Elliotte Friedman was on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 on Monday morning.
As part of a larger conversation on Jonathan Drouin:
“A lot of the GMs are overseas for the world junior tournament. I’ve been texting a couple – ‘What do you think?’ They’re saying the price is going to be high. I think they expect that. He’s still only 20 years old. He’s still a third overall pick. I spoke to one team yesterday that admitted that year, they had him ranked ahead of Nathan MacKinnon.
Dreger: "Seems quiet where Travis Hamonic of the New York Islanders is concerned" on trade front. #Isles
— Chris Nichols (@NicholsOnHockey) December 30, 2015
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) December 30, 2015
Agent for Drouin asked Lightning for trade
A statement from Jonathan Drouin's agent Allan Walsh regarding his client's future in TB: pic.twitter.com/Vhwet1IpTW
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 3, 2016
If Boston is open to it and hasn’t re-signed Loui Eriksson, I think he would be a player that would be a good fit as a rental. (although making that deal after the Seguin trade might be tough to pull off). If San Jose or Vancouver is struggling, I’d inquire about Brent Burns or Alex Edler and put up some of the young guns as bait. That’s just barstool talk, but now I can say that I said it first if it ever happens.
“But one thing I kind of did realize was that if Colorado is going to trade somebody, the name that a lot of teams want to talk about is Tyson Barrie. Now I don’t think Colorado is there yet. But he’s a restricted free agent at the end of the season with arb rights, and some teams can see how this might end up being a problem for the Avalanche.
If it’s true and Matt Duchene is available, the Leafs should be all over the Avalanche in trying to make a deal. The Avs need defence badly. I’d move Dion Phaneuf and Kadri for Duchene in a heartbeat and even eat a little salary if need be. Would you do that? Would Joe Sakic?
Avs would want Zibanejad and Chabot for Duchene. Duchene would bring the tempo and speed. Fit with Bobby Ryan.
— Shawn Simpson (@TSNSimmer) November 13, 2015
I’d been hearing a few rumors recently involving the Avalanche, rumors of Sakic calling around the league to gauge interest in any possible trades to help his club, which entered Thursday’s road contest with the Boston Bruins at 5-9-1, just one point ahead of cellar-dwelling Edmonton in the Western Conference.
It is less likely SJ asked Marleau to waive NTC and more likely that Marleau asked SJ to explore trade possibilities to select teams.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) November 11, 2015
The question Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock must be asking himself: Why aren’t these guys getting my message?
The coach beats himself up after losses like Saturday’s 4-0 decision to Pittsburgh.
“I don’t care what you do for a living, if you have kids. Every day is not easy. You’re supposed to respond,” Babcock said. “To me, the greatest thing about sport, it mirrors life and the teams you want to watch and the teams that you’re proud of to be associated with, they just keep coming. No matter what happens, they’ve got people who step up and respond.
* Now’s the time for the Penguins to trade Sidney Crosby. The No-Longer-Kid is on the downside of his peak and won’t achieve his heroics of yesteryear. Still time for the Pens to cash in on a return. Who’d be realistic trade partners? How about the Canadiens, Maple Leafs or Kings?
This week, it’s Dennis Wideman and Kris Russell.
But when you’re a team that’s started the 2015-16 National Hockey League season as badly as the Calgary Flames have, trade rumours start to fly and speculation of shake-up moves begin.