NHL Rumors: Blue Jackets, Coyotes, Penguins, Flames, Lightning, Bruins, Jets, Red Wings and Maple Leafs


  • Aaron Portzline of the Dispatch: The Blue Jackets now find themselves battling for a playoff spot. It’s not sounding like the Blue Jackets will be buyers at the trade deadline. They could be sellers despite being in the hunt. Players that are getting talked about are: R.J. Umberger – $4.6 million through 2016-17 and has a no trade clause. Derick Brassard – one year left at $3.2 million. He could get a decent return for a team looking for a No. 2 center. Vinny Prospal – had a gentleman’s agreement with former GM Scott Howson that he could play as long as he wanted, then join the front office. Not sure if ‘agreement’ remains with new management. He has a no trade clause. Adrian Aucoin – veteran defenseman always get interest at the deadline. President of hockey operations John Davidson scouted the Penguins-Rangers game.
  • Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Molinari list some potential rental players that teams could look at: Jarome Iginla, Mike Ribeiro, Robyn Regehr, Ryan Whitney, Jordan Leopold, Anton Babchuk, Ladislav Smid, Mark Fistric and Milan Hejduk.
  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Jarome Iginla is often linked to the Penguins, but he may not be a good fit for them. Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz have played well with Sidney Crosby, and bringing in Iginla would put Dupuis back to the third line, which would be foolish. There also wouldn’t be a spot for Iginla on the power-play.
  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Cristodero wonders if Martin St. Louis would leave the Lightning or if GM Steve Yzerman would ever consider trading him. There has been no indication that any conversations have taken place, pure speculation. It only makes sense if St. Louis thinks he has a better chance at winning a cup somewhere else. The 37-year old has a no-trade clause.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Moving Marian Gaborik from the right wing to left wing hasn’t worked for the Rangers. He has only three goals in the last 22 games. They are looking to move Gaborik and his $7.5 million cap hit through next year. He has a no-trade clause in which he provides a list of 10 teams that he can’t be dealt too, something he’s already done.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli’s shopping list probably contains help for his 3rd and 4th lines. He’ll also look for help on the blueline.

    “It’s the same list every year, it really is,’’ said Chiarelli. “You look to add depth, and rather than target, say, a top six forward, I like to define [the process] as looking right through the lineup.’’

    Rumors are out there that the Bruins are in the hunt for Jarome Iginla, but Dupont thinks the Bruins would have Daniel Alfredsson higher on the list.

  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Jets should play Alex Burnistrov more. He needs to get back into the lineup. He’s still an asset, and if they are not going to give him a shot, they should look to move him for equal value.
  • Ansar Khan of MLive: Khan thinks the Red Wings could target Oilers defenseman Ladislav Smid at the trade deadline. They have been scouting him. He would strengthen their top-four and bring some grit. It could take a second round pick or a second tier prospect.
  • Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star: The Leafs have only two points in the last five games. Is it time to make a trade to turn things around? There have been Corey Perry and Mike Ribeiro rumors. They are said to be looking for a center and top-four defenseman.
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  1. #1 by Jeff at March 18th, 2013

    Funny how two weeks ago, TML had depth at D and needed to trade one. Not so much anymore?

  2. #2 by hotwings at March 18th, 2013

    They still do have depth on D… but what team wouldnt want an upgrade if it’s out there? They are just talking about getting a better player to fill in the top 4..

  3. #3 by Jeff at March 18th, 2013

    Fair enough, and if they have aspirations of a deep run, they will certainly need to upgrade there (and at C, and possibly in goal).

  4. #4 by I_am_I at March 18th, 2013

    First of all I don’t really trust the media to make hockey judgements. They just want an easy story and a trade would give them 3 or 4 … that said I don’t read the Star so maybe I do Zwolinski a disservice.
    But there is a problem with the Leafs, they have a lot of defencemen that can play in the NHL (about 8-10), but mostly further down the depth chart. That shouldn’t be a huge problem, other teams make it work. Name a defenceman in Phoenix aside from Yandle. But they are competitive every year.
    I think what TML need is a top pairing guy that can play 22+ minutes a night against the other teams best to go with Phaneuf. Holzer is not ready for that and to be honest probably never will be. Note they don’t need to play PP just even strength and PK. There are enough options for PP right now between Liles, Franson, Phaneuf and hopefully Gardiner soon. Kotska or Gunnarsson can play PP in a pinch, but it isn’t ideal.

  5. #5 by theoil at March 18th, 2013

    Exactly why would the Oilers want to trade Smid for a 2nd round draft pick or 2nd tier prospect? He was a top 10 draft pick and they have spent 7 years developing him into a top 4 dman. Salary negotiations are in process. Maybe they do trade him this summer but I suspect that if they do it will be a sign and trade and it will be for somebody already in the league.

  6. #6 by Jeff at March 18th, 2013

    Agree 100%.

  7. #7 by Hawky at March 18th, 2013

    Thing is, in Toronto, they have QUANTITY, not QUALITY.

  8. #8 by I_am_I at March 18th, 2013

    The rumours about Smid are due to the lack of discussion about an extension and his upcoming UFA status. At least I haven’t heard they were talking, maybe I missed it? If they just resign him that would all go away.

  9. #9 by Jeff at March 18th, 2013

    Right, but dont forget how inexperienced these guys are:

    Holzer, 24 Career Games.
    Kostka, 27 Career Games.
    Fraser, 124 Career Games.
    Gunner, 208 Career Games.
    Cody, 224 Career Games.

    They can (and should) all continue to get better.

    So that’s Nonis’ difficult job, to balance growth and development, in a market that wants to win right now.

    Its easier to sell patient development of a Morgan Reilly or a Kadri or even a Jake Gardiner, because of their obvious skill level. But trying to sell the development of Holzer and Kostka and Gunnerson, guys who are not exciting in any way, thats much more difficult.

    I hope Nonis takes his team, and let’s some of these guys develop. And there is nothing wrong with Holzer spending some time with the Marlies again.

  10. #10 by Jeff at March 18th, 2013

    I_amI — Smid is good and i hope they keep him. How is Fistric playing?

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

    I agree they’ll get better, but the list there are all 25-27 years old so they aren’t really kids anymore. That is why I temper my expectations of where to slot them long term. Gunnersson plays top 4 already, he’s really underrated. Franson should probably get there too, he’s really starting to look better defensively, last year did him no favours development-wise. I like Holzer, but you can’t really play him top pairing now. To be honest I feel bad for Dion, he hasn’t really had a lot to work with this season as a partner. I love that the Leafs are bringing in new players, but asking rookies to play against E. Staal, Crosby &c is tall order.

    I don’t envy Nonis, the media will flay him for not making a move now, but 2-3 years down the line any young players dealt will become another “youth the Leafs foolishly traded away” stories penned by the same folks calling for a trade now. In his place I’d try to open a spot for Gardiner and Colborne and unless another Phaneuf for spare parts deal comes up go with what you’ve got.

    Re Fistric/Smid. I’m not an Edmonton fan an in Southern Ontario you can’t catch many of their games, I just haven’t heard a peep about contract talks with Smid and I think that is fueling a lot of rumours. Given their situation it would be asinine to deal him or let him walk. BTW: I haven’t heard anything to suggest the Oilers want to deal Smid or that he wants to leave, I’m pretty sure this is media driven from outside Edmonton.

  12. #12 by Tuff Guy at March 18th, 2013

    Can anyone explain the leafs recent tendency for late season collapses to me? Is it conditioning? I know the season is still young but recent trends are heading in that direction.

  13. #13 by Shael at March 18th, 2013

    Burmistrov – all kinds of skill, but doesn’t know how to play a team game. Bear in mind, 22 games in the AHL – a mere 2 goals/11 points. I will give him this much – he is a decent penalty killer.

  14. #14 by Shael at March 18th, 2013

    Tuff guy – same old problems every year in TO, the media overhypes the talent and eventually reality sinks in.

  15. #15 by I_am_I at March 18th, 2013

    Tuff Guy,
    If they collapse this season that would make it twice in a row… the narrative before was why the Leafs play so well in the second half of the season after stinking up the first half. That wasn’t really accurate either.
    Anyway last season was a combination of coaching, the Leafs were a one trick pony: score off the rush and outscore your problems and a young team losing confidence. The early season success especially on the PP was hiding some appalling goaltending and PK.
    So far this is a 5 game slump and in spite of the the ever-shrill Toronto media it isn’t a collapse yet. Bear in mind that the last 5 games have been against Boston, Pittsburgh (twice) and Winnipeg (twice). Boston and Pittsburgh are good teams and Winnipeg has been playing reasonable well lately. I would have expected 4 – 6 points in that stretch, so the 2 they got is bad but not season ending bad.
    Looking forward though they have to pick up points against Tampa and Buffalo before their back to back with Boston/ Otherwise a 9 game stretch with less than 4 points will kill them.
    At the end of the day they are still a bubble team and at times they are going to really look the part.

  16. #16 by Jeff at March 18th, 2013

    “TUFF”
    Not true at all. Aside from last season, TML’s usually play well at the end of each season, when there is no pressure. This has robbed the organization of draft pick value a number of years.

  17. #17 by Jeff at March 18th, 2013

    “Shael”

    I dont think it is fair to say that. Further, while the team has played some poor periods here and there, the effort has been at a level that i havent seen in years. Their recent games, have been against some very talented teams, that they otherwise would havent had a chance against. So long as they continue to do what the coaching staff is asking of them, they have a good chance to finish as high as #4-5 in the conference.

    Agree with this, but also feel coaching deserves more attention with regards to the team’s improvement this season:

    “Anyway last season was a combination of coaching, the Leafs were a one trick pony: score off the rush and outscore your problems and a young team losing confidence. The early season success especially on the PP was hiding some appalling goaltending and PK.
    So far this is a 5 game slump and in spite of the the ever-shrill Toronto media it isn’t a collapse yet. Bear in mind that the last 5 games have been against Boston, Pittsburgh (twice) and Winnipeg (twice). Boston and Pittsburgh are good teams and Winnipeg has been playing reasonable well lately. I would have expected 4 – 6 points in that stretch, so the 2 they got is bad but not season ending bad.”

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

    The problem with the Leafs is how they’re constantly managed by their GM’s. Nonis needs some time, but the Leafs always give out ridiculous contracts to mediocre players. Komisarek and Grabovski are two bloated contracts that quickly come to mind.

    They always have a GM who can’t manage the salary cap properly. Just because you have cap space doesn’t mean they should always spend up to it foolishly.

  19. #19 by I am I at March 18th, 2013

    Grabovski is either over paid or the term is too long. But I’m not sure it is as far as bloated. Komisarek’s contract is a disaster.
    It is more that they spend just a little too much every time: Liles, Lupol, Grabovski each of them alone would be ok especially in a $70M cap world that goes up 5% a year. But with a $65M cap the Leafs are making life difficult for themselves having those on the books.

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