Morning Rumors: Canes, Ducks, Rangers, Bruins, Sabres, Blues, Devils, Leafs, Jets, Isles and Capitals


  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Matheson wonders if the Hurricanes would consider trading Cam Ward. Ward has two years left at $6.3 million salary cap hit.

    Speculation is that the Ducks are looking to upgrade their blueline, and are looking at Rangers Dan Girardi. They have assets like Luca Sbisa, Sheldon Souray, prospects and two first round picks (theirs and Ottawa’s).

    The Bruins need a top-four defenseman and could include Adam McQuaid in a deal.

    Could the Sabres deal Tyler Myers for offensive help?

    The Blues could offer up Jaroslav Halak and a prospect or young forward for Ryan Miller. They won’t trade Dmitrij Jaskin.

  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Martin Brodeur is already thinking about next season, and he might be thinking about playing.

    “My heart is,”  Brodeur said today. “My body could be a different story. We’ll see.”

    If he does return for another year, he realizes it may not be with the Devils.

    “That’s something that more and more I see, regardless of if it’s wherever because I’m done after this year with my contract,” he said. “Depending on what’s going to happen in the next few months, if I feel my body’s (willing), I’ll see what’s best scenario for me if it’s back in New Jersey or somewhere else. That’s something the future will bring. But right now my heart is here to try to finish strong and prove that I can still be a big impact in hockey games.”

  • The Fourth Period: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis has been looking for a top-six forward. Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner and Carl Gunnarsson are said to be being dangled. Cody Franson and James Reimer may also be available at the right price. Center Dave Bolland is expected to start skating this week. The Leafs and Oilers have scouted each other this season. The Oilers like Gardiner, and the Leafs could be looking at Sam Gagner. It’s thought that the Leafs could also be talking with the Jets about one of Andrew Ladd and Blake Wheeler.
  • The Fourth Period: The Jets have had trade talks with the Penguins, Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Flyers, Red Wings, Bruins and others. They are actively shopping Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien, and have been getting calls on Andrew Ladd, Devin Setoguchi, Blake Wheeler and Zach Bogosian.

    “Will further changes have to be made over the course of time? Sure,” Cheveldayoff told the local media, as quoted by the Winnipeg Free Press. “It’s just now trying to figure out what is going to be the best direction for those changes moving forward.”

  • Arthur Staple: Contract talks between the Islanders and Thomas Vanek haven’t started, and he’s not concerned.

    “I’m sure we’ll talk, but I’m trying to stay out of it,” Vanek said. “Until something gets close, I need to focus on the games.”

    “We had just one baby then, so things were different,” he said. “I would be lying if I said it doesn’t come down to money and term. You’ve got to sell yourself for what you’re worth, because you can’t play forever. But at the same time, there are other concerns, like what’s best for my family.

    “We’ve been on the road a lot, but when we’re home, the family has been with me [on Long Island]. We’ve taken the train to the city, things like that. It’s a new place and it’s nice. We loved Buffalo, too, even though everyone said we’d hate it. When you can call a place home, you start to find the good things about it.”

  • Hope Smoke: Elliotte Friedman: ”Leafs are better off missing the playoffs then making a bad trade”
  • Chuck Gormley: Mikhail Grabovski’s agent, Gary Greenstin, was seen at the Capitals game again.
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  1. #1 by jeff at January 13th, 2014

    Andrew Ladd could fix a lot of the TML problems.

  2. #2 by Chris at January 13th, 2014

    1. I wish people would stop calling Sam Gagner a top six forward. Why would the Leafs want Gagner? The las thing they need is a small, defensive liability that doesn’t score a lot of points and makes 4.8 mil.

    2. Why is Nonis looking for a top sox forward? They need defense. Top six forwards are useless when you can’t get out of your own end.

  3. #3 by Shane at January 13th, 2014

    Oilers fan here. Yes I’m depressed. Sam Gagner is not a top 6 I will agree. He could be better playing with bigger teammates and has room for improvement with the right team and better coaching. He is a great player, of whom I’ve never liked on the oilers.
    While on the topic I don’t like many of the players. The team doesn’t know how to draft or trade. Lowe burned too many bridges for the oilers by trying to buy players from other teams.
    To reply to the maple leafs comment about not trading… Tambellini tried that with the oilers too, doesn’t always work. You gotta identify the shortfalls and fix the problems. Gotta be brave. I’m tired of holding onto what could be good players. Let them be good on another team. But I see what you’re saying.
    Gagner please pack your bags ASAP. I’ve been waiting for this since day 1. I would have kept Cogliano over you. Work ethic. Yours sucks. Especially after you get signed.

  4. #4 by Chris at January 13th, 2014

    Lowe and Mac T have the problem of over valuing their players. For some reason there’s this beleif that these guys are superstars but without having actually accomplished anything. What’s inhibiting the Oilers making a trade is that they want way too much for players like Gagner, Hemsky, Dubnyk etc. and refuse to trade any of the core.

    The problem is that teams don’t want Hemsky or Gagner; at least not at the price Mac T thinks is fair.

    Mac T has to make a few important decisions. He has to pick two guys as untouchables instead of five. In my mind RNH and Hall are your untouchables. Eberle, Yakupov, Justin Schultz all have trade value and could significantly improve the roster.

    The other option is to wait. But this option is dangerous because you’ll be waiting for 2 or 3 more seasons while Nurse, Marincin, and Klefbom (who are all good prospects) learn the NHL game. Even then there are no guarantees. Free agency isn’t an option because historically players haven’t wanted to sign in Edmonton as UFAs.

    I I were Mac T I would try to parlay Yakupov and Eberle into a top 2 d man and a legitimate goaltender. Teams won’t give those pieces up for the second tier of Gagner and Hemsky. That would immediately make the Oilers more competitive.

    I’m a Leaf fan. As much as I would love to trade Gunnarson and Ranger for a #1 centre or Reimer and Franson for a top 2 d man I know that teams want Gardiner, Kadri, Rielly type players. Other teams want them for the same reason i don’t want to give them up: They’re good young players who will get better. But you have to give to get.

  5. #5 by PatHoffman at January 13th, 2014

    Tyler Myers needs to put in lots of work to show he has the consistency to play at a high level before teams would look at him in a trade.

  6. #6 by Ian at January 13th, 2014

    Souray won’t agree to be moved. He has a NTC and is out in SoCal because his kids are here.

  7. #7 by * at January 13th, 2014

    Would the Oilers make Eberle available? He’s a great top-6 forward on a bad team. Oilers would be smart to trade one of their top 6 and a pick to get goaltending and defense.

    Sam Gagne is a 3rd liner who has one amazing game in his career.

  8. #8 by justin large at January 14th, 2014

    i think the absolute best trade the leafs could inquire would probably be three of the following and i would think twice to make these trades aswell…
    first of i would talk with winnipeg jets and ask them for the asking price for a bundle deal for evander kane dustin Byfuglien bogosian.

    to trade i would give them gardiner 2 first round draft picks(if requirments are met and they dont make the play offs then a conditional second ) and carl gunnarson aswell asa top prospect like connor brown. reason being is we have a lot of depth through the farm system

    then i would go to oilers and trade kadri and two thirds for sam ganger and a prospect you add depth in ceneter dump some salary and gain a few stars it could work depending on how bad a team needs to make a trade

  9. #9 by Jeremy at January 15th, 2014

    To Justin Large:

    Connor Brown is not a top prospect just because he leads the OHL in scoring. He will be in the AHL his whole career.

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