Category Archives: Trade Rumors

Red Wings plan to explore options as NHL trade deadline approaches

The Red Wings are in the market for a goal-scoring winger and/or an abrasive third- or fourth-line forward.

Money is not an issue. The Red Wings are $5.7 million under the salary cap. That gives them plenty of space to acquire anybody, since teams are responsible only for the remaining portion of a player’s contract.

It boils down to what the Red Wings are prepared to relinquish. It is doubtful they would move a core player, and it also is unlikely they would give up a top prospect for a rental (impending free agent). Detroit likely will be dangling draft picks, middling prospects and/or fringe players.

Are the Wild interested in making a deal?

The Wild is down to 11 forwards right now, and so far, no callup. I’ve been told Fletcher has been trying to make a trade before calling up a player. I just don’t know what he can do without delving into the prospect pool. And that, he has said he is unwilling to do unless it’s a deal that makes sense for the future.

On the actual roster, I think the only player that maybe can get you a top-6 forward is Josh Harding, and again, that’s a maybe. Tampa Bay may be looking for a goalie as long as it’s one for the future.

Some guys available? Maybe the Rangers’ Wojtek Wolski, who has been a healthy scratch lately, and Erik Christensen, who hasn’t played since Dec. 17 and then basically asked to be sent to the minors on a conditioning stint so he could play. Fletcher does have a history with him from Pittsburgh, but, man, that’d be just adding a body in my opinion.

Ryan to the Leafs?

I’m also told no deal for #Leafs today.. but that something could be in the works between them and the #Ducks involving Bobby Ryan!/AnthonySan37/statuses/159365854499315712

Don't trade young Leafs away

Toronto Maple Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke has a chance to see what his team is made of with the younger guys on his roster, but will he give them the chance?

I believe it’s more important to try to get into the playoffs and give our young players some experience and really see where our weaknesses are. Burke has got to resist the temptation to load up with “rental players” for a delusional playoff run and keep this group together.

Parros to Vancouver?

Doug MacLean on Fan590 said he’s heard some talk of George Parros possibly being moved to Vancouver.!/kuklaskorner/statuses/158961134429417472

Oilers trade deadline plan

Going into the NHL trade deadline, the Edmonton Oilers will have decide if they are buyers or sellers. The obvious marker for the team will be the position in the standings. If they are in reach they might add a piece or two to aid a playoff run. If they are too far back the for sale sign goes out.

Steve Tambellini will have to resist the urge to make large changes to the team and create more roster turnover than is needed. Moving too many veterans could send the wrong signals to potential free agents

Chevy keeping steady trigger finger No rush to make deal, but always on lookout

Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said Sunday he’s got a much better handle on his team than at the start of the NHL season, but he’s not done evaluating.

In other words, those impatient for changes to the Jets’ lineup will likely have to wait a while longer.

“We’re in the same situation as many teams,” Cheveldayoff said after 41 games have yielded a record of 20-16-5 for his team. “We’re always looking to see what’s available out there.

Is an Oilers-Blackhawks deal in the offing?

What are the chances the Edmonton Oilers could trade Sam Gagner and Nikolai Khabibulin to the Chicago Blackhawks because they need a second-line centre and a goalie? Maybe we could get Mark McNeill and Brandan Saad or Kyle Beach for second-line help.

Are the Oilers looking for a d-man?

Steve Tambellini is actively shopping for defencemen (join the club), and there is an outside chance they may just have to eventually shut Ryan Whitney down for the season. His foot woes have limited his play this year, and he is still out of the lineup. The Oilers have won eight of their last 29 games in what is quickly becoming another lost season. When you see the heart and sacrifice exhibited by Taylor Hall and several of the youngsters on the Oilers, it’s clear Ales Hemsky’s time there is coming to an end. Last week, the oft-injured second-line winger flamingo’d on a shot that got through for a goal and later gave up on a race to try erasing icing in the final minute of a win in Chicago. Not popular moves.

Trade rumblings: Leafs

Brian Burke has made big deals in January. For example, Dion Phaneuf was acquired on Jan. 31, 2010, and Joffrey Lupul and Jake Gardiner were acquired Feb. 9 last season, three weeks before the trade deadline.

Burke likes to get a jumpstart on the competition.

“I do try to get my lineup set well in advance of the deadline,” Burke told Friday. “I’ve never been a deadline guy. So January is when I try to make a splash.”

How’s it going on that front now?

Anaheim Ducks among NHL teams unloading talent

The NHL trade deadline isn’t until Feb. 27, but the Sharks played their role in kicking off the unofficial start to trade-speculation season this week.

On hand to watch his team lose 3-1 to San Jose in Anaheim on Wednesday, Ducks general manager Bob Murray – justifiably angry with what that day became a 10-22-6 record – told Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times that only two players on his team aren’t on the market.

No, not those two.

Canes vets uneasy with trade chatter

Bryan Allen at least has some control over his situation. He had to waive his no-trade clause to come to the Carolina Hurricanes at the trade deadline in 2011 and he’ll have to waive it again if the Hurricanes try to trade him at the trade deadline in 2012.

Still, Allen knows, with each passing loss, that it becomes more likely he’ll be asked.

Could the LEafs target Ryan Getzlaf?

But before, not after, the Ducks loss to San Jose on Wednesday night, a frustrated Murray appeared to make it clear in an interview with Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times that not only Ryan, but also Hart Trophy winner Corey Perry and centre Ryan Getzlaf are all now available to the highest bidder.

And it’s Getzlaf, you have to believe, that would be a target for Maple Leafs’ GM Brian Burke.