NHL Rumors III: Available for Trade, Maple Leafs and Devils

  • 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”


  1. Ross

    07/03/2014 at 12:08 pm

    the Jets would be crazy to give anything more than a 4th round pick for Reimer. The Jury is still out if he can be a legit number one and the Jets have Hutchinson, Hellybuck and Comrie all in the system. If another team was offering anything decent for Reimer he would have been traded already.

  2. Norte

    07/03/2014 at 12:36 pm

    Gotta disagree with you Ross….Reimer is a very good goalie. Not even entering is prime.
    And he’s from Manitoba and a PR dream.

    And he WANTS to play.for the Jets.

    Wants too.

    I’d ask for a first and Burmistov
    Scoff all you like
    But that’s what I would ask.

  3. EastCoastHockeyFan

    07/03/2014 at 1:04 pm

    Norte, I am a Toronto fan and not that i would LOVE to see Reimer out and a first and Burmistrov in, it would never happen. There are too many goalies out there to be had for less that are as good or better. I do like Burmistrov and would say stright up for Reimer but the leaf’s dont have the need for another not quite fully developed top 6 center with Kadri and Holland already in the system Burmistrov still has 1 year left on his khl deal

  4. Norte

    07/03/2014 at 1:14 pm

    Hey East Coaster…..totally…you know, if we win that game 7 against Boston, we arent having this conversation.

    Lupes, Reimer, 2nd for 1st(2015), Burmistov

  5. Anon

    07/03/2014 at 1:19 pm

    Being realistic, what would the Caps want from the Red Wings for Green? He has a big cap hit, with 1 year left only

  6. kckrebs

    07/03/2014 at 1:29 pm

    The fact that there’s leafs fans that would be willing to trade a potential starting goalie for a one way forward that defected to the KHL last year because he was unhappy is simply hilarious. Lol go leafs go…

  7. Max

    07/03/2014 at 1:53 pm

    Anon that’s a good question. You think the Caps would take Quincey from the wings? lol

  8. Ross

    07/03/2014 at 2:20 pm

    No way jets for up a first, you can ask for anything, I suppose jets could ask for kadri, Gardner and a first for buff doesn’t mean it will happen

  9. Dan

    07/03/2014 at 2:30 pm

    The Leaf’s always over value their own players. Reimer stinks and is barely an average back-up. Nonis should check into the same drug rehab has TO’s mayor.

  10. EastCoastHockeyFan

    07/03/2014 at 4:10 pm

    kckrebs, Reimer is a pretty good back up, or a bottom of the pack number one, but hes wants out of Toronto and the market is stacked with other net minders this off season. no one is going to pay top dollar for a 27 year old “prospect” that has yet to really hold the net as a number one.
    so that said if he wants out, what are you going to do? trade him for what ever you can get, and yes, for a 21 or 22 year old Burmistov i would trade in a heart beat if you could lure him back from the khl. that being said, the only reason he “defected” was because the peg wanted to let him hone his skills in the minor’s and he said he would rather play pro in Russia, he did not pull an ilya kovalchuk.

  11. John

    07/03/2014 at 4:10 pm

    i wouldnt say that Dan, Reimer did just fine for the leafs past few seasons, hes not exactly old eather he still has time to improve, your just a typical leafs hater….have a few bad games you write off the player. good thing your not GM because that would be a joke.

    Reimer does not stink hes just not as good as Bernier and not getting as much playing time has really effected him.
    id like to see how you play once every 10games till all the pressure is on you and you have to win every game.

  12. Dan

    07/03/2014 at 4:41 pm

    @John, why do so many Leaf fans think everyone hates their teams when they simply are providing accurate facts. It is a fact, Leaf fans over-rate their players….just look at the ridiculous trade suggestions coming from their base ie Nabakov for Reimer….really? It is a fact, he sucks. Reimer had one of the worst GAA for a goalie playing over 30 games last year with a miserable 3.26 average. Two years ago his GAA was 3.10. Those averages are not just a “few bad games”….they are two complete seasons of over 30 games each with BRUTAL GAA. The worst in the NHL. Grow a brain.

  13. bri

    07/03/2014 at 6:40 pm

    Leafs should not trade Reimer. He is a good goalie, he took the leafs to the only playoff spot in 9 years. What happens if Bernier goes down. Keep him

  14. EastCoastHockeyFan

    07/03/2014 at 7:07 pm

    Leaf’s need to trade reimer the writing was on the wall in his mind the moment they brought in bernier and his play reflected that, its nice to say keep him, but he requested a trade, his play isnt going to improve playing behinde bernier and hes not happy in the situation, move him for what ever they can get, most likely a late round draft pick

  15. ChrisB

    07/03/2014 at 7:14 pm

    Reimer is still an RFA, so a first rounder is pretty much the same as Reimer signing an offersheet for $3.4m/yr. I don’t see any team doing that, let alone Winnipeg.

    I really can’t blame Nonis for having a high asking price, he doesn’t have an immediate replacement, so unless he finds one in FA or trade, I don’t see Reimer being moved.

    Reimer filed for arbitration, which forces Nonis to make a decision sooner rather than later. Whether he’s eventually traded or not, it’s not going to be a long drawn out process.

    What Reimer could fetch in a trade, IMO, depends on what he ultimately signs for. Right now, you’re basically trading for his rights, which doesn’t get much in return.

  16. hotwings

    07/03/2014 at 11:12 pm

    @dan… to be a little more balanced, you have to take into consideration the carlyle factor, ie: letting the opponent take 40+ shots on you per game when you analyze Reimer… I get that Carlyle preaches that they are low % shots, but clearly the concept is not tenable and on the surface is ridiculous once you look at playoff style hockey where every shot is treated as a roll of the dice for potential goal…

    anyways, im in the “Reimer isn’t that bad camp” — he might be a #1 in 5 out of 30 markets, but not in Toronto… also, he is a bit out to lunch with his “get me out of this town” ideology

  17. Stu

    07/06/2014 at 8:21 am

    The Jets won’t give up more than a mid-round pick for Reimer and even then it might not be worth it with Hutchinson looking ready to be a backup in the NHL next year. Reimer’s contract is going to be too high for a backup and he’s been too inconsistent to be considered a starter. He was potential, but so does Pavelec in Winnipeg. Problem is that neither have been consistent.

    The trade market for backups is pretty weak. Recall that Ottawa got Bishop for a 2nd round pick and he had a much more favourable contract situation. A 4th rounder, or a 3rd rounder tops would be what the Jets might be willing to trade. Probably not a 3rd rounder, next year’s draft is pretty deep. And they have really good goaltending prospects in the system, one of which will be given a chance to have the backup job this year. Getting Reimer could just get in the way of developing their own goalies. Most likely they’ll bring in a veteran backup on a cheap contract as insurance in case Hutchinson doesn’t do well, but will be expecting to send that goalie down to the AHL if training camp goes as planned. Reimer doesn’t fit into that plan.