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Posts Tagged Michael Del Zotto
- Adrian Dater via Sulia: Dater has also heard that an Avs-Panthers deal involving Dmitry Kulikov may have fell through due to the fear that Kulikov may bolt for the KHL on a big contract offer at the end of the season.
- Arthur Staple of Newsday: Islanders GM Garth Snow and owner Charles Wang watched the team extend their winless streak to nine games in LA on Saturday.
“We’re looking at all our options,” he told Newsday on Sunday just before he and Wang flew to Northern California for the league’s Board of Governors meeting at Pebble Beach. “The one thing we don’t do, whether it’s with the coaches or the players, is discuss conversations with anyone in the media. All the interactions I have with our team remain private.
“Obviously, we have some key players not performing at a high enough level. I understand the frustrations of our fans. We have those same frustrations in our locker room, in the coaches’ room, for myself. We felt we had guys who were ready to take the next step. Now we’re just trying to right the ship and win a few games.”
Sources saying he’s been looking for a goaltender for weeks. Evgeni Nabokov could be returning from his groin injury in the next few days. Snow would not comment on promoting Ryan Strome (9 goals and 24 assists) from the AHL, but sources saying that they are trying to find a way to bring him up. They would have to trade or waive someone.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson thinks the Senators will look to move Milan Michalek, maybe to the Coyotes for a young defenseman and a different type of forward. Though they’ve been taking calls on Michael Del Zotto, with Marc Staal’s injury, the Rangers may have to keep him. Devils Ryane Clowe said he’s only had two concussions and not the four or five that have been reported.
- Josh Cooper: You have to wonder if Predators coach Barry Trotz’s job is in danger at the end of the season if they fail to make the playoffs again. Cooper thinks the Predators need to make a trade for scoring, maybe looking at ‘renting’ winger Matt Moulson. Cooper thinks the Predators should send Filip Forsberg to the AHL when he’s ready to return from his injury.
“He’s a tremendous young kid. He has a lot of ability. He has a long way to go to play in the National Hockey League on a regular basis. I shouldn’t say play in the National Hockey League — to produce in the National Hockey League,” Trotz said. “I think he has a lot of great tools, exceptional hands and is a quality young man, but there’s still a long way for him to go.”
- 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”
Morning Rumors: Khudobin, Peters, Mason, Vanek, Diaz, Callahan, Gleason, Dubnyk, Bryzgalov and World Juniors
- Craig Custance: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin is close to returning to the lineup, and the Hurricanes are getting some trade interest in both Khudobin and Justin Peters.
- Sam Carchidi: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that it could be to distracting to have heavy contract negotiations with Steve Mason during the season.
- Matt Larkin: “Time to fire up the Thomas Vanek trade rumor circus again.”
- The Fourth Period: The Canadiens and Raphael Diaz continue to work on a new contract. Diaz is in the final year of a his two-year, $2.45 million contract. Diaz could get over $2 million a year in a new deal. GM Marc Bergevin continues to get inquiries about potential trades. Scott Mellanby, the Canadians Director of Player Development was at the Jets-Rangers game last night.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: When asked if there were any contract talks with the Rangers about an extension, Ryan Callahan responded with:
“There’s absolutely nothing going on with that.”
“It’s something that will take care of itself,” Callahan said when asked if he is bothered by the lack of progress toward an extension. “I’ll play this year and see what happens after that.”
The Senators, along with the Blackhawks, had two scouts watching the Rangers. The Senators have talked the Rangers about Michael Del Zotto.
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Trade speculation around Gleason has been constant. I’ve been told something was close.” … ”At the moment though he still hasn’t been approached about waiving his NTC. Dicey situation with a veteran guy like Gleason”
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Both Devan Dubnyk and Ilya Bryzgalov will be UFAs at the end of the season and one will likely be available for trade by the trade deadline.
- James Mirtle: The Maple Leafs are implying that Morgan Rielly won’t be made available for the World Juniors. Flames Sean Monahan is still out with an injury. Can’t see the Avalanche allowing Nathan MacKinnon to go. Capitals Tom Wilson isn’t playing much for them. Chris Stevenson: Hockey Canada’s Scott Salmond said that at this point, he been informed that MacKinnon and Wilson will not be made available by their NHL teams.
- James Mirtle: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle doesn’t think that Nazem Kadri and David Clarkson have played well together, Clarkson moved to the checking line at practice yesterday.
- The Fouth Period: The Blues will have to wait until the season is over to negotiate with pending UFA Alexander Steen.
“Alex prefers not to discuss a contract extension during the season and the team has respected that,” Steen’s agent, Jeff Kowall, told TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta.
If Steen keeps up this pace, the could be looking for a deal of at least $5 million per season. David Backes is the highest paid Blues forward with a cap hit of $4.5 million.
- B.D. Gallof: “As for Miller rumor which is 2 league execs (not GMs, mind you) say Garth working phones on goalies, Garrioch puts forth Miller scenario. It ignores a few items #isles people should know – Garth always talks to other GMs and inquires on costs. Don’t see it as anything
- Darren Dreger: It is sounding like a trade could go down when Hurricanes Tim Gleason returns to the lineup. He would have to OK the move.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders if Ryan Miller would be interested playing with the Islanders or Predators.
- Renaud Lavoie: Hearing that Rangers Michael Del Zotto won’t be traded soon and that it could take longer than expected.
- Bob McKenzie: Wild defenseman Matt Dumba could be the most probable NHL player to be loaned to the Canadian Junior team. Even if there are no NHLers named to Canada’s camp today, they could be added later.
- Damien Cox: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk chose to be a Daniel Alfredsson’s return to Ottawa.
- 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.
- The Fourth Period: Sources saying that Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin wants to make a “big splash” and acquire a “top-tier” player. The Canadiens currently have $1.74 million in cap space, allowing them to take on just over $3 million without moving someone out. They are dangling players to create more cap space. Ottawa Sun saying they are trying to move Rene Bourque and his $3.3 million cap hit. It’s not known who they are targeting. They have been linked to Evander Kane in the past.
- Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington: Capitals coach said that Martin Eratrequested a trade after he was made a healthy scratch on Saturday. GM George McPhee doesn’t have an issue with Erat asking for a trade eight months after he was acquired.
“I admire him for it,” McPhee said. “He’s been professional. He’s not pointing fingers or anything like that. He just basically said, ‘These things happen. It’s not working for me and I’d like an opportunity someplace else.’ I said, ‘OK, we’ll try to accommodate you. There’s no promises on when it happens. We’ll see how long it takes.”
McPhee doesn’t think that his trade request will decrease his market value.
“He’s a good hockey player and there are teams that would like to have him, so we’ll continue those discussions,” McPhee said. “All I know is it didn’t work for him here. But he’s good guy, a good player, a good pro. I have no issues with him.
- Dave Isaac: Thought over a month ago that a Andrei Mezsaros for Martin Erat made sense, but is not sure there is a fit now.
- Mike Halford: “There’s something hilarious about Martin Erat and Vern Fiddler having the two most publicized trade demands of the season so far.”
- Arthur Staple of Newsday: Staple’s thinks the Islanders should take a run at Rangers Michael Del Zotto. The Rangers would like a defenseman in return, but the Islanders don’t have many to offer up. Rangers could take a forward from the Islanders and find a defenseman somewhere else.
- Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun: Flames Mikael Backlundon trade rumors.
“I get Twitter, so I saw it on there. And I watch TSN, so I heard it there, too,” Backlund said after Saturday’s practice at the Saddledome. “Watching TV and my name comes up, it’s a little surprising. But at the same time, it’s part of the business and it hasn’t been a great start, so you kind of expect it, too, a little bit.”
- The Fourth Period: Islanders GM Garth Snow is looking for a defenseman. Among the defenseman available are: Nikita Nikitin (CBJ), Alec Martinez (LA), Francois Bouillon (MON) and Dmitry Kulikov (FLA).
- Harvey Fialkov: Even with defenseman Matt Gilroy going on the IR, Fialkov still thinks the Panthers are shopping Dmitry Kulikov.
- David Pagnotta: 16 teams scouting the Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets game, some regular people.
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”It’s going to be interesting to see how long before Nonis wades into this. Record is good but this team has not played well” … ”Nonis isn’t afraid to pull the trigger. Maybe he does something more significant. Maybe those Gardiner calls are finally answered” … ”Tuomo Ruutu in Carolina may be a good fit in Toronto, but that salary doesn’t fit.” … ”Maybe it’s time for Nonis to finally get that centre that this organization needs.”
Morning Rumors: Sabres, Rangers, Coaches, Sharks, Panthers, Habs, Flames, Oilers, Isles, Pens and Roy
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: If Ryan Miller isn’t willing to sign a contract extension with the Sabres, and it’s thought that that conversation will take place, the new GM will hold an auction for his services. Pat LaFontaine wants to have new GM by Christmas. Belief is that Miller wants to go to a Western Conference team, and the Kings may have interest. Jonathan Quick is out for at least a month, and Ben Scrivens isn’t the long-term solution. GM Dean Lombardi will deny it, but he’s been looking around. The Blues could also be a destination.
The Rangers are trying to free up some salary cap space. The Senators, Hurricanes, Oilers and Sharks have interest in Michael Del Zotto, but the Rangers want a defenseman in return.
It’s thought that Henrik Lundqvist wants an eight-year deal worth $8-$9 million a year. The Rangers also have UFAs Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman, and RFA Derrick Brassard, who could get $4 million if he goes to arbitration.
Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards could be on the hotseat, same goes for Jets Claude Noel. Islanders Jack Capuano could be in trouble as well.
The Sharks have been shopping Martin Havlat and his $6 million salary. There has been mild interest from the Panthers and Rangers.
The Blackhawks had looked at Rene Bourque before making the Kris Versteeg trade.
Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin wants to do something big.
The Panthers would like to move Scottie Upshall, Tomas Fleischmann, Brad Boyes, Tomas Kopecky, Marcel Goc and Shawn Mattias before the trade deadline. There is lots of interest in Dmitry Kulikov, but he may bolt for the KHL.
Flames Mikael Backlund and Shane O’Brien are available.
Oilers GM Craig MacTavish is looking for defenseman to replace Ladislav Smid. “They want to do something but they overrate their players which means the prices are high,” said a league executive.
The Oilers should be able to get a top pick for Ales Hemsky.
- Arthur Staple: Islanders Thomas Hickey will be evaluated today, and if it’s deemed he’ll be out long-term, they may have to look at making a trade.
- Seth Rorabaugh: Rorabaugh thinks the Penguins could use a tougher third-line player, but remembers that they were swept by the Bruins when they had Iginla, Morrow and Murray.
- Andrew Gross: Team USA GM David Poile will continue to scout Rangers Chris Kreider, though he’s still a longshot at this point.
- Steve Farnham of All Habs: Elliotte Friedman interviewing Mike Vernon, with Vernon talking about his conversation with Patrick Roy to ‘get traded.’
“I recall even having a conversation with Patrick Roy, in Montreal, at a little breakfast space there, spot we always used to go to. I just walked in by myself; I was early to the rink or something like that and he was there.
He [Roy] said, ‘Mike, come here, I want to talk to you.’
He goes, ‘the pressure, and the media, and the fans,’ he was really; I knew he was thoroughly upset by all of this, and it was really bothering him.
And I said, ‘Patrick, you just have to get traded’. And I said, ‘I got traded, I’m enjoying it in Detroit and everything else.’
Low and behold, that game was the game where he went up to the president. He was in for all nine goals, and he walked up to the president and I’m like going, ‘Oh no’!”
“So the game is over and I’m bee-lining for the dressing room. All the boys are like, ‘What’s wrong? What’s wrong?’ I’ll talk to you later, I gotta go!
No one could figure out why I was running in the dressing room, undressing, shower and I was gone out the door.
After, they came to the establishment where I was having a beer or dinner or something like that. They were like, ‘Verny, what’s going on?’
I said that I didn’t want to feel the wrath of the media.
They were like, ‘What are you talking about?’
I have an idea what Patrick was doing over there. And I didn’t know if he would say anything or do anything.
You know, ‘I talked to Vernon about this earlier in the day’. I’m like, “Holy shit, I better get out of here, I’d get hung!”
Hockey Night in Canada: Panel talking about the Winter Classic and Board of Governors. The Maple Leafs have begun talks with Jay McClement and Dave Bolland. If Dion Phaneuf get the term he wants, he may have to take a little less money. Reports of the Flames talking to teams regarding Mikael Backlund appear to be true. The Flames will likely adopt Brian Burke’s early Christmas roster freeze. Friedman thinks the Senators and Rangers have talked about Michael Del Zotto, but doesn’t think talks may be going anywhere. Doesn’t think Ales Hemsky to the Senators works because of his money. Leafs assistant GM Claude Loiselle watched the Hurricanes this week, maybe Tim Gleason. A John-Michael Liles for Tim Gleason deal may not work, may have to add another piece.
Don Cherry’s Coach’s Corner:
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Two sources had said that Senators GM Bryan Murray is working the phones trying to find a top four defenseman that would be able to step in right away.
“I get the sense Murray would like to do something,” said a league executive before the visit by the Wild. “It might even just be a change for the sake of change.”
The Senators also need to find a fit in their top 6 as Milan Michalek has struggled, but they hope he will turn it around. The defenseman market is thin and lots of teams are looking to improve in that area. The Rangers are willing to trade Michael Del Zotto, the Penguins could move Matt Niskanen and Stars could move Vernon Fiddler. The Senators have $8.409 million in cap space, but Murray would have move out some salary in a deal.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Matching team needs with trade options. Predators: Might need a goalie – Jose Theodore, Jonas Hiller and Michal Neuvirth. They will likely wait to see what Rinne’s results are from his MRI next week. Capitals: Could use a top 4 defenseman. Senators – A puck moving defenseman. Del Zotto could be an option. Blues – Goalie upgrade with Ryan Miller being mentioned. Red Wings – clear roster space for Gustav Nyquist and clearing some cap space. (written before DeKeyser was put on LTIR, Gustav to be called up)
“I’d like to get Nyquist up,” Red Wings GM Ken Holland said when we chatted Tuesday. “I was hoping to make a trade. Obviously, I put our guys on waivers. Other than big trades, nobody really wants to add money right now.”
- TSN Radio: Bob McKenzie: The Flyers would want to a really good defenseman if they trade Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier.
- Hope Smoke: McKenzie: ”Philly’s not shopping Schenn (or Couturier) but they know that to get what they want they need to move one of those guys. Holmgren is liable to trade anybody so Brayden Schenn isn’t an untouchable. They want a really good defenseman in return”
- TSN Radio: Darren Dreger: Rangers GM Glen Sather is making calls and taking them on Michael Del Zotto.
- Patrick Kearns of the Fourth Period: Kearns thinks the Rangers should hold onto Del Zotto as his value is at an all-time low. If they were to move Del Zotto, they may be comfortable with Dylan McIlrath being able to step in a bottom pairing role.
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.”
- Hockey Night in Canada’s Hotstove: Panel talks about Stamkos’s injury (could be a three month injury). Potential GM candidates for the Sabres are Jim Benning, Rick Dudley, Paul Fenton and Jason Botterill. The Sabres may not wait to trade Ryan Miller if someone calls about him before a new GM is hired. Shawn Matthias may be the next Panther to be traded, and Friedman thinks the Canucks could be interested. The Blue Jackets have been scouting the Oilers, Friedman not sure if the talks went anywhere. The Oilers may like Nikita Nikitin. Healy doesn’t think Michael Del Zotto will be traded. Nail Yakupov is being talked about in trades
- Don Cherry’s Coach’s Corner: Cherry talks about Ted Nolan, John Scott, Ray Emery and adds that Nazem Kadri needs to smarten up.