NHL Rumors VI: Vanek, Gaborik, Wild, Blues, Johansen, Thornton and Kane

  • Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press: The Wild would like to add some offense this offseason and have been tied to pending UFA Thomas Vanek for awhile. Powers wonders that with Vanek having a disappointing playoffs, if the Wild would be better off looking at Marian Gaborik if the Kings don’t re-sign him and he hits the open market. Gaborik is having a good playoff and the Minnesota management that he was feuding with before, have moved on.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Interview with Blues owner Tom Stillman.

    Q: New ownership has pulled the trigger on several hefty contracts and signed off on some significant trades, but the moves didn’t produce the desired results. How will that affect your decision-making process in the future?

    Stillman: I think that when we make decisions, we need to look forward for the most part. I feel that the vast majority of the decisions we’ve made have panned out very well. I believe Doug has done an excellent job in assembling this roster and putting together trades and contracts that have made us a much stronger team. You’re not going to hit a home run every time you try something. But I don’t think you can react to that by pulling your horns in too much and never doing anything again. I think that would be counter-productive.

  • Renaud Lavoie: Steve Bartlett, Thomas Vanek’s agent, confirmed that Vanek will test the open market on July 1st. Vanek will still consider an offer from the Canadiens if he gets one.
  • Aaron Portzline: Contract talks between the Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen have started. Johansen’s camp have made a preliminary proposal.
  • Adam Proteau: Joe Thornton’s agent has said that Joe wants to stay in San Jose.
  • Brian Wilde: “Evander Kane is treated poorly in Winnipeg. They’ve at times press boxed him. But they still know he’s a big talent. Won’t come cheaply.”


  1. Jeff

    June 4, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Johansen is getting PAID.

  2. Antonio

    June 4, 2014 at 11:12 am

    “Evander Kane is treated poorly in Winnipeg.” I actually laughed out loud at that one. They are treating him like an adult if anything.

  3. Chris

    June 4, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    No kidding.

    I find it hilarious how Eric Lindros is still vilified because he refused to play for the Nordiques and demanded a trade.

    Back then a player acting this way was out of character for hockey players: now it is commonplace.

    It seems like most players are like Lindros was now. They act like spoiled children or demand trades when things don’t go their way. Like Marty St.Louis demanding to be traded because he didn’t initially make team Canada? What a team guy. Evander Kane being treated poorly? The last time I checked the guy makes millions of dollars to play hockey and can’t be bothered showing up on time or acting like a spoiled baby off the ice. Same with Seguin in Boston.

    The sense of entitlement from some of these guys is disgraceful when compared to guys who played the game for the love of it and for their teammates. I know that those guys had fun and their own off ice shenanigans but they rarely made it an issue with the team.

  4. Hankbemis

    June 4, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Good point Chris. Marty St. Louis really set an example for kids to follow. What a baby bitch

  5. WilddilW

    June 4, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    You never know if Yzerman promised him to be on the team and left him off, then decided to put him back on. I would be pissed if that happened. No one will know all or the real reason that he wanted out.

  6. hotwings

    June 4, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Evander Kane gets paid millions to sit in the press box and play with his money phone — how is that being mistreated? Gimme a break… Boo hoo Evander Kane… And Boo Hoo Marty “cry baby; St Louis..

  7. Ross

    June 4, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    teams need to start saying NO!! to players who ask for trades, you signed a contract, you don’t want to play, we wont pay you not grant your wish.

  8. Cole

    June 5, 2014 at 1:21 am

    I really don’t think any of you are in a position to complain about players who ask for trades. It’s incredibly easy to say you clamour for the days when players played for the love of the game and that players nowadays are spoiled. You can’t say that if you were in that position, you wouldn’t want millions and demand trades if things didn’t go your way. I’m not willing to say I wouldn’t, because I fully believe I would if I were in Kane or St. Louis’ position and wanted to.

  9. Dave

    June 5, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Can’t really compare Kane to St. Louis imo. St. Louis gave Tampa years and years of top play. He’s near the end of his career now and if he wants a change of scenery he shouldn’t be vilified for it. This same sorta thing goes for Alfredsson, Sundin, and any veteran who decides to do this at the end of their careers.

  10. Huh?

    June 5, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    The players today are babies while the players of yesteryear played for the love of the game?

    Get your heads out of your asses and stop looking back with nostalgia.

    The players of yesteryear (largely) kept their mouths shut and just played b/c they had little to no power. The owners and by extension the gm’s controlled the players with an iron thumb. Complain about ice time, the coach etc and you’re sitting in the press box or riding the bus in the minors. And it’s not like you could play out your contract and sign somewhere else. People forget that UFA status didn’t come until mid 30’s.

    Now the pendulum has swung and the players have most of the power about where they want to play and manipulate that power for their own benefit.

    That’s human nature. The players are no better or no worse about how they wield their power as compared to management. The only difference is that whatever players do, we get to witness it through bloggers, media and 24 hour sports channels.

  11. CaseyW

    June 5, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    How is a player who asks for a tade any different than a GM asking a player to waive his NTC?

  12. Chris

    June 5, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    UFA age was never mid thirties. For the majority of the 90s and 2000s it was 31. It went from 31 to 27 (or 7 years of service) during the 2005 lockout.

    Sorry but when you sign a contract to play for a team you should live up to it. If the team buys you out because you didn’t deliver what you promised then consider yourself lucky. If you used your ‘leadership qualities’ in your contract negotiations and then piss and moan about ice time or not making an international team then you are not living up to your promises.

    Nostalgic? Maybe. But I don’t remember too many guys from that era other than Lindros and Yashin who refused to sign with a team and demanded to be traded. They may have had their complaints but they were men about it and put the team first.

  13. Dave

    June 5, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    @Chris so a player should honour a contract to it’s completion but the team can trade him away for whatever reason they want whenever they want? (barring no-trade, no-movement stuff) Doesn’t seem particularly fair for the team to move a player at their whim but the player can’t request to be moved because they’re not happy.