Rumors from the Dreger Report

1) Trade discussions around the NHL are heating up as teams move closer to declaring themselves as “buyers” or “sellers.”

Sources around the league consider the Columbus Blue Jackets to be among those most eager and perhaps, closest to making a significant deal.

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson doesn’t speak publicly about trade negotiations and won’t comment on speculation a few of his key players may be in play.

However, Columbus goaltender Steve Mason (the 2009 NHL rookie of the year), young forward Jakub Voracek (selected seventh overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft) and 28-year-old defenceman Rostislav Klesla – the Blue Jackets’ first ever draft pick (4th overall in 2000) are believed to be drawing trade interest.

The Blue Jackets’ needs are many, although a top line centre and high quality defenceman are said to be on Howson’s wish list.

2) Prior to the Florida-Montreal game Wednesday night, Panthers GM Dale Tallon and Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier reportedly spent considerable time chatting, sparking trade speculation.

Tallon tells The Dreger Report that no groundwork for a blockbuster was laid. He says they spent most of their time discussing the state of the game and some of things they expect to deal with at next month’s general managers meetings.

3) At least three NHL teams have expressed interest in goaltender Ray Emery.

Sources have confirmed both the Anaheim Ducks and Philadelphia Flyers are in the mix as two of the three teams, however neither team is at a point where they’re prepared to make an offer to sign the unrestricted free agent. Although, the expectation is teams will make their move on Emery within the next 48 hours.

Former Ottawa Senators goalie coach, Eli Wilson has been working with Emery, focusing on the technical side of his game following extensive hip surgery.

25 Responses to Rumors from the Dreger Report

  1. Leafs_the_word says:

    Columbus is an great example how building a team with 4th-9th overall draft picks is futile.

  2. reinjosh says:

    Columbus = Calgary last year

    Team primed for a hasty trade in an effort to make the playoffs.

  3. Boston_Bruins says:

    With the new rules, could a player just skate with his head down the whole game and be immune from being checked because it would be considered a "blindside"? Because if Sawada isn't skating with his head between his legs through the slot last night, that's not a blindside.

  4. MystifoLeafs says:

    if this is correct then there are a few guys off Columbus I would love Burke to try and get

  5. Kramer says:

    I have a new idea for the NHL to increase fights. First of all, there should be more stats on fighting. Penalty minutes is not enough. There should be stats on these things:

    1. number of fights
    2. number of fights lasting more than 15 seconds
    3. number of fights won & lost
    4. number of fights won by decision (should be an official scorer)
    5. number of fights won by TKO or KO
    6. number of multi fight games
    7. also there should be a fight "hat trick" (3 fights in a game)

    If there are stats on fighting, there would be more competition for players try get into more fights. Sort of like a scoring race for fighting.

    Second, there should be a trophy for NHL best fighter (the "Tie Domi trophy").

    Third, and I said this before, the all star game should invite at least 2 enforcers and fighting should be part of the skills competition.

    And finally, the Hall of Fame should have a special category to induct fighters. An "Enforcers category".

    The leagues needs to do something to cause fighting. The Kramer plan cuts through the red tape and delivers.

  6. canucks4thecup says:

    It was everything Rule 48 states a player can't do…"lateral, blind side hit to the head"…doesn't matter if his head was down, it was a hit to the head….I'm not a fan of the rule, just sayin though..

  7. canucks4thecup says:

    I don't think the NHL wants to increase fighting especially with all of the concussions, all though I would love to see this happen, it NEVER would….

  8. Leafs_RegimeofBurke_ says:

    If he's just skating with his head down he could still get creamed without being bilndsided or hit on the head (see hip check for example). So no, he could not skate with his head down and avoid being checked in the new rules.

  9. leafmeister says:

    Does anyone think that John Moore might be available from Columbus? He could be a nice offensive defensemen to play with either Schenn or Aulie. Not sure what it would take, but having a dynamic push-rushing defensemen would be great for the offense.

  10. MystifoLeafs says:

    I agree 100% with Kramer on this one. We also need more hitting and not this back checking, hits but open ice hits that would make the likes of Scott Stevens proud. They should keep a tally on these amazing hits and whoever at the end of the year has the most gets the Scott Stevens Trophy. The top of which could be a solid gold figure that resembles the hit Scott Stevens did on Eric Lindros.

  11. dumbassdoorman says:

    I don't know really, Clb tends to hang onto their young players.

  12. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Don't forget Florida

  13. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    i read in an article that columbus veiwed jones as a savior and has really high hopes for this kid has they believe he has a tremendous upside and a little less version of green like offensive potential. So i highly doubt he's available

  14. coyotes_bettman says:

    I would almost bet that Gauthier and Tallon were talking about McCabe.

    I can't think of many other players that the Canadiens would have interest in that are on the Panthers roster – maybe Stillman? Bernier? 
    We all know that the moon is expected to land Kaberle but what would the Habs give up to get McCabe?
  15. MystifoLeafs says:

    I have been noticing that NYR is assumed to be looking for a mobile defenceman. They have been sending scouts to look at Souray but he has not been looking great at all. It seems that NYR is trying to make a playoff push this year and if they are really trying to be a cup contender and want their PMD then I recommend they target Kaberle and I think I came up with a trade that will work for both teams.

    Del Zotto 
    Christan Hansen
    New York gets a great PMD who is not at all old and is a pending UFA so his money is off the books after this year and if New York picks they are given a chance to resign the guy before anyone else so they can lock him up for the future as well. For kaberle he is given what he wants a team that is in the Eastern Conference so he plus it is rumored New York is a team that he would consider a trade to go to. I also would like to point out a bonus for Kaberle and one reason I would like him to go to New York is they do have a pretty good team. If everything goes right and Lundqvist is on his A game they have potential to go far. Plus they get a prospect with size and grit in Hansen.
    As for the Toronto Maple Leafs they get a great prospect who has been having a tough year in Del Zotto who is from the Toronto area. Del Zotto has huge upside and could become a future Kaberle for Toronto and would really bolster our crop of young D man. 
    I would like to point out this may have to happen before this trade did go through and that is Kaberle agent and Sather would have to sit down and ensure that Kaberle will resign with New York in order for them to justify giving up Del Zotto.
    Just because this is what the Defence pairings could look like…
    Phaneuf – Beauchemin
    Schenn – Del Zotto
    Komisareak – Gunnarsson
  16. Nonikhanna_Leafs says:

    how about Malkin for Kessel+Kaberle

  17. LeafsFTW17 says:

    That would be a good trade for Pittsburgh actually, Kessel=Crosby=DANGEROUS

  18. LeafsFTW17 says:

    Correct me if im wrong but didn't Schenn say he was friends with Del Zotto.. or was it Stamkos that was friends with Del Zotto?

  19. LeafsFTW17 says:

    cough Johansson cough

  20. LeafsFTW17 says:

    Am I the only one who has noticed that Bozak and Dreger look quite similar?

  21. leafmeister says:

    I dont know. Stamkos, Schenn and Doughty are all friends from the WJC/draft experience though.

  22. Leafs_RegimeofBurke_ says:

    Kessel says it isn't working out, and there's no communication between he and Ron Wilson.
    The most common response will be "Fire Ron Wilson already", which I totally agree with. But the other thing, which is just as important, is WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM KESSEL
    He wanted out of Boston, now he wants out of here. Does the guy have a problem with authority or something? He gets so frustrated, and his work ethic is clearly abysmal. I wonder what's going on in his head…does he want out of Leaf Land, or will he be happy if Ron is canned and Burke can get him a 1st liner or 2?
    Ugh, this frustrates me quite a bit. How can a professional coach and a professional star player not talk at all? That just sickens me, it is an insult to the fans and the integrity of the organization. We don't expect perfect success, but this is just a big dirty mess. 
    Kessel needs to be sat down, spoken to, and listened to. None of this "uh, we don't really talk" bullshit. Seriously. Insulting.
  23. b_devils says:

    A deal based on Bauchieman and Voracek.

    Both teams satisfy needs. 
  24. LeafsFTW17 says:

    You can't really blame Kessel can you? He is playing on a line with an AHL player and a 3rd line center, also the best D men on every team key in on kessel at all times. Sure, he isn't playing to good but give him some slack, hes not Crosby or Ovechkin, he can't do everything himself get him a good playmaker on his line and for ***** sakes fire ron wilson already, he couldn't do shit with a stacked San Jose team and same goes with the leafs. This problem needs to be fixed one step at a time and in my opinion Ron Wilson needs to be the is the first to go.

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