Category Archives: Trade Rumors
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.