Category Archives: Trade Rumors
If Oilers win draft lottery again, they should trade chance at Auston Matthews for prize defenceman Ekman-Larsson
Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli will probably be on the horn to his Arizona counterpart, Don Maloney, five minutes after the televised lottery show, knowing that the Coyotes would be falling all over themselves to get the marketing jewel, Scottsdale-born Matthews, for a much-needed boost in ticket sales. Chiarelli could offer Maloney the No. 1 pick for his diamond, defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, and everybody will live happily ever after. Maloney might tell Chiarelli to drop dead, between guffaws, because Ekman-Larsson is a terrific player; as talented as Erik Karlsson but not quite as offensive. But it never hurts to ask.
With the Maple Leafs looking like sellers at the Feb. 29 trade deadline, here’s a look at five Toronto players who could draw interest:
There’s a growing desperation for scoring around the league. Montreal, Minnesota, Anaheim … the list of potential buyers goes on. And if their desperation enables him to get greater value than what Kessel is providing, he has to consider the option.
The Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs have reportedly been engaged in trade discussions again this season, and talks could pick up steam between now and the trade deadline.
Benning says he's taking daily calls on trade possibilities & acknowledges he's among the most active GMs in making calls. #CanucksOn1040
— Matthew Sekeres (@mattsekeres) January 18, 2016
Trade Talk: Habs moving for Drouin?
BREAKING NEWS Strong source confirms Habs making a huge push today putting a more significant package on table to acquire Drouin.
— BrianWilde (@BWildeCTV) January 18, 2016
“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.”