Morning Rumors I: Preds, Ducks, Avs, Canucks, Sabres, Oilers, Panthers and Maple Leafs


  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Predators GM David Poile on the Devan Dubnyk trade and his search for a goalie.

    “After we realized that Pekka would be out for an extended period of time, we’ve been trying to improve ourselves in goal, and in order to do that you need a partner to do that with,” Poile told ESPN.com Thursday. “But we just didn’t have one. There was no goalie available. This was really the first opportunity. It’s all about timing, I wish we could have done this earlier in the season but it just wasn’t available to us.”

    The Ducks may be looking for a right handed defenseman. Rangers Dan Girardi is at the top of their wishlist, but the Rangers are hopeful they can re-sign him.

    The trade freeze for Avalanche’s Ryan O’Reilly lifts on February 28th. Several teams are looking to see what the Avs will do with him. He’ll be a RFA with a qualifying offer of $6.5 million. He can sign an extension for less. There would be at least 12 teams that would be interested in him. They could use a defenseman. Pending UFA Paul Stastny could also be used to upgrade their defense. The Canucks could use O’Reilly and they have depth on the blueline.

    The Sabres could trade Ryan Miller by the trade deadline, but sources saying there isn’t a lot going on now.

    Jonas Hiller will be looked at by the Oilers if he hits on the open market this offseason. The Oilers could also look at the trade market which could include Cam Ward.

    The Panthers could be interested Michal Neuvirth. There hasn’t been any talks between the two teams. Could be more of an offseason move for the Panthers.

    Some sources are saying that Nazem Kadri is in play, but the Leafs are listening and not pushing.

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “I think the goal for Edmonton is to try to sign Jonas Hiller this summer to be the top guy.” … “The Oilers keep on paying prices for goaltenders that may be marginal improvements on who they have.”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “Much of the Kadri trade talk is media driven. He is an interesting case. He’s had enough time to develop into an NHL player.” … “The real Kadri is the player we’re seeing now. He’s very skilled but I don’t think he’s the right fit as a #2 C.” … “I buy the trade speculation, but I don’t think the Leafs are eager to move him because of their weakness up the middle of the ice” … “If Kadri is going to be involved in a trade, I’ve been told bluntly by Nonis that it needs to be for a C in return” … “Who’s going to give you a better C for someone who may develop into a good C?” … “I do think Kadri gets moved this year but it’s going to be a delicate one.”
  • Hope Smoke: Dave Nonis on the Radio: “Kadri and Gardiner’s names are brought up quite a bit, so is Rielly’s. We’d be willing to trade Kadri.” … “There’s a difference between willing to and trying to. If the right deal comes up we would do it.” … “If the right deal for JVR comes up we would do that to. We’re willing to trade anyone if it means our club gets better” … “We would also trade Reimer if it made our organization better. I can also see Reimer back here next year challenging with Bernier” … “We’re looking long-term. I don’t see us trading young players for rentals. We still have to continue to add pieces to this org” … “Giving away young players or first round picks just isn’t good for business.”
  • Brian Wilde: If Wilde was a GM, he’d make serious inquiries about Nazem Kadri and Jake Gardiner. The Leafs are getting confused as to who their assets are.

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  1. #1 by Chris at January 17th, 2014

    ” [Kadri's] had enough time to develop into an NHL player.” … ”The real Kadri is the player we’re seeing now. He’s very skilled but I don’t think he’s the right fit as a #2 C.”

    Does this apply to Brayden Schenn as well?

    Kadri: 27 pts in 45 games
    Schenn: 29 points in 47 games

    Darren Dreger is such an idiot

  2. #2 by joe at January 17th, 2014

    I would have to question Brian Wilde as well. The Leafs and Nonis seem to have a pretty good grasp on the value of Gardiner and Kadri. I would argue that it’s the media who is confused as to who the Leafs’ assets are.

  3. #3 by Daniel at January 17th, 2014

    Darren Dreger is an idiot? Kadri isn’t a first or second line centre. Maybe he can work his way up to a second line but it will take time. Let’t see what he turns out to be. If I were the Leafs I’d get rid of him now.

  4. #4 by ron at January 17th, 2014

    That’s right, get rid of a center on a team that desperately needs help in that position when he is at his lowest trade value since the came up with the Leafs only to have him potentially develop into the player they have been looking for with another team. That’s the exact lack of patience and foresight that has kept the Leafs in a perpetual state of mediocrity. Fortunately I don’t think Nonis is that dumb.

  5. #5 by Ryder121O at January 18th, 2014

    Oilers should trade hemesky bryzgalov next years 1st rd or 2nd to car for can ward… Him and scrivs would make for solid goaltending…

  6. #6 by skeeter at January 18th, 2014

    I have never been a Kadri fan. He is prone to turn overs and is easily knocked off the puck. He draws a lot of penilties, but the diving schtick will stop working eventually. I dont believe he will develop into a legitimate top six, but I wouldnt give him away either

  7. #7 by ron at January 18th, 2014

    You have to be patient with these young guys. Kadri is giving a glimpse of what he can do tonight against Montreal. I’d give him at least untill next years trade deadline to see if he can take the next step. Remember a guy named Alex Steen. We don’t want to see a repeat of that.

  8. #8 by frank at January 19th, 2014

    Bad trade in giving up dubnk for nothing srivens waste of timegggg oilers org is messed up

  9. #9 by jesse at January 28th, 2014

    RYDER 1210 hemskey (a has been) and bryzgalov(a giant question mark who isn’t even signed long term) and a pick for cam ward all I have to say is haha wow just another delusional Oilers fan be real man cam ward is a beast why in the world would they trade him for that, that proposal is almost insulting the Oilers need to build a half decent defense core before they do anything they have offense and scrivens is just as good as dubnyk who didn’t look the best because of crappie dmen this team has 2-3 good dmen tops maybe draft better not taking the same style player every year, hopkins, yakupov, hall, between them and eberlee they have 4 offensive young guns and what they drafted Shults they’re only do pick that’s working out all the offense in the world won’t do any good till they learn to draft better 3 #1 picks in a row still bottom of the pack welcome to oil country garbage team that isn’t getting any better shouldve drafted a better deal and a solid two way forward not 3 offensive only minded players that can’t even backcheck in their own end

  10. #10 by jesse at January 28th, 2014

    2010 they took Hall second pick Tyler Seguin
    2011 Hopkins this one I’m okay with but that big Dman Gabriel landeskog would have been nice
    And then 2012 happened and they take Yakupov lol and miss out on Thomas Hertl, Flip Foreberg and Griffen Reinheart for a guy that mark my words will be in the K in 2 yrs tops
    Poor drafting aside from 2011

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