NHL Rumors III: Pavelec, Boyle and Gagner

  • The Fourth Period: Sharks Dan Boyle wants to be back with the team year. Boyle to the San Jose Mercury News:

    “I like it here, of course. Then again, there are two sides to it,” Boyle told the paper. “They’ve got to want me back, so we’ll see how it plays out. I don’t have anything to go on right now. I believe I’m part of the solution and not part of the problem moving forward. We’ll see what happens.”

    “I understand where I’m at. I’m not looking for three-four years, but I’ve got more than one,” Boyle said. “I think that there’s going to be a lot of talk about my age and me moving forward, and the decline of my game, which I’ve heard a lot. But I’m proud the way I finished the season. How I played in the playoffs.”

  • Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal: McCurdy takes a good look at Sam Gagner and what the Oilers should do with him. Gagner is coming off his worst season and has two years left at a $4.8 million salary cap hit. His no-clause kicks in, in two months. The Oilers would be ‘selling low,’ but it might be worth considering.


  1. Chris

    05/05/2014 at 11:29 am

    The Oilers should retain salary in a Sam Gagner trd. Retain half of that salary and maybe somebody pays a 2nd round pick for a 2.4 mil reclamation project.

  2. Holysheep

    05/05/2014 at 4:03 pm

    Why sell low with gagner? The oilers have no depth at center and no cap issues to deal with at the moment. It’s not like he can play any worse this season so eat one more year off his contract. Then in typical Edmonton fashion, re-sign him to a ridiculous multi year deal

  3. EastCoastHockeyFan

    05/05/2014 at 6:47 pm

    Oilers have no one that can step in to take the number 2 spot, have no cap issues, so why would they even think of sending him out when his value is tanked. why the hell would they retain salary to cause a void in an already shallow position. IF they were contenders, or thought they could be next season (the thought is laughable) and had some one ready to step in and take that roll then sure, pay some one to take him.
    all of that said, chris you are still an idiot.

  4. Stu

    05/05/2014 at 9:17 pm

    Okay, there’s no need to reference a Lawless article. Do you know what he suggests in that article? That Chevy should take a page out of the book of Garth Snow. Garth Snow!? The worst GM in the league who seems to want to make it his personal mission to have his team be perpetually terrible? If the Jets had another good alternative they might buy-out Pavelec but what free agent goalie wants to sign there? The defence is terrible, they aren’t a playoff team, and it’s a small market. Management is realistic. They aren’t going to go out and say that they’re looking for other options because what does that do aside from make any potential trading partners or free agents jack up their price and give Pavelec a disincentive to work hard in the offseason for them? You can’t just go out and say you’re going to drop your #1 goalie when you have zero players who can step in and fill that role. When you have an alternative you want to go with, then you can buy him out or whatever. The funny thing about this whole thing is that with or without Halak, the Islanders are still a mess and even thought they don’t have a deep roster they keep giving up more and more picks in terrible trades. If Halak wants to sign there, why give up a 4th round pick? He isn’t staying in Washington and NYs people have already talked to him so why give away anything if you’re going to get the contract anyway. That’s just another terrible move by Snow. Yet Lawless think’s it brilliant to sign a free agent who wants to play there in exchange for a 4th round pick. Instead of doing what everyone else does and signs free agents who want to play there in exchange for absolutely nothing. Which makes more sense? Giving away a 4th round pick for no reason, or not giving away a 4th round pick?

  5. Heavy

    05/05/2014 at 11:27 pm

    Stu, I concur with you’re Jets opinion. The Islanders are taking a chance with the 4th and Halak. It is what it is.

  6. Chris

    05/06/2014 at 11:17 am


    I’m an idiot? Didn’t you say that the Oilers could trade Klebom and Yakupov for the 1st overall pick???

    Any time you try to throw Gagner into a deal you are the idiot. Nobody wants him or his contract unless it’s for an even worse player or contract.

    Gagner for Clarkson
    Gagner for Lieno

    NOT Gagner + for Weber or the 1st overall.

    And if the Oilers were to move Gagner and retain some salary they’d have cap space to sign a UFA 2/3 centre and draft Sam Bennet who will be a top 6 centre as early as next year or the year after but without Gagner in the picture they could play Bennet and not have the defensive liability that is Gagner.

  7. EastCoastHockeyFan

    05/06/2014 at 3:24 pm

    Chris, yes you are an idiot, and yes, IF the oilers are going to make an offer that would be all they should offer. if some one out of the top 5 wants to offer more so be it not a loss. let some one else over pay.

    if you look back at any comment i have made, i have not once said Gagner for anyone, it is not worth moving him, they are not getting better moving him when his value is tanked, and they have no cap issues so keep him and let him play out his contract. unless they have or are making a trade for some one better.

    As for Weber to the oilers is just a pipe dream, that you seem to be the one to bring up, you keep saying weber to oil and they need to start with hall… and again i say your an idiot, webber isnt moving and if he did its not to edmonton i have not or would not propose a webber to edmonton deal because its not realistic and you seem to just come on here to try to bash every player on toronto and edmonton, say they are “all over rated/valued” and pretend you have half a clue.