NHL Rumors IV: Thornton, Sharp, Weaver, Schenn, Canucks, Pens, Havlat and Leafs

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: It’s thought that the Red Wings and Maple Leafs are two teams that are interested in Joe Thornton. Thornton can basically pick and choose where he wants to end up if the Sharks really want to trade him. Teams are calling the Sharks about Patrick Marleau, but it doesn’t look like he’ll be moved.

    There has been lots of controversy surrounding Patrick Sharp, on whether the Blackhawks are looking to move him or not. Sharp’s name is appearing all over the place, with several teams saying he’s available. The Blackhawks will need to move some cap space.

    The Penguins have about $13 million in cap space with nine players to sign.

    The Canadiens are trying to re-sign Mike Weaver. He could be looking for upwards of $2 million.

    The Canucks, Flyers and Maple Leafs tried to trade up for the first overall pick. There was talk that Flyers were trying to package Luke Schenn and Vincent Lecavalier.

    The Panthers could be targeting Dave Bolland.

    The Canucks will look at Jonas Hiller and Ryan Miller.

    The Wild have spoken with Thomas Vanek and Matt Niskanen.

    Bruins Chris Kelly could be traded.

    Upwards of 15 teams have called on Paul Stastny. The Avs want to re-sign, but the Blues, Predators, Maple Leafs and Red Wings could push hard for him.

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: It’s unlikely that the Penguins offseason will include contract extensions for Marc-Andre Fleury and Paul Martin. The Penguins are optimistic that will sign Fleury to an extension at some point. The Penguins think that Martin wants to test the open market next summer.Defenseman Kris Letang has not been offered in any trade talks.
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Sharks will buy out Martin Havlat. The UFA market for wingers is not deep, so he could be one of the top available.
  • James Mirtle: Leafs GM Dave Nonis: “There might be a few more deals that we can swing between now and free agency. But that was the most important one.” …. “I wouldn’t say that we’re set but [defence] was the one area we wanted to address and we feel like we did.”
  • Adrian Dater: There is no change regarding the Avs and Paul Stastny, still trying  to make it work.


  1. Nathan

    June 29, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Do Penguins have to sign 9 players? What’s minimum amount of players having to be on roster? 20? 23? Thank You.

  2. Jeff

    June 29, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Whether truth or just posturing, Dave Nonis and Brendan Shanahan seems absurdly content with their team. A team with poorly ranked farm system, and who finished 8th worst last season.

    Very surprising.

  3. Rick A

    June 29, 2014 at 10:52 am

    If Nonis remotely believes the Leafs are set on defence, it is in order to position themselves for the McDavid Derby in 2015. If the Leafs don’t make at least one more addition to that defence, somebody has to go into the Toronto war room and wake the Gm up .

  4. Chris

    June 29, 2014 at 11:10 am


    Leafs have poorly ranked depth in terms of high end talent. Their farm team is literally one of the four best in the AHL while at the same time being one of the youngest. Their farm might actually benefit them as they have three or four guys they can promote for lesser roles at bottom dollar which should give them Cap flexibility.

    You’re right though that this team is not okay as it stands. They need a veteran top 4 and my vote is for Boyle and/or Willie Mitchell.

  5. ChrisBccc

    June 29, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Bob McKenzie ‏@TSNBobMcKenzie 32s
    BUF has initiated compliance buyout procedures on Christian Ehrhoff. Not official just yet but BUF has begun the process.

    I can see Holland definitely making a hard push for Erhoff. I would suspect Bonus, and probably half the league to be in on this too.

  6. ChrisBccc

    June 29, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    *Nonis Stupid auto-correct , I knew I should have used my laptop.

    Little side note about Erhoff: If my calculations are correct, in the end, Buffalo pays roughly $34m for 3 years of Erhoff.

    Buying out Leino was expected. Even though I’m not surprised at this, considering the recapture risk, IMO, it still came out of left field. Interested to see how Murray plans on getting to the cap floor. It was going to be a chore even if Erhoff wasn’t bought out.

  7. Hankbemis

    June 29, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Thornton to the wings seems really far fetched. No need for a center and can’t imagine what the wings would offer in return that would be attractive to sharks. Franzen kindl almquist Picks? Prob not near what they’re looking for. Anyone have any ideas on how this could possibly materialize? What do the sharks want for Thornton?

    Stastny seems really unlikely as well since we need a D much more than an expensive forward. The most ideal situation would be niskanen at 5-6 years at 6mil and iginla at 3m plus bonuses. I really want a physical guy over alfredsson. Tough spot with him wanting to only play for the wings. I’m guessing only way all three could happen is if we trade Franzen and kindl for a draft pick (or anything that doesn’t cost money).

  8. Snappy

    June 29, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Dave Nonis is a poor choice for a GM. He clearly has no sense of talent, both he and Shanahan are idiots if they think Toronto’s defence is anywhere near good. The Leafs need a complete rebuild because they are a bunch of players who quit EVERY season as soon as there is a little pressure on them to perform.

  9. GP Hockey Happens

    June 29, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Doug Wilson will never trade away sleepy eyed Patrick Marleau, as fans would revolt. Not sure why anyone would want Thornton, twice stripped of a captaincy, an underachieving playoff performer who has never won anything in the playoffs.

  10. Rick A

    June 29, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Would Toronto be interested in Christian Erhoff, and if so, would he have any interest at all in signing with them ?

  11. Chris

    June 29, 2014 at 4:10 pm


    Shannahan is an idiot? Sorry bud but he’s a hall of famer who played in the league until 2009.

    Just because Nonis and Shannahan say they are ‘ok’ with going into next season with this core doesn’t mean they think their d are ‘good’. I think you have to not be so gullible. They know they have to improve the D and my guess is they will try to. But think about it; if they say “Our d are terrible and we can’t compete” and then can’t sign anyone or make a trade then what? Then the current D know that management have no faith in them. Great motivation!

    With that being said you have to allow for the fact that young players like Rielly and Gardiner will get better. They have a very small number of games in the NHL. You can’t just shit can an entire team because you don’t think they players are developing fast enough. It’s called development.

    You might say “how long do we have to wait” or “we’ve been waiting since 1967″…not on these players.

    The Leafs best young players, Kadri, Rielly, Gardiner all have less than 200 games of NHL experience. Most players in the NHL need a lot more than that to establish themselves.

    If your solution is to keep blowing up a team until they draft five guys who become superstars in their first two seasons, then you will be waiting for a lot longer than the 2 or 3 more season’s of development these kids need.