NHL Rumors IV: Maple Leafs, Wild and Penguins

  • The Fourth Period: The Leafs appear to be ready to trade both Cody Franson and James Reimer. They have been trying to trade Reimer for months, and have increased their efforts after he requested a trade. Both could be moved for draft picks if they can’t land a third two-way center. It is rumored that they have some interest in Steve Ott, who is getting some interest from the Rangers, Red Wings and others.
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs Cody Franson won’t sign his qualifying offer. It was for $2 million, and if they keep him, it would at least be in the $2.5 million range.
  • Michael Russo of the Star Tribune: The Wild thought they could replace Clayton Stoner with Willie Mitchell, but couldn’t come close to the two-year, $4.25 million a season the Panthers gave him.

    “I didn’t expect this. Maybe I’m naive. We were consistently underbidding on a few other players, I’ll tell you that,” General Manager Chuck Fletcher said, chuckling. “The prices caught me a little off guard for maybe what you would consider role players or bottom-of-the-lineup type players. But I definitely think some mistakes have been made today on some players, so I think we’ll be a little bit patient and let things sort out.”

    The Wild need to add a physical presence to their blueline, but the market is a little thin: Anton Volchenkov, Doug Murray, Shane O’Brien and Cory Sarich.

    “Right now, it’s been insanity out there,” Fletcher said. “I think this is the biggest spending day, if not the history of the world, the history of the NHL. I mean, it’s just been crazy. So my first thought is to just go home and come back [Wednesday] and maybe the tide will turn and management will get the upper hand and we’ll get some better deals.

    “The prices are high. The terms are long. Thomas [Vanek] may be one of the only players who took a pay cut and a term cut to come anywhere. Everybody else is doubling or tripling their salary, so it’s good for the players, but it’s maybe not the market we want to be in right now.”

  • Will DePaoli: The Penguins have had some talks with the agent of Steve Downie.

15 Comments

  1. Henrybemis

    July 2, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Well here’s to hoping the wings can land cody franson for picks and sign Steve ott. Like niskanen and iginla lite. May end up being better value, not take spots from the young guys for as long, overall be a better situation for the wings.

  2. MattG

    July 2, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Last year the jets were talking about moving byfuglien since he wants to go back to D. How far would a Reimer, Franson package be off of getting a trade like this done?

  3. Dok

    July 2, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Reimer and Franson still need to be signed. I’m not sure how much value average RFAs have when there’s still UFA options out there. Perreault had decent numbers and he was let go for nothing. Do the Leafs even have the room to take on a 5+ Million contract without moving salary back? Strange trades the last few days though, so anything can happen, it seems.

  4. MattG

    July 2, 2014 at 11:10 am

    The leafs currently have around 17mil in cap space kicking around, so that is not an issue at all. We will see what happens, theyd def have to throw in a pick.

  5. Dok

    July 2, 2014 at 11:24 am

    17 Million, but 9 roster spots to fill, so that’s less than 2 million per player. DB would bring that to under 12 million and 8 spots, so you’re looking at a bunch of rookies, or FA leftovers and that’s still not counting Gardiner and his 2M hit. They’d almost assuredly have to move salary out.

  6. MattG

    July 2, 2014 at 11:30 am

    They only have 6 roles to fill, and all bottom pairing D, 1 3rd line and rest 4th line forwards and a backup goalie. Won’t cost to much, especially with granberg probably filling the final D spot.

  7. Dok

    July 2, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Capgeek says 14 players signed (out of 23) with 16.5 remaining. Gardiner brings it to 8 spots and 14M, roughly. DB would be 7 spots and 9M. You can’t get much for 1M, but if you want 1/4 of your roster spent on retreads then I suppose you could make a play for him. Better pray that the injury bug doesn’t bite too hard because the depth is going to be very thin.

  8. Ross

    July 2, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    The jets have Hutchinson who is better than Reimer so Reimer and franson for buff is not even close

  9. Adria Lang

    July 2, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    The IS WRONG WITH U LEAFS MANAGEMENT?!?! (please don’t answer that, it was rhetorical) WERE THEY EVEN WATCHING A SINGLE HOCKEY GAME LAST SEASON??????! Phaneuf has GOT to get the ol’ “Thanks for coming out, but we want our money back now” guillotine. HE was OVERPAID AND MEDIOCRE <> HE SIGNED THE CONTRACT – AND THEN HE PLAYED LIKE SHIT. Whenever a whack goal was scored on either Reimer or Bernier, PHANEUF was usually on the ice, not on his man or screening his own goalie OR assisting the OTHER team with goals. The penalties he takes are senseless, not even rallying the team penalties, and he shifts blame during interviews and sidesteps ALL responsibility. He is NOT a team leader let alone CAPTAIN. Carlton would make a better captain. And he could play better defense. You traded Raymond and kept Phaneuf?! Yep. Something’s rotten in the state of Leafs Nation. It’s not a curse. It’s a conspiracy.

  10. Adria Lang

    July 2, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    The F*%k. It’s supposed to be “The F*%k is wrong with U”….. #tradephaneuf

  11. Cole

    July 3, 2014 at 4:27 am

    Adria, you obviously have no clue what you’re talking about at all.. First of all they didn’t trade Raymond, he was signed in free agency. Second of all, phaneuf isn’t a bad player, his numbers don’t look good because he is the guy that is looked to on the leafs to do it all (kill penalties, power play and plays some of the most and hardest minutes as a d-man) not to mention the leafs defense as a whole is bad not just phaneuf. And yes I agree maybe he’s not the top d-man a team needs but trading him wouldn’t do anything but make it worse. The return for phaneuf wouldn’t be even close to good enough to land a top 2. So if you want to get rid of
    Him so bad maybe you should think about how much worse it would be without him.

    Sorry for the rant but it’s getting old listening to people complain about how bad phaneuf is and how he is the reason for the leafs lack of success

  12. K.C.

    July 3, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Sorry Cole but can`t agree with you as to the value of Phaneuf. You must be remembering the ” old ” Dion Phaneuf. He no longer is a factor on the blueline, has lost a step, won`t drop the gloves, seems easily intimidated and isn`t a great leader by any means. Getting something for him before the whole hockey world ( you included ) realizes how bad he really is would be a good thing!

  13. Cole

    July 3, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    I do agree that he has gotten softer since his early leaf/Calgary days, but my main thing with phaneuf is that he isn’t a top 2 d-man, he’s a top 4. You can’t expect phaneuf to play a role that doesn’t suit him, same as any player in the nhl. Everyone has a role, you don’t ask Orr to go on the ice and put up points that isn’t his role. And the leafs shouldn’t ask phaneuf to play like weber, he’s a proven top d-man, and he can handle it phaneuf can’t. There is no way in hell the leafs will convince a team to hand over a top defenseman for phaneuf, there would be a lot of other assets going along with him. So having said that, if the leafs had a defenseman that had the potential to develope into a top 2 role, phaneuf would be able to play a role that suits him better than what he has now.

  14. Cole

    July 3, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    And to the whole “phaneuf isn’t a good leader” thing.. What is a good leader, what defines a good captain. I’m just curious to know what you think. Joe Thornton is being second guessed as the captain in San Jose if he stays there, isn’t he the type of guy you would think is a “good leader”? Appears not. So define a leader or a captain to me

  15. Since67

    July 3, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Ok KC and Cole…let’s be honest here. Dion is a leader in his head and no where else 2. He is a #2-#3 D, and a great one…he needs to lose the “C” and just play. #3. He needs to be traded as his value is high( even with a bad contract) and the return could be very good. You will have to eat salary(roughly 2-2.5M)…this guy needs to play where he isn’t the focus..he struggled last yr to make the simplest of plays time after time, can’t get puck out, can’t take man in front of net and screwed his goalies how many times. I would rather take the hit and weaken the D temporarily for now till we can sign or develope a solid not flashy Dman..get rid of his contract now before you can’t. Leafs need to reavaluate the type of player we look for… ie..Det…commit to the right way or goodbye..no more free passes and that is not just Dion..