NHL Rumors III: Kesler, Spezza, Thornton, Garrison, Stars, Boyle and Iginla

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The GM meetings start today and there will be some trade talk. Three big centers could be on the move this offseason.

    Ryan Kesler – At the deadline he said he only wanted to go to the Penguins or Blackhawks. Sounding like his demands for a trade out of Vancouver haven’t changed.

    Jason Spezza – The Ducks have called several times, and the Blues and Predators are looking into the option of adding him.

    Joe Thornton – The Sharks are looking to change their roster. Thornton has a no-movement and controls his own destiny. The Maple Leafs and several other teams have shown interest.

  • Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Kuzma wonders if the Panthers would be interested in re-acquiring defenseman Jason Garrison. They will have lots of salary cap room after they sign their restricted free agents and they could use some help on the blueline. Would Garrison waive his no-trade clause? Would a Garrison and the 6th overall pick get the 1st overall pick?
  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: (mailbag) Heika thinks the Stars will land a No. 2 center this offseason. Some options that may become available: Joe Thornton, Jason Spezza, Brad Richards and Mike Richards. Heika thinks that Spezza could be a good fit, and the Stars could be interested in the Ryan Kesler. The Stars likely won’t use their compliance buyout, though they could buyout Aaron Rome to create a roster spot for a younger defenseman. If they eat some of his salary, they might be able to trade Sergei Gonchar.
  • Arthur Staple: Dan Boyle’s agent, George Bazos, said that Boyle will let the Islanders know this week as to whether they will start contract talks or not.
  • Joe McDonald: Nothing new to report on contract talks between the Bruins and Jarome Iginla, talks continuing.


  1. Canucks fan

    06/11/2014 at 11:02 am

    I would definitely take a TT plus second rounder for Kesler if there’s only two teams on his list..

  2. Chris

    06/11/2014 at 12:47 pm

    No kidding. Canucks are the same as the Leafs were in 2008 or the Flames were until last year. They need to re-build while they still have assets. Toronto with Sundin/Kaberle and Calgary with Iginla/Kipper, did the same thing in that they tried to hold on to these guys and by the time they admitted they were in a re-build the guys had lost all their value.

    The Canucks have done a good job in re-stocking the cupboards in the past two seasons; they could continue that by unloading Kesler and Burrows and maybe the Sedins. They’ve got good D that they can build around (Bieksa, Hamhuis and Edler) but need goaltending and younger forwards.

    If they could get Terevainen from the Hawks it would be a steal.

  3. Canucks fan

    06/11/2014 at 1:21 pm

    Goaltending is solid imo.. Lack Markstrom Erikkson and Cannata give me optimism. I would love to see the Sedins traded

  4. Timmer2686

    06/11/2014 at 2:14 pm

    Chris – There is no way that the Canucks will get Teravainen from the Hawks. The kid has serious promise, but needs more seasoning. If the Hawks were willing to trade for Kesler the best the Canucks would be looking at is Versteeg or Rosival and a prospect or pick that is low on the list. Which is why I don’t see the Hawks getting him. There is no way the Hawks trade Sharp or Seabrook for Kesler, just my opinion. Kesler would want big money after the rental year and the Hawks will not have the cap space for him after Toews and Kane’s extensions.

  5. Ryan

    06/11/2014 at 8:02 pm

    I heard that phaneuf and kadri were going to go to florida for the 1st overall pick and jovanaski, florida would be stealing in my mind. Just a rumor i heard

  6. lucas

    06/13/2014 at 4:01 pm

    timmer: you are a moron, versteeg for kesler? are you kidding me?, that guys a hack. and a rental year for kesler, he has 2 years left at 5 mil. what the f are you smoking

  7. Timmer2686

    06/13/2014 at 5:00 pm

    Lucas – If you had read my post you would understand that I was saying the Hawks would not be willing to give up more than Versteeg/Rosival and a pick/prospect for Kesler, which is why the Hawks would not be getting Kesler.

    As for the contract, that is my bad. I thought his contract was up after next year.

    Versteeg is a good player, but is more of a passer now then a shooter, unlike in the past. He was injured last year, so he does have some upside. Versteeg is also a year younger than Kesler and could be willing to help with a rebuild as Kesler no longer wants to be with the Canucks.

    No smoking anything just logical sense. Kesler would not be coming to the Hawks.

  8. chulookin

    06/19/2014 at 7:03 pm

    Who would trade for a two time Selke trophy runner up/Selke trophy winner when the best they offer doesn’t come close to Kesler’s resume in the first place…