Sharks hire Robinson … Avs should trade Duchene? Rangers could trade for Weber … Wings and others want Doan … Keep Nash?

  • Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post: Kiszla thinks that one of Paul Stastny, Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly needs to be trade bait for Bobby Ryan or Rick Nash. The Avalanche need someone to put the puck in the net, and Kiszla thinks Duchene is the center that makes the most sense to be dealt. He’s only 21 and just signed a 2 year, $7 million deal.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Brooks says the only 2 options for the Predators and Shea Weber are to give a big front-loaded contract (14 years) or trade him. A 14 year deal worth between $112 million and $119 million, a cap hit between $8-8-5 million. Brooks thinks that any one other than Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan McDonagh, Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Chris Kreider should be available to trade for Weber. Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik have no-movement/no-trade clauses and not included.
  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings will be pitching hard for the services of Shane Doan. Some issues regarding the Coyotes and their sale should come to an end today, but they could end up dragging on a bit. A couple days ago Doan said he’d start taking offers from teams starting this week. He doesn’t want to leave the Coyotes, but if there isn’t going to be long-term stability in Phoenix, he may look elsewhere. He could be looking for a deal in the $5 million range and he’ll get interest from the Kings, Penguins, Canadiens, Rangers and Blackhawks.
  • Rob Oller of the Columbus Dispatch: Oller thinks that if the Blue Jackets can’t get a deal that “exceedingly benefits the organization,” they should remove the “C” from his jersey and keep him. Nash has been unhappy, but he’s always acted professionally.
  • Slava Malamud via twitter: There are unconfirmed reports yesterday that CSKA offered 3 years and $30 million to Alexander Semin.


  1. Jeff

    July 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    “Brooks thinks that any one other than Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan McDonagh, Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Chris Kreider should be available to trade for Weber.”


    How about? Weber is better than any player on our team, and we would give up anyone — except our goaltender — for him.

  2. Tom

    July 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    If that is true, there is no way Semin could stay in the NHL.

  3. Toby

    July 9, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Keep Nash and take the “C”? Worst idea ever. If you’re going to keep him you have to keep him your captain.

  4. BuddyBenny

    July 9, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    I would definitely toss in Chris Kreider for Weber. Weber is only 26 and is an all-star. The Rangers would have went to the finals with Weber in the lineup. Also for Semen, he’d be a star for CSKA – his style suits that league and he’d be lucky to get 20 million over 3 years here but kudos for him for wanting to prove himself in the NHL.

  5. LordStanley34386110

    July 9, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Id give up just about any player on Chicago except Toews for Shea Weber.Give Nashville the picks Bowman and save your brief and dying career.Either way I’d be happy to haave him or happy to get him out my division/ conference

  6. LordStanley34386110

    July 9, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    And holy Christ,don’t go to LA him n Quick etc .They’ll never lose lol

  7. d

    July 9, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    weber in LA with quick, that just sounds ridiculous

    @toby, 100% agree

  8. Luke

    July 9, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Something is seriously wrong with Mark Kiszla…

    Anyone who thinks that the Avs should trade O’Reilly or Duchene does not keep any track of the Avs whatsoever. O’Reilly led us in points last year, and Duchene has amazing talent that has yet to be tapped. He was injured for a lot of last year and never found his stride. Watch him hit 80+ points this year if he can stay healthy. And O’Reilly is one of our team pillars and an amazing leader.

    What’s this guy on?

  9. AJ

    July 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Luke, he makes complete sense. Of course trading Stastny might be a better option from an AVS standpoint, but Duchene has more value. Besides, the Landeskog-O’Reilly-Downie line is a given, so name your No.1 and No.3 lines, when you have Stastny, Duchene, Hejduk, McGinn, Jones and Parenteau for that. You only have 2 centers so either Stastny or Duchene plays below his capabilities. You wouldn’t wanna hurt Duchene’s development, but you also wouldn’t wanna pay 6.6M for a 3rd line C in Stastny. You can play McGinn on the 3rd line, but he won’t score 20+ goals there again. You can put Jones there, but again, you then have a guy playing 3rd line minutes for 4M.
    So, what do you do?

  10. Patrick

    July 9, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    @AJ, No he doesn`t. He`s a complete moron and is possible the worst writer in sports. He usually just butchers the other three sports and leaves hockey alone but lately that hasn`t been the case. Maybe someone has to be traded sure but I guarantee Duchene is untouchable. Do not take anything that idiot says seriously, he is clueless.

  11. tdeuce

    July 9, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    AJ, you’re completely right. Being an Avs fan though it’d be tough to swallow. I’m with Luke in that I could see Duchene hitting 80 points here soon but he’s the center that would hold the most value for us to make a trade. If I’m trading him though, I’m trading him for Bobby Ryan, not Nash. A more affordable cap hit, a younger player and a built-in chemistry with Stastny already. Besides, if we wanted Nash, Howson would probably be asking for Duchene, Landeskog, Elliott and (2) 1st round picks.

  12. Bobbylight

    July 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    I know this would be an aweful trade for CBJ but I really hope Burkie inquires in on Weber and offers a trade of Phaneuf + ___ for him. Weber and Phaneuf have very similar styles of play but Weber is WAYYY better on 1-on-1’s. If CBJ is desperate, maybe they would consider it.

  13. AJ

    July 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    @Patrick, I haven’t heard from the guy so far so I’ll remember that.
    However I still can’t figure out the Avs Forwards depth chart as it is. If I were an Avs fan, I sure as hell wouldn’t trade Duchene. Or O’Reilly or Landeskog for that matter, but as they have top-6 centers in excess, Duchene is still the most valuable as an asset.
    The other problem is that they could trade Stastny, but A) will they ba able to hit the cap floor like that and B) is this team ready to be handed to Duchene and O’Reilly?
    There’s David Jones to trade, but why did he get 4M. It almost amkes him untradeable.

  14. Mark Easson

    July 9, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    @Bobbylight …. you mean Nashville and not Columbus.

    I can’t see the Avalanche trading Duchene, especially at a cap friendly number for the next 2 years. Of the 3, I’d expect Stastny to be moved.