Draft and Trade Rumors: Avalanche, Maple Leafs, Panthers, Senators, Penguins and Ducks

  • Adrian Dater: Lots of talk that the Avalanche are trying to create a smokescreen by saying they are taking a forward at No. 1. General managers aren’t buying it.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Joe Sakic didn’t back down from saying they would take a forward with the first overall pick.

    “He’s a great player, he’s going to be good,” Sakic said over the phone from Denver. “But after we had our internal meetings we came up with these three forwards, (Nathan) McKinnon, (Jonathan) Drouin and (Alexander) Barkov. We’re really leaning towards one of those three forwards.”

    Asked for clarification if they’ll pick one of those three forwards,

    “If we’re picking first overall, yes,” he said firmly.

    Sakic was asked about why telling people what they are planning.

    “It was more really for our fans here, to let our fans know what we’re thinking going into the draft,” said Sakic, the Avs’ vice-president of hockey operations. “That’s really what the purpose was, let them know where we’re leaning. What I said is that we’re picking first overall and this is what we’re doing.”

  • Jason Brough: If reports of the Panthers and Maple Leafs interested Jonathan Bernier are true, are the Leafs and Panthers still potential destinations for Roberto Luongo? Kind of shows the level of confidence the Leafs have in James Reimer and the Panthers in Jacob Markstrom.
  • Howard Berger: Berger still thinks that Leafs GM Dave Nonis will inquire about Avs Paul Stastny. Leafs could steal a true No. 1 center who needs a fresh start. Berger wrote last month that he’d trade Carl Gunnarsson and Nikolai Kulemin for Stastny. The Avalanche need to make cap room for Matt Duchene, Ryan O’Reilly and Gabriel Landeskog. Trading Stastny’s contract makes too much sense.
  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: If the Penguins sign Kris Letang and need to trade out some salary, Senators GM Bryan Murray should be calling about James Neal. Senators trade chips Stefan Noesen, Matt Puempel and Shane Prince. The Ducks may have to move Bobby Ryan, who has two years and $10.2 million left on his deal. Bryan should call Bob to see what it would take to bring Ryan to Ottawa. Should Daniel Alfredsson retire, Daniel Briere may be a nice replacement.

21 Comments

  1. Jose

    June 21, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Pens won’t trade Neal to clear up salary, they would trade Martin and Fleury before.

  2. jake

    June 21, 2013 at 9:27 am

    pens do not need to trade anyone. this is crazy. almost all of thier players contracts are up. you sign Letang first and all others after. just stupid.

  3. Jeff

    June 21, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Agree.

  4. azuziel

    June 21, 2013 at 10:40 am

    No way toronto brings in beriner. He isn’t an upgrade. Reimer has played more games, and last year posted 923, and 924 in playoffs (good enough for best stats EVER for a leaf goalie, including belfour). Beriner wants a starting job. Leafs want a vet goalie to tutor reimer, not a goalie controversy. The colorado deal would be nice, but why on earth would the av’s get so little in return. Me thinks these rumours, stay rumours.

  5. hotwings

    June 21, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I think Nonis’ talk about upgrading at every position is a bit of posturing — especially when the cap is going down. I think most will agree that Reimer is indeed the real deal and even if you doubt Reimer — I don’t think you can say that the leafs goaltending was an issue at all last year.

    All this Bernier talk is ridiculous. The only way I would want Bernier, is if you can get him, then flip him to another team, say the Oilers, Panthers or Isles… Reimer/Scrivens is a good tandem. If one goes down, then get another goalie during the season..

  6. Mike

    June 21, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Stupid, Jake & Jeff ? Yes you are. just to be sure you know, it is 2013 and there is a sa-la-ry cap. That means, there is a CAP on the amount of sa-la-ry that a team can pay. If nobody goes from the Pens, they will have about $40 million out of $64 million allocated in 2014 to just 6 players (Crosby, Malkn, Neal, Letang, Martin & Fleury). No Dupuis, no Kunitz, no Cooke, no Kennedy, no Orpik, get the idea ? Withput young players able to step in and take up the gauntlet for much less money, sucess in this era cannot be long-term. Given that D is a position of strength in the Pens system, they need to trade from there and make sure they are strong throughout their roster.

  7. Jose

    June 21, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    The cap in 2014 will be greater than $64 million, probably closer to $68 million. As of now, the Pens have:

    XXXX-Crosby-Bennett
    XXXX-Malkin-Neal
    XXXX-XXXX-XXXX
    XXXX-XXXX-XXXX

    Letang-XXXX
    Martin-Dumoulin
    XXXX-Harrington

    Fleury-XXX

    For their 14-15 roster. Assuming that Letang gets $7 million per, that’s $42.9 million in salary. Of that, the players that will be re-signed (because they are RFAs) are:

    Sutter- $3 million per
    Despres- $3 million per
    Bortuzzo- $.8 million per

    So with that, we would have $49.7 million to 6 F, 6 D and a goalie. Assuming we re-sign the following:

    Dupuis: $2.75 million per
    Cooke: $2.25 million per
    Kunitz: $3.8 million per
    Vitale: $1 million per

    That leaves $59.5 million in 10 F, 6 D and a goalie. Assuming a $68 million cap, that leaves us $8.5 million to get a backup goalie, 2 4th line forwards, and a 7th D and a 13th forward. The Pens are fine with Letang.

    Orpik will not be re-signing here, unless it’s for cheap. Niskanen will be traded before next year. The Pens will slowly be weeding out their older D to put in younger D. Bortuzzo and Harrington are NHL ready this year, so it’s not that crazy to think that both will be here for 14-15.

  8. Jose

    June 21, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Crap I meant Dumoulin and Harrington are NHL ready for next year. Bortuzzo is NHL ready because he’s in the NHL already haha.

  9. Mark

    June 21, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Pretty sure cap continues downward trend in 2014-2015 to just under $63M. Dupuis is going to make more than $3M too. It’ll be tight for the Penguins this year.

  10. Chris

    June 21, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    @azuziel…you’re kidding right? You think the Aves are getting ‘little’ in return if they get Kulemin and and Gunnarson? Paul Stastny makes 6.6 mil per year and is a UFA after this year. He got 24 points last year. He had ONE good year where he got 79 points and has never even reached 60 in any other year. Kulemin? Kulemin got ONE less point than Stastny last year (23), is the same age and makes 2.8 mil. Gunnarson got 14 points last year which would have lead the entire Avalanche d men in scoring last year. If anything, Colorado would either have to a) keep salary or b) add something to sweeten the pot. Why would the Leafs trade two assets to get an underachieving overpaid centre when they can simply re sign Bozak, or try to sign Weiss, Briere or Derek Roy? Those are four possible options that the LEafs could take and not have to give up anything. If the Aves want to get rid of Stastny it should be for Liles; one guy trading a player they don’t need for a player the other team doesn’t need.

  11. Jose

    June 21, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    How is the cap going to decline? That makes literally no sense! The cap is directly proportional to the amount of revenue that the league is bringing in. For the cap to go down, the revenue needs to drop as well. With 5 or so outdoor games next year, that isn’t going to happen. Also, the $64.3 salary cap next year will be the lowest under the new CBA.

    The cap for the 14-15 season will depend on the revenue gained from next year. Let’s say the revenue for next year is $3.3 billion (which was the 11-12 revenue, the actual will almost definitely be greater with 5 outdoor games). To find the salary cap, you have to find the salary midpoint. To find that, you divide the total revenue by 2 (since it is a 50-50 split, the players receive half the revenue), and then you divide it by 30 to get the equal distribution per team. That gives you $55 million. However, that is not the midpoint, because there is a 5% inflator added on, so the midpoint would be $57.75 million. The cap ceiling will be 15% above that, while the cap floor will be 15% below that. So that means the cap ceiling would be $66.4 million, and the floor would be $49.1 million. That is what the numbers would be with the same revenue as 11-12, which is almost guaranteed to be lower than the 13-14 season. So point is, there is no chance in hell that the cap drops.

    TL;DR- There is no possible way for the cap to go. down.

  12. hotwings

    June 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    hopefully the leafs don’t part with kulie in a stastny deal.. hopefully ryan o’reilly and the team ownership continue to be at odds with each other and we can become a trade partner when he is allowed to be traded..

  13. tied dummy

    June 21, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    leafs could deal dion for statsny but aves not that dumb
    best deal for leafs is VINNY for GRABO straight sweeten it eith Khadri

  14. tied dummy

    June 21, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    azzuziel forgot to mention other leaf one year wonders,,,RAYCROFT winningest season goalie ever

  15. tied dummy

    June 21, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Best deal for la is islanders
    bernier and williams for nino makes semse

  16. tied dummy

    June 21, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    what about the bruins
    not enough cap space to sign RASK,KUBBODIN,FERRENCE,HORTEON and BERGERON IS UP THE FOLLOWING YEAR

  17. tied dummy

    June 21, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    CAN SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY =philly d0es not LTR PRONGER

  18. Chris

    June 21, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    @tied dummy. They can’t LTR him until the season starts and they have to submit their final roster.

  19. hotwings

    June 21, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    lol @ autistic ramblings of tied dummy

  20. pensfan777

    June 22, 2013 at 10:41 am

    you nuts ottawa and pittsburgh will not trade with each other,almost like flyers and pens trading hahahahaha. anyways neal UNTRADABLE FORGET IT THATS IT

  21. Sheils

    June 22, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Why would you get rid of Kadri?? That kid is going to grow into a #1 center!!