Rumors II: Bruins, Oilers, Brodeur, Blackhawks, Islanders and Senators

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  • DJ Been of WEEI:  Source saying that the Bruins have held “casual discussion” with David Krejci about a contract extension. Krejci is entering the final year of his three-year, $15.75 million deal and would be a UFA at the end of the season. Talks could pick up in the near future.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson looks at Bruins Johnny Boychuk, who was in Edmonton for a Perry Pearn’s annual pro hockey camp. Boychuk is entering the last year of his deal that carries a $3.33 million cap hit. Matheson wonders if the Bruins can afford him and if they would consider moving him before he becomes a UFA at the end of the season. There would be room on the Oilers blueline, but who knows if they could afford to give him $5 million plus a year. The Oilers do have lots of defensemen prospects in the pipeline, but they are prospects and not guaranteed to be top-four defensemen like Boychuk currently is. Boychuk said he dreamed about playing in his hometown “as a kid,” but hopes there is a new contract with the Bruins.

    “You always want to stay with the team you’re with (and won a championship). They’re my (hockey) family,” he said.

    UFA Matt Kassian has been talking with several teams.

    “There’s been two-ways (offers) and tryout (invitations). I’m not too worried,” said. Kassian

  • Katie Strang of ESPN: (mailbag) Strang thinks it makes sense for Martin Brodeur to take his time finding a new team and the right fit. The Blackhawks could trade Johnny Oduya or Niklas Hjalmarsson to become cap compliant. Oduya has a modified no-movement clause which may make him a little harder to move. Nick Leddy may become a more likely candidate to be traded. Strang thinks that with Mikhail Grabrovski and Nikolai Kulemin not having a no-trade clause in their new deals, they could be dangled for a potential top-four defenseman. Sounding like there could be something with the Ryan Malone to the Rangers rumors, but as of yet he hasn’t received a training camp invite.
  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is denying reports that he’s looking for a minority partner for the team. A report a couple weeks ago in a Frank Magazine article said that Dan Greenberg had invested in the Senators and could possibly take over majority ownership. Melnyk tweeted …

    “Confirming the rumour, Ottawa Senators have 3 new equity partners: Sparkles, Frosty and Pebbles — my dogs. Great reporting”

8 Comments

  1. Colin N.

    August 28, 2014 at 10:34 am

    God Katie Strang is stupid sometimes

    • James Madara

      August 28, 2014 at 11:11 am

      I thought it was just me. Trading Hammer? Seriously?

      • Mark Easson

        August 28, 2014 at 11:22 am

        Hjalmarsson’s name has been mentioned by others as well. Moving his $4.1 mill cap hit would really help from a cap standpoint. Having value helps with return.

        That said, I sure they’d prefer to move others before they moved him.

        • Joe

          August 28, 2014 at 7:53 pm

          Why in the hell would you even consider moving hammer? They aren’t, unless there is some monster return. He took a huge discount to stay. I have heard nobody else mention him in any rumors, quite possibly because I don’t follow idiots that would think trading a defenseman that could be a top pairing guy on plenty of teams, that is signed for well under worth, is the guy to trade to become cap compliant, especially when Oduya and Leddy are up next year and Seabrook the following year. Most reasonable people would probably realize you want as many underpaid players on your team as possible. At the end of his 5 year contract, what he is making will look like peanuts when matched against comparable defensemen, just as Keith’s has become. Hammer is not going anywhere.

  2. Mark Easson

    August 28, 2014 at 10:39 am

    @Colin – are you referring to the Grabovski and Kulemin part?

    • CA

      August 28, 2014 at 11:35 am

      He must be.

      Why would the Islanders trade two guys they just signed? Why would they trade one of the guys they just signed? They signed as a package deal so they could play together. It would only piss them off. Additionally, I its not clear if she means the Isles should trade them to the Bruins/Hawks to get a top 4 dman or in general they could bring back a dman. This trade wouldn’t give the Hawks or Bruins the cap relief they need, so that wouldn’t make sense.

      Strang is awful.

      • Mark Easson

        August 28, 2014 at 11:40 am

        They came from separate questions, so I don’t think she was linking the Isles with the Blackhawks or Bruins.

        Agreed, doesn’t make much sense to trade them. Wouldn’t look good for future UFAs who might be considering signing with them.

  3. AJ

    August 28, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Im a bruins fan and I don’t think Boychuk is worth the money. A little over rated if you ask me. Yes he has a fast shot and hits but he shouldn’t be looked as a 3million + player.