Morning Rumors II: Stars, Rangers, Kings, Hurricanes, Canucks, Lightning, Penguins, Leafs and Senators

  • TSN Insider Trading: McKenzie: Two Stars who may be okay with being traded are Ray Whitney and Sergei Gonchar. Whitney would be a rental, but Gonchar as two years left at $5 million.

    LeBrun: A Dan Girardi extension may be more likely than a Ryan Callahanextension.

    Dreger:  The Kings would like to add some scoring but will likely have to wait until closer to the trade deadline due to cap space available. They are looking at rentals: Mike Cammalleri, Thomas Vanek and maybe Tomas Fleischmann and Matt Moulson.

    Dreger: Hurricanes Tuomo Ruutu is in play. GM Jim Rutherford told Ruutu he will push for a trade. Ruutu has a no-trade clause.

    McKenzie: Rutherford sent an email to teams saying Jiri Tlusty, Riley Nash, Drayson Bowman and Brett Bellemore are available.  The Canucks did the same with Dale Weise. The Lightning did the same with Keith Aulie and Tom Pyatt.

  • Will DePaoli of Insider Pittsburgh Sports: The Penguins sent Simon Despres back to the AHL, and some within the organization are souring on him. Trade speculation will mount as they may be higher on prospects Derrick Pouliot, Scott Harrington and Brian Dumoulin.
  • Will DePaoli of Insider Pittsburgh Sports: The Penguins are looking for a third line winger and a top-six winger. They don’t have a second round pick and are lukewarm on the idea of trading their first round pick for any rental that might be available. There is some thought of playing James Neal with Chris Kunitz and Sidney Crosby, and then finding a winger for Evgeni Malkin by the deadline. There are better fits out there for Malkin than Crosby.
  • ESPN Slide Show: Players who could be traded: Ryan Miller, Sam Gagner, Mike Cammalleri, Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson, Steve Ott, Dan Girardi, Michael Del Zotto, Anton Khudobin or Justin Peters, David Legwand, Martin Erat, Andrew MacDonald, Ryan Callahan and Nazem Kadri.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “The Canucks need more strength down the middle. Probably going to have to use one of their good D to get it done.”
  • Damien Cox: A rumor that was floating around the prospects game that was going on during the summer, was a James Reimer for Nail Yakupov deal.
  • MyNHLTradeRumors: Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch said on Hockey Central that the Rangers wanted Marc Methot and another piece (likely an AHL player) for Michael Del Zotto. The Senators were fine with the other piece, but not with trading Methot.


  1. JP

    01/17/2014 at 11:29 am

    James Neal will not be moved to Sid’s line for any extended duration while Malkin is healthy.

  2. Travis

    01/17/2014 at 11:47 am

    Clearly the Avalanche can win with Paul Stastny out of the lineup. It would be a stupid move on their part if they were to move Ryan O’Reilly instead of Stastny. I believe the Avs could get a good defense man in return for Stastny. Not only that but the Avs are pretty deep at the center position. Resign ROR and bring in a top 2-4 defense man. There are several teams out there looking for a top 6 center and Stastny fits that position perfectly.

  3. Chris

    01/17/2014 at 12:33 pm

    Nobody’s going to give a top 4 d man for a player on an expiring contract. A prospect and a draft pick are far more likely.

  4. Travis

    01/17/2014 at 12:44 pm

    Doubt it @Chris. Stastny is 3rd in points from the 2005 NHL entry draft, right behind Crosby and Kopitar. The Avs aren’t just going to take a prospect and a pick for him.

  5. *

    01/17/2014 at 1:25 pm

    Most of Stastny’s points came from his first 4 seasons. Since then he’s been a 2nd line center. He’s doing better this year, but yeah, with his last 3 years being average for him, and being an expiring contract, a blue-chip prospect and a 1st round pick is about where his value is.

  6. Troy

    01/17/2014 at 3:03 pm

    Real question is who are buyers this trade deadline? That should tell the picture of who make a run in the playoff post-season dance…

  7. I_am_I

    01/17/2014 at 3:46 pm

    @Travis: What team has a top 4 D for a rental? Maybe whoever is on the outs in Vancouver? Or another UFA on an expiring contract perhaps.
    When Stastny hits UFA I think the Leafs should be talking to him.

  8. Chris

    01/17/2014 at 6:37 pm

    @travis. 2009/2010 was a long time ago. Stastny hasn’t put up 1st line numbers since then. His 34 points in 43 games are not elite and certainly don’t justify a 6 mil cap hit.

    The only teams who would trade for a guy on an expiring contract are contending teams and playoff teams neither of which want to give up a roster player before the playoffs. Pick and a prospect and maybe another expiring contract but not a top 4 d man.

  9. GaryMagic

    01/17/2014 at 10:21 pm

    You have to understand that the cap situation for most teams is really tight. That’s why we aren’t seeing but a handful of trades this season. Hardly any big name trades outside of Vanek/Moulson. Lots of draft picks and AHL or bottom 6 guys being moved, but not much of high vale/potential.

    Teams are likely to wait until deadline to make bigger moves, but the blockbuster trades will likely wait until off season when the new salary cap is announced, and likely made higher

  10. Tristan

    01/18/2014 at 10:08 am

    Damien Cox: A rumor that was floating around the prospects game that was going on during the summer, was a James Reimer for Nail Yakupov deal.

    LOL that why they call em’ rumors. Reimer has not played that well for the Leafs (they would bury him in Edmonton) and Yakupov is an up and coming rookie who will sour in about three years. Oilers need to keep him. I suggest letting go couple upcoming first rounder draft picks since they have not panned out like the Chicago Black Hawks first rounders have! Oilers need to focus on defense (even the forwards need to learn as well).

  11. Chris

    01/18/2014 at 12:30 pm

    Remember that the only 1st overall pick the Hawks had was Patrick Kane. Toews was 3rd overall (behind Erik Johnson and Jordan Staal). Seabrook was a 14th overall pick, Keith, Bolland, Bickell and Crawford were 2nd rounders, hjalmerson was a 4th. They also had good scouting to trade for Versteeg (Boston) and Sharp (Philly) when they were just depth prospects who were former 3rd and 5th rounders (or was Versteeg a 6th?).

    Chicago’s good scouting of other teams players and mid round draft picks is what made it okay when their 1st round picks like Jack Skille, Tuomo Ruutu and Cam Barker didn’t work out for them.

    This has been Edmonton’s problem so far. They’re relying on their 1st coverall picks to all turn into Sidney Crosby when in reality one of them might end up being Erik Johnson and the other two are certainly not Crosby calibre. After that, aside from Eberle, they’re not developing Duncan Keiths or Cory Crawfords or Hjalmersons. They’re not trading for the equivalent of a Sharp or Versteeg.

    Edmonton have to make some bold moves. And I agree that Yakupov for Reimer is not one of them. Yakupov might get a Cam Ward but I’m not sure Rutherford wants to trade a Conn Smythe calibre goalie for a struggling prospect. Edm may have to throw in a draft pick too.

  12. Tristan

    01/18/2014 at 3:13 pm

    Thanka Chris….
    Cam Ward is struggling too…I say Ryan Miller would be more ideal for Oilers.

  13. Tristan

    01/18/2014 at 3:15 pm

    I also believe there is no such thing has “rebuilding a team” people and management want the CUP yesterday…..

  14. Mike

    01/18/2014 at 7:24 pm

    CANUCKS……………OMG when will Gillis do something!! After screwing up the goaltender situation…..and still he waits for???????