Players on the trade block (rumors)

The following players are rumoured to be on the trading block, and here are some speculated teams that could be interested –

(All my info is from various sources compiled together on spectors hockey)

Players Available?

Martin Havlatt – Off to a good start, 9 pts so far. If Chicago is not in the playoff picture he is rumoured to be available later in the season. He’s a UFA this summer so this one could happen.

Ilya Kovalchuck – Bruce Garrioch writes “Talk amongst NHL GMs” is the Atlanta Thrashers could be willing to make a huge deal at the trade deadline by shopping franchise player Ilya Kovalchuk…”

Ooooohhhh, that’s a spicey rumour. Since he still has one more year on his contract after this season I wouldn’t count ANY team out of this one.

Tomas Kaberle – This one makes some sense. He still has a year after this one on his contract too, so there’s no guarantee he’ll be moved even if the Leafs are out of it by the deadline. But the Leafs have a number of capable NHL defensman and Kaberle would bring back a big return for the young, rebuilding Buds.

Kyle MacLaren – No team was interested in claiming him off waivers, but a team might be willing to make a swap with the Sharks to dump some salary in order to pick up MacLaren. Montreal with Dandenault? Just throwing that out there…

Peter Prucha – It’s been a couple years since Prucha’s good season but he’s still pretty young, would anyone be willing to take a chance on him and what kind of return could the Rangers expect? 3rd round pick? The Rangers have lots of forwards up front making it possible for Prucha to be moved.

Khabiboulan – I know its not new news, but Nik’s been playing great and more teams might be interested. However Nik’s been playing so good that he’s made Huet into a $6 million back-up. Huet with just 1 win on the year after falling to Minnesota last night. Ouch.

Jason Spezza – I know this one is a long shot with the size and length of Spezza’s contract. But if the Sens keep struggling, Jason could be valuable trade bait, right now Chicago is rumoured interested… I’m not on board with this rumour but it was there so I’ll write it up, any thoughts on this one?

Teams Needs?

– Aparently Philly would consider making a move for a goalie as Biron and Nitty have struggled early on. Personally I think they’d be more likely to hope Biron comes around and gets his game back to the level he was playing at last season, but if he continues to struggle this could be one to keep an eye on.

– Several teams looking for some defense include Philadelphia, Ottawa, Florida, Boston and St. Louis. Garrioch reports they could all be looking at Ohulnd, Although Spector shot down Ohlund being moved with his salary and NTC, it could be a tough fit.

I still say if teams want a defensman they should contact Toronto about MVR $2.9 cap hit, or Carlo Colaiacovo $1.3 cap hit. These guys aren’t top guys, but they could come in as a solid 4-5 guy for a team needing depth.

– Columbus looking for a goalie? If Leclair stays hurt they could be looking to make a deal for a band-aid goalie.

– And finally with Ken Klee being claimed off waivers by the Coyotes today does that squash last weeks rumour of Ian White being traded to the ‘Yotes? I think so.

Now a couple fun facts for you:

– It’s been reported all over the place that Luke Schenn is sticking with the Leafs and not going back to junior. Thought’s?

– And – Steven Stamkos has 0 points this season. Gary Roberts has 0 points. Ryan Malone has 1 point. St.Louis hasn’t scored since the first game of the year… What’s going on Tampa? And as a Leaf fan – WHY DID YOU TRADE YOUR 1st ROUND PICK TO OTTAWA?!

There’s your latest NHL trade rumors, thanks for reading.

44 Responses to Players on the trade block (rumors)

  1. pezzz says:

    don't worry lol. it was San Jose's pick acquired in the Dan Boyle trade. The Sens will not draft Tavares or Hedman, they're yours 😛

  2. ranger_fan says:

    I'm sorry to everyone. I truly can't tell you how disappointed I am in myself for starting the Ilya rumours. Please accept my sincerest apologies because a day after my article I see these posts on Spectors Hockey about Kovalchuck. Then that guy Eklund e97s it. Again I am sorry for starting this bogus rumour. I was simply making a suggestion.

  3. cam7777 says:

    I think Spector might have been a little too quick to shoot down that rumor about Ohlund.  The only real deterrent is his NTC.  I can't see the guy not waiving it though, if it's clear he won't be resigned at the end of the season.  Might as well get a head start on moving to a new city.  Does anyone think this trade works.  It's a 3 way deal:

    To Vancouver:
    Simon Gagne
    Carlo Colaiacovo
    (scoring problem solved, ohlund replaced)

    To Philadelphia:
    Mattias Ohlund
    Mike VanRyn
    Robbie Earl
    (defensive woes shored up, gagne was largely unnecessary anyway)

    To Toronto:
    Steve Bernier
    PHI's 2nd round pick
    (a young scoring talent and another pick)

    I think it all works out salary wise.  I think Philly can afford it since they'd be replacing younger guys on the salary cap with ohlund and vanryn. 

    I don't know if it's very fair for all involved though.  What do you think?

  4. Bure96 says:

    Good article, but Tampa traded San Jose's 1st rouner to Ottawa, the one they got in the Boyle trade.

    Mattias Ohlund would be a good option for any team if the Canucks struggle this year. He's way better then Craig Rivet, who brought in a 1st, and mid level prospect, so what is Ohlund worth?

    Prospects I would target (on teams that would be potential trading partners obviously):

    Anton Gustafsson, Mattias Tedenby, Nicklas Bergfors, Joe Colborne, Max Pacioretty, Claude Giroux, David Krejci, Bobby Ryan (maybe a stretch now),

    Not saying we could get all of those players, but I know at least a couple of those guys could be brought back to Vancouver for Ohlund (not packaged together in a trade)

  5. Kramer says:

    My sources said the same thing, but I gotta check again for new developments.

  6. mojo19 says:

    Oh it was San Jose's pick?! Thank god I can breathe easy

  7. mojo19 says:


    Toronto trades – Colaiacovo, Van Ryn, Earl
    Receives – Bernier, 2nd round pick
    Not bad, seems pretty fair I guess, dont even know that we gotta deal Earl

    Phili trades – Gagne, 2nd round pick
    Receives – Ohlund, Van Ryn, Earl
    Not bad provided Ohlund re-signs and they want him as part of their team next year

    Vancouver trades – Bernier, Ohlund
    receives – Gagne, Colaiacovo
    Feels like they're the winners of this deal overall, but not a bad looking 3-way deal. Maybe could use minor tweaking but I like what you're thinking.

  8. mojo19 says:

    Leafy reported it in the summer too, it was on that 'Bleacher report' or whatever and one other site, and I think someone's blog on TSN or Sportsnet suggested it, so please don't feel bad for "starting" that rumour. lol

  9. mojo19 says:

    Ya pezzz pointed that out, that is such a relief. But the way Ottawa's playing they might get Tavares or Hedman anyway….

  10. pezzz says:

    lol yeah. If Ottawa drafts Tavares, you can be sure that Spezza is moved in the next hour lol. If they draft Hedman well…you can be sure Kuba is not resigned 😛

  11. cam7777 says:

    well, Simon Gagne having 4 point nights isn't helping a deal like this going down.

  12. GoLeafs13 says:

    if tavares or hedman go to ottawa they will b ruined for they're career

  13. mojo19 says:

    Tim Thomas for Vezina

  14. hockey_lover says:

    Yeah cause playing for the Leafs is always a huge boom to your reputation.

  15. hockey_lover says:

    No kidding eh? Two straight shut outs. Good for him. He seems like a good guy.

  16. GoLeafs13 says:

    it would better than going to ottawa

  17. Stuv_Dogg says:

    You wanna trade Tim Thomas for a dead guy!?!??!  Georges Vezina passed away in 1926.  I know he was pretty good, but at least Thomas is alive.  And, Thomas has two straight shut outs!!!  Man, you'd have to sweeten the pot by adding AT LEAST a conditional 2nd rounder.

    Or were you referring to 1999 Pan Am Games gold medal "winning" goalie turned marijuana smoker Steven Vezina?  That would require adding a 4th rounder in 2012 …

  18. hockey_lover says:

    Im curious to know what makes you say that?  Outside of being a fan of them, of course.

  19. mojo19 says:

    Because Toronto has a goalie….

    The only legit goalie's Ottawa has ever had were Ron Tugnutt and then for half a year Hasek.

  20. mojo19 says:

    Ya I meant Steven….

  21. mojo19 says:

    I took him in my pool in the 11th round of a 14 person pool, so like 150th overall roughly, 2 pts for wins and 2 for SO's so he's got me 8 pts in the last two days haha. Hopefully this makes him the starter and they stop rotating Manny in there.

  22. hockey_lover says:

    Ah ok. That makes perfect sense.

    I suppose then that, going back a few years, it would have been better to go to Florida than Toronto.

    Perfect logic. Makes a ton of sense.

  23. Kramer says:

    Gary Bettman should be given credit for cutting down on alien abductions. The number of players kidnapped by aliens is way down this year.

  24. KingCanada says:

    Thats AWESOME, their own pick will be higher since they will be a bubble team this year I think.

  25. mojo19 says:

    San Jose should finish in the top 5 or not far off so that pick should be around 25th. Tampa's pick could be anywhere from 15 to #1

  26. mojo19 says:

    During JFJ's reign of terror, yes! It would have been better to be drafted by Florida…. well maybe only slightly better can't say a lot about their management either.

  27. jonnygf40 says:

    Swap Bernier for Grabner.  I don't like seeing the first right handed shot with the twins in 3 years leave and not get replaced.  Plus he's a diamond in the rough.  Grabner is a high flying first round pick, something the leaf's are building their whole team with.

  28. KingCanada says:

    I dont think Florida is looking for any defencemen.  They signed Cullimore today and McCabe will eventually come back in a couple weeks.  If anything Florida needs forwards since they are bottom feeders when it comes to goals scored with only 19 in 8 games which is only just over 2 goals a game.

    I personally think that St. Louis this year will be a big player in the trade market.  They have surprised everyone with their play so far which is good for tied 4th place in the west.  On paper they dont have a strong team so I believe that management will decide that the time to win is now for the Blues and they might make a big pitch for a "Kovalchuk, Gaborik, Ohlund or Kaberle" to make them a strong opponent for playoff hockey.

    Lastly with the news that Schenn is staying, this should mean that in a months time someone else is going.  With the kid we have 10 NHL ready defencemen and carrying 9 of them on payroll..

    Van Ryn
    + Kronwall in the minors

    Although it is good to have extra defencemen you only need about 8 which leads me to believe that one or even 2 of MVR, White, Colaiacovo, Frogren will be leaving us sometime in November since that is when Fletcher claims his own trade talks heat up.  This is of course pending on wether we have injuries.

  29. mojo19 says:

    It said in the paper today that Frogren isn't actually a healthy scratch. Wilson said he's 'a little banged up', he could play but since they have so many d-men, they're keeping him out so he heels completely.

    And I doubt that Froggy will be dealt cuz he's kind of Fletcher's boy. I'd say Coco, MVR, and White are on the block. MVR is the best of the three this guy has 2 goals and 4 assists in 8 games for 6 pts! Not too bad at all. He clearly has good offensive insticts as he jumps up into the play a lot and rarely gets caught out of position doing so. I wouldn't mind holding onto him but if he keeps playing this well maybe it would be wise to move him cuz I think he's got some value for sure.

  30. KingCanada says:

    Id rather swap Coco since hes injured half the time.  He can be a good player but is inconsistant.  White is also expendable but Coco would net a bit of a better return if the other teams scouts believe he can be an impact player while healthy.

    MVR is from London and WANTS to play for Toronto.  Since he is very good and were rebuilding maybe hell stick it threw till we get good so he might be worth keeping.

  31. KingCanada says:

    Id also like to point out that Coco, MVR, Frogren and White are ALL under contract until 2010 (2 years including this season) so there value will be higher then 2009 UFAs.  Just to let all you Leaf haters out there know, cose i know that you will all say "omg hes not worth that much bla bla bla" when we propose trades.

  32. mojo19 says:

    True, they wouldn't be rentals. But I think White is a farm boy from out west but Coco and MVR are both from Ontario, so I don't know, they both wanna play.

    I'm with you, like I think MVR is a better player, and I'd rather have him in the line up, but I also think he'd bring back a better return ***Unless a team is concerned about the cap hit where Coco makes less than half as much.

  33. KingCanada says:

    I know wat you mean, there both Ontario boys and want to play for the Leafs…but ultimatly its not up to them, its up to Fletch to shop and choose which trade most benefits the Leafs.

  34. mojo19 says:

    Either way I guess we'll see what happens.

  35. Rico420 says:

    I gotta say I can't see why the Leafs would even consider trading Van Ryn he's a damned solid player on the blueline and wouldn't return anything of his value I'm afraid.

    Your best bet – Kubina or Kaberle head out of the city.

    Atleast you'll get a market value return.

  36. mojo19 says:

    You're probably right, but if he keeps producing Van Ryn could get you something decent back…

    But the more I watch him the more I want him to stay

  37. cam7777 says:

    yea, wilson is certainly making it hard to trade anyone right now.
    he makes the whole damn team look pretty good.
    even in a game where we allowed a lot of goals, really, toskala wasn't great, and even at that, there were just a lot of flukey wierd ass goals.

    i know it's still really early, but do you think there's a point where we say hey, is this team going to make the playoffs?  and if so, do we get sundin back, and sign shannahan and take a run at it?  Cuz if we're going to be finishing 10-12 anyways, is there really a difference between the 10th and say 15th pick….its mostly a crapshoot past the top five….

    Poni – Sundin – Antropov
    Shanny – Stajan – Kulemin
    Hagman – Moore – Steen
    Hollweg – Mitchell – Blake

  38. hockeyhead says:

    tampa bay is learning what the rangers syndrome is.

    too many new faces and no time to get it together.

    new head coach. new owner.

    new everything.

  39. mojo19 says:

    I actually don't like that as a Leaf. Colaiacovo is worth a 2nd round pick (don't know if he'd fetch it, but if he wouldn't I just wouldn't trade him) And Van Ryn and Earl are worth more than Grabner or Bernier aren't they? I don't know….

  40. mojo19 says:

    Awww Grabovski and Mayers odd men out. Looks good though Cam7777, I doubt that Fletch would go this way but if Mayers keeps being invisible and Grabby keeps scoring at this rate and the Leafs keep playing over .500, then they should consider this around december!

  41. mojo19 says:

    That's when the big guns have to step up. Vinny, Vaclav, Marty, start skating, hitting, and scoring.

  42. mojo19 says:

    Does anyone else LOVE the Nik Antropov commercial on LeafsTV? A series of Antropov highlights set to epic music.

  43. flyersfan21 says:

    Philly loses big time trading Gagne and a 2nd rounder.

    It would be nice to have Ohlund but that is serious over payment and we dont need that garbage Colaiacovo.

    Also Gagne has a NTC and he likes Philly so I dont see him waiving it.

  44. mojo19 says:

    Philly wasn't getting Coco, they were getting Van Ryn and Ohlund (and Earl).

    Van Ryn and Ohlund would be too good d-men to have but I agree Gagne is the best player in the deal overall.

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