN.com that the Kings would like to get defenseman Luke Schenn and highly touted forward prospect Matt Frattin from the Leafs in a Brown deal. My sense is that Toronto would find that price too rich, but GM Brian Burke — who had Brown on Team USA in 2010 — really loves Brown.
“I want to stay here,” he said repeatedly, after training on Thursday.
“I played several years here, I do not want to relocate and start over”, he added.
Kostitsyn could end up in the Nashville Predators in return for the rights of the Russian forward Alexander Radulov, VAT Sports reported on Wednesday. But it does not seem thrilled with the idea to join his brother Sergei in the capital of the country.
building a dynasty — like applying a brush to a ceiling — can be a messy business. And as the trade deadline approaches, Leonsis and general manager George McPhee have a tough decision to make: Do they continue down the same path, which right now has them on the verge of missing the playoffs, or do they try another color scheme and begin a radical reshuffling of the roster?
The San Jose Sharks are trying to take a bite of the Columbus Blue Jackets before the deadline.
Not only is Sharks GM Doug Wilson talking to Jackets counterpart Scott Howson about disgruntled RW Rick Nash, league sources told the QMI Agency Wednesday San Jose is also studying a deal for C Jeff Carter.
With less than a week remaining before Monday’s 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline and the Capitals losers of five of their last six, the question must be asked:
Should George McPhee be a buyer or seller?
Back in September you would have been laughed out of the Verizon Center with such a question, but let’s be real. The Caps don’t look like a team that’s one or two pieces away from competing for a Stanley Cup.