Morning rumors involving: Ruutu, Clowe, Moen, Carter, Thomas, Canadiens, Hurricanes, Flyers, Maple Leafs, Crosby, Duchene, Blackhawks and Blue Jackets

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Hurricanes have taken lots of calls on Tuomo Ruutu and he could be moved this week.  Sharks GM Doug Wilson said there was no chance Ryane Clowe is going anywhere. The Canucks and Red Wings are just a couple of the teams that would be interested in Moen. One source is saying Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier is telling teams he’s not ready to start trading yet. The Blue Jackets will be looking to move their pending UFAs and possibly Jeff Carter. Carter doesn’t really want to be in Columbus, but can Howson find someone interested in his contract? He has 10 years left at a $5.27 million salary cap hit.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Garrioch doesn’t think the Bruins will move Tim Thomas when his no-movement clause expires on July 1st. The Canadiens haven’t decided if they will be buyers or sellers. GM Gauthier is looking for a big center. There was talk that they could be interested in Sabres center Derek Roy, but he’s 5’8″. Since it doesn’t look like Ryan Suter and Shea Weber will be available at the trade deadline, the Flyers will look at Hurricanes Tim Gleason, Bryan Allen and Jaroslav Spacek. A Jeff Carter trade would more likely happen in the summer. The Maple Leafs would like to add a center, and he’d like to get something done in the next 48 hours (starting yesterday). Tuomo Ruutu is a possibility, but the Hurricanes are asking a lot for him.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Yesterday marked the 4 week anniversary of Avalanche forward Matt Duchene’s knee injury that was to sideline him for at least a month. Though there is no official word on when he’ll return, Dater guesses it will be at least another couple weeks.
  • Tim Sassone via twitter: The trade deadline is a month away, and Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman is not done. Sassone thinks they’ll a defenseman, maybe 2, or possibly another forward.
  • Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun: Don’t look for the Jets to be looking for a rental player by the trade deadline. They could be sellers if they remain out the playoffs.
  • Aaron Portzline via twitter: Expect a roster move today by the Blue Jackets as they have 12 healthy forwards and 6 defenseman. Jeff Carter could be close.


  1. Jeff

    January 30, 2012 at 8:29 am

    CBJ Howson is now finding out, that Holmgren is a hell of a lot smarter than he is!

  2. hotwings

    January 30, 2012 at 8:48 am

    how much egg does howson have on his face now? im sure ownership was involved and supportive in getting carter, but man, what a blunder that carter trade was… it would be easier to swallow if it werent for the size and length of the contract… unless you are getting ovi, malkin or stamkos, why would you do this deal in the first place? you cant bet the franchise, on a non-franchise player..

    this trade is gonna haunt columbus for the duration of his contract… much like the yashin and dipeitro contracts on the island…

  3. Jeff

    January 30, 2012 at 8:56 am

    I think he has an excellent change to perform the next five years. Even, possibly, at an “almost” All-Star level. Might get into an All-Star game or two. Especially next year, with the NHL All-Star game in CBJ.

    But in ten years? Doubt it. These contracts are ridiculous, and will be address in the next CBA no doubt.

  4. Old_Gaffer

    January 30, 2012 at 9:32 am

    jeff cater is not some old man , but in ten years time he will be , also i think that he will be a really good player for maybe the next 6 years , i mean cmon hes been hurt all year

  5. Jeff

    January 30, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I think that is fair, but i would say to you:

    Dont forget, Jeff Carter has averaged around 60 points, three of the past four years.

    He is not exactly a star player, and he is now 27 years old and has had exactly ONE great season in his career.

    Holmgren is sharp.

  6. Mark Easson

    January 30, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Carter is definitely a better player that his numbers show. His injuries, as well as injuries to other key Blue Jackets players like Wisniewski and Huselius are some of the reasons for his decrease in production.

    IMO, he’s also not the type of center that Rick Nash needed, and Nash is not the winger that Carter needs. Both are goal scorers.

    10 more years is a long time though.

  7. Mark Easson

    January 30, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Yes his contract is one stumbling block in moving him, but his foot issues could be another.

  8. Jeff

    January 30, 2012 at 9:57 am

    And the fact he is really isnt great?

  9. Sean

    January 30, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Carter blows! 400 shot a year 30 goals. Big deal. Give me 400 shots and I pot 10. Carter for any single part of that trade was a steal.