Join the HTR Mail List
Sam Gagner cleared to play against Toronto tonight. Assuming Eakins will insert him in lineup for first game since having jaw broken.
— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) October 29, 2013
Impending free-agents Steve Ott, Cody McCormick and Henrik Tallinder could be talked about, too. What the Vanek trade showed is that the Sabres are open for business, but Regier said it’s “too early” to know what value they’ll have in the coming months.
Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster has been fielding phone calls on his veteran players, reports Sportsnet’s Roger Millions.
— Saem A (@illTweets) October 25, 2013
A summary of the latest trade buzz kicking around the National Hockey League, currently being fueled by desperate teams like the Oilers, Panthers, Flyers and Sabres — all performing under expectations and looking to reverse their fate.
Oct. 28. The seal has been cracked with the blockbuster trade of Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders for Matt Moulson and a pair of high draft picks. The Buffalo rebuild we’ve been waiting for is underway, and Ryan Miller should be the next domino to fall.
Thomas Vanek could have been paid handsomely to stay in Buffalo. A source, in fact, says the Sabres were willing to make him the highest-paid player in the NHL.
At times during Toronto’s 4-1 win on Saturday night against Pittsburgh, James Reimer’s head was spinning around like Linda Blair’s in The Exorcist.
Trying to track the Penguins, most notably Sidney Crosby, Evegni Malkin and a few other creative forces, is hard on a goalie’s neck.
Next up on the NHL calendar – #Sabres trading Ryan Miller. But where to? Few takers for goalie making that much coin.
— The Mayor John Hoven (@mayorNHL) October 28, 2013
The New York Islanders have acquired forward Thomas Vanek from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Matt Moulson, a first round draft pick in 2014 and a 2015 second round pick.
goalie has told Finnish magazine Urheilulehti that the hip infection he’s recovering from is “very dangerous” and could lead to long-term problems.
According to NHL rumor guru Eklund, the Philadelphia Flyers are heavily pursuing Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets. Byfuglien has battled some weight and focus issues, but seems to have put all that in the past this year. He’s been outstanding for the Jets from the blue line, and is among the NHL’s top offensive-defensemen.
Which is why it’s odd that the Flyers would be willing to trade some “untouchable” assets to land the defenseman-turned forward-turned defenseman.
After all, isn’t that what Mark Streit and Kimmo Timonen are in town to do? Move the puck and basically act as a fourth forward on the play? While neither of those guys are on the right side of 30, Streit is locked up for the next four years while Timonen’s contract is over with at the end of 2013-14.
Even if the Flyers are bringing in Byfuglien to be a “big and mean” presence on the blue line, he isn’t the kind of Shea Weber-like player the team has been pining for since Chris Pronger went down a few years ago. He is primarily an offensive-defenseman, and for a team that seems to have issues on their own zone from time to time, he might not be the best target at the moment.
The whispers from Team Canada executives: Longshots Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau are now on the Olympic radar and if the team was picked today, they would be on it. Same for Colorado’s Matt Duchene, the one young gun making inroads … And before he was hurt, the thought on Edmonton’s Taylor Hall was that maybe next suited for 2018, if there is such a thing … And if the team was picked now, Carey Price would be the starting goalie.
RUMOURS DU JOUR: New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello sent out an email last week offering up an unnamed “veteran defenceman” around. D Marek Zidlicky, 36, is the oldest player on the club’s blueline while D Anton Volchenkov, D Peter Harrold and Andy Greene all qualify in the “veteran” category. It is doubtful the Devils will be able to move anybody.
Lots of teams are looking for goaltending either because of injuries or poor performance. The Hurricanes, Predators, Oilers, Panthers and Islanders could all use help which means Murray has to decide when to pull the trigger.
“His best bet is to wait for the deadline because you find out pretty quickly it’s hard to get value for a goalie,” said a league executive Saturday. “Historically it just always has been.”
If Oilers GM Craig MacTavish could magically acquire a top-2 defenseman today, he would… EDM looking hard to improve overall team defense
— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) October 26, 2013
Vinny Prospal is out there, a free agent who has been known to provide some pop and crackle, even if he won’t win even a single foot-race; a free agent who was a popular and productive Ranger for a couple of seasons not all that long ago.
It shouldn’t end this way for Martin Brodeur.
As the backup to an as-yet-unproven goalkeeper on what may be the worst New Jersey Devils team ever.
And, Mickey Mouse past acknowledged, that’s saying something.
Paul Stastny’s contract is up after this season, when he could become an unrestricted free agent. He’s playing for a team that probably could use more help on defense and has two top-quality young centers already. Does that mean Stastny likely is gone in the spring as trade bait or when the market opens next summer for free agents?
Sources say next week or so will be critical for teams looking to improve. Trade talks likely to heat up.
— Louis Jean (@LouisJean_TVA) October 24, 2013
The news couldn’t have been much worse for Predators fans: star goalie Pekka Rinne will be out of the lineup for a month because of a bacterial infection in his hip. It’s not the end of the world, mind you, but the absence of one of Nashville’s two key cornerstones almost certainly will result in the team struggling.
More importantly, it will illustrate why the unthinkable with this franchise has to be thinkable – and doable – relatively soon. The Preds have to trade Shea Weber.