Trade Talk: Habs moving for Drouin?
BREAKING NEWS Strong source confirms Habs making a huge push today putting a more significant package on table to acquire Drouin.
— BrianWilde (@BWildeCTV) January 18, 2016
“Oh, I think they’re all in. They’ve pushed their chips on the table and they said, ‘Okay, we’re in.’
Here in mid-January, it’s clear three clubs — Toronto, Buffalo and Columbus — will be sellers at the trade deadline, and pretty evident Edmonton will be, too.
Of those clubs, Leaf winger Leo Komarov and his 16 goals may be the most appealing asset available. Komarov, 28, has two more years at an affordable $2.95 million cap hit, and has shown this season he can play in the top six on the Leafs, and definitely in the top nine of a better club.
I don't think Bergevin wants to fire Therrien. But Bergevin has a boss too, and a boss who expects a playoff team. #Habs
— Marc Antoine Godin (@MAGodin) January 18, 2016
Minnesota Wild defencemen Matt Dumba and Jonas Brodin are learning to live with their names on the trade block.
According to the Minnesota Star Tribune, the defencemen have both had their names bounced around in trade talks as the team has struggled through a scoring slump.
“You can’t overreact and force trades,” Fletcher said by phone as he drove to Des Moines to watch the Iowa Wild. “You do that, and that’s when you can turn a small slump into a bigger problem. If something’s there that makes you better, it doesn’t matter if you’re playing well or struggling, you’re going to make a move. When you start to force trades, that’s dangerous and when you make poor decisions.
Bickell’s wish was ruined by the Blackhawks and the rest of the league on Sunday. No team claimed Bickell off waivers prior to the Sunday morning deadline, and he was later reassigned to the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL for the second time this season.
What would it take to add Eric Staal to Tavares’ left side? What would it take for the Islanders to pry Dustin Byfuglien or Andrew Ladd out of Winnipeg, if not both? And is it not worth investigating whether Steven Stamkos would be available to play right wing for a few months with Tavares?
With Vancouver trending towards a youth movement, and various veteran players rumored to be available, another long-time Canucks’ future with the team is in limbo.
Cox discussed Eric Staal’s situation in Carolina, saying that he’s been in a kind of limbo waiting to see if his time with the Hurricanes is finally up. Staal is a UFA at the end of this season. His agent will reportedly have a meeting with Hurricanes brass some time next week.
The Canucks placed Chris Higgins on waivers last Tuesday. A day later, the former Yale forward cleared, with nobody interested in assuming the $2.5 million he’s due annually through 2017. Higgins is only 32 years old. The left wing scored 12 goals and 24 assists in 77 games for Vancouver last season. But Higgins is the odd man out as general manager Jim Benning tries to make his aging roster younger.
Winnipeg Jets: All eyes are on captain Andrew Ladd and blueliner Dustin Byfuglien. “I don’t believe they’ll both be there after the deadline,” a league executive said Friday. The talk is the Jets tabled a six-year, $6 million deal to Ladd before the season, and that somehow the deal will get done.
New York Islanders: The sense is there won’t be any deal involving defenceman Travis Hamonic, who asked for a trade a personal reasons, until the NHL entry draft in June. A league executive said: “Garth Snow isn’t going to make this deal unless he gets good value in return.”
Now that he has about $4.1 million in salary-cap space and his team is in the playoff hunt, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall is not ruling out adding a forward before the Feb. 29 trade deadline.
“If we can improve our team in any way without mortgaging the future, we’ll look at it,” Hextall said Thursday. “I mean, if young players can make us better, of course we’ll look at it.”