Morning Rumors: Gardiner, Yakupov, Vanek, Oilers goaltending options, Phaneuf, Maata, and Martinez

  • James Mirtle: Mirtle heard that the asking price for Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner was “a ****load.”
  • Tim Panaccio: Addressing Nail Yakupov rumors, why would the Flyers need another Russian head case? Oilers Ales Hemsky makes sense, but the asking price is likely too high. Adam Kimelman: Kimelman responds to Panaccio saying that Yakupov is not a head case, noting there is a big difference between a 19-year old and a the Flyers last goalie.
  • Bruce Garrioch: The Coyotes have quietly denied interest in Sabres Thomas Vanek.
  • John Vogl: Vogl notes that Vanek would look good beside John Tavares and countryman Michael Grabner.
  • Darren Dreger: The Oilers will need to find a No. 1 goalie, and then have to decide if they would be willing to trade one of their young guns.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Bob McKenzie has already reported that the Oilers have already reached out to teams about goaltenders. Options for the Oilers could be: Ryan Miller (sense that GM Darcy Regier may prefer to wait to build a bigger market for Miller), Jonas Hiller (likely too early for the Ducks to consider), Michal Neuvirth (if the Capitals feel they can live without him) and Brian Elliott.
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Oilers are at 49 contracts, so trading a draft pick or signing a free agent eliminates some roster flexibility. Blues goalie Brian Elliott makes sense, but the Blues may not want to take back salary. Is it worth an assets to get Elliott or Ryan Miller. Though the Senators likely wouldn’t trade him, Robin Lehner would be a good trade target.Thought is that if Dion Phaneuf comes down on money, the Maple Leafs may go a little longer on term.Trade market is cool with the Avalanche and Flames playing well.With Kris Letang getting close to returning, the Penguins will have to decide whether to keep Olli Maatta or return him to junior. They could keep eight defenseman, put someone on waivers or try to make a trade.

    Some teams have called the Kings about Alec Martinez.

    Three teams have talked about how they would like to add Thomas Vanek.


  1. Moe

    October 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Simmonds 4mill, Coturier 1mill, Cobourn 4.5mill, Emery 1.65mill about 10-11mill

    Yak 3.75, Hemsky 5mill…

    Philly takes 8-9mill we take back 10-11

    If it wasn’t for all the buyouts Philly be in trouble BIG time

  2. Jeff

    October 18, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    More Crazy Talk.
    You should also turn on “Spell Check”.

    “This is all about Yak …lotta teams will give up a couple “roster players” for a future superstar and possibly rocket Richard winner ….2 years after we trade Yak we will REALLY regret it ….and we CANNOT trade our smartest player in RNH, or our 2 time Mem. Cup Champ & MVP or we ain’t trading Eberle due to his clutch performances under pressure (playoff type hero) and Perron like u said “we just picked him up & won’t trade him so soon” although he also is one of our more consistent skilled forwards who plays with a edge !! So too me that makes Yak & Hesmky the two odd men out along with Duby to bring us our team NEEDs…I’d take Miller & Vanek if we can squeeze in Myers …heck I’d take Myers over Justin Shultz anyday …big tough Dman who can also contribute offensively …too be honest we have a Ju Shultz type guy down in OKC by the name of Taylor Fedun !! ..and I also like the Cobourn, Coturier,Simmonds, Emery deal aswell as it gives us the power forward we desperately need in the top 6, a top 2 Dman , and center depth …razor would be a bonus!

    Holmgrens buggin Mac so it ain’t a pipe dream ….Philly would still have giroux , Hartnell, Schenn, Reid, Voracek to play with Hemsky….throw Yak in the mix!! U don’t think Coturier is expendable ?? PLEASE!!”

  3. Moe

    October 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    “Under Peter Laviolette, Couturier averaged 14:21 of ice time per game. That number has increased to 18:16 under Berube. The power-play time is even more dramatic for Couturier. The Couturier jump in power-play ice time is dramatic, although the results aren’t there yet. He’s still looking for his first goal of the season, but his new coach is confident that Couturier has the skill set to contribute right now on an NHL power play.

    Do u wanna good star??

    Well my friend , on nights of games when other GM’s are calling about trades, makes perfect timing for a team to showcase the player they want to trade ….something tells me Coturier is getnShowcased for a trade 😉

  4. Moe

    October 18, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Okay Jeff I’m done here …if u wanna be labeled the fool you are come on over to and share your thoughts with actual REAL insiders!! Cause you absolutely know nothing!!! Get out of your underwear go shower &&& Getta fuckn life ….I browsed this site for the first time only to see Jeff’s name under every comment box acting like don cherry haha I hope your a kid cause I’m 16 years old with more hockey sense then you

  5. Jeff

    October 18, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Article that supports your contention that Philly and EDM may be discussing trades. But again, my point was simply that i dont for a second believe the Flyers would trade Simmonds, Coutuerier, Coburn and Emery for Yakapov. #crazytalk