NHL Rumors III: Players Who Could Be Moved at the Draft, Bruins, Booth, Canucks and Richards

  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: The asking price for Jason Spezza will likely be a player, prospect and a top pick. Spezza has a list of 10 teams that he can’t be traded too. The Maple Leafs could be interested, but there is little chance they’d trade him to their divisional rival. Options for Spezza could be:

    1. Blues – Sens could be interested in Patrik Berglund and Ian Cole.

    2. Predators – the Sens could be interested Filip Forsberg and Colin Wilson.

    3. Ducks – the Sens could be interested in Andrew Cogliano and Nick Bonino.

    4. Panthers – the Sens could be interested in the Panthers 1st overall pick and Dmitry Kulikov.

    5. Coyotes – a longshot.

  • Allen Panzeri: “Oh, BTW, if the #Sens trade Jason Spezza, who is going to replace him as a world-class No. 1 centre? Just asking. And don’t say Zack Smith.”
  • Kevin Allen of USA Today: There could be lots of trading going on during the 2014 NHL draft.

    “Some teams are going to be looking to move some salaries, and I just have a feeling there could be a lot of moves,” Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill said.

    The 1st overall pick is already in play.

    “I’ve already had a few guys kicking tires,” Tallon said. “We are going to get more calls.”

    The Senators are talking offers on Jason Spezza, same with the Maple Leafs and Dion Phaneuf.  The Canucks may look to trade Alex Edler, same with the Sabres and Christian Ehrhoff. New GM Ron Francis may look to deal Cam Ward, and possibly Eric Staal if they got a staggering return.

    Craig Button on possible draft day trades.

    “It’s really hard to get good players now unless you make a big trade and draft picks are a part of it,” said Button, a former NHL general manager. “Plus, teams are looking to get a lot better as quickly as possible.”

  • The Fourth Period: The Bruins are not expected to re-sign Shawn Thornton according to a source. They will look to keep Jarome Iginla.

    “Obviously, he’s a leader, he’s the captain of another team for a long time and he came in and added in an element to our group, especially the forward group,” Bruins team president Cam Neely said in a Tuesday press conference. “He ended up scoring 30 goals, which is not easy in this league anymore, and we would like to try and see if we can figure something out moving forward with him. We will see where that goes, but I thought he fit in really well with our team.”

    The Bruins may also look at the trade market  this off-season. They almost had Alex Edler at the trade deadline but the Canucks ownership apparently nixed the trade. The Canucks ownership may have also nixed a Ryan Kesler trade to the Penguins. The Bruins could re-visit the Edler talks or look at other options via free agency or trade. They could look at moving Brad Marchand and his remaining three years at $4.5 million per season. Two sources saying they would listen to Marchand offers, but there is no guarantee that they trade him.

  • News 1130 Sports: Agent Mike Liut will talk with Canucks GM Jim Benning at the NHL Combine or Draft about David Booth’s future in Vancouver.
  • Will DePaoli: Dreger was on Pittsburgh radio and said that we’re in an era where there are “no untouchable” in the NHL.
  • Jason Botchford: Trevor Linden had a good meeting with Ryan Kesler at the end of the season.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “The fact that B.Richards has played so well will give the Rangers pause to consider, but sense I got a year ago was that the Rangers would buy Richards out this year.” … “That unless Richards was playing like one of your top 2 centres…” “…doing it in such a fashion that you believe he’s going to do it for another 2/3 yrs then you’re almost obliged to buy him out”


  1. ChrisB

    05/22/2014 at 3:16 pm

    So there would be little chance for Spezza going to their division rival Leafs, yet Florida(division rival, just not as heated and high profile as Sens/Leafs) is a possible option? Makes no sense.

    I can understand the Sens being interested in Kulikov and the 1st, but I don’t think Tallon’s interest in Spezza is on the same level, considering their center depth is pretty impressive, although not all 100% proven. Unless they’re shifting one of Barkov/Bjugstad to wing or bumping down a line, not sure how how interested they’d be in Spezza for what he would cost.

    Might be a moot point, because, IMO Ducks and Blues will both have much more interest in Spezza than the Panthers would.

  2. Chris

    05/22/2014 at 3:40 pm

    I agree. I don’t think a 1st and Kulikov is a price Talon wants to pay. My guess is that he can sell Kulikov to the Leafs or Avalanche for a pretty good return and since the Panthers aren’t even close to contending, giving Kulikov up plust the 1st overall for a guy who has one year left on his deal (and who probably won’t play a full 82) would be quite silly. By the time Florida are ready to contend (and I think they will be) Spezza willbe 33 or 34 years old while Ekblad and Kulikov will likely be rounding into very good NHL players.

    Spezza in Anaheim makes the most sense. My guess is the 10th overall pick back to Ottawa plus a depth prospect and maybe a conditional 2015 pick if Spezza signs, or if the Ducks make the final, win a round etc.

    The question of who takes Spezza’s spot is a good one. People may think Turris is ready but it’s one thing to be a #2 guy and quite a different thing to be a #1 guy. I remember when the Leafs traded Sundin the conventional wisdom was that he’d eventually be replaced; it’s been over half a decade and there’s nobody even close.

  3. Canucks fan

    05/22/2014 at 3:51 pm

    I think Turris is ready granted he’ll be playing with Ryan who is a top line player and a guy like MacArthur who helped Turris a lot. If their trading Spezza do they really feel like they can make the playoffs???

  4. ChrisB

    05/22/2014 at 6:08 pm

    Yea, no way Florida gives up both for Spezza. The way this is worded, it does imply that both would need to be in a deal. I’m wondering if it is meant to mean that the Send are interested in both and one or the other would have to be part of a deal. Seems a little more reasonable.

    Honestly, thwe only logic I can see with Talon even attempting to land Spezza is not necessarily he himself will jumpstart the contending level, but more using Spezza, along with Luongo, no state tax and nice weather year round, to hopefully attract some high profile UFAs. In turn, maybe putting more butts in the seats.

    According to Talon, Viola gave him the green light to spend, if necessary.

    For what its worth, IMO, wherever Spezza ends up, an extension should be very easily negotiated. He’s been pretty laid back and easy to deal with in that regards.

  5. Beantown Hopeful

    05/27/2014 at 8:12 am

    To Van: Marchand, Erikkson, Kelly, Bartkowski, 2rp 2014
    Return: Kesler, Edler

    Sign UFA: Gaborik

    Key Resigns: Iginla, Smith, Krug

    Potential lineups:

    Iginla, Krecji, Lucic
    Kesler,Bergeron, Gaborik
    Caron, Soderberg, Smith
    Florek, Khokhlachev, Griffith

    Chara, Seidenberg
    Boychuk, Hamilton
    Edler, Krug

    Rask, Svedberg

    Healthy Scratches: Miller, Fraser, Paille

  6. j

    06/06/2014 at 4:21 pm

    Youre retarded ^