Morning Rumors: Sabres, Oilers, Miller, Vanek, Yakupov, Flyers and Goaltenders

  • Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News: SportsNets Nick Kypreos has heard that Sabres GM Darcy Regier could be in trouble.

    “In a perfect world, the ownership group in Buffalo would have rather have waited up until Christmas, but I’m hearing that the decision could come a lot sooner, and they ultimately will make the change,” Kypreos said. “They’re feeling the heat from the fans, that’s for sure.”

    There is talk that the Sabres and Oilers are talking about a big that could involve Ryan Miller and/or Thomas Vanek for Nail Yakupov and more. The Oilers may not make the deal unless they are convinced they might be able to re-sign Miller. Vanek may bring the Sabres less as he may only be a rental.

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Carchidi thinks that Thomas Vanek would be the perfect match with the Flyers. The Flyers have only scored 10 goals and are off to a 1-6 start. GM Paul Holmgren may look to make a move to try and secure his job. A deal could bring the Sabres some prospects (maybe Scott Laughton, Nick Cousins, Oliver Lauridsen) and/or draft picks. Craig Berube has only been behind the bench for three games, so they may need some more time to adjust to his systems.

    “I think we have to be patient and let [Berube] implement his system,” said Peter Luukko, president of the Flyers’ parent company, Comcast-Spectacor. “It makes no sense to panic. We still believe in our players.”

  • Scott Burnside of ESPN: Ryan Miller and Ilya Bryzgalov remain the most interesting goalie names out there. Brian Elliott is the odd man out in St. Louis. Jose Theodore is still looking for a team. Bryzgalov wouldn’t cost a team anything except the money. Miller has a limited no-trade clause and won’t come cheap. The Sabres will need to move Miller before the trade deadline as he’s unlikely to re-sign. Burnside drops Nail Yakupov’s name in a potential deal with the Oilers.
  • Chuck Gormley: There is lots of trade chatter going on at the Capitals-Rangers game. There were lots of scouts in the press box, as well as Ray Shero (USA), Steve Yzerman, Kevin Lowe (Canada).
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Ilya Bryzgalov’s Las Vegas tryout is over.

    “Bryz will train at home in [New Jersey] until the right NHL job comes around,” his agent Ritch Winter told via email Wednesday night. “He has turned down one NHL offer recently and will wait until the right opportunity presents itself. There is no rush. He is in great shape and ready to go when the right opportunity arises.”

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers are not looking for a top-four defenseman, but are looking for a rugged third pairing defenseman. If the Oilers are not in the playoff race at the trade deadline, Ales Hemsky will likely be dealt. Since they are at 49 contracts, would likely have to be a player for player trade if they were to make a move. Nick Schultz and his $3.5 million salary could be trouble. The Oilers are not giving up on Devan Dubnyk. Matheson notes that Ryan Miller is better than Jonas Hiller, and that the Capitals may be willing to Michal Neuvirth. Matheson isn’t sold on Brian Elliott.
  • William DePaoli: Likely that the Sabres next GM will come from the Penguins organization.


  1. Jeff

    October 17, 2013 at 8:37 am

    That would be SO Oilers (bumbling front office, yes, i’m talking about you Kevin Lowe). Trade a young stud player for two pending UFA’s, who could leave in the summer. Go Oil!

  2. Jeff

    October 17, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Why this?
    “Likely that the Sabres next GM will come from the Penguins organization.”

    I had read that Rick Dudley might be a candidate to take over in Buffalo, and would be a fine choice in my opinion.

  3. Jeff

    October 17, 2013 at 8:45 am

    Regarding Miller and others…

    EDM would be CRAZY to overpay for a Goalie. There are a handful of good Goalies available, there is almost ZERO demand, and few teams that could possibly take on a high salaried Goalie like Miller.

    And if they are going to overpay for a Goalie, Target Goalies like Markstrom, John Gibson, Lehner or Subban etc.

  4. hotwings

    October 17, 2013 at 9:22 am

    @jeff… not sure who these handful of available goalies are… i can only think of Bryzgalov…

    i don’t think Markstrom, Gibson, Lehner or Subban are legitimately available. Only Lehner would seem ready to take over a #1 position at this point as well…

    I think the Oil might be targetting Miller, as he is the only goalie out there who might be able to stabilize their franchise (some what)…

  5. hotwings

    October 17, 2013 at 9:27 am

    one thing is for certain… the Oilers need a shakeup… moves need to be made… moving out one of their young studs seems the most logical and practical. I’m all for shipping out Nail for the d and goalie help they need… Miller sounds like a good fit if they can extend him…

    If Buff can land Nail and grab the first or second pick this year… they become Oilers USA

  6. Jeff

    October 17, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Why would they target Miller, when he is UFA at the end of the season?

    Unless he is available for little, but i cant see Buffalo trading him without bring back something significant (expiring deal(s) and draft picks perhaps).

    Plus, he has a No-Trade Clause and i would assume EDM is on his list.

  7. Jeff

    October 17, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Off the top of my head, i was submit to you that the following teams could be compelled to trade a goaltender, that can play in the NHL this year:

    ANA, PHX, TB, STL, CAR (they would be smart to trade Ward and sign Kubodin, if someone like EDM overpaid), FLA, TB, TOR, Jets, Washington.

    Re: Subban and Markstrom, Gibson and Lehner being the only one ready…EDM shouldnt be focused on the next 70 Games, but rather, the next 7 years. If they are really going to consider trading a “Yakapov” type talent in a deal for a Goaltender, they should be focused on an ELITE young talent, who may not be ready just yet.

  8. Jeff

    October 17, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Regarding Oilers and Shake Up, I agree. They Shake up they need is at the top. Bring in a GM with a strong record and is well respected around the League.

    They cant afford to make any more mistakes.

    And there is no reason that they cannot, with good management, address Goaltending and Defence WITHOUT giving up Hall, RNH, Eberle or Yakapov.

    They also need to more “Size, Effort, Grit, Compete, Toughness et al” up Front.

    Lots of holes to fill.

    Skill up front is clearly not enough to win in this league.

  9. Jeff

    October 17, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Is this supposed to be a good thing?

    “If Buff can land Nail and grab the first or second pick this year… they become Oilers USA”

  10. hotwings

    October 17, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    the oil have too much “young elite talent”. their entire core is young/elite.

    they would be much better off with a ryan miller or cory schneider (perhaps the devils should pickup the oil’s first rounder this year since they dont have one).

    i think grabbing a subban/markstrom/etc in net would be a step back at this point. in reality, this is a team that is under achieving due to bad goaltending (#1 reason) and bad defence (#2 reason). what they are currently doing, is what you are suggesting they are doing — using a young netminder who may/may not develop with their young core. its not working, sorry — a team cannot be composed of all young/elite talents.. you get nowhere that way…

    and ya, it is possible for them to upgrade their goaltending without giving up someone like Nail — but perhaps with Nail’s recent issues, it might be just as reasonable as shipping out a first + second rounder for a new goalie…

  11. hotwings

    October 17, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    @jeff Buffalo = Oilers USA (possibly) may be a good thing… if they do go that direction, and it seems like they are… i think they should consider keeping Miller, unless they can get Edm to overpay, ie: first rounder in 2014 + second rounder + prospect (for example)

  12. Jeff

    October 17, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Dubnyk is no Markstrom or Subban or Gibson.

    Carey Price stepped into the NHL and was dominant very quickly. Fluery. You can win with a young Goalie. You need the right young goalie.

  13. hotwings

    October 17, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    i dont think you can add Dubnyk into any sentence structured, like “Dubnyk is no…” except Dubnyk is not number 1 goalie.

    He is heading more in the direction of career backup goalie than number one goalie.