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Posts Tagged Jake Gardiner
- Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly: Flyers GM Paul Holmgran wants to get a deal done with goalie Steve Mason, and Mason would like to stay. Mason is making $1.5 million this season, and could get no less than $4 million in a long-term deal. Mason’s agent:
“He’s under contract and the Flyers have the right to qualify him come end of June,” Thun said. “If they qualify him, he has one year before unrestricted free agency. We could go to arbitration.
“Assuming he continues to play well an arbitrator could award him a pretty big number compared to where he is right now.”
“I think Price is a very good comparable,” Thun said.
- Chris Nichols of SportsNet: Brian Burke on Hockey Central about the rising salary cap and the Flames
“Well, we’re budgeted to spend to the cap now. I know if you look at where we are now salary-wise, we’ve got cap room. We’re able to make some significant moves here at the trade deadline if they present themselves.
“That being said, Jay hasn’t seen the value yet. We’re not just going to spend money to spend money. But our ownership group is committed to cap dollars. We are prepared to spend to the cap the moment we see value there.
“As the cap goes up, that’s something from a revenue standpoint we should be able to keep pace with. Once we see the value, we intend to be a cap team at all times.”
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Source saying the Coyotes have pitched the NHL on idea of having an outdoor game next season in conjunction with the Cardinals hosting the Super Bowl. Brian Burke’s Christmas freeze has gone into effect for the Flames. NHL Christmas freeze starts Dec. 19th at 11:59 pm.
- Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Senators Chris Philips is entering the final year of his three-year, $9,25 million deal, and preliminary discussions have take place on a contract extension.
“There have been a couple of talks (with agent J.P. Barry), but it’s quiet right now,” Phillips said before Monday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers. “Put it this way: I’m not planning on retiring, I’m planning on playing. Hopefully, (a contract) gets done. Obviously, sooner rather than later. It has been a thought, for sure. It’s not weighing me down and I’m trying not to think about it too much, but obviously it’s there.”
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “What I know, is that the Leafs are among the most active in looking to make moves. Nonis is prepared to do anything” … “Nonis isn’t looking for a small little move, big players are available which is why you hear Gardiner’s name thrown out there”
- Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “Islanders need a goaltender & a defenseman. People that watch the Isles say you can fire the coach but Snow needs to address G/D”
- John Vogl: Source saying the Sabres have no interest in claiming Islanders Pierre-Marc Bouchard off waivers.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators are looking for a top-six forward to play with Jason Spezza and may consider claiming Pierre-Marc Bouchard off waivers. The would have to clear some salary if they do so.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Trade talk has heated up, but not many teams have the salary cap space to make moves. “We have a cap world with parity but no flexibility,” said the executive. “It’s very difficult for teams to make changes.”Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis is working the phones with centers Tyler Bozak and Dave Bolland on the IR. The Leafs talked with the Stars about Vern Fiddler earlier in the year, but weren’t able to find the right fit. Once the others return, Fiddler would be at best a fourth-line player for them.
Panthers GM Dale Tallon may be getting heat from new owner Vince Viola.
The Rangers are increasing their efforts to trade Michael Del Zotto, but the asking price is still high.
The Rangers may look at buying out Brad Richards after the season.
Islanders Jack Capuano and Hurricanes Kirk Muller are on the hotseat.
The Canadiens are looking for size down the middle.
If the Predators can’t stay in the playoff race, the “for sale” sign may be going up.
The Islanders are looking for a goalie.
Talk that the Blues might go after Sabres Ryan Miller.
The Blues might be willing to move T.J. Oshie. He has a $4.175 million cap hit through 2017.
The Blackhawks are looking for depth down the middle and on the blueline.
Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford has interest in Leafs Jake Gardiner and Rangers Michael Del Zotto.
Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is looking to change up his forwards.
- Josh Rimer: The Penguins may now have to go get a defenseman with Paul Martin, Rob Scuderi and Brooks Orpik out.
- George Richards of the Miami Herald: Panthers GM Dale Tallon denied Hockey Night in Canada’s report that a deal for Dmitry Kulikov with the Avalanche fell through. Kulikov was scratched on Tuesday and HNIC said a potential trade was the reason.
“No, we sat him because of his play,” Tallon said. “[Kulikov] needed a little refresher. I’ve liked the way he’s played since.”
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche were looking to add a defenseman before Jan Hejda was injured. The Avs could look at the trade market: Dmitry Kulikov (FLA) or Michael Del Zotto (NYR). Dater thinks they shouldn’t give up a first round pick or prospect that has real promise for a defenseman.
- B.D. Gallof: “‘One item not very understood on #isles coach if there was to be a change… Slim to none they go for vet with old school habits” … “But to rpt: see defense + depth as issue #1 plus player effort needs to remain high level. If both addressed then could pull out of freefall” … “I think goalie could upgrade but only if there is a player available that can offset lapses and issues with his play”
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Islanders GM Garth Snow is working the phones. The ideal scenario for the Islanders would be for Sabres Ryan Miller to waive his no-trade clause to join the Islanders for the remainder of the season.
Teams have only shown mild interest in Capitals Martin Erat. GM George McPhee may need to a find a team that needs to stay near the salary floor: Islanders, Panthers and Sabres.
P.K. Subban and Canadiens contract extension talks are expected to heat up. Starting point may be Drew Doughty’s eight-year deal worth $56 million.
Predators GM David Poile has shown interest in Jonas Hiller and Tim Thomas.
Avs Joe Sakic is looking around the league for a defenseman. Left winger Jamie McGinn has fallen into Patrick Roy’s doghouse and is being shopped for blueline help. He has a cap hit of $1.75 million and will be a RFA at the end of the season.
Senators GM Bryan Murray is looking for a defenseman and may have also looked at Kings Matt Frattin. Murray is looking for someone to play with Jason Spezza.
- Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: On Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner:
The talented but erratic Gardiner would represent a challenge for any coach. But for a coach who demands specifics as much as Carlyle does, this almost seems like a relationship doomed to fail.
This is where Nonis fits in. He has the patience of Job. He’s not willing to make a determination of Gardiner, either way, this early.
He believes too many teams have made mistakes determining the fate of young defencemen, way too soon. It’s his inclination to allow Gardiner to develop at whatever speed is necessary. Carlyle, who hasn’t said as much, can’t possibly agree.
Rangers owner James Dolan said that Glen Sather is the teams GM as long as he wants.
- Chuck Gormley of the Washington Times: (mailbag) Gormley thinks that Capitals should be looking for a “hard-edge defenseman” in a Martin Erat trade. The Canucks may be interested in Erat and have Dan Hamhuis (he may not be available). Would an offer of Erat, Dmitry Orlov and Michal Neuvirth for Hamhuis work? Other Dmen options could be: Dmitry Kulikov (FLA), Michael Del Zotto (NYR), Andrej Meszaros (PHI), Luke Schenn (PHI), Nikita Nikitin (CBJ), Alex Martinez (LA), Francois Bouillon (MON) and Paul Ranger (TOR).
- David Pagnotta: Was told that there was group that was trying to buy the Coyotes and bring them to the Toronto. Not sure if tied to the Markham group. Obviously, the NHL rejected the offer. The rejected offered was believed to be in the $500 million range for relocation and territorial rights to the Maple Leafs.
- CBC Sports: Friedman said that the Maple Leafs may revisit talks with the Panthers about Dmitry Kulikov.
Morning Rumors: Orlov, Miller, Del Zotto, Oilers and Bishop, Avs, Brodeur, Habs, Kane, Gardiner and Devils
- Elliotte Friendman of CBC: Capitals GM George McPhee on Dmitry Orlov: ”He’s very similar to [Slava] Voynov from L.A. … three full years in the minors and now a really good NHL player,” McPhee said. “He is ready for the NHL and it is time to find a full-time spot for him.” … ”With us or somebody else — ideally, with us — he wants to get playing.” McPhee has been working the phones. He also has Martin Erat’s trade request.Friedman thinks Ryan Miller in a Ducks uniform might make sense.The Rangers want a fair price for Michael Del Zotto but his value is a little low right now. Doesn’t seem like there is a fit with Senators and the Oilers. Oilers would like some size on their blueline.
From what Friedman understands, the Oilers offered a 2nd, 3rd and Ryan Jones to the Senators for Ben Bishop before he was dealt to the Lightning. The 2nd round pick was the Ducks (ended up being 56th) and the Senators wanted the Oilers pick (ended up being 37th).
There is some interest in Flames Mikael Backlund.
- Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov has been recalled five times this month without playing in a game. The Capitals are doing so to retain his rights. If he isn’t on the Capitals for at least 30 days by January 1st, he has clause that would allow him to return to the KHL. He has spent 19 days on the so far this season. He’s in the last year of his entry level deal.
“It’s becoming increasingly hard for Dmitry to continue with this shuttle without any hope of playing a game,” Orlov’s agent, Mark Gandler, said. “The coach can’t see him in the lineup. He’s been around. Everybody knows what he can bring, there’s no question marks here. I think that the team can get something for him at this point and move forward. I think that would be the best solution for everybody.”
- Chuck Gormley: First Martin Erat and now Dmitry Orlov.
“Obviously, what Dmitry would like is to be traded,” agent Mark Gandler told CSNWashington.com Wednesday, “because he has no future in Washington whatsoever, zero chance for him.
“I think his value as a player is diminishing with every day and the team is losing valuable time and also ruining his career.”
Orlov has been recalled 5 times in the last month without playing a game. He’s been with tean for 19 days and hasn’t played.
“He has to train hard, and then he has to get in the car and drive hours back to Hershey and work hard there and keep his head in the game and play hard and play well. That is very, very difficult to do for no reason whatsoever.
“If he’s not an NHL player there’s no reason to marinate him in the minors,” Gandler continued. “Let him go. The easier solution, and it’s a great solution for everybody, is for him to be traded. I’ve been in this business 25 years. I don’t think there is a problem finding a team that would like him.”
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers Michael Del Zotto was scratched for the fourth time in the last seven games. It’s become clear that Del Zotto doesn’t fit into Alain Vigneault’s plans and he’s been part of trade talks for weeks. The Rangers haven’t received an offer they like enough to move the 23-year old. They don’t have the organizational depth to take a discounted return.
- Andrew Gross: Seems clear that Michael Del Zotto’s future isn’t with the Rangers. Trading him now would be selling when his value is low. Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”Rangers are going to trade Del Zotto they just haven’t found the fit yet”
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: (mailbag) If the Avs are in a good spot at the trade deadline, Dater thinks they will become a buyer. If they are not, guys like Paul Stastny could be on the trading block. If they are serious about being a contender, they need to improve their defense. If they want to take a run this year and a defenseman is available that could really help, they could think about trading one of Chris Bigras, Duncan Siemens or Stefan Elliott and/or trading a draft pick.
- Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”I can’t see Brodeur moving because Lamoriello doesn’t want to be the guy to move Marty from New Jersey”
- Hope Smoke: McKenzie: “Montreal wants to make a move and outside of their young core guys they’re willing to move anybody including Pacioretty”
- Hope Smoke: McKenzie: ”The Jets aren’t shopping Evander Kane but his name is out there too. There’s tension with the player and the team” … ”Kane is a scary player to move considering his tools, but the player and that team and that city just don’t seem like a fit”
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: ”Teams around the NHL are telling me that Gardiner’s name is being discussed a little more” … ”There is less resistance on the Leafs part when it comes to including Gardiner in a deal”
- Dan Rosen of NHL.com: (mailbag) Rosen thinks the Devils should look for a defenseman with an expiring contract: examples Nikita Nikitin (CBJ), Tom Gilbert (FLA) or Nick Schultz (EDM). They are not linked to those players, but just the type of players they could look at.
Morning Rumors: Oilers, Panthers, Canucks, Flyers, Rangers, Leafs, Preds, Wings, Sens, Sharks and Canes
- Elliotte Friedman: If the Oilers were to trade their 2014 1st round pick, they’d want a big center or a game-changing defenseman.
It’s thought that the Oilers had interest in Nikita Nikitin. Blue Jackets looking for speed, but it doesn’t look like talks went very far.
Talk is that the Panthers are not interested in trading defenseman Brian Campbell.
Contract extension talks between the Panthers and Marcel Goc will start soon.
The Canucks may have interest in Panthers Shawn Matthias. Friedman thought the Flyers might, but was told that was “bad info.”
- TSN Insider Trading: Dreger: two names on the trade market lately are Brayden Schenn and Michael Del Zotto. The Flyers may look to move Luke Schenn as well. Five or six teams have talked to the Rangers about Del Zotto.
LeBrun: The Senators are looking for a puck moving defenseman and LeBrun thinks the Senators are one of the teams that called the Rangers about Del Zotto.
LeBrun: Pekka Rinne will have an MRI on his hip next week. If it’s not good news, trade talk may heat up.
- myNHLtraderumor: Kypreos said during the intermission last night that Brayden Schenn could be available and there is talk of the Oilers. He said he thinks the Maple Leafs have called, and that it would likely cost Jake Gardiner.
- Bob McKenzie: Red Wings are close to signing defenseman Jonathan Ericsson to a contract extension. McKenzie thinking it could be four or five years in the $4 million per year range.
- Chris Stevenson: On the Martin Havlat to Senators rumors … according to a scout it was Milan Michalek and his expiring contract going back to the Sharks.
- Allan Walsh: “Hearing several media reports today regarding trade talks involving Martin Havlat. Martin has a full No Move Clause and no one has ever suggested to himanything about a trade. He is happy in San Jose and solely focused on playing hockey.”
- Patrick Kearns: “Uh I don’t see Havlat with Rangers at all. Unless the Sharks are taking back Richards contract, no chance. Unless of course Rangers secretly plan on letting either Lundqvist, Girardi or Callahan walk to bring in a diminished, broken player. So yeah, move on from that one.”
- Chip Alexander: With Hurricanes goalie Anton Khudobin about a week away, GM Jim Rutherford said they are considering their options. Rutherford said their options are to carry three goalies, trade one or risk putting Justin Peters on waivers: ”All are on our radar screen.”
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Nonis told Clarkson that he didn’t care if he was a 20 goal scorer when he signed him” … ”There is always that GMthat is willing to give you more in term and money. The Oilers offered him 7 years & $4 million more total”
- Ken Campbell: Only four pro scouts at the Maple Leafs – Islanders game, “smallest contingent I’ve ever seen.”
- Chris Nichols: Louis Jean said that P.K. Subban and the Canadiens will begin contract extension talks within the next two weeks. Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”the critical question that needs to be asked: is Therein giving PK tough love or is he disrespecting him?” … ”if Subban takes it as disrespect he’ll take a short deal and walk as a UFA in two years”
- Darren Dreger on TSN (team – needs): Maple Leafs - Center, Oilers - Defenseman and Goalie, Jets - Power Forward, Ducks - Puck moving defenseman, Hurricanes - Defenseman and Goalie, Panthers - Defenseman and Forward
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: ”the Leafs have bodies that they’re going to have to find room for on the blueline” … ”one thing the Leafs do as well or better than most teams is make sure they recognize that” … ”people will laugh at that comment considering how Gardiner was treated last year”
- James Mirtle: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle wouldn’t say what happens to the blueline when Mark Fraser returns. Mirtle guesses that either Morgan Rielly or Jake Gardiner sits one or both games this weekend. Michael Traikos: Traikos guesses Rielly will sit as Gardiner has been playing a lot lately.
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: Florida’s GM Dale Tallon is trying hard to make some roster moves. He sent an email to all teams last week saying that defenseman Ryan Whitney is available. There are about 20 teams with $2 million of less in salary cap space. Friendman wonders if anyone would take a chance on Penguins Deryk Engelland and his $566,667 salary cap hit. Predators GM David Poile: Q: “After the trade embargo was lifted on Shea Weber, did you ever get an offer that made you think about doing it?” A: “No.”
- Elliotte Friedman: Oilers Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish were at the Flyers – Hurricanes game Tuesday night.
- Seth Rothman: At the Rangers game last night: Oilers Mark Messier, Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish.
- Denis Gorman: Scouting the Rangers-Penguins game: Ducks, Blackhawks, Jets, Coyotes, Oilers (3), Stars (2) and Lightning
- Brian Staubit of CBS Sports: Oilers coach Dallas Eakins on Nail Yakupov and trade rumors.
“The thing with Yak is simple. I see him trying so hard to be better defensively and to learn this defensive system that we’re trying to implement. I thought he made a couple of good plays defensively yesterday. I saw the thought process go through his head on the ice so that’s encouraging for me.
“And then wanted also to let him know all these reports in the media where people are making up trades for him are absolutely, 100 percent untrue. This kid is not going anywhere. Guys like Joe Thornton, the kid here Stamkos; those guys struggled early in their careers and boy they turned out to be pretty good players.
“Nail Yakupov is not being shopped, he’s not going anywhere and I wanted him to hear that from me, look me in my eyes and let him know ‘hey, we’re attached at the hip.’ We’re going to make him a better player and it’s OK to struggle. I let him know about Thornton and and Stamkos. That’s part of the process. He’s 20 years old. We’re not just going to suddenly give up on a guy because he’s going through a rough stretch. People writing their columns and their blogs; listen, they can create their excitement that way. But all of what’s out there is 100 percent untrue.”
- Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish talked with Yakupov and his agent, Igor Larianov yesterday morning. At no time has MacTavish tried to trade Yakupov.
“We never once mentioned that. I’ve had calls since the rumours started asking if I wanted to discuss that. But the answer has been ‘No!’
“We are committed to him. His ice time may go up and down. But we have no plans to send him to the press box in Tampa Bay, at least the coach didn’t mention that as part of his plans when I talked to him in the morning.
“And we have no thoughts of moving him down to the AHL,” he said of Wednesday’s speculation.
“I told Nail that he made a commitment to us and we’ve made a commitment to him.”
- Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”I wouldn’t be surprised if the Leafs made a move. They need another body down the middle. It won’t be a panic move” … ”I would imagine that Nonis is looking to see what is out there for the short-term” … “don’t start jumping to conclusions like the Leafs are going to move Jake Gardiner“
- Darren Dreger of TSN: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis are looking for a forward, preferably a center. Talk talks are increasing, but there isn’t a lot available now. They have the assets for a higher end player where the return requires a premium of a young roster player, top prospect and a pick. They may be willing to pay that price for the right players, but more likely to use their depth on the blueline or draft picks in a smaller trade. Dreger Insider Video.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Oilers management at the Rangers-Ducks game: president Kevin Lowe, GM Craig MacTavish and special adviser Mark Messier. The Oilers are believed to accepting offers on Ales Hemsky and exploring the market for Nail Yakupov. If the Rangers were interested in Hemsky, they would have find a way to accommodate his $5 million salary. It’s not known if the Rangers would be willing to move the assets to acquire a player like Yakupov. The Rangers may not have an immediate need of a top-six forward with Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan returning to the lineup. Some people think that he’s Yakupov is difficult to coach and could bolt back to the KHL. The Rangers level of interest in Yakupov could depend on Rick Nash’s medical reports.
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: ”I spoke to Dale Tallon this week & I’d be comfortable saying the Leafs have interest in Kulikov. So do 20 other teams”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger on TSN Radio: ”the market is open in Florida due to new ownership. I’d still link Florida to Detroit for Tootoo”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger on TSN Radio: “there is no doubt, Toronto is looking to add another forward. Nonis is being patient. He’ll trade Gardiner, Rielly or anybody”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger on TSN Radio: “the reason I said Toronto wouldn’t trade Reimer for Yakupov because of how great their current situation is in goal” … ”Yakupov is still unproven and developing. Does TO need that kind of player? Probably not.”
- Dennis Bernstein: The Kings are now looking for options at left wing for their second line. Matt Frattin and Tyler Toffoli haven’t worked out. Bernstein doesn’t think they are close to a deal. Notes that they had eight defenseman on the ice yesterday morning, something has to give.
- Darren Dreger: Daniel Alfredsson presented the Senators a 2 year offer at $6 million a season. The Senators last offer was one-year at $4.5 million.
- Roger Millions: Flames GM Jay Feater said there have been talks with other teams about possible trades. Teams looking for vets with workable contracts, and Millions thinks it’s more that teams are calling them and not the Flames calling teams. Feaster added that US Thanksgiving is more likely when you see players being traded, still a little too early.
- Terry Koshan of Toronto Sun: Jake Gardiner trade rumors have died down.
- Harvey Fialkov: “Kulikov to Leafs trade rumors eminated from Toronto Sun. So early for these rumors. Panthers are easy target b/c of good young players.” … “Tallon said Ottawa Sun report about dealing veterans was absolute hearsay as is today’s Toronto Sun report on trading Kulikov.”
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: With Mike Brown’s trade to the Sharks, the Oilers now have 48 contracts. There is some talk that the Oilers should go after Red Wings Jordin Tootoo. There have been some calls made, but he carries a cap hit of $1.9 million, which is a lot for a fourth-liner. The Oilers need an abrasive third pairing defenseman (Deryk Engelland) more than they need a fourth-liner.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: A decision on Patrick Kaleta should be known today or tomorrow. If the suspension stays longer that six games, he has seven days to decide if he wants to take it to an independent arbitrator.
The Canadiens had talks with Lars Ellerover the summer. No offer was made as Eller’s camp wanted to see how this season went after his injury late last season.
Sources saying the Panthers are open to make some moves. GM Dale Tallon won’t wait long to make some players available. More of a retool and not a rebuild.
- Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: There haven’t been serious talks between the Maple Leafs and pending UFA Dion Phaneuf. Money and term could be tricky, but they will make an offer to keep him.
- SportsNet Hockey Central: Is the writing on the wall for Claude Noel and Jake Gardiner?
- James Mirtle: Mirtle heard that the asking price for Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner was “a ****load.”
- Tim Panaccio: Addressing Nail Yakupov rumors, why would the Flyers need another Russian head case? Oilers Ales Hemsky makes sense, but the asking price is likely too high. Adam Kimelman: Kimelman responds to Panaccio saying that Yakupov is not a head case, noting there is a big difference between a 19-year old and a the Flyers last goalie.
- Bruce Garrioch: The Coyotes have quietly denied interest in Sabres Thomas Vanek.
- John Vogl: Vogl notes that Vanek would look good beside John Tavares and countryman Michael Grabner.
- Darren Dreger: The Oilers will need to find a No. 1 goalie, and then have to decide if they would be willing to trade one of their young guns.
- Pierre LeBrun: Bob McKenzie has already reported that the Oilers have already reached out to teams about goaltenders. Options for the Oilers could be: Ryan Miller (sense that GM Darcy Regier may prefer to wait to build a bigger market for Miller), Jonas Hiller (likely too early for the Ducks to consider), Michal Neuvirth (if the Capitals feel they can live without him) and Brian Elliott.
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Oilers are at 49 contracts, so trading a draft pick or signing a free agent eliminates some roster flexibility. Blues goalie Brian Elliott makes sense, but the Blues may not want to take back salary. Is it worth an assets to get Elliott or Ryan Miller. Though the Senators likely wouldn’t trade him, Robin Lehner would be a good trade target.Thought is that if Dion Phaneuf comes down on money, the Maple Leafs may go a little longer on term.Trade market is cool with the Avalanche and Flames playing well.With Kris Letang getting close to returning, the Penguins will have to decide whether to keep Olli Maatta or return him to junior. They could keep eight defenseman, put someone on waivers or try to make a trade.
Some teams have called the Kings about Alec Martinez.
Three teams have talked about how they would like to add Thomas Vanek.
- Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: (s/t Pro Hockey Talk) Capitals Martin Erat has been playing on the fourth line and averaging only 7:59 a game. When asked if he has considered asking for a trade, he said: “No, not yet.”
- Josh Rimer: Rimer notes that the next big thing to happen in New York may be a trade to shake things up.
- James Mirtle: Eric Dehatschuk points out on Steve Bernier: How did the Flyers not out bid the Leafs for Bernier? Elliotte Friedman: Was told the Kings really liked Matt Frattin, and the Flyers said they would not trade either Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn. Scott Cullen: Cullen points out that the Leafs didn’t include the likes of a Couturier or Schenn either. Bob McKenzie: The Flyers didn’t have a backup goalie to include in the deal and the Kings needed one. John Hoven: After talking with Kings GM Dean Lombardi, the second round pick may have been more important.
- Katie Strang: Islanders Matt Moulson is entering the final year of his three-year deal that pays him $3.13 million per season. Comparisons could be Jason Pominville’s five-year, $28 million deal, Joe Pavelski’s five-year, $30 million or Nathan Horton’sseven-year, $37.1 million.
“Suffice it to say, he will do very well,” surmised one agent.
The Islanders may be reluctant to pay him more than John Tavares’s $5.5 million. The two sides haven’t begun talks, but Islanders GM Garth Snow said in a text that it’s his intention to re-sign Moulson.
“I love playing on Long Island. Obviously, I want to be here,” he told ESPN.com “I want to do like I do every year — have a career year and hope everything takes care of itself.”
If talks don’t work out, he could be on the market as the trade deadline approaches.
“It’s something that comes with the territory,” Moulson said of rampant trade rumors in the past. “The first year, the first time I experienced it, you get a little nervous, but [now] I’ve got enough things to worry about it in my life. That’s not going be something I’m gonna bother with; I’m just going to play.”
- The Globe and Mail Podcast: James Mirtle and Eric Dyhatschek talk about the Flames, Laviolette’s firing and Jake Gardiner trade rumors.
- Mark Masters: Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner on trade rumors: ’You always hear a little bit but I try to stay out of it’ … ’I remember Schenn, it seemed like he was talked about every single day & nothing happened for the longest time.’
- James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Gardiner on trade rumors:
“That’s part of the Leafs,” Gardiner said after practice on Wednesday. “Media’s going to speculate about things. It’s part of the business. If something happens then that’s the way it is. You just can’t worry about it.
“You always hear a little, but I try and stay out of that. I remember [Luke] Schenn a couple years ago, it seemed like he was talked about every single day. Then nothing happened for the longest time. It did end up happening, but that happens with every guy in here and you’ve just got to block it out.”
The Leafs plan on being patent with Paul Ranger’s game.
- Gord Stellick on SportsNet: Stellick wonders what the Oilers have to lose by offering Ilya Bryzgalov a one-year deal at a bargain price.
- Chip Alexander: The Hurricanes will need to reassign a defenseman when Tim Gleason returns from his concussion, and it may not be Ryan Murray.
- Mark Spector: There were rumors that Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk had the largest reduction of goalie pads are no true. ”Thanks for the excuse though,” Dubnyk joked. Only 1.15″