Canucks could consider extending contract of UFA Miller

Judging by the mutual-admiration dialogue between Miller and management, it’s plausible that the 36-year-old veteran won’t hit the open market. He’s not going to be dealt or moved at the trade deadline, even if the team tanks. An assessment of who will work best with Markstrom next season will be made before July 1.

Kuzma: Canucks could consider extending contract of UFA Miller

Rumors of a potential van Riemsdyk trade

Islanders owners seeking big-name executive, source says

They’re looking for a big name,” the source said. “They’ve talked to a lot of people already.”

Two of the bigger names that the owners have sat down with in the past few months are well known to Islanders and Rangers fans: Pat LaFontaine and Brad Richards.

http://www.newsday.com/sports/columnists/arthur-staple/islanders-owners-seeking-big-name-executive-source-says-1.12700729

Purcell clears waivers

Flyers wouldn’t mind moving defenceman Andy McDonald

The Philadelphia Flyers wouldn’t mind moving defenceman Andy McDonald but with a cap hit of $5 million through the 2019-20 campaign that’s pretty much an impossible dream … As TSN’s Darren Dreger reported, Phoenix Coyotes GM John Chayka made an offer the Calgary Flames could refuse for defenceman Dougie Hamilton

http://www.ottawasun.com/2016/12/03/a-very-emotional-move-panthers-gm-hopes-coaching-shakeup-sparks-team?token=2e26bc1fefdfa147c35d49215785526a

Could the Habs trade Pacioretty

Nick Kypreos pondered the possibility on Hockey Night in Canada’s Headlines segment Saturday night.

“There’s no indication that Pacioretty wants out of Montreal,” he said. “But it’s clear from a few other teams that they want to watch this situation closely.

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/canadiens-ever-consider-trading-max-pacioretty/

Treliving responds to Hamilton, Maple Leafs trade rumours

*And no, the Flames aren’t shopping Dougie Hamilton.

Rumours, of course, started to swirl when Treliving was spotted at the Leafs game in Toronto against the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

Given Hamilton’s relationship to the Toronto area (he played junior in Niagara and grew up in Toronto) coupled with his rocky start to the 2016-17 season, the Maple Leafs’ rumoured interest in the top-four blueliner, and the fact the Flames were set to square off with the Leafs on Wednesday, the dots started connecting.

http://calgaryherald.com/sports/hockey/nhl/calgary-flames/treliving-responds-to-hamilton-maple-leafs-trade-rumours

Are the Leafs looking to move van Riemsdyk?

Could the Bruins look to trade Spooner?

One has to wonder about those possibilities if he continues to be an ill-fitting piece for Claude Julien’s system: would Spooner be one of the main pieces for a top-4 D-man Boston has searched far and wide for over the last couple of seasons, and is it inevitably trending toward an exit with things making the way like perpetual fourth line demotions and an organizational unwillingness to keep him at his preferred center position?

http://www.csnne.com/boston-bruins/ryan-spooner-determined-to-be-key-player-for-boston-bruins

Leafs trying to trade Holland

Players that the Canucks could move at the deadline

The Canucks could potentially trade Burrows, Ryan Miller, and, if they ever wrap their heads around a full-tilt rebuild, Jannik Hansen, Alex Edler and, yes, the Sedin twins.

Jason Botchford: The top 10 reasons to feel good about the Canucks’ mediocre start

Will Gallant coach the Knights?

Panthers fire head coach Gallant

The Florida Panthers have relieved coach Gerard Gallant of his duties.

The 53-year-old head coach joined the team in June of 2014. In his first season, he led the Panthers to a 38 win campaign and 91 points.

According to TSN hockey insider Bob Mackenzie Florida has also fired assistant coach Mike Kelly. General Manager Tom Rowe will be taking over head coaching duties.

http://www.tsn.ca/panthers-fire-head-coach-gallant-1.618050