Category Archives: Trade Rumors
“Oh, I think they’re all in. They’ve pushed their chips on the table and they said, ‘Okay, we’re in.’
Here in mid-January, it’s clear three clubs — Toronto, Buffalo and Columbus — will be sellers at the trade deadline, and pretty evident Edmonton will be, too.
Of those clubs, Leaf winger Leo Komarov and his 16 goals may be the most appealing asset available. Komarov, 28, has two more years at an affordable $2.95 million cap hit, and has shown this season he can play in the top six on the Leafs, and definitely in the top nine of a better club.
Minnesota Wild defencemen Matt Dumba and Jonas Brodin are learning to live with their names on the trade block.
According to the Minnesota Star Tribune, the defencemen have both had their names bounced around in trade talks as the team has struggled through a scoring slump.
With Vancouver trending towards a youth movement, and various veteran players rumored to be available, another long-time Canucks’ future with the team is in limbo.
Cox discussed Eric Staal’s situation in Carolina, saying that he’s been in a kind of limbo waiting to see if his time with the Hurricanes is finally up. Staal is a UFA at the end of this season. His agent will reportedly have a meeting with Hurricanes brass some time next week.
The Canucks placed Chris Higgins on waivers last Tuesday. A day later, the former Yale forward cleared, with nobody interested in assuming the $2.5 million he’s due annually through 2017. Higgins is only 32 years old. The left wing scored 12 goals and 24 assists in 77 games for Vancouver last season. But Higgins is the odd man out as general manager Jim Benning tries to make his aging roster younger.
Winnipeg Jets: All eyes are on captain Andrew Ladd and blueliner Dustin Byfuglien. “I don’t believe they’ll both be there after the deadline,” a league executive said Friday. The talk is the Jets tabled a six-year, $6 million deal to Ladd before the season, and that somehow the deal will get done.
New York Islanders: The sense is there won’t be any deal involving defenceman Travis Hamonic, who asked for a trade a personal reasons, until the NHL entry draft in June. A league executive said: “Garth Snow isn’t going to make this deal unless he gets good value in return.”
The Canucks probably haven’t done enough this year to get the most out of Vrbata. And if he’s not going to play with the Sedins, I’m not sure there should be much debate about his future in Van.
However, I can see how the Canucks would have pause with the trade deadline approaching. Scoring goals is so difficult for this group, do they really want to trade their second-leading goal scorer?
Head coach Mike Babcock dropped some clues on Hockey Central at Noon Thursday, when he specifically named seven players who have impressed him through the first half of the season.
Not named by Babcock? Centre Tyler Bozak, who thriving this season in spite of Phil Kessel‘s absence, and sniper James van Riemsdyk, now sidelined for weeks with a broken foot.
“Van Riemsdyk, I think other teams would love to get their hands on him.,” Friedman said. “I’ve had a couple of teams tell me that they’ve asked and been told he’s not available. So the price is very high for him.”
Multiple sources have confirmed to Sportsnet that Edmonton general manager Peter Chiarelli offered centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to Nashville in a bid to land defenceman Seth Jones.
Chiarelli had no comment on this report, neither confirming nor issuing a denial when reached. And of course, Nashville general manager David Poile chose to deal Jones to Columbus for Ryan Johansen instead. What it tells us is that Chiarelli sees Nugent-Hopkins as the one player from the Oilers former core that can command the greatest return — yet at the same time is expendable.
Hockey commentator Craig Simpson says the Edmonton Oilers should be stepping up, even with key players out of the line-up. At the same time Simpson told Bob Stauffer of Oilers Now that it’s no time to make a trade, not until players like Connor McDavid and Oscar Klefbom return and the Oilers see how the team functions at that point.
Kypreos says that Kadri wouldn't be a good trade piece for Drouin because Yzerman would want someone younger.
— Platinum Seat Ghosts (@3rdPeriodSuits) January 14, 2016
Among the worst-kept secrets in the NHL is that the Lightning would like to trade Carle, a move that would clear $5.5 million off Tampa Bay’s salary cap. But Carle has two seasons on his contract beyond this season, a road block in trying to work out a deal with another team.