Oilers would listen to Khabibulin offers … Round up of what some teams are looking for … Could Visnovsky be on the move? Glencross out 6 weeks

  • Darren Dreger of TSN: (mailbag) The Oilers would listen to offers on Nikolai Khabibulin (39). He has 1 year left at $3.75 million. They would need to get a goalie back if they dealt him. Hard to see the Oilers and Canucks doing a deal for Schneider. If the Oilers made it a big deal that included Ales Hemsky, a Jonathan Bernier deal could make some sense. The Flames are still looking to improve this year, and can use some of their upcoming UFAs for help. The Blue Jackets could dangle Jeff Carter, Antoine Vermette and Derick Brassard. Rick Nash’s name will come up at the deadline. The Capitals are expecting Mike Green to return just before the trade deadline.
  • Jason Brough of ProHockey Talk: Brough thinks that if the Blue Jackets were to trade Jeff Carter, it’s more likely to happen in the summer, maybe by a new GM. Would he get a package equal to what he gave up for him now? It cost them their 2011 8th overall pick, which turned out to be Sean Couturier, Jakob Voracek and a 3rd rounder. Carter is under contract until 2022 with a $5.3 million cap hit. The Maple Leafs have been looking for a 1st line center. The Rangers could use some scoring help. The Kings could also use some additional scoring, reuniting him with Mike Richards.
  • Kevin Allen of the Toronto Star: Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke thinks it will be a busy trade deadline, but Burke hope to make moves beforehand as he’s “never liked the price tag at the deadline.” The Predators are looking for offensive help, and GM David Poile could deal Ryan Suter if they can’t re-sign him. The Sabres have to look at a roster shake-up. They could use a top-line center, and Drew Stafford could be bait. The Coyotes could use some help up front. The Wild are looking for some offensive help. The Oilers could trade UFAs Ales Hemsky and Ryan Smyth. The Flyers should be looking for a veteran blueliner. The Senators could use some more scoring help up front. The Ducks have Jason Blake heading to free agency. The Blue Jackets have Vinny Prospal and Samuel Pahlsson who’ll draw some interest. The Hurricanes will get interest in Tim Gleason and Tuomo Ruutu.
  • Pierre LeBrun via twitter: LeBrun thinks that Beauchemin’s contract extension further raises the possibility that Lubomir Visnovsky could be dealt at the trade deadline.
  • Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier is under contract until 2012-13, but will the Kings trade him before then? Many teams regard him as a future #1 goalie. But is he playing enough to generate a strong offer? He’s on pace to play in 15 games.


  1. Jeff

    January 21, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Would Ryan Smyth accept a trade?

  2. Mark Easson

    January 21, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Maybe on a wink-wink, nudge-nudge, Oilers would sign him on July 1st.

  3. Gregory

    January 21, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Khabi and Hemsky are a combined 9 million dollar cap hit. Can’t see the Kings wanting that. Unless of course the Oilers took back Dustin Penner.

  4. Wunschkind89

    January 21, 2012 at 10:38 am

    If Grabovski goes on a tear over the next couple weeks, they should trade him for whatever they can get and call up Colborne. They need size up the middle, and Grabbo has been playing on the 3rd line anyway.

    I’d be shocked if Edmonton traded Smyth again. Not because it’s not the right thing for their team to do, but because they’ve already done it once and it killed the guy.

  5. Jeff

    January 21, 2012 at 10:41 am

    I really like Grabovski.

  6. JoonasJ86

    January 21, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Khabby for TB’s Rolli!! Trade of the year.

  7. hotwings

    January 21, 2012 at 11:01 am

    i prefer keeping grabo to colbourne. grabo is young too… colbourne reminds me of john mitchell, but more tenacious.. grabo is a good sparkplug and is gritty, regardless of his size..

    honestly,who is gonna take khabi from the oil? i think edmonton is gonna be in the same position in the standings next year… the oil needs to take a bad contract back if they wanna get rid of khabi…

    what a joke columbus is… even if they werent injured.. they didnt shore up their goaltending and let brassard waste away in the press box in the first half… they cannot be seriously considering getting rid of jeff carter… it would turn their organization into a real circus. i pray to god burke doesnt trade for him…he prob wont as he doesnt like those monster contracts… under contract until 2022? cmon, honestly!!!

    a nashville-edmonton trade involving suter and hemsky makes sense.. if they have to pull the trigger..

  8. Jeff

    January 21, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Agree 100% on CBJ and Carter.

    Re: Suter, you would need to be talking about Eberle or someone of similar stature for that to happen. Suter is a top 5 D-man in the L.

  9. Wunschkind89

    January 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    RE: Keeping Grabbo: I like him. Soft hands, good speed, only 28. The problem is he’s a UFA at the end of the year, he’s making $3.5MM right now, and will ask for $4MM+. That’s pretty expensive for a 3rd-line center.

  10. hotwings@wings.com

    January 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Grabo situation is interesting… i would like to speculate that burke’s main priority is to get that #1 centre he has been coveting.. but if that falls thru in the next few weeks, then i suspect he may try to resign grabo as a backup plan, as the centre situation doesnt get that much better in the free agency season.. even if he does land a true #1 centre,i think he has to resign grabo, as he is a legitimate top 6 forward and could probably be shifted around if need be..

    and ya,suter is a stud… i dunno if edmonton would have the balls to let go of eberle though…