NHL Rumors: Islanders, Sabres, Kings, Flames, Oilers, Flyers, Ducks, Bruins, Hurricanes, Panthers and Predators


  • B.D. Gallof via twitter: Don’t expect the Islanders to be in a buying mode at the trade deadline since they are cost prohibited. Summer may be a better time for them.
  • B.D. Gallof via twitter: Wouldn’t expect an Islanders firesale as some have feared. If Mark Streit and GM Garth Snow can’t get on the same page, he could be dealt.
  • Sportsnet: Nick Kypreos said that Sabres may be looking to trade goalie Ryan Miller and that they would also like to move Ville Leino.
  • The Fourth Period: LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi has the go ahead to spend to the salary cap if he wants. They are believed to be looking for a 2nd or 3rd line winger and a top four defenseman. Some reports have them linked to Sabres Robyn Regeher, Oilers Ladislav Smid and Flames Jarome Iginla. It’s possible that Kings could move Jonathan Bernier for the right offer.
  • Bob Stauffer via twitter: Stauffer thinks that defenseman Jay Bouwmeester is the exact type of player the Oilers need, but doubts the Flames would move him within the division.
  • Randy Miller via twitter: Miller thinks a potential and perfect landing spot of Daniel Briere is with the Boston Bruins.
  • Randy Miller of the Courier Post: The Flyers are struggling and big changes could be on the horizon. It could a big trade or a coaching/GM change  if Ed Snider gets fed up.
  • Greg Brady via twitter: There are strong indications from Philadelphia this morning is that Peter Laviolette job is far from safe.
  • Kevin Allen of the USA Today: 10 teams with trade buzz: 1. Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks won’t trade Corey Perry even if they don’t have him signed. They are having a great season and still hope to sign him. They will offer the same as Ryan Getzlaf’s eight year, $66 million. If they can’t sign him, they could do a sign-and-trade after the season. 2. Boston Bruins: They cleared up cap space by moving Tim Thomas. They could use another scorer that can put up power play numbers. 3. Buffalo Sabres: Teams will have interest in defenseman Jordan Leopold and Robyn Regehr. Forward Jochen Hecht could draw some interest. 4. Calgary Flames: The Flames may need to have a talk with Jarome Iginla. He hasn’t wanted to leave and they would prefer not to trade him. The Flames could get a 1st round pick and prospect if they moved him. 5. Carolina Hurricanes: GM Jim Rutherford is looking for a veteran defenseman. He’s one of the best at being able to put together a player-for-player deal. 6. Edmonton Oilers: Ryan Whitney will be moved as a rental. 7. Florida Panthers: They should be sellers. Teams will be interested in Tomas Fleischmann, but he has two years left and has a $4.5 million cap hit. Kris Versteeg could draw interest but he left Tuesday’s game with a leg injury. 8. Nashville Predators: They could move a defenseman and could use some scoring help. 9. New York Islanders: They are just outside the playoffs which doesn’t help teams that would be interested in Mark Streit or Lubomir Visnovsky. Brad Boyes could draw some interest. 10. Philadelphia Flyers: GM Paul Holmgren would like to land a premium puck-moving defenseman. It would be easier to for the Flyers if they were able to move Daniel Briere, but he doesn’t want to waive his no trade clause. He has cap hit of $6.5 million for the next two seasons but only has a salary of $3 million and $2 million.
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  1. #1 by Jeff at March 14th, 2013

    Danny Briere is getting old. He could be a great get for a low salary team looking to meet the cap floor, but why would he agree to be traded to a middling team?

  2. #2 by Jeff at March 14th, 2013

    I wonder what horrible contract Buffalo would have to take back, to unload Ville Leino. I’m guessing they will have to pay at least $1.25m of his salary, each of the four remaining years. Would a team take on Ville at $2.5 per year for 4 more years? Maybe if he is healthy. Hip injuries can linger for hockey players.

  3. #3 by Leaf_Fan at March 14th, 2013

    I posted this earlier about danny briere maybe waving his no trade… if that were to be the case, what do you guys think of briere going to TML for lets say Liles, Komisarek, and MacArthur as a starting point? These can be played with… maybe kulemin or something.

    Leafs could use a “vet” like him, and philly is not the greatest on d

    What you guys think?

  4. #4 by Jeff at March 14th, 2013

    (1) What is the value of 35 year old player in obvious decline, who brings little to the table? He doesnt win FO’s, he doesnt play D very well, he doesnt skate that well, he doesnt play on the PK. Basically, you hope he can create score some goals on the PP and create more than he gives up while Even Strength.

    (2) Would Carlyle want him given what i outlined above? I highly doubt it.

    (3) Is that worth a $6.5m cap hit to a team like the TML, who have multiple needs and are looking to be a player in the summer? No. Not even close.

    (4) Would that trade have value for either team?

    TML’s:

    Well, Liles, in my opinion, is simply a bad fit for the new coach. I think he retains value around the league, as hockey operations people are a lot smarter than media types, and while the Toronto media writes off JML, hockey people know he is the same JML he was pre-concussion. If you need a D with his skill set, he can help. He can help a lot of teams. So for me, he is not a “give away”. Remember when TML fans wanted to give away Beuchemin just to get rid of him? Good thing fans dont manage these teams.

    Further, Komisarek will be bought out and MacArthur is a UFA, so you can count that $7.75 in cap space. That is VERY valuable to this team. MacArthur may resign, but that doesnt factor into at his moment.

    I dont see Toronto taking on a large multi-year contract for any player that is NOT a front line player during the length of his contract.

    For the Flyers:

    Holmgren is so friggin smart, that i bet he trades Briere (if Danny agrees) to a middling team that thinks this is its year, and gives up a good piece or two for him. A team that thinks it is one veteran from a long playoff run. And i bet he has identified teams that are near the salary floor, that might look at his $5m over two years are see that as a bargain. So i think he can do better than taking Toronto’s garbage. I think Holmgren gets it done, he is a terrific GM.

  5. #5 by vagisil at March 14th, 2013

    I see Briere as someone who fits the mould of Montreal…small and yappy. I think they also have cap room.
    Defensive depth is key (TML) but with too many 1 way contracts you will run into issues and malcontents.

    I have heard that Malkin is available from the Pens..the leafs may not have the horses to land the big Russian but it would be nice to see what the Pens would want.

    This is bout the time of the season…every year that the leafs have a swoon. Nonis is sitting on his hands..and that helps with masturbating #the stranger…but not as a GM trying to build a viable playoff team

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