NHL Rumors: Blackhawks, Ducks, Flames, Maple Leafs and top 20 UFAs that could be traded


  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Blackhawks could have some cap issues in the future. Marian Hossa contract runs through 2020-21, but if the 34-year old retires before it expires, they could get hit with a minimum of $4.6 million to a max of $9.2 million salary cap hit. They have about $4.6 million to fill 6 roster spots for next season. Brooks suggests the Blackhawks may have to use an amnesty buyout on Hossa to avoid future issues. Brooks thinks the asking price for Corey Perry on the open market would be for $9.5 – $10 million for 7 years.
  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun: With each loss, it makes it easier to trade Jarome Iginla. “The frustration of staying loyal to an organization that continually spins its wheels as time ticks away on your chance to win a Stanley Cup is clearly mounting, as Iginla takes one final week or two to decide if he wants to end his 18-year relationship with the Flames.” Iginla hasn’t yet told his agent which direction he wants to pursue. It would have to be tempting to put the Penguins, Bruins and Blackhawks on his wish it he decides to move on. The Kings could also be tempting.
  • Michael Traikos of the National Post: The Maple Leafs could be both buyers and sellers leading up to the April 3rd trade deadline day. Will GM Dave Nonis look to trade their healthy scratches (Mike Komisarek and John-Michael Liles)? Turn their pending UFAs into draft picks? Acquire a top-line center like Avalanche’s Paul Stastny or stay the course? Nonis’ priority is to get the Leafs into the playoffs, and he’s made it clear he won’t mortgage the future to get there. He does realize though that they have 6 UFAs and 6 RFAs. Clarke MacArthur will be a big decision as he’s in the last year of a 3 year, $9.75 million deal. Nonis may not trade MacArthur for picks, but would he move him to the Sharks for Ryane Clowe? The Leafs will have to decide on Tyler Bozak as well.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson lists the top 20 unrestricted free agents that could be dealt: 1. Corey Perry (Ana) 2. Jarome Iginla (Cal) 3. Ryane Clowe (SJ) 4. Valterri Filppula (Det) 5. David Clarkson (NJ) 6. Daniel Alfredsson (Ott) 7. Mark Streit (NYI) 8. Brenden Morrow (Dal) 9. Robyn Regehr (Buf) 10. Nik Antropov (Wpg) 11. Ron Hainsey (Wpg) 12. Ryan Whitney (Edm) 13. Nikolai Khabibulin (Edm) 14. Pierre-Marc Bouchard (Min) 15. Matt Cullen (Min) 16. Ian White (Det) 17. Ryan Jones (Edm) 18. Jordan Leopold (Buf) 19. Ryan O’Byrne (Col) 20. Stephen Weiss (Fla)
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  1. #1 by Jeff at March 11th, 2013

    Statsny is a top line centre?

  2. #2 by Jeff at March 11th, 2013

    Jim, you have Nik Antropov ranked ahead of Hainsey and Weiss?!

  3. #3 by Wunschkind89 at March 11th, 2013

    Perry scores 50 goals once and forever will he be worth $10M a year to some.

  4. #4 by I_am_I at March 11th, 2013

    @Jeff: depends on how you look at “top line centre.”
    Since there are 30 teams in the NHL there are by definition 30 top line centres. Statsny has been in the top 30 in points for the past several years (barely), but not this year. So sort of.
    He would be acquired to be on the Leafs top line. So yes.
    He hasn’t been the Avs top centre for the past several years (O’Reilly or Duchene have outscored him since 2010-2011). So no.
    Wiess is broken for the rest of the season, he probably isn’t getting a lot of interest as a rental, not sure why he is on the list.

  5. #5 by AJ at March 11th, 2013

    The market set the price (aka GMs handing out overly big dough contracts like charity), not Perry.
    His reps want him to test the market because they see the opportunity to milk this cow.
    Why would anyone be the generous exception?

    It all started years back, when “recently” unsuccesful desperate big east markets started to hand out overpaid contracts for free agents.

    They should limit not only the term, but the amount of money as well and set up a rather complex system of grading players based on performance.

  6. #6 by Jeff at March 11th, 2013

    AJ, you know this (about Perry’s “reps”) or that is a guess?

    Perhaps he is simply considering whether he wants to spend the next 7 years close to his home/family.

  7. #7 by Jeff at March 11th, 2013

    IamI,
    I would argue that he hasnt been a 1st line player since 2010. Not only is his offensive production down, but he cant win a Faceoff and has never been considered a tough or exceptional defensive player.

    Regarding the Leafs, he is NOT a better player than Bozak right now, and Bozak makes 20%. Bozak has created as many goals/scoring chances, better at FO’s, more responsible in his own end and actually hits guys (Stastny does not). And by the way, i happen to think Bozak is a solid #3 Centre, so thats how little i think of Stastny right now.

    So no, Stastny would not be the Leafs #1 Centre.

  8. #8 by I_am_I at March 11th, 2013

    Jeff,
    The 2010 argument is valid. I was pointing out that he is still in the top 30 NHL centres in points.
    I think the Leafs would acquire him with the idea of playing him on the top line in the hopes that it would rejuvenate his career. He was an almost PPG player at one time. He’s only 27 so he isn’t exactly old yet.
    I agree that Bozak is a good #3 Centre. I haven’t watched Statsny play since the 2010 playoffs, I’ll take your word for it. Personally I’d like to see Kadri get a look with Kessel. The centre problem may already be solved.

  9. #9 by Jeff at March 11th, 2013

    That is what i have been saying. TML’s may already have him on the roster (Kadri). I think Nonis will be smart enough to let this roster play out the season, unless a young talent becomes available where they can trade youth for youth, perhaps addressing a positional need. They finally have depth in Toronto.

  10. #10 by Jeff at March 11th, 2013

    I hope if Nonis does something, its a Morgan Reilly for Ryan Strome type deal. Youth for youth, addressing a positional need.

  11. #11 by Wunschkind89 at March 11th, 2013

    @AJ

    When Crosby is making less than $9.5M, and is a far better player than Perry, I think that says more about the market than what leaks out of the media’s anus.

    Unless there’s a team out there that’s completely braindead (I’m looking at you, Calgary lol), he won’t get anywhere near that for an AAV.

  12. #12 by Jeff at March 11th, 2013

    Well prepare yourself, because salaries are going to go up and there is more cost-certainty with max 7-8 year deals, than the longer deals Crosby and others had already signed.

    Crosby wont even be a top 10 highest paid player (AAV) within 3-4 years.

  13. #13 by I_am_I at March 11th, 2013

    @Jeff I’m with you on letting the team play out the season.
    I’d like Nonis to move out some of the players that are not in the long term future and the deadwood if possible. I’m sure he wants Gardiner back up and would like to take a look at Colborne before he becomes an RFA this summer.
    It’s hard to trade with the Islanders, that franchise is irrational. Though that sort of trade makes perfect sense.

  14. #14 by Wunschkind89 at March 11th, 2013

    Oh I know it will. I just don’t think it will become inflated by Perry for two reasons:

    1. Teams are probably more leery of handing out ridiculous contracts because they almost never work out. Luongo, Hossa, Ovechkin, Lecavalier are examples of why it’s not a good practice.

    2. With the salary cap lowering by ~$6M for next season, not many teams can afford a contract like that right now.

  15. #15 by Jeff at March 11th, 2013

    Also with Perry, he (his style) is exactly the type of NHL player that does not age well.

  16. #16 by AJ at March 11th, 2013

    @Jeff:
    I read it in an article earlier on this site and I tend to believe it.
    He’s got no wife and no children so I don’t think at 28 wanting to be closer to his parents or childhood friends is a factor.
    His best friends are literally Getzlaf and Ryan, whoever he dates is likely from SoCal and he won’t get better treatment from fans anywhere.

  17. #17 by AJ at March 11th, 2013

    @Wunschkind89:
    As I mentioned earlier, I agree those numbers are insane.
    However, read my earier comment how I think it is a solid argument I’d made.
    As far as Crosby goes. His contract is for 12 years at 104.4. 8.7 AAV, right. Last 3 years are at a 3M yearly salary. So take away that and voila, he makes 95.4 through 9 years for an AAV of 10.6M.
    That term is unavailable now, and I’m pretty sure you know that the shorter the term, the higher the AAV.
    Also Crosby makes a 12M actual salary these years.

  18. #18 by Wunschkind89 at March 11th, 2013

    @AJ

    I don’t doubt that Perry may make $10M in certain years, but there’s no way his AAV will be around there, unless the contract is for 3-4 years.

  19. #19 by thegoochpuck at March 11th, 2013

    What will(can) Ottawa do to make their roster better. Especially on the blueline and a top center/wing.

  20. #20 by Jeff at March 12th, 2013

    Ottawa has lost its top 3 players and is actually a better team this season. Its shocking. I thought they should be running out as many kids as possible and selling a veteran or two at the deadline, but now, i dont know what they do. When Anderson and Spezza are back, they could make a run. Amazing really, and Bryan Murray deserves so much credit (and i was very critical of him in the past).

  21. #21 by Jeff at March 12th, 2013

    And where is Ribeiro on that list of Free Agents? He has more points than everyone on the list.

  22. #22 by Mark Easson at March 12th, 2013

    @Jeff: Maybe Matheson thinks that Ribeiro will remain with the Caps.

    On a similar note: Craig Custance put out a list of top UFA rental players the other day. He didn’t included Ryane Clowe. I asked him about the omission and he said he didn’t include him as he didn’t think he’d be part of a “rental” type deal. If he was dealt, it would be a “hockey” deal.

  23. #23 by justin at March 13th, 2013

    Not to blow any steam up all ur asses…u guys all make legit hockey sense I haven’t seen too many comments like this in awhile for example I was on a site last year and some dummys were talking trades and one guy says I think leafs should trade kessel kadri Gardner and a first n second for Nash ..I was omg dude r u crazy I like Nash style n his points don’t lye but damn that did not make any sense lol as for Perry he’s good but not for 10million I would give him a 7.5 to 8 m he wouldn’t complain I know I wouldnt

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