Category Archives: Trade Rumors
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.
With the NHL trade deadline fast approaching, you have to figure some Maple Leafs are getting a little antsy — especially those whose names keep popping up as possible trade bait. You could count speedy centre Mikhail Grabovski among them.
What makes Grabovski’s situation a little more tenuous than, say, defenceman Luke Schenn’s, is that he can be an unrestricted free agent in the summer. Schenn, meanwhile, signed a new deal before the start of the season.
Toronto’s bevy of blue-liners continues to draw interest from around the league.
With Jake Gardiner unavailable, multiple teams would like to pry Luke Schenn loose, however the Leafs insist he won’t get moved unless faced with an offer they can’t refuse, and so far, that offer hasn’t been made. Carl Gunnarsson, Cody Franson and Keith Aulie are also generating interest.
Like the rest of his teammates, rookie defenceman Jake Gardiner has heard his name associated with potential trade talk, quite a compliment for a player who a year ago was playing NCAA hockey for the University of Wisconsin. Not that he wants to go anywhere, but you can be sure any rival general manager that Maple Leafs boss Brian Burke talks to as the trade deadline approaches has Gardiner on his wish list.
“Any time your name comes up in a rumour, you don’t like it,” Gardiner said Monday following practice at the MasterCard Centre. “Everything is a rumour. I don’t know what’s true and what’s not.”
If the Avs fall seven or eight points back by next weekend, it’s almost too late to get in the postseason and that would probably force general manager Greg Sherman to parcel out some players and start looking to next season.
Most likely, the names mentioned will be guys who can become unrestricted free agents this summer (David Jones, Shane O’Brien, Jay McClement, Daniel Winnik and Cody McLeod), or, a defenseman or two who might interest teams (Kyle Quincey, Ryan O’Byrne, Ryan Wilson).
Hearing Kings offer expanded to Jonathan Bernier Jack Johnson Andrei Loktionov plus for Rick Nash.
Tick, tock. The NHL trade deadline is a week away.
It’s one of the two times of year, as Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is fond of saying, when his fellow general managers make their biggest mistakes. (July 1, a.k.a. Free Agent Madness, is the other.)
Why does Burke say that? Because only one team wins the Stanley Cup. But ever year about 20 of them think that if they make one or two moves — add some grit, add a goalie, some size, a puck-moving D-man — they’ll be in good shape.
The temptation to mortgage the future — or to save your job — for a shot at the Stanley Cup is huge. So throw in a prospect, throw in a draft pick. Go ahead, overpay.
Some will make trades for the playoffs. Some will make trades for the future. Some will make trades they regret.
Say this about Columbus Blue Jackets general manager, Scott Howson: He’s handling the Rick Nash game like a professional poker player.
Howson may not move his prized forward by next Monday’s trade deadline or even during the summer, but with all the attention on him, the GM has certainly lined up the suitors in ample time to create a big-stakes bidding war.
Much like Brad Richards was in last summer’s free-agency period, Nash is the runaway darling of the trade deadline market, obviously, and rival GMs are getting in line to woo Howson with the multi-player packages it’s going to take.
The Sharks lost again Sunday, lost for the sixth time in their past eight games. But do not come to the wrong conclusion.
The Sharks are not in trouble. The Sharks are in need.
They need an oomph injection.
What price for Rick Nash?
Whatever it is, it should be too much for the Flyers.
Do they need a Rick Nash?
Do they need another scoring winger? Is Nash going to fix the problems on defense? Or in net? Or on the penalty kill? No. And those are the issues that Flyers were dealing with this past week.
Sportsnet can confirm that Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke met with Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson this morning at a New York City hotel.
Burke was in New York for an HBO taping when he ran into Howson and the two managers decided to talk over breakfast.
As reported earlier, Damien Cox confirmed the Leafs were on a short list provided by Rick Nash to the Blue Jackets of teams that he would consider waiving his no-trade clause for.
All eyes are on Bryan Murray.
With just over a week to the Feb. 27 trade deadline, many are wondering if the Senators GM is going to pull the trigger or stand pat to see if this group can make the playoffs.
While Murray told the Sun last week he’d like to add a piece to help the Senators get to the post-season, he won’t so do at any cost. As we head into the final week of bidding, prices remain unreasonable.
In the minds of Maple Leafs management, this is not a question of moving a player whose contract expires at the end of the season just to get some sort of return for the future.
The goal remains to make playoffs this season. Dealing away the team’s third leading scorer in Grabovski just to get help for down the road doesn’t do anything to bring them closer to achieving that goal.