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.
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?
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
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.
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?
Here are a few names to keep in mind when the Bruins get serious about a veteran defenseman on the trade market:
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Intriguing to see #Oilers Scott Howson in press box in LA. Couple that with word EDM VERY active to move now, Hemsky/Gagner in mix.
— Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP) January 5, 2014
The Maple Leafs have expressed previous interest in Del Zotto, but both Jake Gardiner and Cody Franson, the Toronto defensemen who’d been mentioned as potential parties of the other part, had dreadful games and do not excite the Rangeers as return in a potential trade.
I’ve been told by a couple of teams that Rutherford is willing to trade anybody with the exception of centre Eric Staal and his brother Jordan Staal. Teams will certainly call about left wing Jeff Skinner, but he is one of the NHL’s top scorers and isn’t going anywhere.
Just in time for the Canadian Olympic team selection, gold-medalist Roberto Luongo is back in net for the Vancouver Canucks.
Canuck coach John Tortorella confirmed this morning the 34-year-old goalie will start tonight against the Los Angeles Kings as the National Hockey League club begins a difficult weekend in Southern California.
Loungo hasn’t played since injuring his groin on Dec. 22, leaving rookie backup Eddie Lack to start Vancouver’s last three games. The Canucks were awful in a 4-2 loss Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning.