NHL Rumors III: Bruins, Stars, Flyers, Ducks, Rangers, Sharks, Flames, Senators, and Maple Leafs

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Bruins may have to cross Daniel Alfredsson off their wish list as the Senators refuse to drop in the standings. Jarome Iginla is a possibility depending on the price. Jaromir Jagr and Brenden Morrow are also possibilities. The Stars are undecided what they want to do with Jagr. Morrow has a no-trade clause, so ultimately he’ll decide his fate. Adding a blueliner may also be on their list.

    Contract talks between the Stars and Derek Royhaven’t gone anywhere, so he could be on the move.

    One NHL team executive wonders if the Flyers would consider bringing in Jagr as a rental even though they currently aren’t in a playoff spot.The Ducks are looking for a No. 2 center. They would have been in on Stephen Weiss before his injury. They have shown interest in Stars Derek Roy, but it’s not known if the rivals are a right match.

    The Rangers have interest in Dan Boyle of the Sharks.

    Bob McKenzie believes the ball is rolling on the Jarome Iginla trade front. LeBrun thinks the Bruins, Penguins, Kings and Red Wings make the most sense.

    Word is the Flames will only move Jay Bouwmeester if they they are blown away with an offer. The Blues and Red Wings are among the teams that are interested.

    The Senators may have considered moving Sergei Gonchar due to his UFA status, but with all their injuries, that may not happen. The Sens have hung in there and he’s played well enough that they might keep him around.

  • Mike Zwolinski of the Toronto Star: Capitals center Mike Ribeiro’s name is making the rounds around the Maple Leafs. The Leafs are believed to be looking for a center and a top-four defenseman. They could look to bring in a veteran defenseman. They have nine capable NHL defenseman already. Other moves may take place to clear up the roster spots, though it’s looking more and more like they’ll try to make a playoff push with their current roster.
  • TSN: There is talk that Jarome Iginlahas given the Flames a list of teams he’d be willing to go to, but Bob McKenzie can’t say for sure if the list exists.

    Multiple teams have called the Rangers about Marian Gaborikto get a feel what is going on. The price is high. The Rangers are still looking for a top-four defenseman and a top-nine forward with grit.

    Dreger thinks Jaromir Jagr back in Philly with Claude Giroux makes some sense.

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  1. #1 by Jeff at March 20th, 2013

    Anyone else have trouble seeing Ribeiro as a “Carlyle” kind of guy?

  2. #2 by Leaf_Fan at March 20th, 2013

    i dont see the need for riberio in Toronto. yea we need a center, but a #1, and riberio is NOT a #1C.

  3. #3 by hotwings at March 20th, 2013

    Since Riberio and Bozak are both UFAS, maybe they will flip them, with Toronto giving something extra since Riberio would be an upgrade.

  4. #4 by Jeff at March 20th, 2013

    While i am not a big fan, i think you could argue he can be a #1 C. It would depend on the make up of the team. If he plays with a winger(s) that hit and play responsibly and with max effort (ensuring MR does too) it can work.

    You would need a very strong big two way C who wins FO’s as your #2 behind him, If you are planning to make a run with Ribiero as your #1.

    He is what he is — An elite playmaker, like a guy like Craig Janney was. He is not going to knock a man off the puck and score you a GWG. He is not going to be on the ice for a critical last minute defensive zone FO. But hey, maybe he set up three goals earlier in the game and won it for you in the 2nd period. He is a legit player no doubt, and is a #1 or #2 Centre right now, depending on the make up of the team he plays for.

    And he isnt going to cost too much in trade, i wouldnt think (despite what McPhee gave up for him).

  5. #5 by Jeff at March 20th, 2013

    I cant argue that Ribeiro might help toronto more than Bozak. Riberio on a line with Kessel and Lupul (or JVR, but i would lean to Lupul as a better play maker and checker and a little more toughness) might be a very dynamic offensive line. Those guys were all what…top 30 in scoring last year (PPG)?

    But then who do you have to win an important Faceoff? With Ribeiro, Kadri and Grabovski — there isnt a good FO among them. I just dont see this being something Carlyle is looking for.

    Perhaps, if they planned to move Kadri to the wing and keep Bozak, moving him to #3 line. That might makes some sense.

  6. #6 by Leaf_Fan at March 20th, 2013

    swap bozak and riberio long term? still dont see it, bozak is younger, and has been with the team and formed chemistries… why break all that up for a slight upgrade at best?

  7. #7 by hotwings at March 20th, 2013

    Coming from a salary cap point of view and a view based on historical facts… I would have to say that Nonis might pull this kind of deal of. Here is why…

    Despite legions of Leaf fans wanting some white horse (#1 legit centre) to come arriving from beyond the mountains to save the day, the reality is, is that it is extremely difficult to trade for or attain via free agency, since we are seeing #1 centres stick with their teams in most cases.

    So, I think a lot of GMs, especially ones that can spend to the cap, are in a position where they just try to upgrade the quality of their centres by slight percentage points, ie: Riberio might be 5% better than Bozak, so get Riberio, since you can’t make the white horse appear.

    Burke couldnt land that #1 centre in 4 years on the job. Calgary hasn’t been able to since Iginla went there..

  8. #8 by John at March 20th, 2013

    I have no doubt that Kessel would score many more goals playing with Ribeiro. I think most TML fans see that, but they dont see that Ribeiro doesnt hit, win Faceoffs or play great D.

  9. #9 by Tuff Guy at March 20th, 2013

    The flames refusal to rebuild is baffling. They have some good assets to trade. I’m not suggesting a rebuild like Edmonton or Pittsburgh, but switching things up and making room on the team for young guys would be a good thing.

  10. #10 by Jeff at March 20th, 2013

    So, this #1 Centre thing is the biggest discussion in Leaf Land since Mats Sundin was there (and sometimes discussed while he was still there).

    I wonder if Nonis addresses this differently from how the fans think of it. What if he chases trades like these:

    Morgan Reilly for Ryan Strome
    Morgan Reilly for Sean Couturier

    Teams with depth at C and trading blue chip prospect for blue prospect, addressing organizational depth for both teams.

    Morgan Reilly for Teuvo Teravainen (and something) or a deal built Purcey/Blacker? What about Granlund or Coyle in Minnesota?

    Maybe it makes sense to address their long-term Centre Ice issues in a trade of youth for youth, if they identify one of those guys as a future #1 centre.

  11. #11 by Jeff at March 20th, 2013

    If i ran the Flames, there would be an auction for Cammalleri, Tanguay, Stempniak, Glencross, Comeau, Kipper, Bouwmeester, Wideman. Make your best offer (and dont think im taking back any bad long-term deals).

    And then i would do right by Iginla. Send him where he wants, even if the return isnt great. It will be critical that they handle that well.

    I would try to focus on acquiring young guys that are close to the NHL. I would bring in the right staff to develop them. And i would add all kinds of toughness in the summer and find another Goalie to replace to Kipper.

    I dont think its fair to blame Feaster, i think he was told that he must “fix” not “rebuild”. But he must have known that was the wrong path, and clearly he is not doing a good job either way.

    What an ugly team. Its sad when i prefer to watch CBJ games on TV now, ahead of the Flames.

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

    I think it is fair to blame Feaster. How about the Ryan O’Reilly debacle? Sure, there were people advising him, but as GM, he pulls the trigger. He comes there in 2010 and I am having a hard time thinking of any solid hockey moves that he has made. He hasn’t made any “hard” decisions concerning Iginla, Jaybo, Kipper, etc.

    Let’s not forget he was a lawyer first, and is not a “hockey guy”. Hockey isn’t his background, nor it appears, his forte. You can make the case that his Gm(ing) the Bolts in 04 to the cup had a lot more to do with Tortorella and the roster he had…

    Part of the problem now it seems, is that the assets you have, will not generate a decent return.. Iginla? a late first rounder? Kipper? Weak goalie market… hard to say… JayBo… big contract might hamper a good return

  13. #13 by Jeff at March 20th, 2013

    I think you are right, but you get what you can for those players, and the tertiary (and most important) benefit is positioning the team for a top 3 pick in this year’s draft.

  14. #14 by eazy at March 20th, 2013

    if us leaf fans wanna see PLAYOFFS!!!! any time soon then the best possible move they can do is aquire JOE THORNTON.
    the reason being and u might think well y go after a washed up guy who doesnt have it in him is because he is (proven).
    he is canadian first off. secondly he is a team leader
    third off he is randy carlye type player.he is a point per game player
    he will make kessel a superstar
    he will bring the leafs to the PLAYOFFS!
    we need a number 1 center and it is him

  15. #15 by Jeff at March 20th, 2013

    I said the thing about Joe about a month ago, but think there is zero chance SJS trade him.

  16. #16 by eazy at March 20th, 2013

    bozak mccarther and kulemin and komisarek and a first
    for thornton and burns
    good trade

  17. #17 by Tuff Guy at March 20th, 2013

    Thornton is getting up there I age. And he’s not a great team player. The leafs have been going for youth, so I’m not sure trading away so many young guys is likely. Also, the trade you propose involves trading away any offensive depth the leafs have, which would result in continued mediocrity.

  18. #18 by Tuff Guy at March 20th, 2013

    “On TSN, McKenzie talked about Iginla
    -Rumors that Iginla has given Calgary a list of 3 teams (PIT, DET, VAN), another says it’s a 5 Team List (Including BOS, LAK). McKenzie says he cannot confirm that a list has been presented.
    -Says that the process for trading Iginla has begun.
    -Said that, brace yourselves HF, he likens the situation to Rick Nash in that Iginla is driving the trade. If Iginla doesn’t want to go/is overly restrictive of where he’s willing to go, it could not happen.”

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