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.
Will Murray let McGinn remain in Buffalo and be part of the vital lessons being learned by a budding team, or will the general manager ship out the pending unrestricted free agent for an asset who won’t feel the pride of taking the rebuild’s first steps?
The contract that was supposed to last forever is set to expire July 1, when Backes will become an unrestricted free agent. Talks between the Blues and their captain have been infrequent to date, and though he holds a full no-trade clause, there’s no certainty which way the situation will unfold with just 37 days left before NHL’s trade deadline Feb. 29.
Purgatory for Andrew Ladd has turned into hell for the Winnipeg Jets.
There needs to be resolution regarding Ladd and his future for the Jets to move forward.
You’re only worth what they’ll pay for you. And if the Swede hits the trade rental market in February, he could fetch the Boston Bruins a heftier return than any other movable forward eyeing unrestricted free agency this summer.
— TSN Radio Vancouver (@TSN1040) January 21, 2016
The Blues are fourth in the standings, but they may be leading in trade rumors. The most recent one centers on speedy Tampa Bay Lightning winger Jonathan Drouin, who has demanded a trade and was recently suspended for not showing up to an American Hockey League game.
How much value do those players have on the trade market? Obviously, it’s whatever a rival general manager is willing to pay, but to get a ballpark figure we dug into the trade deadlines of the past few years to see what players in similar roles and with similar production brought back in trade. Using that information, we have assigned a tentative value to Toronto’s potential rental players.
“Earlier this week we reported that the Lightning had made an offer to Steven Stamkos some time in the last few weeks,” Friedman said. “It’s believed that the average salary of that offer is $8.5 million dollars. We’ll see where that takes the negotiation as we head to the trade deadline.”
Yandle, 29, is a trade candidate before the NHL’s Feb. 29 deadline because of his expiring contract and the raise he’ll command from his current $5.25 million salary. GM Jeff Gorton won’t want to lose Yandle for nothing in free agency, but if the team starts winning and Yandle plays well consistently, the GM could keep him because he feels the veteran blue liner gives his team a better chance of advancing deep in the playoffs. Yandle told the Daily News he doesn’t want to leave. He’s a popular player with his teammates and his wife and two young daughters call Tribeca home.