As teams around the Rangers retooled, swapped young talent, and signed veteran depth, a feeling of urgency has come to the forefront of front offices all around the league. This year, it seems the best deals are going to be made sooner rather than later, and surely Gorton has taken note.
Do you think the Stars will make a play to get Dustin Byfuglien? What’ll it cost? Also, do the Stars start looking for a new goalie prospect since Jack Campbell isn’t doing too well?
Heika: I do think the Stars are in the market for a high-end defenseman, and they will be in talks with any that are available. Alex Goligoski, Jason Demers and Jordie Benn can all become UFAs in the summer, and Jim Nill is in the process of assessing those players. He also has two capable youngsters in Patrik Nemeth and Jamie Oleskiak, as well as three great prospects in the minors.
The Ducks’ acquisition of Dustin Tokarski gives them four goalies with NHL experience. That fact makes TSN senior hockey reporter Frank Seravalli wonder if Frederik Andersen could be on the move for the right price.
According to TSN’s Elliotte Friedman, the Caps at least have interest in a big name defenseman to take his place. In his 30 Thoughts column, Friedman writes, “With Brooks Orpik’s health situation uncertain, a couple of sources indicated to check Washington’s interest in Dustin Byfuglien. There’s logic to this, as their cap hits are within $300,000 of each other.”
This in, some trade speculation from Dan Friedman, hockey columnist for WFAN/CBS New York, one of his ten bold predictions for 2016: “Travis Hamonic will be traded to the Edmonton Oilers on deadline day. Islanders GM Garth Snow would likely prefer to wait this out as long as he can until the best deal comes along, but if Johnny Boychuk recovers and the Oilers want to play ball, Snow will pull the trigger and put this situation behind him and his hockey team.”
BREAKING: HABS CH I can confirm from a strong source the Habs are aggressively pursuing Drouin.
— BrianWilde (@BWildeCTV) January 7, 2016
The Nashville Predators traded defenceman Seth Jones to the Columbus Blue Jackets for centre Ryan Johansen on Wednesday, giving up a young piece of their defence in search of some more offence.
The Los Angeles Kings have acquired Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Luke Schenn and forward Vincent Lecavalier for forward prospect Jordan Weal and a third round pick.
Another player trying to re-energize his career in the AHL is Sam Gagner, sent to Lehigh Valley. Not a surprise he cleared waivers, as no one wanted to take the full salary. Flyers GM Ron Hextall hinted there was a trade possibility. Gagner, who has not played an NHL game since Nov. 23, recognizes the need to get on the ice, no matter what the level. It might take time, but he’ll get a shot somewhere. Teams need scoring, and he can provide it.
Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning was on Vancouver’s TSN 1040 on Tuesday morning.
“I’ve talked to both general managers about both players. The prices for both players are really high. From our perspective, maybe we don’t have the prospect depth at certain positions that they’re looking to fill to make those types of trades.”
the Lightning’s first overall pick from the 1998 draft remains hopeful for a move out of Philadelphia before his career is over.
“I still believe in what I can do,” Vincent Lecavalier, 35, said over the phone Tuesday.
Yeah, we’ll trade you. Maybe. If it works for us.
Patrick Marleau probably thought taking his feelings public would have him on a bus out of Silicon Valley very quickly. He’s still a Shark.
I honestly don't know, but i think it would take a lot for Columbus to trade Johansen within division. https://t.co/ofMhLmeouF
— Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) January 4, 2016