Sunday Night Rumor Roundup – June 7, 2009


Ley-Quinn reunion unlikely

New Wild GM hints trades in the offing

Rumour mill goes Wild


Larry Brooks Writes

28-year-old Marian Gaborik, eligible to become a free agent on July 1 following a season in which he, a) turned down an $80 million contract extension from the Wild because he had no interest in continuing to play for Jacques Lemaire; and, b) was limited to 17 games because of a hip injury for which he underwent surgery in early January.

Gaborik is one of the NHL’s great talents, having scored 219 goals in 502 games after joining Minnesota as the third-overall selection in the 2000 Entry Draft (after Rick DiPietro and Dany Heatley). But he also has been a chronic visitor to the injured reserve, having played 65 games or fewer in four of his last five seasons. As such, he presents a significant risk, even though he nearly carried the Wild into the playoffs after returning for the final 11 games of the season.

The question is whether he is a risk worth taking for the Rangers, who historically have swung and missed in free agency more often than Alex Rodriguez in the playoffs.

And the answer is . . . well, the answer is a qualified yes,

Ley-Quinn reunion unlikely

Jim Matheson writes – Journal Hockey Writer

Rick Ley has been a member of two Pat Quinn coaching staffs in the NHL, but he doesn’t think he’ll get the hat trick and join the Edmonton Oilers as an assistant.

“Just because Pat and I have a history does not mean we are tied at the hip,” said Ley, who was on the bench with Quinn (Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks) for 11 years.

“I’ve talked to Pat and they seem to have their people in place. They have very good people out there,” said Ley, 60, who was also head coach of the Canucks and the Hartford Whalers.

New Wild GM hints trades in the offing

MICHAEL RUSSO of the Star Tribune reports that

“We’re reviewing every team in the league and trying to find areas where we may have a common interest in terms of a trade,” Fletcher said. “We’ll refine our list even more as we get ready for the trades that may or may not happen around the draft.”
Because of the uncertain economic future of the NHL, Fletcher said he believes there will be more players to acquire via trade than ever. The Wild is expected to dangle players such as goalie Josh Harding, enforcer Derek Boogaard, winger Pierre-Marc Bouchard and minor-leaguer Benoit Pouliot.

Rumour mill goes Wild

Jim Matheson writes – Journal Hockey Writer

Former Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish could investigate a broadcasting job next season which he jokingly says “would be safer,” but sources in Minnesota say he has had an interview for the Wild’s head coaching job.
MacTavish wouldn’t comment Thursday on persistent reports that he’s in the running after Jacques Lemaire, the only man to coach the Wild, quit after the regular season.

MacTavish wouldn’t confirm nor deny he had talked to anybody from the Wild.

He did admit he’s not burned out from his time behind the bench in Edmonton. He was fired shortly after the Oilers missed the playoffs for the third straight year.

“I want to coach again,” said MacTavish, who turns 51 in August.

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4 Responses to Sunday Night Rumor Roundup – June 7, 2009

  1. ranger_fan says:

    I somewhat agree with Larry Brooks. If the Dolan's are looking for opportunity for money as Cablevision fails, they need to look at the Rangers and Knicks. The Knicks just plain suck and if they want more revenue from the Knicks, they could try improving that team to get to the playoffs.

    The Rangers don't have that franchise skater. In fact, I'd argue they haven't had one since Gilbert. Messier spent like 10 seasons total and we got him in his prime. It is time we pony up and get a face who can produce offensively.

    And no offense, but many americans do not want people do not want an "Anisimov" or "Grachev" sewn to the back of a Ranger jersey. Or even "Cherepanov." We are still pro-North America and we prefer jerseys with Anglicised names.

    I am not saying that it is bad that we are tactically drafting many Russians and Europeans who haven't gotten the scouting that many north american kids have. Getting Grachev in the third round might be the best value pick in that entire draftl. But it is time we step up to the plate and offer up a lot to get a Tavares. Or a Duchene.

    Granted it will take a serious blow to our prospects pool to and take a high risk to do so. I believe the Rangers have a tremendous amount of talent that is NHL ready. But we have a couple projected for the second line, many checking and 4th line players. So what is giving up some high picks for the chance to land a first line player and the face of NYs offense!

    So a qualified yes is what I have for Larry Brooks. Gaborik can be helped in NY. Our trainers are among the best as we had virtually no injuries and we have access to state of the art facilities to get players ready to go. I fear that Gaborik might have motivation issues along with poor durability. And I'm not giving out another Wade Redden contract.

    Unfortunately the Isles probably will not trade with the Rangers. In fact, I can only see them making a deal with the Avs or Lightning to guarantee one of the big three in the draft: Hedman, Duchene, or Tavares. The Lightning I'm sure would rather trade Lecavailler than the pick if the Isles do indeed take Hedman. If #1 is not Hedman, Tampa is not moving the pick. And third, the Avs are not really listening because they want of the these three kids.

    While acquiring Lecavailler might be the second coming of Mark Messier to Broadway, he still wouldn't be a Ranger for life. He is a favorite of Torts. But he is still expensive and the price would be comprable to that of #2 overall. Also Gomer or Redden would have to go the other way and I'll say right now – that aint happening.

    Below is what I proposed for #2 which would be Tavares:
    Michael Del Zotto
    Nik Zherdev
    Artem Anisimov or Brandon Dubinsky
    19th overall 2009
    AND Tampa can choose 2 of the following prospects/players:
    Fred Sjostrom, Derek Stapan, Michael Sauer, Corey Potter

    Artem Anisimov and Dubinsky play the same role so one could be dealt. I would prefer it be Anisimov because Dubinsky could be an effective 2nd line winger.

    Losing Del Zotto would be a huge blow but TB management knows he and Stamkos are buddies and both might sign long term if together. We have Sanguinetti who really needs to work with Schoenfeld to get his defensive game together. And if Mara and Morris are lost, Potter and Sauer could be called upon. Denisimov is available as an emergency called up – so at least on defense we could survive an injury with our young depth.

    Offensively, there are so many 3rd and 4th liners who could step up – I can't mention all of them. Parenteau, Byers, and Moore certainly jump to the top of the list. I also would be interested in seeing what Dale Weise can do. Either way, I'm not worried about offensive depth. Even if we do lose a top 6 forward, they have all underachieved in NY. Grachev will start in the Pack and might see himself a Ranger next year.

  2. Kramer says:

    My secret insider source said Burke was talking to Murray the other day. I think there could be a trade cooking.

  3. JustYouW8 says:

    Burke and Murray were seen sitting together watching the finals, can't remember what game it was though..

  4. njpenguins08 says:

    I couldn't disagree more with everything you just said. First off, look at the depth of the teams that made it to the stanley cup final. The main reason Detroit is stoppable right now is that no other team can match their depth. Why would trading away half the team for a superstar lead to success. Maybe it would increase ticket sales, but at the Garden that really isn't a problem.

    I don't think people care if they are rooting for a European or North American skater, as long as they are contributing to the teams success. In addition, the fact that the Rangers were relatively healthy all season has nothing to do with the trainers. Have the trainers changed so much over the past 3 seasons, where the Rangers did have some injury issues (like Jagr and Lundqvist). Plus, the Rangers don't really have the cap space to get Gaborik, unless they don't resign players like Dubinsky and Zherdev, letting them become UFA for nothing.

    TB wouldn't want Gomez or Redden. First off Redden is terrible, and Gomez has talent but is so rediculously overpaid that his contract makes it near impossible for him to be traded away.

    Finally in the trade you propose, I would accept it very quickly. Tavares is the next big thing, just like Eric Lindros was the next big thing. You are giving up a some good quality players (Dubinsky and Zherdev) in exchange for an unknown.

    Just something to consider.

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