Late Morning Rumors: Kadri, Gardiner, Gagner, Skinner, Briere, Kane and some Goaltenders

  • The Fourth Period: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis is still looking for a top-six forward. It is thought that he could be willing to trade Nazem Kadri and Jake Gardiner if they get the right offer. The Rangers, Devils, Flyers and Oilers have reportedly inquired about Gardiner. The Oilers are actively shopping Sam Gagner. The Leafs and Oilers have scouted each other this season, but it’s not known if trade talks have progressed. The Leafs had shown interest in Jeff Skinner in the past, but Hurricanes are not looking to trade him at this time.
  • The Fourth Period: There were rumors that the Sabres and Canadiens were discussing a deal involving Daniel Briere, but talks have quieted. With Alex Galchenyuk breaking his hand and out for six weeks, Briere may be staying put for the time being. The Canadiens have inquired about Jets Evander Kane.
  • Dan Rosen of (mailbag) Rosen can see the Capitals and Blues making goaltender moves. The Hurricanes shouldn’t do anything while Cam Ward is injured. The same can be said for the Ducks and Viktor Fasth. Trading Jonas Hiller would obviously be a mistake. Philipp Grubauer’s play has made Michal Neuvirth available. Neuvirth to the Islanders makes sense.


  1. Chris

    01/09/2014 at 1:31 pm

    Remember the last time the Leafs gave up on a 24 year old centre and traded him for a ‘top six forward’

    The 24 year old was Alex Steen who really hadn’t done a whole lot and the ‘top six forward’ was Lee Stempniak who’d had one good year.

    Fast forward to 2014 and Alex Steen is one of the best two way forward in the NHL while Lee Stempniak is long gone from the Leafs lineup where he was a bust.

    Gardiner and Kadri are both 23 years old. Pump the brakes. Both players have shown the ability to dominate games; Kadri last year and Gardiner in last year’s playoffs. The fact that they don’t do it consistently is more a product of their age and inexperience than it is of their abilities.

    Leaf media has to ask themselves this: Do you think that Gardiner and Kadri won’t be better by the time they are entering their prime 26 – 28? I think they will be. Don’t be shortsighted and call for a trade because a young team isn’t ready yet.

    You know why the Leafs are looking like a young team in the middle of a re-build? Because they are a young team in the middle of a rebuild.

    Their oldest defenseman is 30 years old. Their oldest forward is 31 (Colton Orr). Their top 3 scorers are all under 30 with their top 2 being 26 and 24 respectively. Both of their goalies are 25.

    I wish the media would just shut up. If the Leafs are going to trade Kadri and Gardiner it better be for somebody who will be a top NHL player for a long time.

  2. Jeremee

    01/09/2014 at 9:55 pm

    Chris, I agree 100% ! Just imagine where the Blues would be if, management listened to the media here ( although it’s not as bad as Toronto ! ), & the fans ! The Blues wouldn’t be half as good if, they listened to the media, & the fans !

  3. Lyle

    01/10/2014 at 2:37 am

    I say if Poulin plays bad in the next 2 games Neuvirth–>NYI for a Pick makes sense!!!

  4. Nabeel

    01/10/2014 at 11:11 am

    Chris… Couldn’t agree with you more.

    I think the Leafs should stand where they are an add a vet or two through free agency, especially since there will be more cap room soon.

  5. Leafgrandson

    01/10/2014 at 1:02 pm

    Chris couldnt agree more love my grandpas leafs regardless they havent got the team to make a deep playoff run this year but the have building blocks….i mea com on’ look at the oilers massively talented roster and they are last place but give some growth time they will blow up soon enough ….but the leafs do need a top six scoring forward

  6. Chris

    01/10/2014 at 1:51 pm

    No I disagree. Of course they could use a top six scoring forward but what they need most, aside from possibly a coaching change, is a good reliable veteran defenseman.

    Think of good successful young NHL teams. Chicago has Rozival (34). Montreal has Markov (34), LA has Regheir, Mitchell and used to have Scuderi. San Jose has Boyle.

    The Leafs oldest d man is 30 year old Tim Gleason. After that it’s Ranger. Phaneuf is the only one even close to 30 after that while the rest are 26 and younger.

    As romantic as it is to think of Rielly and Gardiner turning into young stud d men like Doughty or Duncan Keith (when he was younger), those guys all had older veterans to lean on.

    I’m all for the Leafs youth movement but having zero greybeards on the team isn’t the best way to go forward ESPECIALLY since Dion Phaneuf is their captain. If they had a real captain like Toews then it might be different.

  7. Larek

    01/10/2014 at 1:53 pm

    Never seen such a poor defense-the only connection to the blues that I see is the fans having them for a long time!!!
    Leafs need alot more than a top 6 forward
    Phanuef – 7 mill per?lol-leafs never learn