Morning Rumors: Jets, Sabres, Caps, Sens, Sharks, Blues, Canadiens, Avs, Canes and Leafs

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Jets have a lot of options if they look to make some moves. A lot of their key players are still under contract from two to six years. Talk is that the younger they are, the harder it is to get them. Friedman wouldn’t trade Evander Kane unless the return was massive.

    Friedman thinks Dustin Byfuglien would be a defenseman that Capitals Adam Oates would love to coach.

    Sabres GM Tim Murray said there are no untouchables on his team, but prepare to make a big offer if you want someone like Zemgus Girgensons, Tyler Myers or Rasmus Ristolainen.

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Senators GM Bryan Murray may look to move some of their young talent to bring in some missing pieces.

    “I think we do have a good number of young people I would think other organizations would be interested in,” Murray said. “The Bobby Ryan deal [last summer] required us to give up a young player, a couple of young players. I think it’s been a good thing for us, and I believe it’ll be a good thing for Anaheim.

    “But, yes, we’re open to talking about moving a young part or two to get the required player that we would need.”

    They won’t trade Curtis Lazar though. Murray would like to add a forward that could have an impact, either through scoring or physical aspect.

  • CP on SportsNet: Senators GM Bryan Murray:

    “We do have a number of players that probably are deserving of playing some games or playing in the NHL that may not get a chance because of our numbers up here that we would talk to teams about for a more veteran-type player,” Murray said.

    “We hope to have kind of an objective by the trading deadline, by the Olympic break, whatever the case may be, and then we’ll see where we go,” Murray said.

  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Kurz thinks the Sharks are already looking for a scoring winger, but not to expect anything until closer to the trade deadline, possibly just before the Feb. 8th Olympic break. Kurz doesn’t think it would be a big name. The Sharks have their first and second round picks, along with the Penguins second round pick from the Douglas Murray trade.
  •  Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The biggest question surrounding the Blues is their goaltending despite how productive they’ve been. Ryan Miller’s name keeps coming up, but they are tight against the salary cap and it may be difficult to move out enough money to offset Miller’s cap hit. The Blues may also not be willing to part with the young prospects/players and picks the Sabres would want in return. The Blues could look trade one of Brian Elliott or Jaroslav Halak and bring up Jake Allen to be their backup.
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: If the Sabres decide to part with Ryan Miller, teams like the Blues, Islanders, Panthers, Flames and Oilers could use a frontline goalie. The Sabres can’t let Miller go for nothing. Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff needs to improve their goaltending situation. The Ducks have four goaltenders:  Jonas HillerViktor FasthFrederik Anderssen, and John Gibson. The Kings have three goalies behind Jonathan Quick: Ben ScrivensMartin Jones, and Jean-Francois Berube. Even if it requires a Blake Wheeler, Dustin Byfuglien or Evander Kane, so be it.
  • Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette: Pending UFA defenseman Andrei Markov would like to stay with the Canadiens.

    “Maybe I’m going to sign another contract tomorrow. Maybe in another month. We’ll see,” he said. “I’d like to stay here for the rest of my career. You can see some players in their 40s who still play. I don’t want to think that far. Whatever is going to happen tomorrow will happen tomorrow.”

    Preliminary talks have begun.

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly’s camp haven’t talked contract since the summer. They will talk again after the season, and things seem to be good between two sides. There is optimism that a new deal could get done. Things are different now with Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “The Senators gave been available to make a deal all year. Speculation has always been money is limiting them.” … “If right offer comes along & it requires Melnyk to loosen the purse strings. I believe that he will do that if its within reason”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “I think the guys that run the Jets are aware that they are not a Western Conf juggernaut.” … “With their roster though, they expected better play. They were basically underperformimg. Pavelec’s goaltending now in focus”
  • Brian Wilde: “McGuire on the Jets: They’re built with wingers. Nobody wins with great wingers. Build down the middle and with defence. That’s how to win.”
  • Jason Brough of Pro Hockey Talk: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff:

    “I think we still need to acquire pieces to either establish a larger core, or maybe move some pieces that re-establish some different things,” Cheveldayoff said this afternoon on TSN 1050 radio.

    “This is still a project that’s in the works.”

  • Darren Dreger: Hurricanes Tuomo Ruuttu name is back in trade talk, as he could draw some interest.
  • Howard Berger: A Western Conference source said the Maple Leafs are looking for a “big body” forward.


  1. Brian

    01/14/2014 at 12:54 pm

    If I’m gillis, I’m taking a serious look into acquiring evander kane. He’s young, he’s aggressive on the puck, and most importantly, he’s a goal scorer!! Aka put him with the twins!!! Or, you could even put him on the 2nd line with kesler. Kane has only played for the Jets in his career so really he’s never played for a winning organization. When you’re young and you constantly keep losing, you never learn or gain you’re full confidence. So bring him to van where he can experience playing with more skilled players, have a better sense of usefulness, and be able to play in the playoffs!

    I understand the asking price is high, but when you’re like the Canucks and have an opportunity to gain a franchise player, I don’t see why you don’t go for it.

    So who do you offer? Don’t know how interesting this would sound for Winnipeg but maybe Edler and a 1st? Or kassian and a pick? Orrrrr, a 1st rd and shinkurak. The last option might be intriguing to Winnipeg because of their 10 overall selection josh morrisey. Him and shinkurak are pretty close personally so for future thoughts, it could help out the locker room and build good vibes for the team.

  2. FireDougWilson

    01/14/2014 at 3:57 pm

    Kurz knows what all Shark fans do Doug Wilson wont acquire anyone worth anything at the deadline. It will be another typical trade away draft picks and or prospects for a 30 game rental who might score 1 or 2 goals.

  3. I_am_I

    01/14/2014 at 4:35 pm

    @Brian: How refreshing to see a trade proposal that sends value back and not completely one sided :-)

    I have no idea what Winnipeg wants but that last offer would almost certainly get their attention if they decide they are going to rebuild. Edler might not be as appealing with Byfuglien, Enstrom, Bogosian and Trouba already there.

    I see Elder is the trade away chip of choice among Vancouver fans. He’s been hurt and seems to have dropped down the depth chart (behind Hamhuis and Bieksa). What’s the deal with him?

  4. hotwings

    01/14/2014 at 5:03 pm

    everyone is interested in e.kane… it is a no brainer to trade for him and overpay a bit — if he is available — which i dont think he is, with a new coach in town.

    e.kane is pretty much what every team wants these days… a big power forward that can post 30+ goals a year.. the jets would be slightly crazy to trade this guy… edler and a first rounder is below market value imho… and i dont think they would part with kassian, as having e.kane on the team would probably motivate kassian more and give him a better understanding of how to play a stronger and more powerful game…

    My bet is E.kane does not get moved… The jets situation is not as dire as some ppl make it out to be… Claude noel just seemed to be a little too eccentric, flippant, wacky…. and the wrong fit for the jets…

    I bet the Jets will try to part with Byfuglien… maybe edmonton… maybe philly… maybe even the islanders…

  5. timkon

    02/02/2014 at 10:39 am

    The Blues do not need to trade for Miller with the number of teams looking to upgrade there starting goalie postion the asking price for the blues would be to high we have to many good prospects in the system to trade for miller wait until the offseason and then try to sign him but i do agreee the blues need to make a couple of small trades to get better for a deep playoff run. i like the possiblity of a stewart for callahan trade stewart seems to only play when he wants to and callahan gives his all everygame and maybe even try trading berglund for another good center like an eller or plekanis from montreal i think they would fit in well and like stewart berglund has no heart and seems like he give up last 2 years against the kings in the playoffs and it looks like we could be meeting in first round again as for goaltending keep halak but trade elliot maybe for a vetran goalie like thomas from florida he won a cup already and could help halak as a backup get past his bad goals he lets in sometimes and get his focus back because when he was in montreal he was the reason they made that deep run a few years back