Morning Rumors: Moulson, Phaneuf, Gardiner, Ranger, Pacioretty, Eberle and Dupuis

  • Mike Halford of Pro Hockey Talk: Matt Moulson may consider re-signing with the Sabres.

    “Definitely, I think there is,” Moulson told CBC when asked about the possibility of re-signing in Buffalo. “I don’t know what they think of me. I love playing for Teddy [Nolan].”

    The Sabres also have pending UFA Ryan Miller.

    “I think they’re trying to figure out guys they want to hang on to and they think they can build a core around,” Miller said, per the Buffalo News. “We’ll see how it goes.”

  • Darren Dreger: (this morning) The Leafs and Dion Phaneuf are very close on a 7 year contract extension worth $7 million per season. Term was the key.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “I think the Phaneuf extension is as close to being done as it can get. I’ll be surprised if we’r still talking about this next week.” David Alter: Dion Phaneuf offered a no comment when asked if his contract extension was close.
  • Nick Kypreos: The Leafs and Phaneuf are closing in a deal, but it’s not done yet. Some issues still need to be resolved, and could come quickly if they are.
  • James Mirtle: “The problem I have with all this “Leafs must re-sign Phaneuf” talk is how rotten they are with him. It’s not as big a slam dunk as some say.” … “Folks, Phaneuf is on pace for 28 points this season. I agree he’s one of Leafs better players but let’s not oversell the season he’s having.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “I think Gardiner is a late blooming hockey player. It’s why the Leafs are reluctant to trade him” … “I still think the Leafs end up moving Gardiner between now and the deadline.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “The experiment with Ranger isn’t over yet. He may become a 4-5 for the Leafs but he isn’t there right now” … “Make no mistake, Ranger chose Toronto. He had other options. He and Eakins had a great relationship.” … “If it doesn’t work in Toronto, Ranger will get a shot somewhere else. There were times last season where Eakins played him 40 mins” … “If the Leafs made Ranger available Eakins and the Oilers will pick him up tomorrow”
  • Matt Larkin: “Pacioretty trade rumors baffle me. “Size and strength are our weaknesses, so let’s trade our top power forward.” Wait, what?”
  • Ryan Lambert: Nick Kypreos advocates the Oilers trading Jordan Eberle.
  • Dave Molinari: Penguins GM Ray Shero on the urgency to make a trade after the loss of Pascal Dupuis: “We’ll see what happens down the line here, but there’s nothing imminent in that regard.”


  1. pensarmy

    December 28, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I would like to cammalari a penguin

  2. Ted

    December 28, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    If the Leafs sign Phaneuf to a 7 per year / 7 year contract they will never, ever be able to trade the guy. Only the dumb Leafs would ever consider this.

  3. Chris

    December 28, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Phaneuf is not a bad defenseman. Is he a 7 mil defenseman? No. I she a #1 or #2 d man on a contending team? No.

    But I think people who call him ‘garbage’ haven’t been watching him this year. He plays huge minutes against the other teams top lines and on the pk.

    He’s a +10 this year and he usually finishes in the top of the NHL among scoring defensemen.

    My biggest problem is the C on his jersey. The 7 mil might end up being not all that bad in 3 years when the Cap is at 80 or 90 million. Teams don’t let young top 4 d men leave for nothing. They just don’t. And who would the leafs replace him with?

    If the Leafs didn’t give him 7 mil I guarantee a team like the Oilers or the Islanders would have because he’d be the best d man by a mile on either team.

  4. Jasraj

    January 4, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Paul ranger sucks !! Even Ryan O’Byrne
    Is better