Morning Rumors: Canucks, Penguins, Bruins, Devils, Lightning, Ducks, Oilers, Wings, Jackets and Coyotes

  • Josh Rimer: Hearing that the Canucks will have a fire sale at the draft with Ryan Kesler, Alex Edler and Kevin Bieksa likely to go. What does this mean to the Sedins? Will ownership let GM Mike Gillis do the rebuild? What about coach John Tortorella?
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: After seeing how successful it was to have three quality centers in Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal during the playoff runs from 2007 to 2009, it was one of the reasons GM Ray Shero was targeting Ryan Kesler. With not a lot of salary cap room left and lots of injuries, the Penguins had some holes to fill at the deadline: top-line winger, third line scoring and defensive depth. The Penguins could still look to add Kesler. If they are able to land Kesler, their top three centers would take up $23.3 million in cap space, about 34.3 percent.
  • James Murphy of XN Sports: There is speculation within NHL management and scouting that Canucks ownership may have nixed two potential trades at the deadline. The Canucks were close to trading Ryan Kesler to the Penguins for a package that included Brandon Sutter, Derrick Pouliot and a draft pick. Ownership still thinks they are a playoff team, and may have told GM Mike Gillis to take him off the trade market. Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe reported last week that the Canucks may have had a deal in place to send Alex Eder to the Bruins for a package that included Matt Barkowski and Ryan Spooner or Alexander Khokhlachev. The deal may have been pulled as the Kesler trade did not happen.The Devils tried to get Brian Gionta from the Canadiens at the deadline. Sources saying that the Devils offered a prospect and a second round pick, but where told he wasn’t available.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Recently acquired Thomas Vanek may not re-sign with the Canadiens as signs pointing to him signing with Minnesota. Nobody should be surprised if the Lightning were able to re-sign Ryan Callahan to a five year deal at $25 million. There is no state income tax in Florida, great weather and less pressure.

    “Ryan can take a test-drive there and vice versa,” said his agent Steve Bartlett, who says Tampa general manager Steve Yzerman is taking it low-key. “There’s no gun to anybody’s head. I love that attitude.” Bartlett concedes that the lack of state income tax is a carrot. “You can take 10-per-cent less in Florida than New York and have it be the same amount of money.”

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson can see the Ducks going after Ryan Kesler after the season. The Ducks could offer a combination of Jakob Silfverberg, Devante Smith-Pelly or Emerson Etem, Sami Vatanen or Luca Sbisa and a first round pick.Matheson thinks the Oilers should try to sign Kings pending UFA Matt Greene this summer.

    The Red Wings want to re-sign newly acquired David Legwand.

    Matheson can see the Blue Jackets looking to add Matt Moulson this offseason to replace Marian Gaborik.

    The Coyotes looked at added Ales Hemsky at the deadline to play with Martin Hanzal and Radim Vrbata. Hemsky could re-sign with the Senators, but the Coyotes will likely be interested in him as well.

  • Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News: Pat LaFontaine talks a little, but didn’t speak about his exit from the team 3 1/2 months after he was brought in. There are questions if he was fired, if he resigned or a combination of both.  He wouldn’t even acknowledge if he signed a confidentiality agreement with the team.


  1. Canucks fan

    03/10/2014 at 12:04 pm

    If all reports are true (which I’m doubting they are) the Canucks were contemplating 3 deals, one of which would have landed a future top 6 forward, a future top 4 dman, and a first round pick which may be top 15 as it belonged to Ottawa before the Bobby Ryan deal.

    Ownership is completely a mess if they rejected that offer from Anaheim. What’s the big deal if they trade within the division by the time Vancouver is a cup contender Getzlaf Perry and Hiller will be old so they are no competition..

  2. Chris

    03/11/2014 at 2:54 pm

    The danger is that you see the team very often. If the deal works out for both teams (like the Kessel for Seguin/Hamilton deal) then eventually both teams will be happy with what they have even if it doesn’t work out evenly at first. Right now Leaf fans don’t miss Seguin/Hamilton because they have a top 5 NHL scorer and Bruins fans don’t miss Kessel because they have a Stanley Cup and a very good young d man left over.

    The danger is in deals like the Tuukka Rask for Andrew Raycroft deal. The Leafs were burned with that one for years and were reminded of it every time the Leafs had to go up against Rask with the likes of Vesa Toskala in net.

    If you make a bad deal to another division, or better yet another conference, you have less risk of that player burning you.

    WIth that being said, I think Ryan Kesler is very overrated and if the Canucks were legitimately getting offers like Sutter, Pouliot and a 1st round pick they should have taken it. The Canucks look to be entering the same phase that the Leafs were in from 2006 to 2008, or the Flames between 2008 and 2013, when they refused to accept that their window had closed and it was time for a re-build.

    The Canucks already have some very good prospects like Horvat, Shinkaruk and Kassian to start the process. Get a good pick this year and next year, trade Kesler, Edler, Burrows etc. for some good players in the 21-23 year old range and you’ll be fine. Continue to insist that this is ‘the group’ that will get it done and you’ll only prolong the inevitable.

    Mike Gillis is terrible. His only 2 good moves were Ehrhoff and Hamhuis. Everything else he did was either terrible or negligable and only covered up by the fact that most of his top forwards (Sedins, Kesler, Burrows,), most of his D (Edler, Bieksa, Salo for a few years) and both of his goalies (Luongo, Schneider) were inherited from Burke/Nonis.