The average age of the Leafs’ defencemen Thursday night will be 23.4 years old, meaning GM Lou Lamoriello could be looking for blue-line help in the off-season. So, come July 1, what unrestricted free agents might help the Maple Leafs?
If Schultz and Purcell aren"t playing both getting traded. Purcell to LA or Florida. Schultz? Who knows? Tough night for Tychkowski on gm
— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) February 26, 2016
Darren Dreger was on Montreal’s TSN 690 on Thursday morning.
On if he’s hearing anything on the Alex Galchenyuk trade rumor front:
“Yeah, just rumor. And again, let’s be careful with how this information is dissected. Galchenyuk’s name is out there, but only in the sense of a wonder. Teams wondering if Bergevin would consider something like that. Because he’s still a project. He’s still a developing player. Is he a center? Is he a winger? What is he? I think that’s what Michel Therrien has tried to find out. Has he had enough opportunity in playing center ice for anyone to fully determine that? I think the answer is no.
I can confirm that the #Habs are listening to offers (not shopping, but LISTENING) on Pacioretty & everyone except Subban & Price.
— Jimmy Murphy (@MurphysLaw74) February 25, 2016
Andrew Ladd is returning to the Chicago Blackhawks. The Winnipeg Jets have traded their captain to the team he won a Stanley Cup with in 2010 along with Jay Harrison and Matt Fraser for Marko Dano, a 2016 first-round pick and a conditional pick in 2018.
Hexy trying to deal several vets. https://t.co/4ijz9P3Tjj
— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) February 24, 2016
What are the chances the Blackhawks can make a deal with the Canucks for Dan Hamhuis and Radim Vrbata?
There will be a lot of forward thinking at this year’s NHL trade deadline because there is no shortage of wingers and centres available.
But, for the market to shake loose, it seems either Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd or Boston Bruins scorer Loui Eriksson has to get moved so that the contenders can turn their attention elsewhere.
The Canucks would love an Antoine Vermette scenario. The centre was dealt by Arizona to Chicago a day before the 2015 trade deadline for a first-round pick and defenceman Klas Dahlbeck. The 33-year-old Vermette won a Stanley Cup and then re-signed with the Coyotes for two years at $3.75 million annually. He didn’t get a pay hike, but he got a no-movement clause.
— Joe Yerdon (@JoeYerdon) February 24, 2016
Don't see why not. Could benefit the player and the team. Go to the minors and try to find his game. https://t.co/ypi8tS51xq
— Jason Gregor (@JasonGregor) February 24, 2016
Steady trade talk league wide. Cgy Flames with a list of players in play. Russell, Hudler, Colborne, Jooris, Hiller and Jones. #TradeCentre
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 24, 2016
Lots to think about when it comes to deciding on how to handle the Eric Staal situation.
What to do, what to do, if you’re the Boston Bruins and pending unrestricted free-agent winger Loui Eriksson remains unsigned into Monday, as the clock ticks down to the 3 p.m. ET trade deadline?
So, if Chicago, for example, want to add a huge salary such as Eric Staal’s (from Carolina), the Blackhawks could ship Bryan Bickell’s $4-million deal to Toronto in order to create the necessary cap space. The Leafs would also get a high draft pick or a worthwhile prospect for their largesse.