NHL Rumors II: Capitals, Blackhawks, Oilers and Predators

  • Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Speculation out of Detroit that they are looking at Capitals right-handed Dman Mike Green. The Capitals could use a second line center, and head coach Barry Trotz has spoken highly of Gustav Nyquist. The Caps would have to add more than Green to be able to land Nyquist. If the Caps are looking to trade Green for a second center who are entering the final year of their deals similar to Green, candidates could be: David Krejci, Mike Fisher and Antoine Vermette. They could look at Ryan O’Reilly or possibly Joe Thornton.
  • Tracy Myers of CSN Chicago: Agent Pat Brisson on Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

    “We had to study, financially, to keep the puzzle together, how we could do this but at the same time get the players compensated the way they should be?” Brisson said. “They could’ve come in at 13.8 million each. At the same time, hockey’s a team sport and the reason why they’re so successful is the environment they’re in — and I give them credit for understanding that – and the role they can play now and in the future.”

    GM Stan Bowman still needs to reduce their cap number by $2 million for this year, and isn’t concerned with Toews and Kane’s future numbers.

    “That’s our job, to make it work,” he said. “We’ve been able to do that in the past and I have a lot of faith in the ability to keep that going. The most important thing for us is… you have star players who have shown the ability to win and they want to be here. It’s not even a discussion point. We’re just thrilled we have two of them; most teams would die to have one of these players on their teams. The rest will work itself out.”

  • Alex Prewitt: Capitals RFA Cam Schilling’s agent on contract talks: “Making progress but nothing imminent.”
  • Jim Matheson: “Not sure why there’s so much angst that Oilers didn’t sign No. 2 centre. Will be addressed via trade after camp if need be.”
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Projected lines by Cooper:1st – James Neal-Mike Ribeiro-Colin Wilson
    2nd – Viktor Stalberg-Derek Roy-Craig Smith
    3rd – Olli Jokinen-Calle Jarnkrok-Filip Forsberg
    4th – Rich Clune-Paul Gaustad-Eric Nystrom


  1. shane

    July 17, 2014 at 10:08 am

    So much angst over the Oilers not signing a 2nd line centre!!?? They barely have a 1st line C. Maybe hockey fans are smarter than experts because the Oilers haven’t exactly improved their depth enough to compete in their division. Get real Matheson.

  2. Joey Baggadonuts

    July 17, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I have to laugh at Nashville’s 2nd line and wonder why doesn’t that cheap organization make a play for Vinny Lecavalier? They could get him for a low pick or a shorter contract the other way and have a significant upgrade to a guy who scored 20 goals playing on the 4th line. Instead their answer is Derek Roy?

    Why is this franchise still even around?

  3. Ryan

    July 17, 2014 at 10:34 am

    NO WAY- do we give up Nyquist. It won’t happen.

  4. Hankbemis

    July 17, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Nashville looks terrible! Their 3rd line is gonna out score their first and second line.

  5. Anonymous

    July 17, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Nyquist for Ovechkin

  6. Connor

    July 17, 2014 at 10:46 am

    God Chuck Gormely the caps insider is an idiot. Nyquist isn’t going anywhere. Joe Thornton for Green Must be a joke. Mike Fisher just popped an ACL lol. Krejci isnt going anywhere. Just making up stupid speculations for pageviews. Mike Green is a possession monster. He leads the current caps roster with a 55% possession rate. The only one that interests me is ROR because COL could look to trade him as he will most likely do a one year arbitration deal and leave after. Mike Green + Marcus Johansson or Troy Brouwer could do it for ROR, but even then I dont think it’s enough value

  7. ChrisB

    July 17, 2014 at 11:04 am

    That Matheson tweet is getting ripped apart by everyone, including the Oiler fanbase and even some of Matheson’s fellow Oiler bloggers/columnists.

    To be somewhat fair though, MacT did try to get Ribeiro, but obviously that didn’t pan out.

    Not sure what centers could be had in a trade after camp. Most teams would want to see how their lines look in real game action before making decisions. Even then, probably not going to be anything close to a 2C available. And if there is, Edmonton isn’t the only team looking for one.

  8. Kinnesotan

    July 17, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Why isn’t Cullen on Cooper’s line predictions? He may be old but he’s still quick and can put up 30-40 points.

  9. ChrisB

    July 17, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I’m sure alot of coaches have spoken highly of Nyquist. They may also know that he hasn’t played center since turning pro 4 years ago. Not that Nyquist is going anywhere. At least, I hope not lol Who knows with Holland, though.

  10. Alex

    July 17, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    As a wings fan I would trade Nyquist for Ovi, but that would never happen (from the caps side). But the Caps are dreaming if they think they can get a 24 year old goal scorer for a 29 year old, injury/concussion prone, dman with only 1 year left on his deal.

  11. Michael

    July 17, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    i agree that kane and toews were really stand up guys by accepting that $84 million dollar deal. true american heroes.

  12. Connor

    July 17, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    @Alex First off Nyquist is a great player that shows great potential, but there is that factor. It’s still just potential (even though he has the potential to be a top 5 forward in the NHL). So Nyquist for OV is not a comparable straight up trade (yet).

    We are not dreaming of Green for Nyquist because that is such a lopsided trade in favor for the caps it isn’t even funny. Chuck Gormley is just an idiot (he also suggested mike fisher in the article who has a torn ACL) who shouldn’t be covering hockey.

  13. Alex

    July 17, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Yeah that is what I’m trying to say, and I don’t know that he will ever be as good as Ovi.

  14. ChrisC

    July 17, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    You guys think Vinny would be a good 2nd line C in Edmonton? I realize he’s past his prime but he has leadership and experience so that should only help the poor Oilers. No?

  15. Leaf_Fan

    July 18, 2014 at 3:07 am

    Vinny Lecavalier is NOT going to Edmonton

  16. Other Chris

    July 18, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Well, Nyquist is a goal-scoring winger like Ovechkin so the comparisons may start coming in after his recent breakout year. More so if he follows it up with an equally successful full year after being scouted.

    This is such a ludicrous trade rumor, though. If it’s a multi-piece deal, then the Wings will probably look to acquire the promising center prospect they traded in Jarnkrok. Who are the Caps willing to offer? Kuznetsov is probably off the table and that’s the only way that kind of trade will go down with, like, Andersson going in as well as a stopgap for the Capitals. Just not happening.

  17. Alex

    July 18, 2014 at 10:11 am

    And at this point, the wings would need to send some money back if I had a guess, so Kindl or Quincy would be going to the Caps as well.

  18. Connor

    July 18, 2014 at 11:13 am

    @Other Chris and @Alex I would assume the Caps would be willing to part ways with Green, Johannson and Brouwer. Brouwer and Johansson are going to be pushed out soon by Tom Wilson and Andre Burakovsky. Brouwer would be of good value as hes is a 20+ goal scorer and Johannson is a good set up guy.

    Guys like Kuznetsov and Wilson would be off the table as well as prospects Burakovsky, Vrana, and Barber.

    The biggest need for the caps is a 2C and i don’t know if the Wings can offer that. Helm and Weiss are better fit for a 3C position. Maybe a Sheeahan and Kindl to play 3rd line D. for Green and Johannson or Brouwer, but the wings may not want to part ways with Sheeahan as he is a young promising player.

    I just don’t see a deal happening package or not with Green unless a team is willing to part ways with a center that is suited for top 6.

  19. Connor

    July 18, 2014 at 11:17 am

    On a side note, Andre Burakovsky was playing Center for the entire caps development camp, and he looked like a man amongst boys. He is NHL ready now but with the log jam of wingers the only way he would get quality ice time would be 2C. Maybe they are setting him up for the chance to earn a spot in 2C at training camp. If he cant get the job done at center I would expect him to play in Hershey for the upcoming season

  20. Alex

    July 18, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Weiss should be a solid second line center, his career numbers are comparable to Stastny, if he stays healthy this year. I’m hoping he bounces back. I could actually see the Wings trading one of their 5 d prospects and a pick for green.

  21. Connor

    July 18, 2014 at 11:38 am

    @Alex the problem with Weiss or Helm for Green or some type of package involving them, is that the caps have had a hole at 2C for years that they haven’t been able to fill. Laich, Ribero, Grabovski. They need to find a guy who is young and will play 2C with the caps through the prime of his career. Helm or Weiss are at the end of their prime.

    The caps are so deep in their D prospects (Carrick, Schmidt, Wey, Bowey) that a D prospect for Green wouldn’t make sense either. I just think it’s going to be tough because i don’t know if the Red Wings have (or are willing) to give up what the caps need.

    Now moving Green for 1st or 2nd round pick to the Wings, and then the caps turning around with that cap space and throwing an offer sheet at Ryan Johansen is something I can get down with.