Morning Rumors: Del Zotto, Senators, Rangers, Islanders, Sabres and Leafs


  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger:  “I wouldn’t be at all surprise if once the trade freeze lifts, NY makes that trade and Del Zotto goes to Ottawa”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”We know Vigneault is a guy who has trouble relating to players at times. Perfect example of that is Vigneault and Del Zotto”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Management is still trying to figure out whether they have to change their style up front.” … ”Vigneult wants to play a more aggressive grinding game up front but doesn’t have the pieces to do that”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Outside of Del Zotto and Brian Boyle they really aren’t shopping anyone. The Pacioretty to the Rangers rumours just won’t go away”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Lots of interest in Pacioretty but I don’t think Bergevin is at point of dealing him. If he is, the Rangers would be hard after him”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie:  “Rangers are capped out and they have two big UFAs coming up. If they ask for market value they can’t keep both of them”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”Rangers have to buy out Brad Richards out. They have no choice but to use the compliance buyout and free up the cap space”
  • B.D. Gallof: The Islanders have every intention in attempting to re-sign Thomas Vanek. You shouldn’t assume that he’ll be traded until after they attempt it.
  • B.D. Gallof: Teams are asking the Islanders for Reinhart, Pulock, Strome and Nelson even for ‘B’ and ‘C’ defenseman.
  • L.A. Lariviere: Multiple sources are saying that Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning is the No. 1 candidate for the Sabres vacant GM position. Benning was a scout in Buffalo for 12 years.
  • Mike Zeisberger of Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer denies that there is a feud with head coach Randy Carlyle.“We’re both competitive people. I compare it to two guys fighting in practice. Both guys care, both guys are intense, both guys want to win. And then it’s over.

    “Look around the league,” he said, smiling. “There are plenty of goalies who don’t agree with their coach all the time. I haven’t talked to Randy about it, but I think he probably liked (my reaction). I’m a competitive guy and I thought I could lead us to a win. He obviously didn’t agree. It happens.

    “There is nothing to it.”

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  1. #1 by Isaiah Thompson at December 24th, 2013

    Blackhawks acquire D Mark Fraser from the Toronto Maple Leafs

  2. #2 by Isaiah Thompson at December 24th, 2013

    Blackhawks release Nikolai Khabibulin by waivers

  3. #3 by Isaiah Thompson at December 24th, 2013

    Nikolai Khabibulin announces his retirement

  4. #4 by Isaiah Thompson at December 24th, 2013

    Blackhawks acquire Ben Eager from the Edmonton Oilers

  5. #5 by Isaiah Thompson at December 24th, 2013

    Oilers acquire LW Brandon Bollig from the Chicago Blackhawks

  6. #6 by Isaiah Thompson at December 24th, 2013

    Buffalo Sabres acquire Nick Leddy from the Chicago Blackhawks

  7. #7 by Isaiah Thompson at December 24th, 2013

    Please look at my comments from Isaiah Thompson I have 6 of my comments questions.

  8. #8 by Isaiah Thompson at December 24th, 2013

    Isaiah want Eager back in a Hawks uniform. Leddy to Buffalo and Bollig to Edmonton

  9. #9 by PatHoffman at December 24th, 2013

    Question, why do you have Buffalo acquiring Nick Leddy from Chicago? What does Chicago get in return?

  10. #10 by Isaiah Thompson at December 24th, 2013

    Nick Leddy should stay in chicago for 6 years. Nick Leddy won a stanley cup in 2013 . Bickell would resign with Hawks next season 2014-15

  11. #11 by Jeremee at December 24th, 2013

    Isaiah, for one i’m a Blues Fan, & i’m not afraid to help out a Blackhawks Fan !

    For two, i wouldn’t doubt that #2, & #3 happens after the trade freeze is lifted . From what i’ve seen of him so far this year, he hasn’t looked all that good !

    For three, what, & why would you trade Nick Leddy ? I was under the impression that, he’s one of the D-men Chicago can’t live without .

    For four, why would you trade Bollig, for Eager ? I’m certain that Bollig is cheaper, & better than Eager ?

    I look forward to you response .

    Sincerely,

    Jeremee (Blues Fan)

  12. #12 by Isaiah Thompson at December 24th, 2013

    Brandon Bollig should stay in chicago for 7 years. But I’m happy Kris Versteeg back in chicago.Isaiah also a Blackhawks Fan and LA Kings too

  13. #13 by hotwings at December 24th, 2013

    Isiah also an autistic scrambled brained mess.

  14. #14 by Lou H at December 24th, 2013

    Hey, everyone is some where on the multi-dimensional autistic spectrum, but please drop that kind of language …very disrespectful.
    Thanks.

  15. #15 by Lou H at December 24th, 2013

    Sabres don’t need a D …unless they trade Erhoff. They need someone with scoring skills, face-off skills and good two-way play.

  16. #16 by alex at December 24th, 2013

    i think the leafs go after stasney out of col.or trade rimer and gardner to oilers and get gags nails and dube

  17. #17 by hotwings at December 24th, 2013

    i don’t think it is disrespectful. it is also an suitable adjective to describe the scrambled brains of the internet generation who have trouble forming coherent thoughts and sentences.

  18. #18 by matt at December 25th, 2013

    i’ll bet a $100 none of those trades happen….ever

  19. #19 by alex at December 26th, 2013

    ok 100 buks american or yen???

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