Category Archives: Trade Rumors
At least two NHL teams have called the Maple Leafs to inquire about defenceman Roman Polak and found the asking price way too high. With less than two months to the trade deadline, NHL voices say GM Lou Lamoriello has priced his players very high at this point in time. Expect that price to come down closer to the end of February. Polak is the perfect kind of playoff addition contending teams are looking for
Really, the guy to watch in the next two months in Tampa Bay Lightning centre Steven Stamkos. There has been no update in contract talks between the two sides and there’s been a news blackout on any discussions. The belief in many circles is if Stamkos hasn’t signed by now then he’s not going to but that doesn’t mean he’ll be traded.
Keep an eye on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Although shackled to some degree by the salary cap, Pens’ general manager Jim Rutherford is believed to be putting together his shopping list for the days leading up to the Feb. 29, trade deadline. If he can make it work, Rutherford would like to add a top-four defenceman and a depth forward.
Source tells me a deal involving Robby Fabbri for Jonathan Drouin is a serious possibility. https://t.co/VVxU6mNzDC
— AJ Jakubec (@AJonSports) January 8, 2016
An intriguing situation has developed in Tampa Bay, one that should interest the Detroit Red Wings.
Jonathan Drouin, a top-three draft pick, wants out, and it’s worth it for the Wings to see whether they could land him.
On potential interest of the New York Rangers in Jonathan Drouin:
“Yeah, I would say it’s significant. It’s significant. Now, whether or not there’s a deal to be made is another thing and I don’t believe that the Rangers have a full grasp on what the asking price is. But I was working on this yesterday as well and they do have some interest.
Do you think the Stars will make a play to get Dustin Byfuglien? What’ll it cost? Also, do the Stars start looking for a new goalie prospect since Jack Campbell isn’t doing too well?
Heika: I do think the Stars are in the market for a high-end defenseman, and they will be in talks with any that are available. Alex Goligoski, Jason Demers and Jordie Benn can all become UFAs in the summer, and Jim Nill is in the process of assessing those players. He also has two capable youngsters in Patrik Nemeth and Jamie Oleskiak, as well as three great prospects in the minors.
The Ducks’ acquisition of Dustin Tokarski gives them four goalies with NHL experience. That fact makes TSN senior hockey reporter Frank Seravalli wonder if Frederik Andersen could be on the move for the right price.
According to TSN’s Elliotte Friedman, the Caps at least have interest in a big name defenseman to take his place. In his 30 Thoughts column, Friedman writes, “With Brooks Orpik’s health situation uncertain, a couple of sources indicated to check Washington’s interest in Dustin Byfuglien. There’s logic to this, as their cap hits are within $300,000 of each other.”
BREAKING: HABS CH I can confirm from a strong source the Habs are aggressively pursuing Drouin.
— BrianWilde (@BWildeCTV) January 7, 2016
Another player trying to re-energize his career in the AHL is Sam Gagner, sent to Lehigh Valley. Not a surprise he cleared waivers, as no one wanted to take the full salary. Flyers GM Ron Hextall hinted there was a trade possibility. Gagner, who has not played an NHL game since Nov. 23, recognizes the need to get on the ice, no matter what the level. It might take time, but he’ll get a shot somewhere. Teams need scoring, and he can provide it.
Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning was on Vancouver’s TSN 1040 on Tuesday morning.
“I’ve talked to both general managers about both players. The prices for both players are really high. From our perspective, maybe we don’t have the prospect depth at certain positions that they’re looking to fill to make those types of trades.”
the Lightning’s first overall pick from the 1998 draft remains hopeful for a move out of Philadelphia before his career is over.
“I still believe in what I can do,” Vincent Lecavalier, 35, said over the phone Tuesday.