Leafs get offer for Grabovski … Kings making calls … Jets could use some scoring … Flyers could still be looking at D … Oilers notes

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Maple Leafs have been offered a 2nd round pick and a prospect for center Mikhail Grabovski. They could get more, and they still hope to re-sign him. The Leafs may keep Grabovski despite contract status, but will consider a 1st round pick, or the existing offer. James Mirtle via twitter: The only way Mirtle sees the Maple Leafs letting Grabovski go is if his contract demands are way to high. The next 10 days will be interesting.
  • Scott Burnside and Craig Custance of ESPN: As of yesterday afternoon, the Ducks were 6 points out a playoff spot after a 14-2-3 run. Don’t count on a Ducks fire sale now. Kings GM Dean Lombardi is under pressure to fix their offensive issues, and could be burning the phone lines with Columbus. The Kings may benefit the most from a Rick Nash deal more than any other team. Jeff Carter may be a better fit salary wise for the Kings.
  • Jonathan Willis of Hockey Prospectus on ESPN: Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman could be an option for the Capitals. He’s under contract next season, and has fallen out of favor in Anaheim. Canadiens defenseman Chris Campoli could interest the Panthers. Islanders defenseman Milan Jurcina may be a nice fit in Winnipeg.
  • Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun: Jets forward Andrew Ladd on what they need at the deadline:

    “With the troubles we’ve had scoring, if it’s not going to come from within this room, we probably could use some help, there,” he said. “We’ve got a great goaltender, we’ve got D that can move the puck and play both ways.”

  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Talk of the Leafs doing a deal with the Flyers including Luke Schenn may be off now that they acquired Nicklas Grossman. Mirtle thinks the smart move for the Maple Leafs may be to sit still and take their lumps in the playoffs if they make it.
  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The Flyers would like to add 1 more defenseman and looking at all options: Luke Schenn, Jack Johnson and Hal Gill.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: If the Blues were to make a trade for a defenseman, it would be a for a left handed shot. Pavel Kubina doesn’t fit.
  • Dan Tencer via twitter: Pierre McGuire said the Devils, Rangers and Bruins would have had interest in Ryan Smyth.
  • John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers GM Steve Tambellini won’t jeopardize their young core:

    “At no time are we going to be selling anything that is going to hurt our future, what we think is part of our core or something that is going to sustain good play for a long time,” Tambellini told reporters during an Oilers practice at Millennium Place in Sherwood Park. “If it’s something we feel will make us significantly better, long-term and short-term, of course we’ll consider it.

    “But nothing for just a short-term gain.”

    Ales Hemsky’s desire for a long term deal may signal his end in Edmonton. Tambellini said he isn’t looking to deal Sam Gagner or Nikolai Khabibulin. The Oilers would like to improve along the blueline. Oscar Klefbom and juniors David Musil, Martin Marincin and Martin Gernat are a couple years away.

11 Comments

  1. Jimmy

    February 17, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I dont see how the TML trade Grabovski in the middle of a playoff run, unless they are moving salary to fit in another high priced player.

  2. hotwings

    February 17, 2012 at 9:37 am

    i think u gotta go by what burke has said… he isnt interested in getting pounded and embarrassed in the first round and getting knocked out.. looking at the leafs today, it seems thats exactly what would happen to this team… so, its not really a playoff run at this point, nor could you hope for one, with the team they have currently…

    anyways, i guess it depends on who that prospect is, but i dont see burke doing that deal… he needs players right now to come in… not prospects at this point.. it would be much better to hold on to grabo… he is small, but he is most often the most gritty and determined leaf on the ice…

  3. AJ

    February 17, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Mark, any indication where that offer for Grabovski came from?

  4. Mark Easson

    February 17, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Haven’t heard where it came from.

  5. Jeff

    February 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    Well, lets think about this. Which contenders are looking for a 2-Way Centre, who in the past month is playing like a #1 Centre.

    –Florida? I wouldn’t call them a contender really, but they sure could use him.

    –New Jersey? He would be great there right now, but i dont see how they add players given their ownership situation.

    –Winnipeg, if they were making a run, yes. Great fit.

    –Washington? They are hurting without Backstrom, but TML wouldnt want to help a conference rival like that.

    –Chicago? He would slot in well as their #2 center, is a responsible defensive player that they could really use. It sure would be something seeing him play between Hossa and Stalberg.

    –St Louis? Another team that is unlikely to take on salary right now. He would be a good fit there, and i think Hitch would like him.

    Which brings me to my guess…

    –Nashville? He would be a terrific fit, they are going for it, they have a need and they proved last spring that they will surrender futures to try to win now. I think he would be a terrific fit there both on the ice and in the dressing room.

  6. Mark Easson

    February 17, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I was thinking Nashville as well.

    Not sure about prospects though. Radulov wouldn’t count as a prospect.

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    Jonathon Blum, D
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    Michael Latta, C
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    Anders Lindback, G
    Austin Watson, RW

  7. phil

    February 17, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I cant see 1 scenario where trading Grabovski for a prospect makes the leafs better any time soon.
    Sometimes the best trades are the trades not made.

  8. joepa

    February 17, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Agree.

  9. Jeff

    February 17, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Indeed.

  10. AJ

    February 17, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    My problem with Nashville is also the prospects.
    They lack forwards but have a wealth of Dman. But TOR has a lot of those, too.

    Craig Smith maybe? He’s already in the NHL.

    For a moment I thought it might be a deal between Bob Murray and Burke (I could explain that sans bias) and that’s why it is considered and not declined, but that’s questionable.

    I’d be curious what’s on Burke’s and Murray’s mind anyway these days. An HBO 24/7 GM edition may be interesting :D

  11. Johnny

    February 21, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Forget giving up Bernier and Johnson, the Kings should lower their sights on focus on LW’s like Whitney, or Ruutu, or try to take a run at Matt Moulson or Max Pacoiretty or Erik Cole. Those players all come at a significantly reduced price from Nash, and they could “catch lightning in a bottle” with one of two of them.