Lots of big names on the trade block

Leafs open to making a blockbuster trade

TSN Hockey analyst Bob McKenzie said on TSN Drive with Dave Naylor that he believes Nonis will trade forward Nazem Kadri or defenceman Jake Gardiner if Nonis acknowledges that head coach Randy Carlyle will not use those players.  However, McKenzie notes that before the trading either Kadri or Gardiner the Leafs would have to be sure they are staying with Carlyle as coach long-term. McKenzie adds Nonis currently has no appetite for a coaching change but could make one if the Leafs continue to struggle.

Should the Leafs fire Randy Carlyle?

Randy Carlyle
Should the Leafs fire Randy Carlyle

NHL trade deadline: 6 scorers who should be on Devils’ radar

Here are 6 players who can become unrestricted free agents next summer that should be on the Devils’ radar in March:

A Perfect Fit?

David Staples of the Edmonton Journal believes Andrew Ladd of the Winnipeg Jets is exactly what the Oilers need. Staples considers the idea of the Oilers trading Gagner for Ladd, Blake Wheeler or Dustin Byfuglien. With Mark Scheifele and Brian Little solidified at centre on the top two lines, Gagner could have to play on the wing in Winnipeg.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=440836

Could the Oilers move Gagne, Eberle and Yakupov?

The Edmonton Oilers are likely moving Sam Gagner — to the wing on Friday and, if the buzz is true, out of Edmonton before the trade deadline.

It is only a matter of time before we start seeing casualties of a rebuild gone horribly wrong, and speculation is that it will begin with him.

But it probably won’t end there.

What would it take to get Moulson from the Sabres?

What would it take to get Moulson from the Sabres?

Considering that he is a pending unrestricted free agent and will thus be a rental, I’d say a second-round pick. Maybe a pair of picks, a second and a third. Sabres have stockpiled a pretty impressive crop of prospects. Murray is in a good position to add some more if that’s the route he wants to take. In his introductory press conference, he said he’d like to build through the draft, so that only reinforces the emphasis on accruing youth and talent

http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/chat/_/id/49779

Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish gets into shouting match with fan, insists success is coming

He has to resist the temptation to make a deal, any deal, simply for the sake of doing a deal and trading future for the present to appease the fan base.

That does not mean he’s going to do nothing.

“The next deal is going to be an important deal for us,” said the rookie GM who returned from the World Junior to watch a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning and a 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Time for Capitals to make a deal?

The Capitals have lost seven of their last nine games and could be out of a playoff spot by the time they play again Thursday night in TampaBay.

They have two players – goaltender Michael Neuvirth and forward Marty Erat – who want a change of scenery, and three goalies trying to share one net.

With all that in mind, is now the time for the Caps to make a deal?

Possible replacements for Seidenberg

Here are a few names to keep in mind when the Bruins get serious about a veteran defenseman on the trade market:

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Which player do you think the Bruins should go after?

Enough of Buff and his gaffes and giveaways

It is time for some addition by subtraction: The Winnipeg Jets need to move Dustin Byfuglien and get the most they can for him.

Less Buff will be best for the Jets now and going forward.

Whether it’s at the trade deadline or this summer when the salary cap rises and loosens up the market, Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has to do what he can to get a return for Byfuglien.

In the interim, coach Claude Noel should limit his minutes. The addiction to Byfuglien has to end. It’s killing the Jets and Noel’s future as head coach.

It’s impossible for the coach to preach system and puck management when one of his minutes leaders refuses to buy in. It’s time to stop thinking about Byfuglien’s potential and look at his reality. He’s a hazard.

Gagne and the Oilers believe it is time for a change

Sam Gagner: He was not eligible for a no-trade clause when he signed his three-year extension last summer (It kicks-in next season). Craig MacTavish graciously promised to honour it this season, but as Edmonton searches for answers, it sounds like both sides believe it is time for a change, not that anyone is commenting. Should a deal happen, no doubt MacTavish will try to make it a soft landing.

http://www.cbc.ca/sports-content/hockey/opinion/2014/01/30-thoughts-canadas-olympic-squad-still-has-holes-to-fill.html

Kadri-Carlyle Will Not Work

It appears all but certain that Maple Leafs general manager David Nonis will have to make a decision before the National Hockey League trade deadline this year:

Nazem Kadri or Randy Carlyle.

Should Nonis choose Door No. 1 – to retain Kadri and continue his development – he’ll almost certainly have to find a new coach. If it’s Door No. 2, and Carlyle remains behind the Leafs bench beyond this season, Kadri will pack up and be out of town on or before Mar. 5.

Oilers could be busy at trade deadline as they have marketable assets

I know the trade deadline is two months away, but what would the market be for unrestricted free agents like Ales Hemsky, Nick Schultz and Ryan Jones? Second or third-rounders because they are players contenders would want? What about Devan Dubnyk/Ilya Bryzgalov and Corey Potter?

If GM Kevin Cheveldayoff isn’t trying to trade No. 33, he’s not trying to make the Jets better.

What to do with defenceman Dustin Byfuglien?

Byfuglien showed what he’s all about, a two-goal, plus-3 performance the first two games, then handing the Pens two goals and going minus-3, Sunday.

Do you think that PK Subban Should be selected for team Canada?

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Do you think that PK Subban should be selected for team Canada?

Rumors from the Edmonton Journal

Most people think the Pittsburgh Penguins will dangle defenceman Simon Despres to get a forward at the NHL trade deadline because they have Derrick Pouliot, who was outstanding in the world junior hockey championship, coming and they like blue-liner Brian Dumoulin, who they acquired in the Jordan Staal trade.

Coyotes offered Yandle to the Flyers for JVR

I keep saying this. The day the Flyers made the trade for Luke Schenn, the Coyotes offered Yandle to them hours before at the draft and GM Paul Holmgren turned them down. Same deal as what Toronto got.

http://www.csnphilly.com/hockey-philadelphia-flyers/tims-twitter-qa-ryan-team-usa-more

Sather must decide: Is dealing Girardi best for Rangers?

Thus, how much more value as a trade chip, rather than as a first-pair defenseman, might Girardi bring to a Ranger organization that doesn’t appear close to a championship and all but certainly will have to undertake a significant reload over the next offseason or two?

It is, of course, impossible to answer the question blindly. Which means it is therefore incumbent for general manager Glen Sather to be in position to know with the March 5 trade deadline now less than two months away.

Could the Avs move O’Reilly

So here’s the situation if that happens: O’Reilly would be paid more than Matt Duchene. Or, more than anyone else on the Avs, assuming all things stay equal. Will the big-money fight between the Avs and O’Reilly — the one that saw him miss half of last season — happen again? Or, come Feb. 28, will they have already traded him and not had to deal with him anymore?