Rumors from the Dreger Report

There are many intriguing scenarios being discussed, even though the true list of available players is far from complete.

For a number of NHL teams, it’s still too early to declare their intentions, while for others – such as Pittsburgh and Boston (two contending clubs) – injury has heightened their sense of urgency.

1) With no time frame set for the return of Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and a knee injury that will likely see Evgeni Malkin miss the rest of the season, Pittsburgh general manager Ray Shero needs a Top 6 forward – preferably a centre.

Because of long term injury relief, cap space is no longer a problem. However, if Shero hopes to lure players like Stephen Weiss from the Florida Panthers or pry a talented young forward like Devin Setoguchi from the San Jose Sharks (as examples), he will need to present a package of assets containing either a combination of a young roster player and high ranking draft pick, or a top prospect and draft picks.

In San Jose’s case, assuming Sharks GM Doug Wilson is willing to consider moving Setoguchi, a young defenceman such as 25-year-old Alex Goligoski may have to be included.

New Jersey Devils centre Jason Arnott will also draw interest for teams needing help up the middle.

2) Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli also has some unexpected flexibility – roughly $4 million removed from Boston’s cap when Marc Savard was placed on LTI on Monday.

The Bruins have an interest in a replacement centre, but feel confident Blake Wheeler can fill that void.

Chiarelli is hoping to add a defenceman and a forward and providing he can swing a deal for the right blueliner. The forward he adds may not be as significant as some might hope.

Boston’s interest in Tomas Kaberle is believed to be strong, although it’s hard to envision the premium the Bruins would have to pay for Toronto to do them any more favors.

Eric Brewer, Chris Phillips, Joe Corvo and Joni Pitkanen (if Carolina drops out of playoff race) are more likely targets for Chiarelli to focus on.

3) It seems unlikely the Dallas Stars’ ownership situation will sort itself out anytime soon. That uncertainty makes it almost impossible for Brad Richards to negotiate an extension with the Stars.

Richards and his agent Pat Morris have an excellent relationship with Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk and will continue to listen to updates on ownership possibilities, while also allowing Dallas to dictate the pace and direction the organization wants to go with the star centre.

An in-season trade is highly unlikely. However, if presented, Richards would consider his options provided enough time was given to weigh the possibilities of making the move – especially if the proposal were to include a contract extension.

Another scenario could see Richards turn down such an opportunity and finish the season in Dallas hopeful that ownership solidifies in time for him to comfortably re-sign with the Stars.

This would have to happen before the NHL Entry Draft in June, the next logical hot-spot for trade prior to Richards cruising into unrestricted free agency on July 1.

33 Responses to Rumors from the Dreger Report

  1. Boston_Bruins says:

    How can you feel comfortable with Wheeler at center? He was a colossal failure there this season when he was given an opportunity. And his faceoff percentage had to have been in the 30s.

  2. reinjosh says:

    Well as a third center I wouldn't think it would be that big a problem, but only if Chiarelli is focusing on other more important needs.

  3. mapleleafsfan says:

    Beauchemin for Lupul, Gardner and a pick

  4. leafy says:

    Could be a good trade for the Leafs. The only question mark with Lupul is health. Gardner could be a sleeper. Pretty good return for Beauchemin I think. What do others think?

  5. dumbassdoorman says:

    Others will bash all over it cause beauch is a Leaf player and they are worth nothing… Seriously though, could be a good trade Lupul if healthy and motivated is good for 20 goals. Gardner they may not be ready to give up on and depends on where the pick is placed round wise? I think it is worth a shot, but Beauch logs big mins and they will be tough to fill.

  6. mapleleafsfan says:

    Yea looks like a good return for sure… Really hope Lupul can get healthy.. Gardner was a first rounder.. don't know much about him but he seems like a pretty decent prospect.

  7. mapleleafsfan says:

    the pick's a conditional 4th I think

  8. Boston_Bruins says:

    Not gonna happen. Lupul only gets dealt in Pronger trades.

  9. blaze says:

    Good luck in Anaheim Beauchemin unlike most I thought you had a good stint in Toronto. As for the return it's pretty solid, Gardiner is the prize of the of the deal which is a good futures return.

    Shifting dollars off the backend to the forwards is also good but I'm still wary about Lupuls 2 more years at 4.25. Lupul could return to form and be a quality contributer but I gotta say I hope Burke finds a way to lose that cap hit whether through another trade, demotion or LTIR.

  10. Boston_Bruins says:

    For the Bruins it matters more than it would for pretty much any other team. They just roll 4 lines.

  11. leafy says:

    Lupul is someone who can hang on to the puck in the offensive zone for more than 3 seconds. A crucial skill for a team.

    Previously, the Leafs had so many players who could do that. Sundin, Mogilny, Nolan, Nieuwendyk, Lindros, Allison, Antropov, etc….  Today, they've got almost nobody, and a major reason why we're stuck in the lower part of the standings the last couple of years.  If Lupul is healthy, he'll be a huge help here.

  12. Boston_Bruins says:

    Lol whoops, I thought that was just a proposal not an actual trade.

  13. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Ahaha…What do you think of it?

  14. dumbassdoorman says:

    I thought the same thing……

  15. dumbassdoorman says:

    I like this trade very much. To me this deal is about gradiner and i am surprised Ana. is moving him. If Lupul is healthy and plays, that is super bonus deal wise. I don't care about the 4th at all. I wonder if he is still gearing up for a larger deal? But all in all I think it will surprise most that Burke not only traded Beauchimin but what he got for him……lol….haters

  16. Boston_Bruins says:

    Not bad. He's dealt with a ton of injuries lately but he's a guy that when he's on, he's really on. I still remember that playoff game where he scored I believe 4 goals. gardiner is good too. I like his offensive upside.

  17. dumbassdoorman says:

    I also liked Beauchemin. he played hard and was miscast really. He is a better then solid guy, but logging that kinda time is tough. My two questions from this trade become,who now plays with Phaneuf and is Lupul the kinda guy Burke wants or is he hoping to flip him to a contender?

  18. nordiques100 says:

    Komisarek is moving up to play with Phaneuf. We've seen him play several shifts there.

  19. nordiques100 says:

    Good trade.

    Leafs got good milage out of Beau as he was a solid mentor for a couple of seasons, and now ends up being used as excellent trade return.

    We needed forward help and to be honest, Lupul is an upgrade. I think he will fit in well with a team full of Western Canadians. He can score, probably needs to rest of this season to get back into the groove.

    Hopefully the returns will be next year. that is really the ultimate need for the team: to get better for next year.

    Gardiner i like cause he is putting up numbers on a good NCAA team and division.

    I hear he is an excellent skater and a good offensive player. Maybe there's some really good potential here.

    They best make sure they can sign this guy. Its good that Burke was the one who drafted him so he knows him well.

  20. blaze says:

    Ive got to doubt that there are many teams interested in taking Lupul with his current contract and injury problems. If he finishes the year strong on Toronto maybe but then the buds would likely just hold onto him.

    As for Phaneuf I'd like to see if Phaneuf and Schenn can develop some chemistry. Those are the guys logging top minutes anyways Phaneuf on the left Schenn on the right, I like it. I don't like breaking up the Kaberle-Schenn pairing but I think it could really help Komisarek get his game back being matched up wth Kabba again.

  21. blaze says:

    So what does the Leafs lineup look like now?

    Kulemin        Grabovski        Lupul
    MacArthur       Bozak           Kessel
    Versteeg         Boyce         Armstrong
    Brown              Brent              Orr

    Phaneuf         Schenn
    Kaberle        Komisarek
    Gunnarson      Aulie

    Reimer (Gustavsson)

    Not real big on breaking up the Kulie-Grabo-Mac line but these are the lines and pairings I would give first crack at.

  22. dumbassdoorman says:

    That is just too many minutes for my liking to give Komisarek……..Ya playing with kabs may help Komi, and SchennPhaneuf is just a scarey though for hitting ability…

  23. dumbassdoorman says:

    Ah, I think they may throw Mac n the ussr back together…..give bozak time with Kessel and Lupul( yes, i know they are both RWs) or even try Versteeg there. Though that third line pays very well together too. They also waived mitchel today I was reading.

  24. nordiques100 says:

    getting rid of Mitchell is Burke's best move yet…..ever

  25. dumbassdoorman says:

    lol…..i don't know I prefer the Toskala trade and Blake too

  26. nordiques100 says:

    it will only be upstaged if he somehow got rid of Lebda, Finger and Komisarek in the same trade LOL

  27. dumbassdoorman says:

    I don't know if he threw in our next 2 1st rounders he could do that deal…….though Snow needs help everywhere!!!!

  28. wayne2 says:

    Sens need to make moves and rebuild with picks and prospects.Teams are starting to get ready for the playoffs and have needs.Here's a few thoughts:

    To Boston:Gonchar + late pick(7th and up)
    To Ottawa:Wheeler
    (Wheeler is young,big and fast while Gonchar brings great offensive skills and the bruins can afford to loose a forward as they're full of them)

    To Vancouver:Phillips and Rutuu
    To Ottawa:Raymond Mason + 3rd pick
    (Ottawa gets a much needed pick and a porspect while Vancouver gets a shutdown experienced defensemen whoom elevates his play in the playoffs and a gritty experienced forward and take a big step towards the cup)

    To Montreal or Pittsburgh:Kovalev
    To Ottawa:a pick between 4th and 7th round
    (the only places Kovalev's been shown to have a little heart and a pick for the sens)

    In the off season Ottawa signs Bieksa(hardnosed defensemen) and both Craig Anderson and Josh Harding for 3 years each just to give more time to Lehner.

  29. alpalstewart says:

    well i'm hearing that Ales Hemsky and Dustin Penner are both up on the block. the oilers stand to lose both of them come july 1st.

  30. canucks4thecup says:

    That has to be one of the dumbest trade offers I have ever heard…..

    What in god's name makes you think the Canucks would trade Mason Raymond and a 3rd rounder for Phillips and Rutuu.  YOUR NUTS!!
    Mason Raymond is hardly a prospect. He's a solid second line winger in his third full season with the Canucks. 25 years old and coming in to his prime.  He scored 25 goals last season but was hampered by injury earlier this season.  Raymond will score 30 goals next season barring another injury.
    Don't get your heart set on Bieksa either.  I wouldn't be surprised to see the Canucks sign him when the season's over and we won the cup.
    Maybe Gillis and the Canucks would do Ruutu for a third or fourth rounder as 4th line help up front is all we need.   Canucks have the best defence in the league and all though struggling from injuries at the moment, come playoff time everyone should be healthy.  Vancouver is DEEP on defence.
  31. canucks4thecup says:

    Oilers should deal 1 of them to get a package in return and so they can hold on to "some" veteran talent…I like Penner better so I'd deal Hemsky but deal whomever you get more for….

  32. Tachmo says:

    i wouldn't necessarily say that Toronto trading Boston Kaberle is sending Bos a favor. Maybe it can viewed as Bos doing Tor a favor.

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