Morning Rumors: Eberle, Oilers, Hurricanes, Sharks, Legwand, Canadiens and Scouting Avs-Panthers

  • Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers Jordan Eberle knows his name is in the rumor mill.

    “It’s part of the game,” Eberle said. “There are certain things that you read or you see on TSN or Twitter. It’s such a social-media world now, that some guy in his basement starts a rumour and everyone is talking about it.

    “You have to deal with that stuff. I’d love to be an Edmonton Oiler forever and try to turn this thing around. But all I can focus on is trying to focus on my next game and our next win.”

    The Flyers had inquired about Eberle earlier this year. GM Craig MacTavish and owner Daryl Katz have said they are not interested in trading any of their young core for a short-term fix.

  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Bob McKenzie has stated that there could be some massive changes this offseason for the Oilers, with possibly some big moves at the trade deadline. The Oilers will move Ales Hemsky if they can get something for him. McKenzie added the Oilers have been exploring their options for Sam Gagner. Ryan Smyth could become a rental. McKenzie thinks the Oilers could look at moving their 1st round pick, maybe Jordan Eberle or Nail Yakupov, but that would likely have to happen after the season.
  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & ObserverCam Ward is getting close to returning to the lineup, and the play of pending UFA Anton Khudobin is presenting the Hurricanes with some options. Khudobin is two years younger than Ward and would be a lot cheaper than Ward’s $6.3 million salary cap hit that runs through 2015-16. Ward has been inconsistent and has been battling injuries. They don’t have to decide now, but will be thinking on it as they get closer to free agency on July 1st. The Canes can’t afford to re-sign Khudobin and keep Ward.
  • Mike Halford: If the Sharks were to buyout Martin Havlat, they would have $16 million to send on free agents this offseason. Dan Boyle will get his contract and Jason Demers will get a raise, but it still leave them with some nice spending money.
  • Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Eyes now turn to Sharks pending UFA Dan Boyle after Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau signed their deals yesterday. Boyle:

    “As for myself, I don’t have anything to report.”

    GM Doug Wilson on Boyle:

    “There will be ongoing discussions with several of our other players. Dan is in a different situation than Joe and Patty, and a different type of contract, but we certainly will be exploring and continuing negotiations to try and get Dan signed,” Wilson said.

    The 37-year old Boyle is believed to be looking for at least a two-year deal.

  • Dirk Hoag: Predators fans may be surprised at the contract David Legwand will get this summer. There will be lots of teams looking for centers and not many centers available.
  • Dave Stubbs: If there comes a time when Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin believes that there is a coaching issue, it is up to him to change it. What the fans may think with regards to this is not relevant to the decision making process. If/when owner Geoff Molson thinks that Bergevin is not able to lead the Canadiens, he’ll be gone.
  • Adrian Dater via Sulia: Scouting the Avalache-Panthers game: Blackhawks (4 people including GM Stan Bowman), Senators (3), Blue Jackets (2), Penguins (2), Rangers, Jets and Kings. There were NHL meetings the other in Florida, so that could could explain Blackhawks having four people at the game.



    January 25, 2014 at 10:04 am

    I have been keeping an eye on the Oilers for a few years now, as they add to their collection of #1 draft picks. Not an Oiler fan, but I thought surely the team would evolve a bit . I got tired of putting these guys on the tube, because most nights , they disappointed . All their talent is up front, and they are lightweights, physically . They absolutely need to bite the bullet and move a star or two, and try to get a solid defenceman , a goalie, or a hard nosed forward who can score a bit. I know its tough, but this team is a train wreck, and management there must do much more than acquire a 4th line PK guy to turn things around.

  2. Chris

    January 25, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Bang on. The problem is that most Oiler fans know what the team needs but totally underestimate what it would take to get them. Gagner, Hemsky, Smythe and Yakupov or a combination of the above will not yield a starting goaltender or top two defenseman. The only players that a team would give up their starting goaltender or one of their best d men for are Hall, RNH, or Eberle. The Oilers could probably add a legit d man and starting goaltender to Hall and RNH using Eberle, Yakupov and their 1st round pick and be a ten times better hockey team. If you could add a Cam Ward and Kris Letang for a Yakupov/Eberle/1st round pick type combo you’d be insane not to.


      January 25, 2014 at 10:55 am

      and yet, I understand Oiler management NOT wanting to move a kid like Yakupov . I mean, what happens if he morphs into the next Pavel Bure ? Same for RNH, who at times does amazing things . We may all be wrong, and if they add Ekblad, and Nurse is a talented banger, they may be on the right track. Still , its been a long rebuild, and Oiler fans need to see a glimmer of something. I am positive, though, that they must get bigger , and , no offence to Scrivens , but they likely need a #1 keeper.

  3. Gormail2331

    January 25, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Bergevin will first fire Therrien to cover his own ass and than if he still proves that he can’t manage this team, he’s next out the door. Find someone who knows how to win and is a winner.

  4. Chris

    January 25, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Rick, you’re right that Yakupov could turn into the next Bure. But what if it gets you Letang? Trading isn’t about fleecing the other party. Every team wants to win a trade and sometimes both teams get something they need. Think of Jarome Iginla traded from Dallas to Calgary for Joe Niewendyk. Dallas won a Cup and Calgary got a franchise player. The Phil Kessel trade in Toronto. Boston got some top draft picks (which yielded them Seguin and Hamilton) and Toronto got a 21 year old eventual top 10 NHL scorer.

    Oiler fans deserve a good team. They are as die hard as fans come. But good teams aren’t built with just high end forwards.

    All of those top teams that ‘tanked’ like Pittsburgh and Chicago etc. traded away top young prospects to fill needs. Pittsburgh traded Ryan Whitney (who was a 25 year old former top 5 pick at the time), Chicago traded Cam Barker (who was a 23 year old former 3rd overall pick at the time) and the LA Kings traded Brayden Schenn (a former top 5 pick who was 20 at the time), Thomas Hickey (who was a 23 year old former 4th overall at the time), Wayne Simmonds (who was one of their best young players at the time) and Colton Teubert who was a former 1st round pick.

    In some cases they got rid of guys that, although highly touted and drafted in the top 5, never panned out anywhere and in other cases (like Schenn and Simmonds for Richards) both teams got pieces that would help them.

    The Brayden Schenn trade is a great example of what Oiler fans could look at. Not that the Oilers need a “Mike Richards” type player but more in the sense of that’s what LA needed and they paid a steep price for it.

    The Kings needed a young veteran centre who had won before. To get Mike Richards they had to trade their best prospect (Brayden Schenn), a legitimate young top six forward (Wayne Simmonds) and a 2nd round pick.

    If the Oilers want to get the defensive or goaltending equivalent of a Mike Richards, they’ll have to pony up the same type of package.

    I’m not sure what d men are out there but say a guy like Shea Weber was available. This would cost your best prospect (Yakupov or Nurse), a legitimate young top six forward (Eberle) and a 2nd round pick. Oiler fans might hope that other GMs are stupid and would think that Gagner or Hemsky are legitimate young top six forwards; they aren’t. They barely crack Edmonton’s top six.

    The guys other GMs want are the guys Oiler fans would hate to lose. This is the reality Mac T is faced with.

  5. doncos

    January 25, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    sabres trade tyler ennis and mike weber along with a second and 4th round pick this year for sam gagner

  6. PatHoffman

    January 25, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    @doncos – no. Ennis plays a more physical game then Gagner. Plus Buffalo is giving up a lot for one player. Not a good trade at all.

  7. I_am_I

    January 26, 2014 at 12:21 am

    @Chris: The Oilers don’t need to give up a lot for a goalie, the market is very soft: Bernier for Scrivens, Fratten and a second, Bishop got Cory Conacher and a fourth, Schneider got the 9th overall pick and Varlamov got a first (11th) and second round picks.
    I really think MacT will continue to overvalue his players and not make a significant trade.
    BTW: I like your idea of Letang for the Oilers. At 26 he isn’t old, he’d help the back end and rumour has it he may be available. Problem is that Pittsburgh can’t fit Eberle’s $6M under the cap and if I’m Edmonton there is no way I’m retaining any of that for the next 5 years.

  8. Isaiah Thompson

    January 26, 2014 at 2:08 am

    Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman would make a trade for a second center line before the 2014 trade deadline.