Morning Rumors: Byfuglien, Penguins, Girardi, Oilers, Barrie, Kings, Kadri and Sabres


  • Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press: Lawless thinks the Jets need to trade Dustin Byfuglien and get the most they can for him, whether it be at the deadline or in the summer. He would be a fit for a team looking for a power play specialist, an offensive-minded defenseman to play limited minutes. He’s not a 25-plus minute guy. Return for Byfuglien may be a first round pick and top prospect. Maybe a roster player, second or third pairing defenseman and a third rounder? A top six forward and late pick?
  • Renaud Lavoie: The Penguins are looking to replace Pascal Dupuis through a trade. They plan to see what is out there, and then make a move after the Olympics.
  • Mark Spector: Spector notes that Rangers Dan Girardi is a good defenseman, but why would the Rangers trade him. No chance that they get two top prospects for him. Jimmy Murphy: Murphy responds to Spector that the sad thing is, they might. They won’t get it from the Bruins as (a) Chiarelli is smart and (b) the Bruins don’t have that.
  • Kevin Paul Dupont: Dupont thinks the Rangers will get more Girardi close to the trade deadline.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: (mailbag) The Oilers have UFAs in Ales Hemsky, Nick Schultz and Ryan Jones. Draft picks are the usual compensation for rentals, but the Oilers need prospects over picks. Matheson thinks they will listen to offers for both Devan Dubnyk and Ilya Bryzgalov at the deadline.
  • Adrian Dater: Dater thinks that Avs defenseman Tyson Barrie will get traded.
  • The Fourth Period: The Kings are looking for a scoring left winger for their top two lines. After the Carcillo trade, they have about $1.7 million in cap space. Trade chips could include: Kyle Clifford, Matt Frattin, Trevor Lewis, Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin, draft picks and prospects.
  • Howard Berger on Berger Bytes: The Maple Leafs may have to decide whether it will be Nazem Kadri or Randy Carlyle by the March 5th trade deadline. If they are to continue to develop Kadri, they’ll have to find a new coach. If Carlyle is to stay, Kadri is likely gone.

    “[Kadri] seems to be in a bit of a funk,” offered Carlyle in a early bid for personal understatement-of-the-year. “He seems to be standing still in a lot of situations. He’s falling down a lot… I’ve never seem him fall down on the ice when he’s got 100 per cent possession of the puck. [On Saturday], at the blue line, he finds a way to fall down. He’s surprised and we’re surprised that those types of things are happening to him.

    “Our advice to him is to commit to the time off the ice [workouts in the gym], and when you’re on the ice, you work extremely hard and then you do extra… and that’s what he’s doing now. It’s the same for any pro. When things aren’t going well for yourself, you have to be selfish, take a look in the mirror and say, ‘I’ve got to work my way out of this.’ The old adage is put your nose to the grindstone and work your way through it.”

    A Kadri for Nail Yakupov trade makes sense skill wise, but Yakupov would drive Carlyle nuts. A Kadri for Sam Gagner trade makes some sense. Gagner has two years left at a $4.8 million cap hit. The Leafs would likely have to make another move to make it work.

  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs defenseman Tim Gleason said that they had a handful of teams to think about waiving his no-trade clause for.
  • Nick Kypreos: Senators assistant GM Tim Murray’s name won’t disappear with regards to the Sabres GM position. Bruce Garrioch: Murray’s name may emerge as the top candidate for the Sabres GM position. Hope Smoke: SportsNets Doug MacLean said that Murray will be the Sabres next GM. MacLean added that they haven’t named him yet as Murray was in Sweden for the World Junior Championship and hasn’t been able to get to Buffalo yet. Bob McKenzie: Murray appears to be the frontrunner and has had a second interview. Nobody has been told that they are out: Benning, Treliving and Futa.

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  1. #1 by Chris at January 7th, 2014

    Berger is so stupid. So a coach is helping make a player better with a little tough love and one of them has to go? It’s called development. Kadri for Gagner? Why would the leafs trade Kadri for a player who is half as good and twice as expensive? Why can’t the media just let the Leafs develop their young players without calling for a trade or firing every time the team struggles.

  2. #2 by I_am_I at January 7th, 2014

    Berger isn’t stupid, that rubbish generates hits on his blog and hits equals ad revenue. To some degree al Toronto media does this, it is why we can’t have nice things.

    Anyway I try to ignore anything Berger says.

  3. #3 by Pens Fan 724 at January 7th, 2014

    The report about the penguins says they will make a move after the deadline?

  4. #4 by Chris at January 7th, 2014

    I_am_I

    Leaf media and a large number of fans make it hard to be a Leaf fan.

    This is why we don’t win Cups. It’s because every time the Leafs win a game, the media are on about how this team is on its way and after every loss it’s “trade this player” or “fire the coach”

    It’s time the media and fans stop thinking some saviour is going to come in and be the difference between the current Leaf lineup and one that competes for the Stanley Cup.

    This isn’t going to happen. Sidney Crosby’s Penguins were stacked last year and they got swept by the team that barely beat the Leafs.

    The Leafs don’t need to fire a coach or trade a player to fix their problems. This only helps when the team is already good enough. The team isn’t good enough.

    They can’t break a cycle in their own end, they can’t establish one in the offensive zone and they make terrible puck decisions which leads to turnovers.

    If they got Jonathan Toews tomorrow, he’d barely make a dent in these issues.

    Is it coaching? Maybe but a new coach will tell them to do the same thing: Win puck battles to gain possession, make a good decision with the puck to gain the zone and establish a cycle.

    Let the team grow as a team. They are the 3rd youngest team in the NHL with nobody older than 30 (except Orr who I think is 31).

  5. #5 by Rangila at January 7th, 2014

    Edler for khadri

  6. #6 by Rangila at January 7th, 2014

    Miller to edmonton

  7. #7 by hotwings at January 7th, 2014

    kadri for nail? hell, no…

    i think the oilers and rangers are on a collision course in terms of a major deal…

  8. #8 by Joaquinthejap at January 7th, 2014

    I think Montreal should try and acquire Kyle Clifford, he’s a big solid forward and puts up hits and points and he won the cup with L.A so he knows what it takes to win

  9. #9 by SJ at January 8th, 2014

    The Penguins comment says after the Olympics, not the deadline.

  10. #10 by I_am_I at January 8th, 2014

    @Chris. Well said. There are holes that need addressing but given reality in the NHL there is little chance that a top pairing defenseman (for example) suddenly becomes available as an UFA or for spare parts.

    @Rangila: Elder for Kadri doesn’t really work for either team. Buffalo wants more for Miller than it makes sense for Edmonton to pay plus he might not resign there.

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