Category Archives: Trade Rumors
Tyler Ennis (BUF), Roman Polak (TOR), Jonathan Drouin (TB) and Justin Schultz (EDM), Loui Eriksson (BOS), Kevin Shattenkirk (STL), Radim Vrbata (VAN)
If Alain Vigneault’s season-long strategic use of Keith Yandle is any indication, and you would think it would be, the Rangers cannot seriously be invested in attempting to keep the puck-moving impending free agent off the market.
Among the pursuers for Jonathan Drouin, one source warned Monday Anaheim hasn’t got enough mention. It’s a logical bet, because no one needs offensive help more than the Ducks.
1. Montreal Canadiens: The Habs are 4-13-0 since Dec. 3, and their struggles can’t be blamed on the absence of goalie Carey Price.
2. Tampa Bay Lightning: Lightning winger Jonathan Drouin wants to be traded, and GM Steve Yzerman will be looking to give his team a boost.
3. St. Louis Blues: The loss of Jaden Schwartz to injury showed the Blues that they could use another scorer. They are among many teams interested in Drouin.
4. New York Rangers: The most logical player for the Rangers to trade is defenseman Keith Yandle and yet he seems like a player they shouldn’t move.
5. Anaheim Ducks: Haven’t we been waiting most of the season for the Ducks to make a major move?
1) Matt Keator, agent for Chris Higgins, says VAN has granted him permission to talk to other teams. "We will work together on this."
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 10, 2016
Chris Higgins will be placed on waivers tomorrow. If no team claims him by noon Wednesday, he will report to Utica.
— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) January 12, 2016
The uncertainty, Eric Staal admits, has weighed upon him more than he has let on at times. It isn’t just about playing out the final year of his contract without knowing what comes next. As a player, he can deal with that. As a husband and father and brother, it gets a little tougher.
Tampa Bay is seeking a right-shot defenseman. The presence of rising prospect Brandon Montour could make Sami Vatanen expendable, especially when left-shooting Shea Theodore has looked the part of an NHL regular while Cam Fowler recovers from a knee injury.
The Ducks want to re-sign Vatanen, their top offensive threat from the blue line. But a deal obviously hasn’t gotten done. Vatanen, 24, might reach 35-plus points for the second straight season and could at the very least triple the $1,275,000 he’s making this season.
— Shawn Simpson (@TSNSimmer) January 11, 2016
With cap hit of $2.5M this season and next, VAN knows it must retain salary to get deal done. A handful of teams contacted VAN yesterday.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 11, 2016
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