Trade and Free Agent Rumors: Maple Leafs, Red Wings, Flyers, Devils, Oilers, Blues and Blue Jackets
- Updated: March 4, 2013
- Mike Zeisberger via twitter: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on any further trades: “Not much out there for us right now. But that could change quickly.”
- Jonas Siegel via twitter: GM Nonis on Mike Komisarek: “What Mike has said is that if it’s in the best interest of the team he wouldn’t stand in the way but his preference is to try to get back in the lineup here in Toronto.” … “That to me is a lot different than coming into our office and saying ‘I want to be moved’. That never happened.”
- Rob Longley via twitter: GM Nonis on Komisarek: “To be clear, Mike Komisarek has not asked for a trade.”
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Red Wings Valtteri Filppula is looking for $4.5 million a season according to sources. That might be too much for the Red Wings, but what if Pavel Datsyuk returns to Russia when is contract expires at the end of next season? “They know that’s a possibility,” said one NHL executive.
Flyers Daniel Briere is in play but may not waive his no-trade clause. He has family concerns. He carries a $6.5 million cap hit but only $5 million in salary for the next two seasons.Devils winger David Clarkson could be a $4.5 million guy on the open market this summer. Would be a perfect fit with the Oilers but he’s not moving cross-continent. Matheson thinks the Oilers should make a push for Sharks winger Ryane Clowe.
It’s clear the Maple Leafs are shopping John-Michael Liles. He signed a four-year, $15.5 million deal last year. The Leafs might have to retain part of salary if they trade him.
The Oilers and several other teams may be interested in Blackhawks winger Brian Bickell this summer when he becomes a UFA.
Blues winger David Perron could become available. The Blues need a left handed defenseman to play with Alex Pietrangelo.
The Blue Jackets will look to move R.J. Umberger and Derick Brassard for draft picks before the draft. Umberger has four years left with a cap hit of $4.6 million.