Morning Rumors: Bruins, Oilers, Sens, Sabres, Blues, Preds, Capitals, Stars, Lightning, Flames and Panthers

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish and president Kevin Lowe watched the Flyers-Bruins game on Saturday. Nick Schultz might be one of the veteran, left-handed stay-at-home defenseman the Bruins are looking at. The Bruins aren’t looking for a defenseman who has term left on his deal. Some fans may be dreaming of a Andrew Ference return. Ference has three years left at $3.25 million. Other D targets could be Chris Phillips, Dan Girardi and Andrew MacDonald.

    “The pickings are slim,” said one Bruins source when asked about the trade market for veteran defensemen.

  • Kevin Paul Dupont: Dupont wonders if Bruins fans would be fine with trading Malcolm Subban for a No. 2-3 defenseman. The key for the Bruins is finding a defenseman that can play 20 minutes and ease the burden on Zdeno Chara.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators will likely wait until after the Olympic break to see if they will look add a rental before the trade deadline. GM Bryan Murray will continue to work the phones, but it’s unlikely that he’ll do anything before the deadline. They had six days of scouting meetings, covering from the trade deadline, draft and free agency.

    “We identified what our team is right now and possible targets for possible trades,” said Dorion.

    “Not that we’re going to make any trades but we always have to be ready for that possibility (with) players who we feel could help us in the short-or-long term.”

  • Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Sabres GM Tim Murray would like to re-sign Ryan Miller, but trade speculation continues in St. Louis. Both Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott will be UFAs in St. Louis. Both have put up good numbers, but they’ve seemed vulnerable at times. The Blues would need to send some salary back to Buffalo if they decide to make a move, they can’t just send the Sabres draft picks.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: The Predators haven’t asked David Legwand to waive his no-trade clause. If they are to look at trading him, the Ducks could make a pitch for him. Legwand may prefer to stay closer to home, so the Red Wings or Blackhawks could interest him if they are interested. The Blackhawks are looking for a 2nd line center, and he could be a good fit there. Custance thinks he could get the Predators a 1st round pick. The Capitals could use a top-four defenseman, someone like Stars Trevor Daley could help them, and they wouldn’t have to give Mike Green.
  • Brian Lawton: Lawton would be surprised if teams aren’t looking at Ryan Malone. He hasn’t been playing much since coming back from injury.
  • Randy Sportak: The Flames may have to eat some of Shane O’Brien’s contract if they want to trade him.
  • George Richards: Talk from Edmonton surrounding Panthers Erik Gudbranson being scratched yesterday. He’s not going anywhere as the Panthers seen him as part of their future.


  1. Hankbemis

    January 27, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Legwand coming to Detroit of course would make sense, except the need for a center isn’t pressing with hank, helm, andersson, sheahan, glendening, and eventually datsyuk emmerton Weiss

  2. Isaiah Thompson

    January 27, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Chicago Blackhawks acquire David Legwand from the Nashville Predators for a second line center.

  3. Isaiah Thompson

    January 27, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman would make a trade on March 5th for a second line center that will make the defending champion Blackhawks a better team.

  4. BBruin

    January 27, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Trading Malcolm Subban is an option but what #2 or #3 defensemen is out there that’s available… And also are the Bruins looking at retaining that potential d-man because trading a top goalie prospect for nothing more than a rental even if it gives you a better chance at the cup seems foolish. The Bruins have other chips and picks that can be parted with in order to grab a #4 or #5 veteran d-man. Guess time will tell…

  5. I'm me

    January 27, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    Maybe Malcolm Subban and a pick? For Phillips? And then Ottawa might have the option for later to trade Anderson and have leaner start and Subban backup ? Might be rough at first but could start next season like that

  6. J Savoy

    January 27, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    Could people stop bringing up Detroit in rumors for G’s and C’s? I keep seeing this over and over in the rumors. It’s stupid. They need a top D man is what they need, a (wishful thinking) elite puck-moving D-man. Stop the BS please.

  7. BBruin

    January 27, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    -I’m me

    Malcolm Subban and a pick for Phillips? Are you a Bruins fan or an Ottawa fan… only reason I ask is because that trade is extremely lopsided in favor of the Sens. Considering C. Phillips has only had 2 positive +/- seasons since 2008-2009, and yes he may eat up some minutes but he’s not the player he used to be early-mid 2000’s. The player is 35 years old now. He’s not worth a 1st round goalie prospect, who’s been viewed by many around the league as a top goalie prospect and then throw a draft pick on top of that… Phillips also has an expiring contract. Ottawa can have Jordan Caron and if they really want a draft pick, I’d say more in the realm of a 5th rounder – 7th rounder. He’s nothing more than a rental player, who wants to resign in Ottawa anyways, and he’s nowhere near a game changing rental or elite rental for that matter.

  8. steven

    January 28, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    players at the deadline always cost more. I agree Phillips is not worth malcom subban. But at the deadline it will probably cost them that. The sens are a bubble team and all bubble teams want to make the playoffs. The sens don’t have a first this year so why sell there defenceman for a 5th or 7th? They wont do that. So if boston wants him it would be for subban or a first round pick.