Sunday morning rumor round up: Flyers, Coyotes, Avalanche, Maple Leafs, Kings, Ducks, Rangers. Islanders, and Panthers

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Flyers are off to a 2-6-1 start and GM Paul Holmgren needs help everywhere. They need scoring, would like another blueliner, and could use goaltending help. Word is they would like to make “a big move.” Holmgren could see if Jarome Iginla is available. Coyotes Keith Yandle may be the only impact blueliner available, but he would come with a high price tag and makes $5.25 million. Holmgren may be looking for a capable backup for Bryzgalov. Avalanche’s Ryan O’Reilly is looking for more than Matt Duchene’s $3.5 million, which is why he’s been offered around. The Maple Leafs have held talks with the Kings about Jonathan Bernier, and they aren’t the only team interested. Many wonder what Shane Doan is thinking about the Coyotes situation. The Canucks, Rangers and Flyers were interested before, and might be again. The Panthers are not for sale, but owher Cliff Viner is looking for investors. The Sharks are looking for a winger to give him move balance on all three lines. Leafs GM Dave Nonis may consider trading Phil Kessel, though it may be hard to find someone who would take on the $5.4 million cap hit and is one year away from being an unrestricted free agent. Once (if) the Islanders are out of the playoff picture, expect Mark Streit to be dealt, likely for a 2nd round pick. The Ducks and Ryan Getzlaf were reportedly close on a long-term $6 million deal before the lockout, could it be resurrected?
  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: The Flyers may look to upgrade their offense. They may prefer to move draft picks to acquire it. The Rangers, Kings, Capitals and Predators may also be looking to add offense. The Flyers have about $1.5 million in cap space, but that will grow when Chris Pronger and Matt Walker are put on the LTIR. Some players that will be UFA’s at the end of the season that may intrigue the Flyers are: Corey Perry, Brenden Morrow, Michael Ryder, Stephen Weiss, Ryan Getzlaf,  Alexander Semin, David Clarkson and Jarome Iginla.
  • Spector’s Hockey via twitter: Elliotte Friedman said that there are rumors that the Panthers could move Stephen Weiss for the right price. Panthers GM Dale Tallon calls those rumors ridiculous. Tallon said he won’t trade Weiss. Glenn Healy says that Weiss is on the trade market.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: From Hockey Night in Canada’s Hotstove. Glen Healy said the Avs were cheating fans  by not signing O’Reilly and Kevin Weeks said “The Avs are dumb if they don’t sign O’Reilly.” Healy added the Avalanche are trying to trade Shane O’Brien for a forward.


  1. hotwings

    February 3, 2013 at 10:41 am

    its too bad that the avs can get o’reilly signed… they got a nice young core.. it also seems that the core is falling apart.. i dont think stastny will resign there after next year… can they really afford all these guys in 2 years time? landeskog is prolly gonna fetch 6 million just like stastny…

  2. Chuck

    February 3, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Flyers are 3-6

  3. Johnny_o

    February 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Garrioch’s post was from before yesterday’s game.

  4. Bobandy

    February 3, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    …but if Ryan Getzlaf was close on a deal with the Ducks, how will he go to Toronto???

  5. richardconfiant

    February 3, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    i’ll like toronto to get him but don’t give to much for him. and i hope toronto will play jamie reimer tomorrow and tuesday it won’t hurt him to play two games in a row.

  6. AJ

    February 4, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    My guess: that question was irony. A player like Getzlaf never comes cheap. Toronto’s garbage for goods policy can not work all the time.

  7. Bobandy

    February 4, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Ah, it was more sarcastic but you are quite correct my good sir (or madam), he ain’t going anywhere in my opinion. Lots of cap room, one of the best farm systems in the league. He and Perry will be Ducks for a longgggg time.

  8. AJ

    February 5, 2013 at 3:41 am

    sir and agreed :)