Morning Rumors: Blues, Rangers, Blue Jackets, Capitals, Avs, Oilers, Hurricanes, Canucks and Top 5 Grinders

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: (mailbag) If the Blues are looking to bring a bigger name in, it will have to include salary going out. If the Blues are looking at Ryan Callahan, the Rangers will want someone that could step right into their lineup (ie. Chris Stewart) and not just picks and prospects. The emergence of Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko, and with Dmitrij Jaskin on his way, has made Stewart expendable. If Stewart isn’t dealt at the deadline, he could be moved in the summer.

    Custance thinks it’s in the best interest of the Blue Jackets to trade Marian Gaborik at the deadline and that he might be able to land them a 1st round pick.

    Custance doesn’t think the Capitals will deplete their system to land Ryan Miller.

    Custance thinks there could be at least on trade at the deadline that nobody saw coming. GMs appear to be wanting to make “hockey deals” rather than rentals.

    There’s the sense that the Avalanche will keep Ryan O’Reilly as Patrick Roy really likes him.

    Oilers Sam Gagner is all but assured to be traded. There could be a bigger deal to be made if Oilers GM Criag MacTavish can find a taker. Still a long-shot that one of the Oilers other stars gets traded, but it is possible.

    If the Hurricanes are willing to retain some salary,and if he’d waive his no-trade clause, they might be able to find a taker for goalie Cam Ward. If the Hurricanes wanted to move Anton Khudobin, they could get a draft pick for him for a contender who is looking for a goaltending depth.

    Custance thinks it will be interesting to see if the Canucks will look to trade Alex Edler at the deadline. It could benefit them in both the short-term and long-term if they could get a young center for him.

  • Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top 5 Grinders: 1. Ryan Callahan – maybe looking for an NHL regular to place him if they decide to trade him. 2. Andrew Ladd – could bring the Jets a substantial return. The Penguins could use a big winger and have the assets. 3. Tuomo Ruutu – will teams want to take on his salary. 4. Troy Brouwer – the Capitals could use either a top four defenseman, prospects and/or picks. 5. Erik Cole
  • Dennis Bernstein: Gary Bettman on WFAN: “we hope there are World Cups in future because we can control the timing of event.” Added a switch to the Summer Olympics is not feasible.


  1. hotwings

    February 22, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    If he is available, the Oilers need to act on a Shea Weber deal. I’m sure they will have to pay even more through their asses to get him, since he has been very good for team Canada thus far… It just seems that all of the Oilers high end talent is going to go to waste eternally if they don’t bring in a #1 dman…

    On the flip side, with so much Oil Change propaganda over the past few years, i think it is starting to set in, that the Oilers and their ‘high end’ players are never going to be good enough to bring home a championship when compared to other teams high end talent around the league (hawks, pens, sharks, kings)…

  2. I_am_I

    February 22, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    If Weber is available every team is in on that. Given that the Flyers were willing to give 5 first round draft picks for him they are in in spades. It would be interesting to see what he got and from whom.

    It is probably worth it for Nashville to quietly find out what they could get…

  3. Hankbemis

    February 23, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Id rather sign McDonald than obtain weber for more money and a lot in trade

  4. EastCoastHockeyFan

    February 23, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Really i still have hope for the oil’s core. i think moving Gangar is a mistake, or the thought of moving Ebbs R.N.H or Hall is lunacy. We have waited this long, they have Schultz in the line up, Nurse looking to crack the roster next year, and with another top 3 draft pick and Ekblad looking very strong. Scrivens is a solid #2 that they should try to lock up,
    Then start to plug some holes in the off session via free agency, I personally wouldn’t mind seeing them go for JS Giguere, hes not a spring chicken but an affordable potential #1 that can help Scrivens game to for the next few years to see if you can get a true #1 with out giving up major assets.
    And i would also look for a steady experienced top 2/4 defensive d man (or two) to help the young up and comming d core along. they wont be a cup team next year either way, but with out giving up your major chips that you need they could be a play off team and a step closer

  5. I_am_I

    February 24, 2014 at 9:54 am

    It is a good plan but I think there are a couple problems. I agree that the Oil should keep Hall and RNH but if they get a chance to shore up their defence with a similarly aged and skilled player for Yakupov or Eberle they should. I don’t think that the deal is there for that so they probably sit tight.
    Free agents have a history of not signing with the Oilers so finding that 2-4 d-man that wants to play in Edmonton from this underwhelming list is going to be tough. And a bunch of those guys will resign before hitting UFA.
    Problem with Gagne is there is a limited marker for a small 40-50 point forward who has never played a full season and has a $4.8M cap hit the next 2 years. You may just end up keeping him and hoping he gets better.
    For goalies take a run at Miller or Hiller. Halak is also serviceable. JSG is 36 so there isn’t much left in the tank, he could drop off the cliff any year. Edmonton has tonnes of cap space in spite of having to resign every defenceman on your roster so they can spend freely for a few years of good goaltending.

  6. EastCoastHockeyFan

    February 24, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    I know that the oil have problems with trying to convince free agents in signing on, BUT they do have the cap space, they will end up having to over pay to shore up the defense core, or to get a legit number 1 goalie if they want to acquire through free agency, that is known. My thought is bite the bullet give them the over payed contract, offer on a 2 year to get them in.
    Gagne is still young, and with a little more maturity will be a great number 2 center, on that note tho, at the moment he isn’t worth the 4.8 cap hit, so to deal him no one is going to give you equal talent for less cash your going to end up trading down, or adding assets to get some one of the same caliber, again cap isn’t Edmonton’s issue so why bother.
    I think Yakupov should be moved, but not yet, trade him now and get very little, or hold him for another year or two hopefully he will come that much further. there is no doubt in my mind that he will be a force in the league for years to come, i just do not see him fitting in in Edmonton and giving him up now for peanuts would be a huge mistake.
    I am not an N.H.L. GM BUT in my eyes that is the only way to go from here, with out giving up the future the oil fans have waited too long to see come, selling the farm when you can see the light at the end of the tunnel… It would be pain full and i don’t see it bringing a cup, so stay the course, if they had a magic ticket that could trade rnh hall eberle yakupov and bring in what it would take to win the cup, sure but its not going to happen, it would be a trade down with assets for any one they give up and make it that much further away