NHL Rumors III: Available for Trade, Maple Leafs and Devils
- Updated: July 3, 2014
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Capitals coach Barry Trotz.
“I don’t think you’ll see many trades until after July 6,” he predicted.
One agent yesterday:
“The sense I get are teams, after going at warp speed yesterday, took a deep breath last night and are settling into ‘Where are we at?’ mode,” he said. “I suspect there’s a lot of trade talk going on today, where yesterday there was not a lot because they were focused on getting to the UFAs [unrestricted free agents].”
Some players who could be on the move:
1. Mike Green: The Capitals signed Matt Nishanen and Brooks Orpik to big deals, and now have eight defensemen under contract. Trading Green would give them cap space and money to spend on a center. The Avalanche could be a good fit, same with the Red Wings. Green has a limited no-trade clause.
2. James Reimer: Leafs GM Dave Nonis said he’s willing to trade Reimer for the right price. As of Monday, there were no serious talks with the Jets. The Sharks could be another potential destination. The Sharks are shopping Antti Neimi.
3. Evander Kane: Normally teams don’t like to trade players like Kane, but the Jets are listening to offers. It could be a way to fill their other team needs, especially down the middle.
4. Vincent Lecavalier: Olli Jokinen signing in Nashville may have lessened the chances of a trade between the two teams. One team that was interested in him before he signed with the Flyers doesn’t like his contract. The Flyers cap situation makes it difficult to retain a lot of his salary.
- Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: It’s believed the Maple Leafs asking price from the Winnipeg Jets for James Reimer has been steep.
“Did he struggle at times? He did, but he was also very good at times,” Nonis said. “He’s not far removed from having some spectacular numbers.
“If there’s not a deal out there that makes sense, then James will be back in Toronto (behind Jonathan Bernier). No one should feel bad about that. I don’t. If he’s back, he’s well-liked by his teammates and he’s a quality goalie. We’re not about to let a guy who could be a starter somewhere else just walk out the door.”
The Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL gave the Leafs another development option for their No. 1 pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in William Nylander, as he was drafted in the CHL import draft. Leafs VP Dave Poulin told the Sun, the Steelheads are taking this gamble on their own, with the Leafs hoping Nylander does well enough at next week’s prospects gathering and the September rookie tournament to earn a spot at the main camp.
- David Pagnotta: Sounding like Devils Mattias Tedenby is heading to the KHL.
- Tom Gulitti: Ryan Carter is still unsigned, but his agent said that there is nothing new to report, but the Devils are “still in the mix”