NHL Rumors III: Thornton, Kesler, Panthers, Isles, Habs, Sens, Bruins, Rangers and Wings

  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC: If Joe Thornton agrees to be traded after signing a below market deal (three years, $20.25 million), he’ll only to a ‘five-star lock on paper.” Friedman thinks the only way he’d agree to a trade would be if the Sharks traded to a team like the Blackhawks or Kings.Ryan Kesler has told the Canucks again that he wants to be traded. The Ducks hadn’t been willing to give up some of their roster players in-season to make a deal for Kesler. Would they now? Friedman thinks the Canucks would prefer to trade him, but if they don’t get what they want, they’ll keep him.

    The Panthers will have interest in Dan Bylsma, Gerard Gallant and three coaches who are still working: Willie Desjardins, Ulf Samuelsson and John Stevens. The Canucks are interested in Desjardins and Stevens. The Kings may try to hold on to Stevens by telling him that he’ll be Darryl Sutter’s successor. The Ducks may look to bring in AHLs Trent Yawney to work beside Bruce Boudreau.

    Teams are convinced that the Panthers are serious about trading the first overall pick. Friedman wonders if they would look to trade down twice. Ie., moving down into the three to five range, then if they think the player they want could still be available, move down again to the seven to 10 range. They could be looking at skilled wingers Nikolaj Ehlers or William Nylander.

    Friedman wonders if the Islanders will try to move up in the draft to unite brothers Sam and Griffin Reinhart.

    The Canadiens could start talks with Mike Weaver and Brian Gionta next week.

    The NHL cleared the Canadiens of any wrong doing over their handling of Dale Weise and his concussion.

    The Senators can’t start contract extension talks with Bobby Ryan until July 1st.

  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Kris Versteeg will make $2.2 million the next two years, and the Blackhawks may to looking for someone to take him. They may need to find a center to replace Michal Handzus, who is a pending UFA.Benoit Pouliot may be in line for a multi-year contract after taking five consecutive one-year deals. He’s been a nice fit with Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello. Brassard could move up the Rangers second line if they decide to buyout Brad Richards.

    The Red Wings could be interested Dan Boyle if he hit the open market.

12 Comments

  1. hankbemis

    June 8, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    any word on what the sharks want in return for thornton? (chris seems to always know market value) while thornton’s 65 assists certainly make him a valuable asset, giving up a lot of future for him doesn’t make sense. so obviously he’d go to a team that needs that extra push (ducks, blues, kings if gaborik leaves). there are teams with a lot of youth but unlikely thornton would waive NTC for them. I think the wings present an interesting option as they are perennially in contention, but they are a team I find unlikely to give up some key pieces of their youth movement. so what does SJS want in general, and who would they need from the wings? I think it’s going to be tough for them to get “win now” value out of thornton. Who is going to trade the equivalent of 76 points back for a 35 year old (with all the parameters that his NTC presupposes) ?

  2. hankbemis

    June 8, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    what about thornton for kesler, or kelser and a pick?

  3. ChrisB

    June 8, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    If Thornton is willing, St. Louis seems like a good fit for all sides.

  4. ChrisB

    June 8, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Zero chance Thornton ends up on the Wings. No sense even dwelling on the return. Center position is the least of Holland’s worries.

  5. rob

    June 8, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I can’t see st Louis picking up a 35 year old center. I don’t want it to happen but Chicago would be a good fit

  6. GaryMagic

    June 8, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Thornton to Det a few years ago, or specifically before we signed Weiss? 100% yes. Thornton to Det this upcoming season? No thanks. We’ve a plethora of centers in the big leagues and not enough value to give back without taking a significant loss on bodies. Sure, we could package a prospect like Mantha, or a young kid like Jurco, but it’s just not worth it for another aging center.

    I can place a safe bet on Jumbo Joe not going to the other Cali teams. While it would never happen and he is not the piece they need, Dallas is something I would like to see (well, I have love for Jim Nill, coming from Det). What about to the Capitals?

  7. GP Hockey Happens

    June 8, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Doubtful either Chicago or LA would want Thornton. Both those teams want to win Stanley Cups, not choke in the playoffs.

  8. Jeff

    June 9, 2014 at 8:51 am

    Would be fun watching Thornton feed pucks to Ovechkin..

  9. rob

    June 9, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Hed fit well in Dallas I think

  10. Timmer2686

    June 9, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    I think Kesler would fit in great with Chicago, especially next to Kane and Saad, but we lack the cap space and I don’t think the Hawks would be willing to sell the farm like the Canucks want. Unless we were able to trade Versteeg and 2 late round picks for him, which the Canucks will not go for. I love Steeger, but his play was awful this year, nothing near what he was in 2010. He has become more of a passer then a shooter, which is normally fine but he misses easy shots looking to make a fancy pass. With Teravainen getting more time next year the Hawks should be set for some time, if he lives up to his potential.
    Big Joe would be a mistake for the Hawks. He wouldn’t fit the system and isn’t getting any younger. I see a decline in him sooner rather than later.

  11. Pollio1670

    June 9, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    The habs better not resign gionta, tell him Thank you for your service and get out. There are a lot bigger and better veterans on the market that Montreal can go for. Gionta brings the least thing we need on this team, he’s short and old. Period.

  12. EastCoastHockeyFan

    June 9, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Pollio, Gionta isnt the same player he was in his prime, but there is no stat for leadership, if he was willing to come back with a lesser on ice roll and cap hit they should and will welcome him back with open arms, i do not think you will see him back in the top 6 next year but he would be a great guy to have to mentor the kids in the room and can still be productive on the third line