Free agent and Trade rumors: O’Reilly, Timonen, Luongo, Kiprusoff, Bishop, Kessel, Bernier, Sabres and Capitals


  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly’s camp did talk, but it looking like neither side is going to budge. The Avs remain at 2 years and $7 million or 5 years and $17 million. O’Reilly is closer on the 2 year deal than on the 5 years, where he’s looking for closer to $25 million. Two scenarios could now be either a trade or an offer sheet. It’s unclear if the Avs would consider moving him. The possibility of an offer sheet is growing. If O’Reilly signed a deal between $3,364,392 to $5,046,585, the Avs would get a 1st and 3rd round pick. If between $5,046,586 to $6,728,781, it would be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd round pick. Offers $6.7 million and higher are at least 2 1st round picks. If the Avs matched the offer, they are not allowed to trade him for one year.
  • Tim Panaccio via twitter: The Flyers are close to re-signing Kimmo Timonen to a 1 year deal worth $6 million. An announcement could come before the end of the week. John Boruk via twitter: That would put the Flyers at 19 players signed for next season, with $2.2 million in cap space.
  • Iain MacIntyre via twitter: “Bad for Luongo trade mission if Flames ever come to their senses and use Kiprusoff as rebuilding chip. His injury helps”
  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: Francis doesn’t think the Flames would send a 2nd round pick to the Senators for goalie Ben Bishop. The Sens are looking to get back a 2nd round pick for him, as that is what they sent the Blue last year for him. They haven’t made any calls about Roberto Luongo.
  • Spector’s Hockey via twitter: Darren Dreger said that teams are interested in Maple Leafs Phil Kessel. GM Dave Nonis is listening but no trade is currently in the works.
  • John Hoven via twitter: Source tell MayorsManor that 4 teams are very interested in Kings Jonathan Bernier, but the asking price remains very high.
  • Sam Carchidi via twitter: A source says that there is a slim chance that the Flyers make a trade before Scott Hartnell returns to the lineup.
  • Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: When asked if the things don’t go well for the Sabres this weekend, would he be forced to make a big change, either the players or coach, GM Darcy Regier responded:

    “It won’t be the coach.”

    Regier’s been looking at the trade market, but it’s “soft.” The Sabres have allowed 37 goals in 10 games, the most the league.

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Capitals GM George McPhee is making calls. The trade market is quiet with teams not ready to move parts, but McPhee is seeing what is out there. If he’s able to do something, LeBrun thinks he could move some blue-line depth for offensive help.

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  1. #1 by Jeff at February 7th, 2013

    I would be very surprised to see the TML’s trade Kessel.

  2. #2 by Dan at February 7th, 2013

    Maybe the big change that needs to be made in Buffalo is getting rid of Darcy Regier. The same applies to GM GM in Washington.

  3. #3 by hotwings at February 7th, 2013

    the sabres have done fine as a small market team w/ reiger at the helm.. i think the trouble they got into, were those major signings a few years ago that havent really panned out…

    the leafs trading kessel all depends on what happens during this summers free agent period… if they can get a #1 centre, why trade him? you will need a top 3 winger right? although, maybe we can ship him to colorado for o’reilly + a prospect? … i think nonis will have to take his time on this one

  4. #4 by Jeff at February 7th, 2013

    Despite what Toronto fans think, Kessel is a TERRIFIC hockey player.

  5. #5 by Jeff at February 7th, 2013

    And Regier should not be blamed for the new owner wanting to make a splash (Ville Leino, for example). They have made lots of great moves there, and have a really interesting roster right now.

    I think what has alluded them for the past 6-7 years, is having a legit start centre/captain type.

  6. #6 by hotwings at February 7th, 2013

    good point jeff.. on paper, the sabres do have loads of talent.. although, i’m not sure whats up with t. myers these days… even if they could add a legit leader who isnt a centre.. ie: iginla.. i think that would push them over the edge this year to make the playoffs for sure…

    nice to see next year that regehr and leopold’s contracts come due… we might see one of them traded to a team like LA before the season is thru…

  7. #7 by Jeff at February 7th, 2013

    Cheers. I think this is a team that should have traded for Jeff Carter. I think he could have been a great fit for them.

  8. #8 by Bobandy at February 7th, 2013

    I was thinking the same thing last year too…it’s just that contract…it’s so long…I realize he’s still young, but these ridiculous long contracts have a tendency of not working out well for the teams.

  9. #9 by mike at February 7th, 2013

    schneider and bieksa for iginla and a second rounder.
    it sounds crazy but vancouver does’nt like it when players complain about ice time. anyone remember cody hodgson?? sure, it was not schneider who said it….it was his agent, Mike Liut. But it is now out there and he sure better perform when asked after Liuts’ comments or he will be gone very soon.
    I am of the mindset that the canucks should keep both goalies this year if the cap allows it.
    And lets face it. Bieksa sucks… he played terribly all last year and this year is the same…sure, he scores a few goals here and there, but he keeps falling down and caught out of position far too often and costs the team goal after goal. bench him or ship him out of here……..

  10. #10 by Jeff at February 7th, 2013

    Let me get this right, you are suggesting that the Canucks should have Lou and Kipper?

  11. #11 by alex at February 20th, 2013

    Why would anyone add Kessel in a trade. I have even heard Bobby Ryan for Kessel. Get real. On paper Kessel is the better player and has a great shot. The problem with Kessel is that he was under Ron Lazy Wilson, who did not get his players to truly train, condition. They are in their full first year with Carlyle and they are all being receptive to his style of plain and intense conditioning. Kessel is not having a bad year, the Leafs roster is having a good year. There is depth on this team, and it seems like everyone is contributing with Grabovski being used in a less offesnsive position, because its working. Kessel was always is a little slow out of the gate, and because there is only 48 games this season, people are going to be less understanding and more picky. How can anyone want to get rid of a player who got a point a game last season. Who scores over 30 goals every season, reaching 40 in the future and who would have been a part of the best paired forwards in the league, along with Lupul last year, if Lupul was not hurt and who got 1 point over a point a game. If Lupul was not hurt, I firmly believe down the stretch which they were at 4 and 5 in scoring for awile, they would have been in the 90s in point and Kessel would have scored 40+ goals. The issue with the leafs is not goal scoring. Its consistency. Before last season, the Leafs had the most dangerous line in the league. Macarthur, Kulemin, Grabovski. They score around 85 goals that year. This team today, has the capability to have over 8 20 goal scorers with some of those able to score 30 and 2 could reach 40 or close. With the addition of Van Riemsdyk, he could be a 30 goal scorer, so long as he is used in the right position and with the right amount of icetime. Kadri and Frattin were great prospects and had not been given the chance they deserved or put in the right slot on the lineup. I believe Ron Wilson is a good coach but with the team he was given it was not like the young team he got with Anaheim, this was not a rebuilding that Burke did. Usually, you make sure you go after 1st round picks, and keep your first round picks. Unless theres a player who is also a draft pick or prospect, dont trade your picks. We had
    Brad Boyes, Tukka Rask, would have had Tyler Seguin, Dougie Hamilton or two better players if they traded up or finished in worse position since Kessel would not have come. They could have still made the marlies trades they did and the trades for Gardner, Franson etc. It is a known fact that Kaberle was given the option to pick some teams he would waive his no trade clause. Boston being one and who wanted Kaberle during the Kessel sweepstakes. Kaberle was a top defenseman in the league and was better than a first round pick which can be higher up if the leafs make the playoffs. They would have gotten Kessel for Kaberle and a 1st round the following year. Or Kaberle and some other pick. Kessel is worth that trade. I dont think it would have been much more if Kaberle was traded. The Leafs wanted to keep him and were planning on resigning him but when they did not make the playoffs that year, Burke wanted to save some face and traded Kaberle for Bostons 1st round pick which was 28th overall or something like that. Leafs fans are too quick on pulling the trigger. They keep saying that its been 46 years since they won the cup. The fact remains is that Harold Ballard ruined the Leafs and left a virus on the mentality of management and owners.The teachers pension fund did not help this team by owning it. They have no hockey knowledge or interest. I dont like the fact that rogers and bell own the Leafs, for my own reasons. Theyre services are rip offs, especially when we see that unlimited internet, calling doesnt cost that much, when you can get it with wind. Thats another story. I do like that they own the team only because they will want to win the cup. They have so many options, in building MSLE into a huge empire, so to speak. Myself, I have hundreds of ideas if I owned the controlling interest or if I was in their management for the team and the corporation. It can be done now, but as a cup winner, as a contender every year, like Detroit is or was, we’ll see this year. So for all you fans who want to trade the team, saying they want this guy out or that guy out. Be patient. This is not the same owners, the same management, even the scouts are a lot better. They need to get Gretzky in a big role. He knows hockey and he knows the business. Carlyle has already made this team better and its getting a lot better as ever day passes. I dont like that they got rid of Burke. Because it was not his fault. He built this team. Nonis has not mark on it yet. Once he fired his good friend Wilson, Burke should have been given the benefit of the doubt, especially after the assessment by Carlyle, who said the players were out of shape. I always new the players had great skill and that they were underestimated by everyone. When you look at the numbers, you see that they have a lot of potential. When you see the speed, you realize that if consistent they would beat any team in the league, so long as the goaltender does their job. You need an elite or star goalie because they need him to win some games or save them when they get a little confused out there. If you have no faith in your goalie, your going to play less enthusiastic. This is what happened earlier in this season, at home games. They are now feeling comfortable with Scrivens and a little with Reimer since he was playing good. This will be a healthy competition with these two goalies and I have the feeling that both can be used, maybe slit the seasons up. See past game tapes, who plays good against who and see if you can get some win streaks. It was done before with other teams. I dont like that Carlyle sent Connolly to the minors if they are not bring someone else in a trade, so they need the money and space. They have plenty of room as it is and Connolly did not play bad last season, he didnt shine but it is tough being traded to another team, especially if you were injured the year before or recuperating from a serious injury. For the money hes getting, they need to give him another shot and see if he can fit in the first line. Thats what they hoped but thats not what theyre trying. At best, he would be a better 4th line center, which hes excellent at face offs, and could be great on the penalty kill. Hes 6’1 around 200 pounds which is decent size. Or try him on the wing. Im not much of a fan of Kamorov and I think Connolly is a much better player than him. The best thing about the new leafs team, management and ownershiip, is that they are much better, they are working together and want to bring home the cup. I see it in their work ethic and the owners see the money at the end of the rainbow if the bring home the cup and ice a contender.This will be an interesting trade deadline and free agency this year. Mark my words, those who do not hold up this short season will be let go somehow, and if there are any stars or cornerstones in the free agency, Toronto will be at the top of the list, with people noticing that they have a great future, with defense locked up, forwards accepting roles and who have scoring potential. They need to let go some of the bagage, like Mike Brown, Steckel (unless they use him on the 3rd line with more ice time. I think he was a 1st round pick and 1 of the best faceoff men) Kamorov should be on the Marlies. They need to either bring up Colborne or Hamilton from the Marlies Hamilton is 6’2 230 lbs and Colborne is 6’5 210 lbs. I like the idea of Joe Colborne being the power centerman that the leafs were looking for. He has great skills and Burke loved getting him and its always good things I have seen in him. Before they make the same mistakes they did with Brad Boyes and Tukka Rask, they need to start giving these guys in the farm a real chance. Hamilton is turning 27 and played very good when called up and in the farm. So did Colborne. They need a big player at centre someone who can play and I believe if they give Colborne a chance, explain to him what they want him to be and do, he would welcome the chance. I am happy with this team. But I wouldnt say no to a 1st line centerman, star in free agency, but to pay with the star prospects on defense, is too much of a cost, since defensemen take longer to develop and do not come easily. If they can get a franchise type player at center, they should sign him. If the goaltending starts to fall apart, they need a star goaltender, preferably and elite, top goalie in the league, but that too is hard to come by. I would have signed Brodeur for 2 years. You cant go wrong with him and Reimer or Scrivens. It gives them experience, real experience, and options to see how far your prospect can go but always have options. If the Leafs get good goaltending and stay around the top six in goals for which they are at, they can beat any team in this league. I dont think there is a faster team than the Toronto Maple Leafs. So dont be to hasty in wanting Kessel traded. Unless they can use him in a package for Stamkos, Crosby, Malkin, I wouldnt trade him for anyone else. He is getting better and better and when him and his teamates start adjusting to the new intense training Carlyle is having them do, they will be a top 4 team in the league, who has the money to sign some free agents this year, and only get better.

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