According to a source close to the situation, Ryan Callahan, the U.S.A Olympian and the captain of the Rangers could be calling a new city home for the remainder of the season. The reason? The team doesn’t feel he will be worth the salary — currently making $4.825-million with a cap hit of $4.275-million — he will likely demand as an unrestricted free agent over the summer, and Sather is hopeful that he will be able to get a decent return if he can trade him before the March 5 trade deadline.
With a number of players set to become free agents this summer, the Flames have plenty of attractive pieces available for rent.
Forwards Michael Cammalleri, Lee Stempniak and Matt Stajan, and defenseman Kris Russell are among Calgary’s pending unrestricted free agents, all of whom could moved by the deadline.
Goaltenders Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott have a combined .833 save percentage in those games, with Halak pulled twice and Elliott once. Halak has been pulled four times this season, overall. The Blues have a great team, but they need a true starting goalie. They won’t give up their best prospect, forward Dmitrij Jaskin, but I can see them moving former Oiler Magnus Paajarvi and their first-rounder, plus Halak would be in play.
In a wide-ranging interview with the 58-year-old acting GM, Burke told the Calgary Sun nobody has pitched him on peddling his first-round draft pick, which will undoubtedly be a top-five lottery selection this summer.
More importantly, he says he sees no scenario in which he will offer it up.
“No — it’s not in play,” said Burke, who has spoken sparingly as promised.
“We’ve had no inquiries — people wait to see the draft sequence.”
The second crossroads will come with the NHL trade deadline on March 5. Only four regular-season games will have been played after the Olympic break, so the Blue Jackets will need to have determined whether Gaborik’s style of play meshes with the rest of the roster.
The Blue Jackets and Gaborik have had no contract talks to date, and there have been no indications they are interested in signing him to an extension.
General manager Jarmo Kekalainen would not comment, but it’s possible Gaborik, if healthy, could be traded at a second straight deadline.
So where do things stand between Nazem Kadri and the Maple Leafs?
Here’s the best way to put it: The Leafs haven’t put a ‘For Sale’ sign on Kadri yet, but they are entertaining offers for the young centreman and not discouraging anyone from making them.
And the surprise to date: The large number of teams kicking tires on Kadri and appear to have some interest.
Would Sather deal Hagelin, 25 and with one more season on his contract at a $2.25 million cap hit leading into restricted free agency, for, say, Jets captain Andrew Ladd, 28 and with two more years on his deal at $4.4M cap hit leading into unrestricted free agency (and, it must be noted, a modified no-trade clause)?
Mike Cammalleri might want to hold off on purchasing any real estate in Calgary. He is most likely on the move.
With the NHL trade deadline set for March 5, many league executives view the 31-year-old Cammalleri as one of the most attractive options available for teams that want a forward who can make an impact.
Somewhat curiously, the name of Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri made its way into the rumor mill earlier this season when it was suggested the Leafs would be willing to trade him.
That portion of the mill isn’t going to stop spinning after Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis made an appearance on TSN Radion in Toronto on Thursday. He talked about the potential of trades with a couple of the names that have been mentioned with Kadri of course being one of them.
Bob McKenzie: Two names that you might hear out there are a couple of veterans from the Dallas Stars and maybe those players are actually hoping to hear their names in trade rumours: We’re talking about veteran forward Ray Whitney and defenceman Sergei Gonchar.
With seven weeks to go before the March 5 NHL trade deadline, USA TODAY Sports columnist Kevin Allen looks at seven teams that might feed the marketplace:
In the summer of 2016, unless he extends his contract between now and then, Stamkos will be an unrestricted free agent. There are those who believe that playing for the Leafs would be a dream for Stamkos, although you often hear that about this player or that player.
Still, the attraction of going home helped the Leafs sign David Clarkson, whether you like that one or not.
Mike, the trade deadline is soon approaching. It looks like the Stars will probably be sellers. Who goes and what can we get in return?
It’s tough, but I like to look at last season. They moved Morrow and Jagr and Roy and ended up getting some nice prospects in Joe Morrow, Cody Payne, Kevin Connauton and Cameron Gaunce. I think Vern Fiddler would definitely be dangled, and I think they would ask if Whitney or Cole want to be traded (they have no-trade clauses). They might even look into Daley or Goligoski if there is a market out there. We’ll have to wait and see.
The Buffalo Sabres are in danger of losing not one (Thomas Vanek) but two of the co-captains with whom they began the 2013-14 season. Brad May, however, believes, Steve Ott, a pending UFA, will remain in Buffalo past the deadline due to his relationship with new coach Ted Nolan. Mark Spector thinks Ott will be shopped to a contender for a prospect or pick; he sees the Vancouver Canucks as the best fit here: http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/hc-trade-tracker-steve-ott/
The Vancouver Canucks got defenseman Alexander Edler back Monday night, and winger Alex Burrows and netminder Roberto Luongo are close to returning as well. It’s beginning to come together for them roster-wise.
But will they add to it?
Over the course of the next month or so many hockey players are likely to change teams. Some of the players include Hemsky, Miller, Mike Cammalleri amongst others. One of the interesting things about player trades besides the fact that there are some teams gearing up for the cup and others selling players to make their team better is the notion of how trades may effect sports betting, hockey in particular.
Edmonton Oilers’ winger Ales Hemsky has sat in a barber’s chair recently and his hair is so short you’d swear he was going for a job interview. Which, in a way, he is, although how his hands look might well be more important than how his hair looks to any rival general managers if they have a hankering to trade for the unrestricted free-agent.
As much as the Oilers have noticed the buy-in from Hemsky, who has had no gripes about being a third-liner this season, often playing with centre Boyd Gordon, with some second unit powerplay gravy, anybody watching Hemsky roar around the best defenceman in the NHL, Duncan Keith, Sunday night in Chicago, had to be impressed. Great rush, and a nifty tuck under the pads of Hawks’ rookie goalie Antti Raanta, who was flummoxed on the play.