Morning Rumors II: Brodeur, Vanek, Cammalleri, Red Wings, Senators, Leafs and Malone

  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Though he’s “not at all” looking to be traded, Devils Martin Brodeur is open to the idea of waiving his no-trade clause.

    “I’m open to anything,” Brodeur told me. “I just want to play. So, like I said in Toronto, if there’s a better situation for me, I’ll take it. If it’s here or somewhere else, it doesn’t matter.”

    On not playing as much.

    “I don’t think so unless in the next three weeks it goes worse than (it is),” Brodeur said of whether he’d ask for a trade. “We’ll see. But I don’t think I will ask.”

  • Arthur Staple: Thomas Vanek’s agent, Steve Bartlett, said “We’re not there yet” with regards to re-signing with the Islanders or going to the open market.
  • Roger Millions: Flames Mike Cammalleri said he’s had “great” talks with Brian Burke about his future.
  • Scott Mitchell of the Calgary Sun: Flames Mike Cammalleri is set to return to the lineup, but he may not be there for long.

    “I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Cammalleri said. “Brian has been really good with me. We’ve had a lot of communication, as far as talking about some different things. I’m not able to speculate on what may or may not happen yet, but as far as that goes, I think I just try and play the game the way I’ve always tried to play it, and that’s the best I can every day.”

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings will likely wait until closer to the trade deadline to determine if they are buyers, sellers or are standing pat. It doesn’t look like the Red Wings will make a deal anytime soon.

    “The phone is ringing a little bit; I’m calling a little bit,” Holland said. “With the Olympic break coming, I don’t sense a lot of activity.

    “I talked to a few managers the last few days; there’s not much going on.”

    “We have to play our way into being a buyer,” Holland said. “There’s no use spending assets unless we play our way into a buyer position.”

    The trade market could include: Matt Moulson, Steve Ott, Ales Hemsky, Mike Cammalleri, Lee Stempniak, Devin Setoguchi, Brad Boyes and Thomas Vanek.

The Red Wings could be looking for a top-six forward or top-four defenseman, but there may not be too many of those types of players available.

  • Ken Warren: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said it is a “no brainer” that he’d spend another $2-$3 million if they need a rental to make the playoffs.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Nonis will continue to listen until someone makes an offer that he can’t refuse. If not Kadri & others aren’t going anywhere.” … “the renovation that we call Toronto is far from over”
  • Dennis Bernstein: (responding to question about Malone to LA) Bernstein doesn’t think Ryan Malone would waive his no-trade clause, plus he only has five goals in 37 games.


  1. Keith

    January 30, 2014 at 10:36 am

    As a long time Red Wings fan I would hate to see the Wings become sellers after such a long string of playoff appearances but all good things must come to an end just like Stevie Y’s retirement. I just hope they can unload players IMO they should have never signed to begin with like Alfredsson, Tootoo (unlikely since nobody picked him up off waivers and we are still stuck with him for another season). I’m just happy that after this season we will be able to walk away from UFAs Alfredsson, Bertuzzi, Cleary, Quincy and Eaves (although I might keep Eaves around). I would love to see Mantha, Frk, Sproul and Ouellet audition for the Wings next season. I am willing to live with growing pains to move this team towards a youth movement.

  2. Hankbemis

    January 31, 2014 at 9:55 am

    The wings will not be sellers. Question is what they will have to give up to get anyone decent, with cap restrictions. It will be great to get out from tootoo, Samuelson, bertuzzi and clearys salary (tho I still like bertuzzi, just for less $). I expect alfredsson to sign again, maybe for 2.5m, and the wings would be wise to do so. Signing alfie was not a bad move. The guy has 30+ points, nowhere near Bert cleary Sammy or Weiss output… and Weiss I expect to come back and have a nice string of games to help push the wings into the playoffs.