NHL Rumors: Hurricanes, Senators, Rangers, Flames, Oilers and Sabres

  • The Fourth Period: There has been talk that the Hurricanes could look to trade Eric Staal this offseason.

    “I’ve been here a long time. I love it here. I’ve had success here. I know and I believe we can again, and I can be a part of that,” Staal told reporters on Tuesday.

    “I think I can be part of the right things going forward. Obviously, my career isn’t going to be forever, and I want to play in the playoffs. I don’t want to continually miss the playoffs and have these types of interviews at the end of the season. We’ll see what happens here in the next little while.”

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Brennan thinks that if they can find the fit, they should trade Craig Anderson. If they move him, they should be able to fill a roster needs or add to their draft picks. He is entering his final season of his deal and could be looking for a three or four year contract.  If re-signed, where would that leave Robin Lehner? Brennan also doesn’t think that Jason Spezza will be back.
  • Larry Brooks: It is possible that the Rangers will use an amnesty buy out on Brad Richards.

    “It’s been in the back of my mind to a certain extent, it would be a lie if I said it wasn’t there,” the 33-year-old center said. “But it’s not affecting me or weighing on me, or having any impact on my preparation or my game.”

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “I’ve heard that the Flames could have had Nyquist and Tatar for Bouwmeester or another player but chose not to” … “Based on my information, that was the Wings’ package for Bouwmeester, but not for Iginla”
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Tim Murray on the possibility of buying out Ville Leino: “Very good possibility.”
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk: “Changes will need to happen,”
  • Jonathan Willis: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish listed his four core players: Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Justin Schultz.
  • Jason Gregor: Oilers MacTavish on pending RFA Justin Schultz: “I’m open to both scenarios either a longterm or a bridge contract.” Jim Matheson: MacTavish on Shultz: “He is developing player. Potential is limitless. I would consider long-term deal.”
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres GM Tim Murray: “I want to rebuild properly, which takes time. It doesn’t have to take years.”
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres GM Tim Murray reaffirmed that they could draft Aaron Ekblad, not a guarantee that they draft a forward.


  1. Chris

    April 17, 2014 at 9:37 am

    So Mac T’s untouchables are Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Justin Schultz.

    And he wants to get a top d man.

    How’s that gonna happen?

    The only way I see that happening is if they trade the #3 pick + something else like Yakupov.

    Nobody is going to sign in Edmonton as a UFA and nobody is going to trade a top 2 d man for Sam Gagner or Nail Yakupov when Gagner is terrible and Yakupov is a gamble because of the KHL. Yakupov has a lot of skill and could end up being a great player but if he doesn’t get a huge contract after next year he’ll bolt to the KHL as they will offer him one.

    If Mac T wants a top 2 d man it starts with one of Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Justin Schultz.

  2. Dave

    April 17, 2014 at 11:39 am

    For all the scrutiny the Leafs and Canucks have gotten this year, the real joke of the Canadian market is the Oilers. They are consistently at or near last place in the west for like 8 years. Tambellini was just plain awful and if I were ownership I would expect MacT to produce results within a couple seasons or he’d be in trouble too.

  3. hotwings

    April 17, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    @chris… excellent insight, captain obvious..

  4. Chris

    April 17, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Kept it short and simple for your 6th grade reading level and attention span.

    Did you ever answer my questions about the Leafs draft record?

  5. EastCoastHockeyFan

    April 18, 2014 at 9:28 am

    lol Chris your an idiot. yes you have to give to get, but the majority of deals are not star for star, its package for star, so no, you do not have to “start with” Hall RNH Eberle or Schultz. you just have to see who is available and what the teams needs are. Nashville could talk of moving Shea Webber. not that they are, but they are thick on the back end in up and coming stars and prospects, do you think if they did try to shop him they will get a world class player back? no they are going to get back a package of a active nhl player (more than likely a second/third line guy with a little up side) 1 or 2 prospects and 1 or 2 picks. that is how the business goes, if your trading away big skill chances are your going to get back a bundle not necessarily a equal value player

  6. I_am_I

    April 19, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    @Chris depends what the want… If they’re taking a top pairing guy on a bad contract or with some warts that would be a lot cheaper than a top tier guy that isn’t all that available. Isn’t Mike Green rumoured to be a buyout candidate? That should lower the price and he’s been a top pair guy.
    @EastCoastHockeyFan Weber? If they want to send Yakupov back as the player the pick is the 3rd. Yakupov already has a reputation as lazy off the ice. Loads of talent and figures that is enough. Coupled with the perceived flight rick his value is not that high. Remember the flyers were ready to send four 1st round picks for him, I suspect they’d still offer a lot.

  7. hankbemis

    April 19, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Tatar and Nyquist for Bouwmeester??? I can’t imagine the wings offering or the flames denying this deal. Holy shit am I glad that didn’t happen. Jesus christ.