Morning Rumors II: Hurricanes, Predators, Leafs, Oilers, Avs, Rangers, Penguins and Coyotes

  • Mark Spector: Cam Ward has a no-trade clause and a long history with the Hurricanes. GM Jim Rutherford really likes him. Seems like it would be a long shot for them to move him. Darren Dreger: A Cam Ward trade is possible, but it would require a big return for an in-season trade. He should return to the lineup next week.
  • The Fourth Period: Hurricanes goalies Anton Khudobin and Justin Peters have been in the rumors, and now it appears that Cam Ward may consider a change of scenery. Both Khudobin and Peters will be UFAs at the end of the season. If the Hurricanes are able to re-sign Khudobin, they could explore a Ward trade in the summer. They are currently looking for a top-six forward.
  • Mark Spector: Spector has heard the Predators may be interested in Oilers Sam Gagner.
  • The Fourth Period: Nazem Kadri could be the odd man out as the Maple Leafs look for a top-line center. It is thought that the Leafs could package Kadri and Jake Gardiner for a proven first line center, then move Tyler Bozak to the second line. This type of move may have to wait until the offseason. The Oilers and Leafs have talked, but Sam Gagner isn’t a top-line center. The Leafs have shown interest in Jeff Skinner and Paul Stastny in the past. They wouldn’t move Kadri for a pending UFA in Stastny.
  • James Mirtle: Darren Dreger said that if the Maple Leafs are going to trade Nazem Kadri, and there is a chance that they will, they will need a center to come back in the deal.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: If the Rangers decide to go the route of sellers by the trade deadline, they don’t have a lot to deal off their roster. They also don’t have a lot of resources in their system to bring in players if they want to go that route. They do need to get bigger. They could trade Michael Del Zotto for a defenseman that could play 16 minutes and have the ability to play in the top-four if need be. They are not deep enough to trade a J.T. Miller, Pavel Buchnevich or a 1st round pick. Dan Girardi and Ryan Callahan could be rental chips. If they think they could contend, they won’t move either of them. GM Glen Sather could look at what the Penguins may offer for Callahan to play along side Sidney Crosby.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Coyotes coach Dave Tippett on taking the next step.

    “You look at the last four years, we’ve been in survival mode,” Tippett said when we chatted before Tuesday night’s loss. “Where we are now, we want to take the next step as an organization. To do that, you have to be more than just scratch and claw. You have to be able to compete in all facets of the game. The facets of our game that were lacking were offensive production, power play, things like that. What we’ve done is we’ve enhanced some of that, but it’s taken away our bread and butter.”

    They will need to add more offense and skill if they want to compete with the top teams in the West.

  • Sean Fitz-Gerald: LA Kings scout Alyn McCauley was at the Leafs-Sabres game. John Ferguson Jr. was also there. Mike Harrington: Scouts from 14 teams at the game. A lot of them live in the area. Greg Brady: At the game: Sabres, Ducks, Kings, Predators, Flyers, Blackhawks, Blue Jackets, Stars and Coyotes.


  1. Shane

    01/16/2014 at 11:32 am

    I have had a sneaking suspicion and or hope that there may have been more to the Nashville Edmonton deal, possibly involving more players. Unless MacT just enjoys helping conference rivals.

  2. Doug

    01/16/2014 at 11:56 am

    I see a fit with Colorado and Toronto for Stastny! Although not with Kadri, (flip him in seperate deal! Colorado has an abundance of centers and Stastny’s contract is up! They need grit/leadership, and a good puck moving top 4 defenceman! Gardiner and Clarkson for Stastny and a 3rd! Col. was in the final 3 with Clarkson along with Edmonton so may have some interest and the money works! Good hockey trade! Maybe a wink/wink deal with Stastny’s agent guaranteeing he resigns with Toronto! Even if he doesn’t you are freeing up 6 mill. for free agency acquisition.

  3. I_am_I

    01/16/2014 at 12:37 pm

    @Doug trading away Gardiner who is a 23 year old defenceman who is second on the team in time on ice and 3rd in defensive scoring is totally insane. Especially for 3 months of Paul Stastny.
    That is sort of the equivalent of suggesting Ryan O’Reilly for (pre-extension) Dion Phaneuf.

  4. leaf-fan905

    01/16/2014 at 1:49 pm

    If we trade Gardiner it better be for an elite center not just a top line center, I wouldn’t mind seeing the devils willingness to move zajac, they dont have a 1st we could send kadri that way too , would love to somehow steal zajac annd zubrus from nj

  5. John

    01/16/2014 at 2:32 pm

    I wouldn’t be able to watch hockey anymore if Callahan goes to the Pens. I much rather see him play on Caps then with Crosby. Ovie at least plays with grit and has skill so I can respect him.

  6. leaf-fan905

    01/16/2014 at 2:37 pm

    Callahan is a beast and nyr would be making a huge mistake parting ways with him

  7. leaf-fan905

    01/16/2014 at 2:49 pm

    Also with the contract nyr just signed the king to rhey shouldnt even be considering a rebuild

  8. Chris

    01/16/2014 at 3:56 pm

    I hate being a Leaf fan. All i want, all I’ve wanted for a long time, was for my fellow Leaf fans to try to understand the building process and to stop pretending that the real NHL is the same as the video game NHL.

    Leaf fans seem to think that some saviour is going to come in and make everything okay. They are like gambling addicts. Oh if we could just trade Kadri for O’Reilly all of our problems would be solved. If we could just trade Gardiner for Stastny (who by the way isn’t much better than Bozak if at all) then we’d be contenders!

    It’s that kind of thinking that saw two of the worst trades in Leaf history: A young prospect goaltender (Tuukka Rask) for an older experienced goaltender (Raycroft) and a young underperforming centre (Steen), a young underperfroming defenseman (Coliacovo) for an older player with one good season under his belt (Stempniak).

    If the Leafs had just waited they’d have one of the best two way forwards in the NHL (Steen) and one of the best goaltenders in the NHL (Rask) without having to give anything up.

    Now it’s Kadri. A 23 year old centre isn’t dominating the way he was last year so what’s the solution? Well trade him obviously. Trade him, bring somebody else in who will be just okay and then watch him improve, and he will improve, somewhere else. Same with Gardiner.

    Why is Brayden Schenn’s name not in the rumours? He’s got 29 points in 47 games. Kadri has 27 points in 45 games. Why is Kadri considered ‘underperforming’ and Schenn is just ‘developing’?

    How about this? How about Leaf fans actually show some patience with their prospects and understand that their struggles this year have very little to do with ability and everything to do with compete level and execution. Both skill and the ability to execute improve with experience and when you’re talking about kids who are 22 and 23 years old you’re not talking about experienced NHLers.

  9. hotwings

    01/16/2014 at 5:33 pm

    worse trade in leaf history has to be trading away the scott neidermeyer pick back in 1991… the rask trade was bad… steen and carlo trades were not so bad… steen has had 1 good season so far, and it’s only half way done…

    lots of team have traded their youth away… i dont see why you think the leafs have done this disproportionally more than other NHL teams…

  10. Chris

    01/16/2014 at 11:11 pm

    If you think this has been Steen’s only good season, then you clearly don’t pay attention to the NHL.

    When was the last time the Leafs committed to drafting and developing a big time player?

    Every successful NHL team drafts and develops better than the Leafs do and it’s not because of tanking.

    Guys like Patrice Bergeron, Duncan Keith, Jonathan Quick, and PK Subban are all big time players selected in te 2nd or 3rd round and allowed I develop. They weren’t cast aside when they didn’t dominate right away. They made a ton of mistakes in the AHL and the NHL and got better.

    The difference between the leafs and other teams that trade their young players away is that those other teams had already drafted key pieces of their core.

    Examples: LA trades Brayden Schenn because they already drafted and developed the likes of Kopitar, Brown, Doughty and Quick.

    The Bruins could trade Kessel because they’d already drafted and developed Bergeron, Kreicji, and Lucic.

    Who do the Leafs have that you could say they have drafted and developed to the same level as a Lucic, Bergeron, doughty or Keith?

    And don’t say Morgan Rielly. Could end up being a big time player but he’s a long way away from Drew Doughty or Duncan Keith territory.

    Trading Kadri now would be shortsighted and pointless .

  11. Christian

    01/17/2014 at 1:14 am

    @chris amen brother

  12. d33x

    01/17/2014 at 7:58 am

    I have to keep laughing at you idiots who think Jake Gardiner will be moved.. Dave.. Your one of them.. Why would they give up their most promising young defence (Morgans up their to) to acquire a RFA you dumb @$$

  13. EhBud

    01/17/2014 at 9:26 am

    A lot of you know nothing about hockey and trades, if the leafs trade gardiner for statsny we are getting robbed, pauls a good player but deff not someone capable of playing with Kessel. if anything the leafs should make a big splash for a player like Joe Thornton go big or go home, we need an elite centre not a mediocre at best centre, someone that’s a play maker i.e. JOE THORNTON. the reason why San Jose could part ways with big joe is because look at Tomas Hertl when hes back and healthy for next year he will be a second line centreman no doubt and than san jose first line centre would be Joe Pavelski. It makes sense to try and get the big man i’ve been saying it for years JOE THORNTON would fit well in Toronto system. Try to tell me you can’t picture Joe Thornton in a leaf jersey, first line: Kessel Thornton and JVR/Lupul, second line: JVR/Lupul Bozak Raymond 3rd line: Kulemin Bolland(when he’s back) and Clarkson.

  14. MArk

    01/17/2014 at 12:32 pm

    Chris : you sound very young, and have a bit of hockey knowledge. I would like to see how patient you are after watching a team for 46 years without them doing much more than making it to a conference final. You have to give a team credit for trying to get better even if it is a mistake. Kadri’s situation isn’t that he has to develop, its more the situation where he has to change his attitude. He comes off as being cocky conceded and arrogant. If he was just confident with a little humility I’m thinking he would be progressing at a much faster rate. So sometimes when you have a difficult employee its better to let someone else deal with it and bring in the equivalent talent without the head issues.

  15. bill

    01/17/2014 at 3:18 pm

    you dont know shit MArk. Kadris the man mabe if you knew hockey youd befed up with the leafs management skills over the past 46 years and not keep applauding the same bullshiy

  16. I_am_I

    01/17/2014 at 3:40 pm

    EhBud: No. Joe Thornton the 34 year old pending UFA is not what the Leafs need.

    @Chris Well said. My only caveat is that Nonnis is not doing his job if he does not listen to offers. If Snow called and made Tavares available then he better be talking to him.

  17. justin large

    01/19/2014 at 2:18 pm

    i think we still need burke to be honest with you guys he did wonders for the team he traded garbage for amazing things by getting rid of colborne and a few other prospect that was extreemly stupid on nonis part because go back in time for a second u have all the farm u could make some serious trades like a bundle kadri and gardiner because colborne has been proven he is a big guy and can score and hit he could have been perfect fit for the future so its very hard to predict any kind of trade because one rash decision could screw the club big like say we traded kadri for stasny and then kadri lights it up and goes on a hot streak and doesnt come off and then stasny gets cold. so you gotta be bold but think rationally skinner used to play third line yah hes good now but you never know and nonis has proven him self in the past yes with the sedins but i think he should be careful making a trade because all we are doing is giving up young guys who arent even proven yet. so if i were gm id ride out a few season let the team build chemistry because its constantly changing as it is and if you lose a lot draft high dont be sudden leafs have bad history for that and dont get me wrong by this message i love the leafs i bleed the blue im concerned because all burke has done for us we dont want it all gone and having orr as are best guy because better players come at a higher price and look at what we have already