NHL Rumors XI: Kesler, Preds, Stastny, Spezza, Blues, Avs and Top Dmen

  • Darren Dreger: Sounding like a Ryan Kelser trade is inching closer, could happen in the next 24 hours.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Predators GM David Poile is dangling the 11th overall pick for a top-six forward as the free agent market is a slim. Pros of trading the No. 11 pick:

    1. You tend to get a greater return with an NHL-level player you acquire in a trade than with a draft pick.
    2. You don’t have to wait for production.
    3. It’s something for the fans to get excited about.

    Cons of trading the No. 11 pick:

    1. It lessens your farm system.
    2. It gives you fewer assets for trades.
    3. Nashville needs a forward in its system.

  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Paul Stastny would fit in nice as the Blues No. 2 center, but it could be pricey, in the $6 – $7 million a season range. The Wild and Rangers are also said to be interested. The Blues are also in talks with the Senators about Jason Spezza – who are said to be looking for a 1st round pick, top-six forward and a prospect.
  • Adrian Dater: Paul Stastny’s agent will circle back to the Avs before a final decision is made. If the Avs can’t come close to the offer, they can move one. Dater notes,

    “There are a lot of plates spinning on this whole thing. The Avs are interested in other potential forwards, but they don’t know if they can get them or not (they’re the same names everyone else is interested in). If they think they can, they’d feel more comfortable letting Stastny go. If not, they might feel they have to come up to match the offers for Stastny.”

  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Mirtle’s top 10 free agent defenseman: 1. Matt Niskanen 2. Dan Boyle 3. Tom Gilbert 4. Anton Stralman 5. Willie Mitchell 6. Kyle Quincey 7. Mark Fayne 8. Andre Benoit 9. Stephane Robidas 10. Mike Weaver


  1. Jacob

    June 26, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Just In: The Blues have reportedly signed Patrik Berglund to a 3 year, at an average of $3.7 Million dollars (Here’s a link to the St. Louis dispatch’s article http://www.stltoday.com/sports/hockey/professional/morning-skate/blues-sign-berglund-to-three-year-extension/article_3db34496-9451-5578-814c-5a3d772ccd32.html). Given that Berglund was expected to be one of the main pieces going to Ottawa for Spezza, this could be very big news

  2. ChrisB

    June 26, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    I’ve always assumed that if the Blues end up getting a Stastny or Spezza, it would be more for the 1C slot, to push Backes back into a more better suited 2C role.

  3. Jacob

    June 26, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    On a side note, I think that the Senators are being very smart by asking for the First-Rounder in a Spezza deal. They could go for another prospect who is to their liking, which is essentially what the selection becomes, but demanding the draft picks forces teams to act at or before the draft, rather than taking their chances with a Paul Stastny, which would probably take at least one team interested in Spezza out of the running.