Ryan more likely than Getzlaf to be traded … Ruutu will draw interest … Carter separates shoulder … Penguins lose Staal, Neal and Adams

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson doesn’t see the Ducks trading Ryan Getzlaf. A league executive said that Bobby Ryan is the most likely to be moved. Philadelphia seems like a logical bet for Ryan. Matheson can see James van Riemsdyk in a package. The Ducks might ask for Brayden Schenn and may ask for a defenseman like Braydon Coburn. Sean Couturier is off-limits. The Maple Leafs would love Getzlaf but Burke may not have the pieces to get him. What would he offer: Lupul, Gardiner or Kadri? The Oilers would be interested. Nugent-Hopkins, Hall and Eberle are untouchable which would leave players like: Sam Gagner, Ladislav Smid, Tom Gilbert, Magnus Paajarvi, Oscar Klefbom, Tyler Pitlick, Teemu Hartikainen, Jeff Petry. The Blackhawks are looking for another defenseman with Hurricanes Tim Gleason or Bryan Allen making sense. They’d like Lubomir Visnovsky, but he under contract for next year with a $3 million salary but a $5.6 million cap hit. The Capitals, Penguins and Sharks could be interested in Hurricanes winger Tuomo Ruutu as a rental.
  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: The Oilers are actively looking for a defenseman and there is an outside chance they shut Ryan Whitney down for the season. Winger Ales Hemsky’s time in Edmonton could be coming to an end.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Bruins Brad Marchand will have his hearing today at noon with Brendan Shanahan. Ducks J.F. Jacques will likely have a hearing at some point for his hit on R.J. Umberger.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Vladimir Tarasenko was traded to Dynamo Moscow, which likely means he’ll be joining the St. Louis Blues over the summer.
  • Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch: Blue Jackets forward  Jeff Carter suffered a separated shoulder last night. “We’ll see where he’s at and we’ll get more detail tomorrow,” coach Scott Arniel said. He suffered the injury on a blindsided hit by Francois Beauchemin. Winger Cody Bass won’t have shoulder surgery, he’ll rehab it and hopes to play again this season. Forward Mark Letestu will have surgery today on a broken pinky finger metacarpal and will be out 6 weeks.
  • Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Penguins have lost Jordan Staal for 4 to 6 weeks with a knee injury. He has damage to his MCL and it won’t require surgery. Winger James Neal broke his foot on Saturday. “In the next few days we’ll see what that timetable looks like, but it’s weeks, not days,” Bylsma said. Craig Adams injured his knee during practice after a collision in yesterday’s practice.
  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller pulled himself in the 1st period of last night’s game. Iiro Tarkki filled in for Hiller. The Ducks usual backup Dan Ellis re-injured his groin on Saturday and will be out for 4 weeks. Kyle Palmieri and Jean-Francois Jacques were recalled. Andrew Gorden was assigned to the AHL and George Parros was put on the IR.
  • Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune: Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp suffered an upper-body injury in the 1st and didn’t return. “We’re going to have some tests with him (and we’ll) know more (Monday),” Quenneville said.
  • Katie Carrera of the OC Register: Capitals Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green didn’t practice yesterday. Though no update was given other than being day-to-day, it seems they are bracing for not having either in the lineup against the Kings, and possibly longer. Lines at practice: Semin-Johansson-Knuble, Ovechkin-Laich-Brouwer, Chimera-Halpern-Ward, Hendricks-Perreault-Beagle. Defensive pairings: Alzner-Carlson, Hamrlik-Wideman, Erskine-Orlov, Schultz.


  1. Matt

    January 9, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Ales Hemsky has been rumored to be moved forever it seems like. Really don’t know what kind of offer a team would make to get him.

    I think I would do Van Riemsdyk and a defenseman for Ryan and Visnovsky. That would get them a great winger for Giroux for years to come and solve the Pronger situation at least for now. I know Riemer is injured but with Giroux he becomes expendable.

  2. Wunschkind89

    January 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    I don’t think the Ducks would want Lupul back, even if he’s top-5 in scoring this year. I’m also not certain if the Ducks and Leafs match up wel enough for a trade. My guess is if Ryan is traded, he goes to the Kings.

  3. AJ

    January 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    @ Matt:
    You can’t look at Ryan and JVR as equals and you’re seriously underrating Visnovsky, especially for 3M next year.
    Ryan and Visnovsky for JVR, Coburn and Schenn.

    The Ducks… Ryan… to the Kings… u mad? (and what for btw?)

  4. Brent

    January 9, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    easy, for Kopitar LOL

  5. hotwings

    January 9, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    ryan could end up with the kings.. jack johnson + something else….

    i think the leafs match up fairly well for a ryan trade… they could send them something like franson/kadri or franson/1st/colbourne..

  6. Wunschkind89

    January 9, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Hmmm.. just throwing names out, but Ryan for Bernier and a pick or B+ prospect? Kings for some reason need offense, and have a bit of a surplus in goaltending, which the Ducks lack in. Hiller isn’t that great, and has always needed a tonne of games off.

  7. AJ

    January 9, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    I admit I’m having a hard time measuring the value of a goalie (prospect) in these situations, especially compared to a guy like Ryan, but I’d say Bernier, a prospect and a pick. Theoretically.

    I don’t see this happening at all. Ducks won’t trade Ryan for a goalie imo, and Kings would need a dependable backup back.

  8. Wunschkind89

    January 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Yeah I honestly don’t see it working either. I mean, it makes sense in terms of value and filling holes, but it leaves a hole on the Kings. Here’s another possibility:

    To Kings: Ryan

    To Anaheim: Bernier, Toffoli, 2nd-round pick

    Still don’t think it’s a great fit for both teams, but it does make some sense.

  9. Wunschkind89

    January 9, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    By the way, the Kings’ top prospect is Martin Jones, so calling him up to back-up isn’t a bad idea either.

  10. Frank

    January 9, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    You guys really think LA and Anaheim would make a trade with eachother?

  11. Mark Easson

    January 10, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I’d be really surprised if the Kings-Ducks did a deal, especially involving a high end player. But you never know as the Leafs-Bruins have done a couple deals.

    Not sure the Ducks would be after a goalie. Sure Hiller has struggle this year, and there is his veritgo but look as his past numbers:

    07-08 2.06 GAA and .927 SV% 10-7-1
    08-09 2.39 and .919 23-15-1
    09-10 2.73 and .918 30-23-4
    10-11 2.56 and .924 26-16-3

  12. AJ

    January 10, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Me neither and I’ve already stated it earlier in this and other posts.

    I really think (and hope) Hiller’s issue is not vertigo-related, but rather a situation- and self-inflicted thing, caused by a combination of lack of confidence and pressure to get back where he was pre-vertigo.

    His current injury could change the situation a bit, if it’s longer term, but otherwise, the Ducks should sign a Harding type of goalie via FA, if available. That would be a fair cost insurance.

  13. ThisPersonHere

    January 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Hmmm i’d say Toronto can pull off a trade, Burke is a smart man.. this is whut i think in my opinion…

    ANA: Kulimen, Crabb, Aulie and a 1st or 2nd

    TOR: Ryan or Getzlaf

  14. AJ

    January 11, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    That’s if you want to get an autographed stick from Getzlaf and Ryan, along with a bag of pucks and a little bit of fresh summer California breeze in a sack 😀

    Seriously, that’s not even 4 2nd rounders and the talk is about 4 1st’s…