NHL Rumors II: Red Wings Mailbag, Avalanche and the Maple Leafs

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: (mailbag) The weak free agent market may lead to more trades this offseason. The Red Wings are looking for a top-four defenseman and a top-six forward. Trade talk is expected to heat up at the GM meetings this week.

    Predators GM David Poile said he isn’t trading Shea Weber, but if they would consider trading him, the Red Wings would be interested.

    Free agent options for the Wings: (right handed) Matt Niskanen, Dan Boyle, Anton Stralman, Derek Morris, Tom Gilbert and Matt Greene. Left handed free agent option: Andrei Markov.

    The Red Wings have had interest in Cody Franzen in the past, but it’s unlike the Leafs would trade him to their division rivals. The Wings could inquire about Dustin Byfuglien, as well as Mike Green.

    Khan thinks that Gustav Nyquist is basically untouchable. Tomas Tatar isn’t untouchable, but they may not be too interested in trading the 23-year old.

    Khan doesn’t think they should sign free agent winger Radim Vrbata to the three year deal if it meant diminishing Tomas Jurco’s role or causing him to end up in the AHL again.

    Khan thinks they should consider trading for Alex Elder or Keith Yandle, but it would depend on the cost.

    The asking price for Jason Spezza may be too high for someone who could just be a rental for a year.

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Paul Stastny’s agent hasn’t been in a rush to get a deal done with the Avalanche. Serious talks aren’t likely to get going until at least the 20th in an attempt to gain some leverage. The Avalanche are optimistic that they can get a deal done.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger:  “There are some big names in play, no question. Kesler, Spezza, Thornton, Marleau & every market is going to try & connect the dots” … “I think the Leafs would be apprehensive on the package that it would take to acquire Thornton & you have to look at the salary cap” … “The Leafs are still looking for that top centre.” Dreger also notes that Thornton controls where he goes and the Maple Leafs are probably not an option.


  1. AndyS

    June 9, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    What about a trade of Rick Nash for Evander Kane?? Two guys who are both underachieving numbers-wise and who both may benefit from a change of scenery.

  2. Jeff

    June 9, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Why in the world would Coyotes trade Yandle?

  3. ross

    June 9, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    I think Nash is on the downside of his career and has underperformed the last couple years, Nash is better but almost like Vinny Lecav who the Flyers probably cant give away, so I dont see a straight up swap for Kane working for the Jets.

  4. Antonio

    June 9, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    A bigger issue with Nash for Kane is contract. Kanes contract is very affordable for most teams while Nash’s is way too much for his current production.

  5. Chris

    June 9, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Personally, I have come up with some ideal moves for the wings myself. Been watching them since I was born, literally. Anyways…
    Weber, Byfuglien, Yandle, Green, Edler are my Top 5 D-Man.
    Gaborik, Callahan, Marleau, Kesler, Iginla or Jagr are my top 6 forwards.
    If we could get ONE of any of the 11, I would consider the offseason a success. Unless Pavs, Z Goose, Dekeyser or Kronner are gone.

  6. Alex

    June 10, 2014 at 8:50 am

    @Chris, Kesler will never happen (and shouldn’t way to high of a price for an injury prone guy), but he hates Detroit. Weber I would love but what is the price? Byfuglien will have another offseason to gain a few more pounds. I’ve like Yandle for years.

    Add to your list I think Stalman is a good fit from New York.

    I agree with your up front list with the exception of Kesler(above). Also, Jagr is just to old for my liking. If the Rangers really do entertain the thought of buying Nash out, what do you think of him? Replace Franzen with him and I think he could thrive not having to be the guy. Similar to Gabs in LA this year.

    Please avoid Vanek at all costs though!

  7. Chris

    June 10, 2014 at 10:46 am

    @Alex Kesler I’m thinking would be possible, he has Detroit on his list of teams he’d go to, so he doesn’t hate us. Plus he’s from the town I was born (Livonia) and went to one of my high schools rivals (Stevenson? Or was it churchill?)
    Agree on Price for Weber. May be really high, but for him, I would be okay shipping Tatar, Goose and a 1st plus one or two d-man prospects. Stralman I think will have a price increase. Don’t want to pay a Kindl 2.0 more than Kronwall. Jagr may be old, but we are always second on his list. Why not try again? Nash I would love here, he fits our style of play well and knows our schemes front and back from playing us like 100 times lol. Agree on Vanek. The only upper level free agent I like right now is Gaborik. That’s it. He’s proven himself in the playoffs (L.A) during the season (New York) and on bad teams (Columbus, Minnesota) so I think he will be great here too. Assuming he goes for less than 7 mill per year.

  8. Alex

    June 10, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I think that price for Weber is way to high. Losing Gus and Tats would destroy that third line which was by far the best line. Remember he also has that huge cap hit for the next decade. I think adding him and subtracting those 2 plus possibly Marchenko or Sproul is a huge loss for us in 4 years.

    I’ll agree with the Kindl 2.0 assessment. I feel our D could very well come from within.My d-pairs would be

    Almquist has the age and waiver issue over the other guys, and Smith played really well IMO when with Krownwall when big e was out.

  9. Chris

    June 10, 2014 at 11:17 am

    So we can agree that judging based off of what we believe the price is that Yandle seems to be the only D-Man worth pursuing through trade and most likely free agency? Also, unless Kindl gets traded he’s still going to be here next year. Him over Lashoff. Lashoff (or Almqvist) can be our 7th D-Man.

  10. Alex

    June 10, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I would agree with the above, I could see Kindl getting moved at the draft though. Only thing about Yandle is he is another lefty, such a dilemma.

  11. ChrisB

    June 10, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    If Stralman hits FA, I’d much rather overpay him than going after any of those 5 dmen. Asking price for Weber and Yandle would be too much for my liking. As with Yandle, Edler is a lefty, and not sure Benning even wants to trade him ATM. I personally want nothing to do with Green, not with his injury history, especially after going through last year. I wouldn’t mind Buff, at the right price, but even then, he’s really inconsistent, which may be due to bouncing back and forth between D and F. Sticking to strictly D may help in that regard.

    I think Holland looks at FA before considering the trade route, unless he gets a steal, which I can’t see happening, not for a top 4D.