Morning Rumors: Caps, Isles, Oilers, Bruins, Jets, Sabres, Leafs, Spartak and Dmen Trade Possibilities

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Gormley wonders if it’s time for the Capitals to make a trade. They’ve lost seven of nine, and have Michael Neuvirth and Martin Erat looking for a change of scenery. The Islanders could be looking for a goaltender with Evgeni Nabokov injured again. The Islanders have pending UFA defenseman Andrew MacDonald as a possible trade chip. The Islanders have the cap space to take on Neuvirth’s $2.5 million in salary, but may require a defenseman going back. Maybe Dmitry Orlov or Steve Oleksy? Other defensemen who could be available at the trade deadline: Dan Girardi, Chris Phillips, Ron Hainsey, Henrik Tallinder, Nikita Nikitin and Mark Stuart.
  • Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish:

    “The next deal is going to be an important deal for us,” said the rookie GM who returned from the World Junior to watch a 5-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning and a 5-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues.

    “It’s going to be important we make the right move.

    “There have only been 12 deals made this year and we’ve made four of them. You can argue the pluses and minus of the four deals we made.

    “We’re trying to do something. We’d be crazy not to. We just have to keep grinding away, having conversations until there’s something that makes sense.”

    MacTavish wouldn’t comment on the Sam Gagner rumors. MacTavish on what they could use.

    “We need big, strong, heavy guys who can give us what we don’t have now.”

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Haggerty looks at possible replacements for Bruins Dennis Seidenberg if they decide to go the trade route: Dan Girardi, Michael Del Zotto,  Mark Stuart, Christian Ehrhoff, Andrej Meszaros, Chris Phillips, Kimmo Timonen, Ron Hainsey, Nick Schultz, Henrik Tallinder and Rostislav Klesla.
  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Jets are a team that needs to do something, they are “a team begging for a shakeup.” Either it be a coaching change or a significant trade.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “I’ve heard that Burke is interested in Darcy Regier, Futa, Treliving and Dave Poulin” … “Burke probably won’t hire a GM until the draft. He may hire an assistant GM first”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: “The Bernier v Reimer battle has never been an even race. Leafs view them differently.” … “I’m not saying Bernier is a #1, but that’s who the Leafs want to be the guy”
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: “Carlyle has had a free ride since he came to Toronto. The screws are going to turn on him really fast here”
  • Adrian Dater: Eastern teams scouting the Avalanche-Senators game: Capitals (1) and Rangers (2).
  • Dmitry Chesnokov: KHL’s Spartak Moscow may fold as they don’t have enough money to pay players and to go on road trips.


  1. Chris

    January 9, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Gotta love Mac T.

    I wonder what team is going to be dumb enough to trade a big top six forward for a small, overpaid Sam Gagner who can’t even crack the top six on one of the worst teams in the NHL?

    I honestly believe if the Oilers are going to move Gagner they’ll have to do one of two things

    1. Eat salary
    2. Take a bad contract back.

    4.8 million is way too much for what Gagner brings. What does he do exceptionally well? Nothing. Not good defensively. Not physical. Bad at faceoffs. Soft in his own end. Doesn’t put up big numbers.

  2. Colin

    January 9, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    As an Islander fan, I would be doing cartwheels if we managed to get Michael Neuvirth and Dmitry Orlov from the Caps. If it takes AMac, this years second, and a second tier prospect so be it. I’m imagining a top d-pair of Griffin Reinhart and Dmitry Orlov and I’m liking it a lot

  3. hotwings

    January 9, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    these players… gagner and hemsky… these guys are solutions for no one… LOL@ edmonton if buffalo selects eklbad and they are stuck w/ reinhart… not dissing reinhart, but getting another high end forward just confuses things even more for edmonton…

  4. polpot

    January 10, 2014 at 9:44 am

    The definition of stupid:
    Doing the same thing over and over again and hoping for different results.

    The ship is sinking every January….What are nonis Carlyle and the players doing?

  5. Chris

    January 10, 2014 at 11:52 am


    Actually for the first time in a long time the Leafs AREN’T doing the same thing over and over again.

    They used to trade their draft picks and young players for quick fixes (Rask for Raycroft, Steen for Stempniak). That they’ve committed to development is something different.

    Not sure what you were expecting from the Leafs this year. They were always going to be a bubble team despite what the stupid media and fans thought.

    The Leafs are the 2nd or 3rd youngest team in the league. The team will get better as they have depth in all areas. It is quite obvious the players have tuned out Carlyle though. Look for a coaching change.

  6. polpot

    January 10, 2014 at 9:04 pm


    they allow the most shots and don’t hustle and are not tough. Most games they spend the majority of the game in their own zone. Being “young” is just another excuse. There is no compete level.
    I can take wins and losses …its the lack of professionalism.

    Same old leafs was in reference to the mid season long losing streaks.