Trade Rumors: Letang, Bolland, BlackHawks, Panthers, Wild, Canucks, Oilers and Flyers

  • Josh Rimer: IF Toronto was going to trade for Kris Letang, it would take at least Jake Gardiner and Nikolai Kulemin.
  • Bob Stauffer: The Blackhawks are said to be looking for a Jason Pominville like return for Dave Bolland.
  • Mark Lazerus: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on if a big name could be traded: “It’s always possible. Nothing imminent at this point.”
  • John Shannon: The Panthers have many teams calling about the No. 2 pick. Steve Goldstein: Panthers GM Tale Tallon said they are ready for anything, to trade up or down.
  • Katie Strang: Though it could be nothing at all, Rangers GM Glen Sather and Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis stepped out of the BOG meetings yesterday and had a conversation.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Wild have a lot of balls in play. They are not able to buy Dany Heatley out as he’s injured. They will need to shed some money. Defenseman Tom Gilbert is in play but there have been no takers. He’s a possible buyout candidate.
  • The Fourth Period: Aside from Roberto Luongo, Canucks GM Mike Gillis is trying to trade defenseman Keith Ballard and David Booth. Ballard could be bought out if they can’t find a trade partner.
  • Darren Dreger of TSN: Players that are available for the right price: Dion Phaneuf, David Perron, Dave Bolland, Ales Hemsky, Shawn Horcoff and Roberto Luongo. Not to mention the possibility of Kris Letang. The Oilers and Maple Leafs are eager to make trades. The Leafs, Canadiens and Red Wings will be interested in Vincent Lecavalier and could offer up a 3-year deal in the $4.5 to $5 million range.
  • Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News: Once the Flyers officially sign Mark Streit to his 4-year, $21 million deal, they will have eight NHL defenseman on their roster. They have $27.675 million tied up in seven defenseman. The best case scenario could be that Andrej Meszaros is not healthy enough to play and could go on the LTIR. The Flyers would love to trade him but it would be hard given his injury history. They need to shed some salary along the blueline. Braydon Coburn will get interest and he has a modified no-trade clause. The Flames could have interest. Luke Schenn could be next line, but the sense is the Flyers don’t want to trade him. Seravalli thinks the Flyers should consider trading Nicklas Grossman.


  1. tiedummy

    June 28, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Geez Frank they are getting rid of all their D ..really no Coburn no luke no grossman dumb post Frank
    Dreger ..I see VINNY closer to 7 x 5 years..very good fit in JERSEY

  2. leafsfan (905) 420

    June 28, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Gardnier will be bettet the letang by the age of 26 then letang is already a soild d, gives tbe puck up but fuck his 2 years in not getging full playing time so its hard to get in a groove, now gunnerson kuliemn and a 1st or 2 2nds id say deal , if its gardnier kuli and a pick id say no maybe without the pick its a yes

  3. leafsfan (905) 420

    June 28, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Obviously thats just my opinion but I do think caryle would be in favor of trading him as he seems not to like gardnier too much or grabo sticking hi between 2 goons no wounderhe wont get good points , would b cool if there taking about tradjng for boyle’s rights to play grabos spot and move him to the 2nd or first dependi g if we get another center

  4. bri

    June 28, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Leafs are not going to give up Gardiner. His salary is $1.3 up to $2.5 mil next year Letang will be $7.5 mil. The difference in play is not worth the dollars. I can see Gunnarsson, Kulemin and a prospect going the other way. There will have to be money going back. Numbers just don’t work out otherwise.

  5. Quinn

    June 28, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I don’t understand why the flyers don’t pursue letang. With timonen gone in a year, who is going to be our puck moving defensemen. Getting the puck out of the zone was one of the flyers biggest problems and that is what letang is good at. I know we have a huge salary cap problem, but with buying out bryz, we could squeeze letang maybe with a trade. The flyers need a franchise defensemen and personally I Beleive that letang is one. But why aren’t the flyers pursuing him?

  6. Bucky

    June 28, 2013 at 9:55 am

    leafs fan, no offence, but is that english? grammar man. seriously. Typing a full word is not that hard

  7. Ian

    June 28, 2013 at 9:59 am

    @Quinn The reason is simple, the Penguins would never trade Letang to the Flyers. The only way a Penguin ever becomes a Flyer and vice versa, is through free agency

  8. Luca

    June 28, 2013 at 10:11 am

    @Quinn besides what @Ian said the flyers just signed mark streit to be that guy. Plus as you just read the flyers have way too much money signed to defensemen for next year so it wouldn’t make sense to trade for one that’s more expensive than any other dman they have

  9. leafsfan (905) 420

    June 28, 2013 at 10:14 am

    @bucky yup good old candaian english on a phone, easy for anyone that knows the language to read but hey maybe you should go be a teacher and try and fix this problem for future kids,, im not gonna go back and edit something like the letter b to be any ‘ or spaces missed between words

  10. Tyler

    June 28, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Two things:

    1) Letang is crazy to think he’s worth $8 million/season. The Pens’ offer was very generous and would probably be considered over-payment.

    2) Jason Pominville >>>>> Dave Bolland. Bolland is a good player but there are a lot of players out there that could replace him. Hawks will be lucky to get anything close to what the Wild overpaid for Pominville.

  11. Chris

    June 28, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Not sure how my fellow Leaf fans can think Gunnarson, Kulemin and a pick gets it done. Seriously. You actually believe that a team would trade one of the top 5 d men in the NHL whi is only 26 and a right hand shot for a guy who is the same age but a #4 at BEST on a good team (Gunnarson) a 3rd line interchangable player (Kulemin) and a draft pick who may or may not pan out. Think for a second. What would you want for Phil Kessel from Pittsburgh? Would you take Matt Niskanen (who is better than Gunnarson), Tyler Kennedy and a 2nd round pick? Of course not. If I’m Pittsburgh the conversation starts with Gardiner or Rielly to attempt to replace what I lost. Then I go to the draft pick. I want a 1st if I am Shero. The roster player of Kulemin would be fine. THAT is a fair deal. Why? Because it’s very unlikely that any of those pieces will be as good of a d man as Kris Letang.

  12. Michael

    June 28, 2013 at 11:26 am

    @Chris They’re not just trading a top5 d-man with a good contract that is under contract, it’s that they can’t sign him because he wants a Vinny Lacvalier-type contract, and we all know how that turned out. If Toronto trades for him though with Gardiner and Rielly in the system then I might just disown the team.

  13. Chris

    June 28, 2013 at 11:51 am

    They wouldn’t miss you. When you get a chance to get a top 5 d man in the nhl you do it. He wants 7.5 and he’s worth it. Next year he makes 3.5. The year after that (when his new contract kicks in) the Cap would go up. By the end of the 7 or 8 year deal, Letang would be 34 or 35 and that 7.5 will still be good value. My guess is that the Cap will be in the vicinity of 90-100 mil by then.

  14. Chris

    June 28, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Bottom line is Kris Letang > 99% of NHL defensemen (including Gardiner) and the Leafs would still have Rielly in the system.

  15. Jollie86

    June 28, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Reimer, Gunnerson 1st&2nd Round Pick (To: pitt)
    Letang & Kennedy (To: TOR)

  16. Tyler

    June 28, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Letang was in the Norris conversation this season purely because of his inflated offensive numbers. He’s not worth more money than Weber, Suter, Chara, Doughty, etc. With an $8 million cap hit, Letang would be the highest paid dman in the NHL. He’s good, but not that good. I’d make the argument that Shattenkirk could make the same impact for the Pens that Letang is and he just signed a deal with a cap hit at $4 million.

  17. hotwings

    June 28, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Letang isnt a top 5 dman in the league.. more like top 12… also… 7.5+ a season? no way… why would u give up all those assets when he is not under contract? why would you dish out an 8 year monster contract to him at 7.5 per? the leafs are not dumb enough to do that.

    even if you think that he is a top 5 d man in the league, the logic, “oh, he is top 5, so if you have the chance to get him, you must grab him” does not hold water. How about Luongo? A lot of ppl would put him in the top 5 goalie category, do you grab him too?

    you can’t turn a blind eye to contract status, cap hit, player contract demands, etc

  18. Chris

    June 28, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Letang is that good. He’s the same calibre as Weber etc. ad is better than Shattenkirk

  19. Chris

    June 28, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Nobody would put Luongo as a top 5 goaltender except Mike Gillis. Different from Letang on so many levels. And the Leafs are paying Phaneuf 6.5 per year. 1.5 more for Letang who is 5x better? I think the Leafs could handle it.

  20. hotwings

    June 28, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    no, i think you are wrong there… a lot of ppl would put luongo in top 5 goalies right now.. especially when you have former top 5s, such as miller, price and fleury having various issues…

  21. Jeff

    June 28, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    I LOVE Letang at $6.0-$6.5 per year. But give up a bunch of assets and pay him $8m per? Pass…

    (And he is my stud D man in our NHL Keeper league.)

  22. Tyler

    June 28, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    @Jeff – you’re totally right! To me, Letang is a $6-$6.5 million player. He’s good but his numbers are inflated because of playing for the Pens. He’s a top-10 dman in this league at best IMO – Chara, Weber, Karlsson, Suter, Subban, Seabrook, Keith, Yandle, Doughty, OEL, Girardi.

  23. Bucky

    June 29, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    @leafsfan, what is “candaian english”? I type on my phone all the time, but I still spell out full words because I’m not lazy…