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With the Florida Panthers in desperation mode look for them to make a significant trade. hockeytraderumors.com
— hockeytraderumors (@hockeytraderumo) January 27, 2013
The question was clearly asked to a member of the Maple Leafs front office and the answer was just as direct.
Why not make a restricted free agent offer on unsigned defenceman P.K. Subban? Why not take a run at the best player not playing for the Montreal Canadiens?
After Montreal GM Marc Bergevin sat down with agent Don Meehan for a meeting Friday, the future of Habs blueliner P.K. Subban is all the rage. The two sides have gotten nowhere and many wouldn’t be surprised if this ended in a trade demand from the Subban camp in the near future. As reported last week, Subban wants a five-year, $27.5-million deal at $5.5 million per season. Sources say Bergevin used Florida D Dmitry Kulikov (two years, $5 million) and New York D Michael Del Zotto (two years, $5.1 million) as comparisons. That won’t wash with Subban. If the Habs decide to deal Subban, Detroit, Philadelphia and the Rangers will make a push. But sources insist there is a surprise candidate that could have the assets to acquire Subban — the Winnipeg Jets. League sources say GM Kevin Cheveldayoff wants to make a splash to get an impact player. The problem for Bergevin is simple: As mad as the Habs’ camp is at Subban, he’s a thoroughbred and they don’t come along often … Lots of teams are waiting to see where the dominos fall with Vancouver G Roberto Luongo before making a move for a netminder. Canucks GM Mike Gillis has told several teams he’s not doing anything until he gets his asking price. Yes, the Edmonton Oilers have what it takes to acquire Luongo, but he wouldn’t approve a trade there. The Panthers don’t want to make a deal unless Gillis is willing to take cash back. The Canucks know the pressure is mounting in some markets to win and they’ll find a desperate GM trying to save his job, maybe even Washington or Philly.
Now, I am sure that I have missed players. You can add them in the other field.
It is rare to hear a team publicly admit it’s time to panic, acknowledging that their season is spiraling out of control.
Yet this is where the Panthers find themselves after a humiliating 7-1 home loss to the Flyers on Saturday night.
“You have to panic right now,” winger Tomas Fleischmann said quietly. “We have to bring everything we have. It’s a short season. We have to panic right now.”
The Panthers are most definitely sweating after losing their fourth consecutive game just five games into the season.
Sean Couturier would likely be the piece going back to Montreal for Subban. Btw 2 other teams have contacted MTL about Subban.
— Josh Rimer (@JoshRimerHockey) January 25, 2013
As the P.K. Subban saga drags on, you have to wonder if there is a team out there that would consider an offer sheet for the defenceman, who remains far apart on a deal with the Montreal Canadiens following a meeting that yielded no progress Friday.
At the top of anybody’s list would be the Philadelphia Flyers, a club that tendered an offer to Shea Weber which was matched by the Nashville Predators last summer, and who lost another defenceman Friday when it was announced oft-injured Andrej Meszaros will be out for a month with a shoulder injury. With Chris Pronger’s career all but officially over because of a concussion, the Flyers have a need for a top blueline presence.
Senior ESPN writer Craig Custance is reporting that several teams have inquired about Sopel who is playing the KHL.
Couple teams looking for D have inquired about Brent Sopel, playing in the KHL (10 pts in 45 games). Shot-blocker, won Cup w/Blackhawks.
— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) January 26, 2013
RDS.ca is reporting that two teams (The Senators and Hurricanes) have inquired about the services of Yannick Weber.
If the best offer the Vancouver Canucks get for goalie Roberto Luongo happens to come from a fellow Western Conference team, then that’s the offer general manager Mike Gillis says he’ll give the most consideration.
“I’m pretty pragmatic,” Gillis told TEAM 1040 radio today.
No rush for #sens to move Ben Bishop. He’s an asset and Ottawa will look to maximize any return. May wait for desperate team needing goalie
— Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) January 24, 2013
The conversation begins again. It has to. It has to because with any kind of goaltending the Maple Leafs don’t lose to the New York Islanders Thursday night.
The conversation begins again, because there were boos instead of Lous at the Air Canada Centre. And the more there are boos, ask Ron Wilson about that, the more calls there will be calls for Roberto Luongo in the Maple Leafs net, because over two nights, one a win, one a loss for Toronto, the number of weak goals given up is five.
Flyers to sign Knuble on Friday as an UFA. hockeytraderumors.com
— hockeytraderumors (@hockeytraderumo) January 25, 2013
Matt Frattin is getting a second chance to show he belongs with the Maple Leafs.
The 25-year-old winger will play Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre against the visiting New York Islanders after being called up from the Marlies to replace injured Joffrey Lupul.
Lupul is expected to be sidelined for at least six weeks after fracturing a forearm in Wednesday’s 5-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Sometimes life as a hockey player can be frustrating (well, life in general can, but stay with me here). Whether it’s your team losing, you personally struggling, or your coach not giving you the opportunity to succeed, you occasionally find yourself a little bit pissy after the final buzzer. Washington Capitals’ centre Mathieu Perreault is currently feeling a bit of option C there, given his scant usage since Adam Oates took over as head coach.
The Caps have struggled so far, and Oates hasn’t gone soft on those who he feels are responsible, including giving top-6 forward Marcus Johanssan a mere 50 seconds of ice in the third last night.
Russian Machine Never Breaks had the story on Perreault’s frustration last night. Here’s what Perreault had to say:
“Whomever the coach is, every year it is the same story, and the GM doesn’t seem willing to change anything,” Perreault told Godin as translated by friend-of-the-blog Lindsey Novak. “Trade me if I am not part of your plans.”
“It’s hard on my morale,” Perreault continued. “I try to stay positive, but I do not want to endure it for two more years.”
Perreault, who played for IFK Helsinki of the Finnish SM-liiga during the lockout, received more than 20 minutes of ice time per game overseas. ”I come back and it’s not like I’m even part of the team,” said Perreault. “I’m just asking for a little more ice time.”
Before sending Lehner back to Bingo, GM Bryan Murray studied the NHL’s trade market to see what other teams might be willing to offer up if he indeed decided he’d trade one of his goalies to start this shortened season.
Murray decided it’s best to sit, wait and see what transpires.
League sources say until Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis clarifies the Roberto Luongo situation — by either dealing him or taking him off the market for the year — it could be tough for those teams with depth in goal to move a netminder.