NHL Rumors V: Red Wings, Canucks, Oilers, Penguins, Senators and Sabres

  • Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press: The Red Wings are exploring trade and rating pending free agents. They are expected to have between $10 to $12 million in cap space after re-signing restricted free agents Danny DeKeyser, Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar. They’ll be looking to add a top-four defenseman and top-six forward. GM Ken Holland said yesterday that he has spoken with a few teams about potential trades, and more could happen at next weeks’ GM meetings.

    “I’m moving along slow to keep our options open,” Holland said. “We’ll see what’s out there via trade. But we feel good about our team, and our fallback position is our kids.

    “We’re trying to move kids in, and also have the right amount of vets.”

  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: The Canucks may be giving Ryan Kesler some indication this week who they might be hiring as their next coach could be. He wouldn’t withdraw his trade request, which he’s still denying he made, without knowing who the coach could be. He’s butted heads with the past two. They could look to bring in a high-profile free agent to play with Kesler if he stays. The Canucks will have to decide on a whether to use a compliance buyout on someone or not. Buyout candidates include: David Booth, and long-shots Jason Garrison and Alex Burrows. New GM Jim Benning may explore if players who hold no-trade clauses would be interested in exploring other options. The Canucks will need to decide if/what they want to offer pending free agent Mike Santorelli. RFAs Chris Tanev and Zack Kassian will need to be re-signed.
  • David Staples of the Edmonton Journal: Would the Oilers be interested in trading for Penguins defenseman Kris Letang? There is the health concern and the cost to acquire him. The Oilers would have to trade someone like Justin Schultz or Jeff Petry. Others that might be included could be: Sam Gagner, David Perron and Nail Yakupov.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators had talked to the Sabres about Chris Stewart, but the Sabres were asking for one of the Senators top prospects, including Curtis Lazar.


  1. Jeff

    06/05/2014 at 11:13 am

    Stewart could be a real good under the radar pick up for certain teams..

  2. Chris

    06/05/2014 at 11:27 am

    Petry? Gagner?

    I think Pittsburgh probably wants real NHL hockey players.

  3. Dan

    06/05/2014 at 1:39 pm

    @Jeff. You are absolutely correct re. Stewart. He has had more good seasons than bad and it is hard to find goal scorers with his size and yet can stand up to Milan Lucic.

  4. Kris Campbell

    06/05/2014 at 2:31 pm

    To Pittsburgh:
    Yak City and Petry.
    To Edmonton:

    If I were Edmonton I would do this trade. Reasonable?

    If I were Pittsburgh I would not want Gags!

    • Gerald

      06/05/2014 at 9:58 pm

      No way I would trade Yak straight across, let alone with a health concern like that?

  5. Chris

    06/05/2014 at 2:54 pm

    If you want a top 27 year old puck moving defenseman like Letang then you’re going to have to pay to get him.

    Petry was born in the same year, was a -22 last year and has never put up more than 25 points in a season.

    Nail Yakupov was -33 last year, had 24 points and will get a KHL offer after this year is over and his entry level up (translation: Pay me more than I’m worth or I walk).

    What does Pittsburgh gain from that trade? Nothing. What do they lose? A 27 year old top puck moving d man who has won a Cup. Even with his health issues, Letang has more value than that.

    It would take Eberle to get a deal done. THAT is fair value because BOTH teams get a young high end player at a position of weakness.

  6. Jeff

    06/05/2014 at 3:28 pm

    Most Team owners are risk adverse. I find it HIGHLY unlikely that any team would be willing to trade for Letang right now.

    That said, i’d need to know more about his situation as it relates to insurance coverage for his contract.

  7. shane berney

    06/05/2014 at 11:53 pm

    Haha Petry? Thanks Staples. Maybe they should trade you for a better hockey analyst.

  8. Milan

    06/06/2014 at 5:30 am

    Henrik and daniel sedin to edmonton for ebelrle and yakapov
    Then burrows and kassian with third and fourth round picks in exchange for 2 first round picks
    Keep kelser and sign 2-3 free agents
    If bo horvat or one of this years picks plays on the team the canucks might be able to compete with these moves

  9. EastCoastHockeyFan

    06/06/2014 at 8:28 am

    well Chris it was bound to happen over the past 2 weeks you actually seemed like you had some common sense in your post’s, now some one mentions edmonton again and your back to retarted suggestions.
    Letang is one of the best puck moving d men in the league. that being said, with his health a huge question mark, not to mention his at times spotty defensive track record. For a 7.25m through 2022… there is a reason why there has been speculation of pitsburg moving him out, and the return will not be Eberle OR any one else in the league even close to that stature. not unless it happens around or after next years trade dead line, right now no one is willing to take that contract and give up asset’s for a player that could very well sit in the press box for the next 6 seasons. to get value for him the pens have to show everyone that his game is back to 100 pct and so is his health, or trade him now as a cap dump not take the gamble, and only get a few prospects

  10. Brian Benson

    06/15/2014 at 8:59 am

    u can keep letang maybe Pittsburgh should play him at wing since they are hurting at wing to many turnovers and leaves the goalie hang out to dry!!