Category Archives: Trade Rumors

Leafs pushing for Nash?

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.

Sens face deadline dilemma

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.

Grabovski in a sticky situation

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.

Teams looking for some d

LeBrun: A Flyers source suggested Thursday night that if they can add another defenseman, they would. But no team needs a blueliner more than the Blackhawks, and it hasn’t been from a lack of trying on the part of GM Stan Bowman. He’s been working the phones for a few months but has yet to find the fit. A source told me that the Hawks had inquired about Grossman, but I’m not sure how serious they were about him.


The Montreal Canadiens acquired a familiar name in a trade that has defenceman Hal Gill going to the Nashville Predators on Friday.

As part of the deal, the club acquired forward Blake Geoffrion – son of former Canadien Danny Geoffrion, grandson of Habs great Bernie Geoffrion and great-grandson of Montreal legend Howie Morenz.

Devils eye deal for defenseman

With Larsson out and Henrik Tallinder (blood clot) not expected back anytime soon, the Devils are trying to add a defenseman before the Feb. 27 trade deadline.


The Tampa Bay Lightning may be ready to make a move before the NHL trade deadline.

The team sent out a tweet during Thursday’s morning skate, leading to speculation that a trade may be in the works involving defenceman Pavel Kubina.

Canucks to go after Nash?

The Canucks, for starters, have the hockey assets to make a trade work. First and foremost, they have the young, inexpensive goalie in Cory Schneider as the centrepiece of the deal. Beyond Schneider, they can go young – Cody Hodgson, Chris Tanev. They can go older – Mason Raymond. They can go cheap – Jan-nik Hansen. And they can go expensive – Alex Edler.

Throw in a full complement of draft picks and a couple of prospects and any would-be GM can put together a package which, on the most superficial level, makes sense.

Leafs should take run at Nash

This much is certain: If Brian Burke somehow wriggles Nash out of Columbus, don’t expect there to be the $5 million-plus a year in the pot that Mikhail Grabovski is looking for in a new contract.

Interestingly, those here in Edmonton that know Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson from his days in the Oilers organization claim he will demand smooth-skating defenceman Jake Gardiner as part of any package involving the Leafs. Whatever Howson lands for Nash, it likely will involve at least three or four high-end prospects, young players and/or picks.

Rangers considering trade for Nash

The Rangers have conquered distractions all season — including the late September/early October tour through Europe, the omnipresent cameras that recorded HBO’s “24/7” series and the Winter Classic in Philadelphia on Jan. 2 — to roll to a nine-point lead in the Eastern Conference, a 10-point lead in the Atlantic Division and first overall in the NHL with a .718 percentage. Now, however, the Rangers face potentially the most damaging distraction of them all: players dealing with being named in trade speculation in advance of the Feb. 27 deadline, and those specifically who might be involved in a possible mega-deal for Blue Jackets star wing Rick Nash.

Trade deadline: Nash

Rick Nash

Teams that I believe have either been contacted by Columbus regarding Rick Nash or have reached out to the Blue Jackets: the New York Rangers, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Vancouver Canucks and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Of that list, I think the Rangers, Flyers and Kings really stand out in terms of their interest and ability to provide the right assets. The Canucks and Leafs obviously have interest, but I’m not sure they’re willing to part with the kind of package of assets the Jackets are looking for.

Flyers in the market for defensemen

It was exactly the kind of game Chris Pronger would have loved. An intense battle against an elite opponent he’s played against for high stakes many, many times. Watching the Philadelphia Flyers go toe to toe with the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday night, it was impossible not to imagine what kind of impact Pronger would have had on the game. Would Todd Bertuzzi have been so comfortable in front of Sergei Bobrovsky? Would the Red Wings’ power play have been so effective?

No surrender as NHL trade deadline nears

What the heck, let’s blame Gary Bettman.

After all, the three-point system contributing most to the current trade-deadline inertia arrived under the NHL commissioner’s watch. As the Feb. 27 trade deadline approaches, there are still far too many teams that think they’re still in position to make a playoff run to create the annual player auction.

There are still few committed sellers two weeks before the trade deadline, which has the general managers trying to buy climbing the walls. Just imagine how Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman feels right now.

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