The most likely Leafs to move: Defenceman Roman Polak, forwards Daniel Winnik, Shawn Matthias and P.A. Parenteau. It’s highly unlikely anyone would be interested in Nick Spaling, Brad Boyes or defenceman Martin Marincin.
Lamoriello has decided not to go to Nashville for the all-star game, choosing to remain in Toronto to plot his trade strategy.
I think Vancouver plans to be a player July 1 with up to $15 million coming off the books. Pending UFA winger Loui Eriksson, for one, would look great playing alongside the Sedin twins next season. But whether it’s him or other high-profile UFAs, I think Canucks GM Jim Benning will go fishing this summer while he continues to rebuild the foundation.
A Loui Eriksson reunion is just what the Stars need, but I doubt it’ll happen through a trade with Boston
Could Loui be in the mix to make return to Dallas to play alongside Spezza? We desperately need a true second line winger.
Heika: I would love Loui Eriksson to return. He is exactly what the Stars need. But I can’t imagine Boston trading him back after the Seguin deal. Maybe if he hits free agency.
“So if he goes to market, and he’s not on the market yet, look at Florida. Don’t forget Jim Benning, formerly of the Boston Bruins, who’s in Vancouver. He’d have some interest.
“Most believe that the Jets are focused on Dustin Byfuglien – but there’s still a chance they can sign both.”
On what sort of interest there would be in Dan Hamhuis, if he were shopped by the Vancouver Canucks:
“Well, I think people are going to want to make sure that he’s able to come back from this injury without any adverse effects. It was really traumatic. He chronicled the physical damage, and just basically how a lot of the facial bones were shattered, and still dealing with numbness and some issues there.
Prust is represented by Claude Lemieux's agency. Lemieux tells me he has talked to Jim Benning, but has not requested a trade. #Canucks
— Brad Ziemer (@BradZiemer) January 26, 2016
Reimer: "I've loved being a Leaf & I’d like to be a Leaf my whole career, but obviously this unrestricted thing is sometimes a weird thing"
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) January 25, 2016
I'd be shocked if Florida GM Dale Tallon isn't making biggest push for UFA Ladd. Needs power winger. Had him in Chicago.
— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) January 25, 2016
A quick list of the top names that could be available to rent:
• DEFENSEMEN: Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg; Keith Yandle, NY Rangers; Luke Schenn, LA; Brian Campbell, Florida; Christian Erhoff, LA; Alex Goligoski, Dallas; Dan Hamhuis, Vancouver; Nikita Nikitin, Edmonton; Braydon Coburn, Philadelphia; Kris Russel, Calgary.
• FORWARDS: C Andrew Ladd, Winnipeg; RW Kyke Okposo, NY Islanders; C David Backes, St. Louis; RW Shane Doan, Arizona; RW Radim Vrbata, Vancouver; C Paul Gaustad, Nashville.
On how Peter Chiarelli may be interested in Sami Vatanen, if available, but the price would be dear:
“Yeah, the price would be dear, but it’s not out of the question. Whether it’s Vatanen or Lindholm – both pretty good young defensemen with their whole career ahead of them – they’re RFA. To me, it’s almost as simple as the first of those two to sign, it’s like that maybe the next guy is the one to get dealt, potentially.
But, seeing as he’ll be one of the NHL’s premier free agents when the market opens July 1, that’s a double-edged sword. Especially since it’s never felt like he’s has any allegiance to Boston and won’t be inclined to give the B’s a hometown discount. Not only that, but his agent — J.P. Barry — has a history of getting maximum compensation, both in terms of money and years, for his clients in free agency.
Trade speculation has begun swirling around the Jets captain after a report surfaced Monday morning that the team had broken off contract talks. Ladd has been with the franchise since he was traded from the Chicago Blackhawks to the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010, one year before they relocated to Winnipeg.
Yzerman is finding the market for the young forward is tough. He tried to get a roster player from several of the 15 teams that were interested and when that didn’t work the belief is he’s now trying to get high end prospects in return for Drouin, the club’s top pick in the 2013 draft at No. 3 overall.