NHL Rumors: Methot, Bissonnette, Isles, Holland and Weber

  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators defenseman Marc Methot is scheduled to become a UFA at the season. They had been talking about a contract extension, but they are at a stalemate, so don’t expect a long-term deal anytime soon. Methot is scheduled to make $3.75 million this season, and has been compared to Brooks Orpik and Matt Carle. The Senators are also talking to pending 2015 UFAs Bobby Ryan, Clarke MacArthur and Craig Anderson. The Sens could look to trade Methot later in the season if they can’t agree on an extension.
  • Craig Morgan: Sources saying the Capitals, Wild and Penguins are teams showing interest in Paul Bissonnette.
  • Daniel Friedman: Thinks one of the biggest reasons the Islanders should look at adding a defenseman is that he’s not sure you can rely on Lubomir Visnovsky to remain healthy all season.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Peter Holland is almost assured to the make the Maple Leafs out of camp as he would have to clear waivers. He’d likely be claimed and the Leafs don’t want to lose him.
  • Ryan Dadoun of Pro Hockey Talk: Dadoun looks at if it would make sense for the Predators to trade Shea Weber. Predators GM David Poile has said he won’t move him.

    “We’re keeping him, we’re building our franchise around him,” Poile said in June. He added, “Why wouldn’t we build our team around him?”

    Weber’s cap hit is $7.9 million, but his contract was heavily front loaded. He’ll get $14 million for two more years, $12 million for another two, then it drops further. The Preds have some nice young defensemen in Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis and Seth Jones. If the Predators are not a great bet to make the playoffs in the future, why not make the move? Weber seems to be on board with remaining with the Predators and is optimistic with their future, but would more losing change that thought.

7 Comments

  1. ChrisB

    August 10, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Oh the joys of being a budget team. I’m chalking up the Methot situation to priorities. I think the snag is that they don’t yet know where they roughly stand with their other UFA’s(and eventually RFA’s) they’d like to re-sign.

    They probably have about $20-25m to work with(unless Melnyk opens his wallet more), so Murray/Dorian needs to toe a pretty thin line to fit everybody they want in.

  2. Matt

    August 10, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    If melynk doesn’t sign methot it will be a huge blow to the team and will greatly discourage many others. Methot has stated he will sign for less here as he is born and raised here and wants to continue playing for the sens. A 3-5 year deal would be the best for ottawa I believe with him.

    On another point Murray and dorion have been slower at the signings because they just got the rfas all signed and Murray has personal issues to attend too right now. The media make it sound like with MacArthur methot and Ryan that if deals aren’t in place by end of August that they are gone which is definetly not true. It adds some pressure to management and such but deals can and will still be made. Media hype it up a lot more then it is and when you look at interviews that are done recently the management comment on how talks are headed in a positive direction.

    Just some thoughts, sorry to ramble a bit there

  3. ChrisB

    August 10, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Yea, still lots of time. What? roughly 7 months til the trade deadline. I haven’t really been following Ottawa too much, but the general consensus was always that Method would be the easiest to deal with of their impending UFA’s. When I read they hit a snag, that was the first thing that popped into my head as to why, considering talks were supposedly going well not even a week ago.

    I’ve also been hearing alot that the snag is over term. Where Method wants 7-8 years, Ottawa wants less years. Which I can understand, if its true, 7-8 years for a 30 year(when the deal kicks in) old dman is pretty risky, especially for a team like Ottawa, that basically depends on getting the best bang for the buck.

    But who knows really? There hasn’t really been anything coming out, other than there’s a snag. It may or may not be as bad as what alot(mostly media) is making it out to be, so far.

  4. John

    August 10, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Shea Weber is not being traded. End of story. Poile has denied these rumors for two years and its frustrating to see it pop up. If they continue losing, they continue to build around him. Why would you trade your best player? Makes 0 sense. Next topic

  5. ChrisB

    August 10, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    I agree. The only way I see Weber getting traded is if he openly comes out and demands one. Which I don’t see happening anytime soon, if ever.

  6. Matt

    August 10, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    The only media that constantly puts a negative spin and insist that ottawa needs to be trading many if their players are the writers at the ottawa sun, it’s also no surprise when a few if the senator players don’t like talking to them during the media scrums

  7. hotwings

    August 11, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    i think everyone knows how this is gonna end… shea weber is gonna get fucking traded