Bernier still waiting on a trade … Senators will have options … Could Doan be moved? Leafs could target Getzlaf

  • Andy Strickland of True Hockey: Last spring Kings goalie, Jonathan Bernier, asked to be traded. GM Dean Lombardi talked to a couple teams, but didn’t get a deal he liked. That, along with Jonathan Quick’s back injury, the trade went on the back burner. Sources say a Bernier trade likely won’t happen until after Roberto Luongo is traded. Rumors are the Kings could be looking for a top four defenseman. Bernier is really the only major asset the Kings are willing to move. The Maple Leafs could be one option for Bernier, and there is one specific player on the Leafs roster that Lombardi has indicated privately that he likes. He isn’t saying but it’s not looking like the Leafs are willing to move him at the moment. The Lightning, Blue Jackets and Devils have looked at Bernier at some point. Bernier will be a RFA at the end of this year.
  • Matthew Sekeres via twitter: Canucks GM Mike Gillis said he thinks that Shane Doan said no to the Canucks in the summer as Doan believed that the Coyotes would be staying in Phoenix. Doan could be traded if the Coyotes aren’t in the hunt at the NHL trade deadline. Maybe the Canucks will take another look at him.
  • Howard Berger of BergerBytes: Berger wonders if the Maple Leafs could trade for Ryan Getzlaf if he becomes available. A Western Conference executive,

    “He could be available. But, there will be a fair amount of interest in him and he won’t come cheap.”

    The Leafs have been looking for No. 1 center since Mats Sundin left in 2007-08. Without having a No. 1 center, it would appear reasonable for GM David Nonis to consider trading Phil Kessel before the trade deadline. If the Maple Leafs were able to get someone like Getzlaf, keeping Kessel would make sense. Ducks GM Bob Murray has said that he wants to re-sign Getzlaf and Corey Perry, but that will be difficult.

    “I don’t believe Anaheim will keep both players,” said my source. “I think Bob Murray may be looking for a different mix up front. But, it depends how this season goes. If the Ducks have a great year, all of that could change.”

    If the Leafs were looking to trading for him, they would want to have assurance that he’d be interested in a long-term commitment. If the Ducks say that Getzlaf won’t re-sign with them, 3 options for Getzlaf are 1) agree to sign with team that trades for him, 2) become a free agent in July and c) target the Kings in the offseason so he can remain in California (he’s built a home and his family is settled in Anaheim). Nazem Kadri would be starting point in a deal, possibly with Nikolai Kulemin and a 2nd or 3rd round pick. The Leafs won’t trade their 2013 1st round pick or Morgan Rielly.


  1. Bobandy

    02/01/2013 at 9:31 am

    HAHAHA Kadri, Kulemin and a 2nd for Getzlaf? “Sure I’ll take the $2.5 million cap hit that comes with a winger who had one good season but is brutal now”, said nobody ever. Leaf land and their crazy trades…We’ll give you everything that we don’t want anymore for your best player. Good deal right??? How about Scrivens, Kulemin and Komi for Hiller, Gibson and Getzlaf???

  2. hotwings

    02/01/2013 at 9:38 am

    kulemin isnt brutal… even during his 7 goal season last year, he was never a liability… and if you have seen him this year, he is somewhat thriving under carlyle in his third line role… also, look at getzlaf and his year last year — he had an off year as well… it happens… to put kulemin in the brutal category is an overstatement.

    AND… who says the leafs dont want kadri? he has been one of the best leaf players this season…

  3. Wunschkind89

    02/01/2013 at 12:42 pm

    I really like the Leafs, but c’mon, it’s hilarious how the media thinks they can get every big-name player. Trading for an impending UFA for the sake of praying he’s interested in signing there is just dumb. If he were a FA, I doubt he’d sign here.

    The reason the Leafs haven’t had the centerman they desperately need is because no one has wanted to sign here, and they keep trading away their picks to draft one.

    I’d absolutely love to see Getzlaf in a Leafs uniform, but they don’t have the necessary pieces to acquire him (they have Kadri and/or Frattin, but that’s just a bad line of thinking). They should also hold onto their picks.

  4. hotwings

    02/01/2013 at 2:26 pm

    you can’t blame the toronto locale for the lack of a centreman signing… how about because there have been so few available over the past few years? … how about because burke might have taken himself out of the running because he didn’t want to sign one of these crazy long term deals?

    i can’t see a getz or perry trade going to toronto… i can see one of them signing in the offseason in toronto… the talk is that the ducks cant resign both of them… and both have a strong connection to toronto via r. carlyle… and perry additionally because he is from 2 hours down the road

  5. Bobandy

    02/01/2013 at 8:06 pm

    @hotwings: Yup, never a liability…but still a 3rd liner.
    Saying that “the talk is that the ducks cant resign both of them” is a bit ridiculous. Who have you heard that from? The brilliant minds of the Toronto media? G’day Damien Cox and Steve Simmons! You guys are geniuses!!! The Ducks have PLENTY of cap room coming up this season, and not resigning these two guys would likely be cause for firing Bob Murray, which isn’t very likely.