Morning Rumors: Blue Jackets, Lightning, Capitals, Coyotes, Rangers, Jets, Oilers and Leafs

  • The Fourth Period: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is looking to bring in help for up front and on the blueline. They are looking for a top-six winger, a defensive-minded forward, and a defenseman. They could move some of their young pieces and/or some of their picks. They could be looking for players that are signed beyond this year. The Blue Jackets could be looking to trade Marian Gaborik as well if he is healthy by the deadline.
  • Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: Regarding a Toronto article that the Maple Leafs will go after Steven Stamkos if he becomes a UFA in 2016.  Next January, the Lightning will start contract extension talks. They might take some time, but it will get done before the season ends. Erlendsson: “I’m 99.91 percent sure on this: Steven Stamkos will not reach the free-agent market.”
  • Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post: The Capitals have sent Philipp Grubauer to the AHL, but how will it effect Michal Neuvirth’s request for a trade.

    “I don’t think about it,” Neuvirth said. “My job is to play for the Washington Capitals. I’m focusing on playing for this team and I don’t worry about anything else.”

  • The Fourth Period: The Coyotes are believed to be looking for a top-six forward and are looking at Sabres Matt Moulson and Stars Ray Whitney. Whitney’s no-movement clause lets him name 10 teams that he won’t go to. The Kings, Red Wings and Ducks are believed to be interested in Moulson.
  • The Fourth Period: The Rangers are looking add a top-six forward and a mobile defenseman. A source is saying they have spoken with the Jets about their forwards such as: Evander Kane, Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd. Wheeler and Ladd have limited no-trade clauses. If the Jets were to move one of them, they would require at least a proven, young roster player.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: (mail bag) Matheson thinks there is no chance that they trade their 1st round draft pick this season as they they could be picking in the top three. They won’t draft Sam Reinhart as he’s not big enough. They should have taken Ryan Murray in 2012 when they drafted Nail Yakupov. Defenseman Aaron Ekblad might be able to play in the NHL next season. They also like Leon Draisaitl.The Oilers may have some interest in Dustin Byfuglien, but more as a forward than a defenseman. Matheson thinks the asking price would be more than just Sam Gagner. The Jets don’t really need more draft picks.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Every time I ask is there a better chance that the Leafs consider the interest around in Reimer, the answer I get back is no” … “Not saying Reimer isn’t available, there is that same old song and dance with Nonis that he will move anyone for the right price.”
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: “Edmonton must have a great summer. They need to do whatever possible to get a high end goalie like Hiller”


  1. Antonio

    01/21/2014 at 1:28 pm

    Sam Gagner might get a 3rd round pick but that’s about it. They over value him so much it’s ridiculous. The Jets won’t take any trade for Byfuglien if it includes Gagner in it.

  2. Doug

    01/21/2014 at 1:41 pm

    Tell Erlendsson of the Tampa journal not to worry, that’s Damien Cox and his lazy style of journalism.

  3. Chris

    01/21/2014 at 2:20 pm

    Antonio, I honestly can’t think of any scenario where I’d want Sam Gagner on my team at a 4.8 mil cap hit. Maybe Buffalo takes him for Ville Leino or some other terrible contract.

  4. Callum

    01/21/2014 at 2:32 pm

    Stamkos isn’t going anywhere.

  5. I_am_I

    01/21/2014 at 2:51 pm

    Erlendsson probably understated the odds of Stramkos being signed. Add some 9s to that.
    No one in Toronto believed that story, not sure it even needed to be countered..

  6. Brenzy

    01/21/2014 at 3:00 pm

    Maybe Stamkos wants to play in a hockey market….and for 12 million a season

  7. chris

    01/21/2014 at 4:08 pm

    are these all made up trade ideas? Bc it sounds like none of these have any validity to them what so ever. I mean the first four blog posts are Team wants a Top-Six Fwd, a mobile defenceman. I mean you could say that about almost every team.

  8. *

    01/21/2014 at 5:34 pm

    Stamkos won’t be going anywhere. Tim Leiweke is daydreaming, and Damien Cox is an idiot. Tell him that there’s a 1% chance that Chicago won’t resign Toews after next season, and he’ll write a story about it like it’s a guarantee.

  9. hotwings

    01/21/2014 at 5:50 pm

    damien cox’s article is interesting conjecture… in favor of his scenerio, is tim leiweke and his proven penchant for dishing out big money.. and also the fact that stamkos plays in a non-traditional hockey market where he will never be able to get what the leafs would pay for him…

    the scenerio is not that far fetched… dont forget stamkos has an agent in his ear, whose job it is, to get this kid a huge contract and himself a good commission…

  10. youguysarestupid

    01/21/2014 at 5:58 pm

    The Jets are looking at trading Kane Wheeler and Ladd? Who makes up this crap?

  11. hotwings

    01/21/2014 at 6:01 pm

    another young player had issues recently… tyler seguin, and he was traded… i think kane in winnipeg has an extended shelf life now… but who knows a year from now if he is still the same difficult personality..

  12. Hugh Don O'Shid

    01/21/2014 at 10:53 pm

    Hillier owns a beachfront house in Newport

  13. *

    01/22/2014 at 10:58 am


    For sure his agent will want to get his client good money. Don’t forget that Tampa shelled out for Lecavalier and Richards at the same time.

  14. I_am_I

    01/22/2014 at 12:13 pm

    @hotwings: Seguin was different: Bruins are deep at center and he was playing wing there. Some players don’t really do well out of their normal position. The Bruins are also more concerned with winning now and Eriksson was seen as someone that would help with that.
    @stupid: Pretty much every player on the Jets roster should be available for a price. The only real discussion is the price it would take and the price teams will play. It isn’t like we are discussing generational talent here.
    @*: Also don’t underestimate that players settle down in an area and are comfortable. Most players resign because it is easy and familiar.

  15. hotwings

    01/22/2014 at 12:16 pm

    ya and they seem to regret it… shipping vinny and richards out… i think yzerman might be a bit more prudent knowing the history of this teams contracts…

  16. DSF

    01/23/2014 at 9:41 pm

    I keep hearing EBERLE to Flames for McGrattan and O’brien.