My NHL Trade Rumors NHL Rumors. Your source for NHL trade rumors, fantasy hockey news and injury updates. Your one stop shop for all things NHL: rumours, trade and fantasy hockey notes.2016-02-08T15:02:06Z Mark Easson <![CDATA[NHL Rumors: Red Wings and Maple Leafs]]> 2016-02-08T14:37:32Z 2016-02-08T14:37:32Z On the Detroit Red Wings …

  • Ansar Khan of MLive: (mailbag) Petr Mrazek is the Red Wings No. 1 goalie now and in the future, and he’s going to need a raise. The Wings can’t have a $5.3 million cap hit as a backup next season, and Jimmy Howard probably doesn’t want to be a backup either.It’s not going to be easy to trade Howard who has three years left and $16 million owing. The Red Wings will likely have to retain some salary or at least take on a bad contract. The contract would have to be less than Howard’s $5.3 million. The Flames, Sabres and Jets might be on the short list of teams that would be interested in Howard.

    The Red Wings could use another big bodied, physical forward. Due to their cap situation, they will likely have to go with what they have though.

On the Toronto Maple Leafs …

  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: The trade deadline is three weeks away, and Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello has been talking to teams and letting them know the costs for some Leafs that are available.

    “You never know,” Lamoriello said. “In your mind you have something you’d like to see transpire. Then you just have to see where it goes from there. If there was anything imminent, it would be done. That’s the best way to approach it. It’s no different for anybody. It just depends on the guys somebody is looking for.”

    Available players could include James Reimer, Roman Polak, P.A. Parenteau, Shawn Matthias, Michael Grabner, Brad Boyes and Nick Spaling.

    The Leafs are two contracts under the 50 limit and are able to take on some salary. So, they can take on a bad contract if it comes with a pick or prospect.

    “The whole key is how do you get better,” Lamoriello said. “How quick do you get better? Things evolve, and that usually makes decisions for you. It depends on what can or cannot happen. Then you have to make a judgment call whether that’s the right decision for what you have to do.”

Mark Easson <![CDATA[NHL Rumors: Trading For Loui Eriksson For Cap Reasons]]> 2016-02-08T13:43:36Z 2016-02-08T13:42:57Z
  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: Trading Loui Eriksson would no doubt make the the Bruins weaker. They would then need to find a second line winger, another penalty killer and a net-front presence on the top power-play unit.

    Normally, you would look to get a first round pick and a prospect for someone like Eriksson.

    If the Bruins packaged Eriksson with one of their 2016 first round draft picks, it still may not be enough get them what they really want, a young, top-four defenseman like a Matt Dumba, Jonas Brodin (out 3-6 weeks) or Sami Vatanen.

    One option could be trading Eriksson for a defenseman with term left on his contract.

    There might be some teams, especially some Canadian ones, that might be interested in trading for Loui Eriksson, then letting him walk after the season and taking the extra space. Some candidates could be:

    Winnipeg Jets: If the Jets re-sign Dustin Byfuglien, they might want to move Tobias Enstrom who has a $5.75 million cap hit through 2018. The Bruins wouldn’t be the only team interested if the Jets made Enstrom available.

    Columbus Blue Jackets: With really only Rene Bourque’s contract coming off the books and with several RFAs needing new deals, the Blue Jackets will have some cap issues. They have Fedor Tyutin at $4.5 million and Jack Johnson at at just over $4.35 million, both running though 2018. The Blue Jackets need to clear out some space.

    Anaheim Ducks: The Ducks could get a nice return for either pending RFA in Sami Vatanen or Hampus Lindholm. They could look to trade Kevin Bieksa, or let pending UFAs David Perron, Shawn Horcoff and Chris Stewart walk after the season to help free up cap space.

    Calgary Flames: Unlikely to make the playoffs. They could trade Dennis Wideman back to the Bruins. The Flames have to re-sign pending UFAs Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan. Wideman’s suspension changes things, as it may be too late for the Bruins, unless the suspension is reduced.

    Ottawa Senators: Mike Hoffaman and Cody Ceci will be looking for a new contract. They are trying to trade Jared Cowen and his $3.1 million contract. Unlikely to make a trade within the division.

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    Michael Augello <![CDATA[Rink Rumblings – Trade Deadline Outlook – Atlantic Division]]> 2016-02-08T15:02:06Z 2016-02-07T17:08:46Z With just over three weeks to go before the trade deadline, many NHL general managers have to determine whether they are going to be buyers and make a bid for a playoff spot or become sellers and trade off expiring contracts for future assets.

    Trades picked up in January after three months of relative inaction, but the moves of rental players that are more familiar closer to the deadline have yet to occur.

    Here is a look at what the eight teams in the Atlantic Division may be trying to do prior to February 29th.

    Florida Panthers

    Status – Buyer
    Projected EOS Cap Space – $6.57 Million (per General Fanager)
    Cap Space Today – $19.09 Million
    Cap Space at Deadline – $30.55 Million
    Need – Forward, Defensive Depth

    Analysis – The Panthers were expected to improve after nearly making the playoffs last season, with young building blocks Aaron Ekblad, Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov gaining experience. Head coach Gerard Gallant’s crew leads the Atlantic Division and could be positioned to make a deep playoff run depending on what GM Dale Tallon chooses to do at the deadline.

    Tallon may not want to mess with the chemistry of his young club, but could use the large amount of available cap space at his disposal to add a couple rentals for the stretch run.  Expending significant assets to acquire an impact player like Dustin Byfuglien (who Tallon knows from his stint in Chicago) would only make sense if the Panthers could lock him up on long term deal.

    Florida appears to have enough scoring depth with veteran Jaromir Jagr, Reilly Smith, Nick Bjugstad, Jussi Jokinen and Vincent Trocheck, but may put their focus on adding a blueliner to take some of the burden off of Ekblad and older veterans Brian Campbell and Willie Mitchell.

    Tampa Bay Lightning

    Status – Buyer/Seller
    Projected EOS Cap Space – $0
    Cap Space Today – $1.72 Million
    Cap Space at Deadline – $1.72 Million
    Need – Forward, Defensive Depth

    Analysis – GM Steve Yzerman’s primary focus in the next three-plus weeks is to see if he can get close to equal value for disgruntled young winger Jonathan Drouin, who left the Lightning’s AHL affiliate two weeks ago to await a trade.

    Tampa Bay does not have any massive shortcomings in their lineup to address and the reigning Eastern Conference champions have bounced back after a 40 game Stanley Cup hangover. Any additions at the deadline would be for depth purposes and would necessitate moving out a salary to make room.

    Less than $2 Million in available cap space at the deadline means that a Drouin trade would have to be for player(s) still on their entry-level deal and someone that the Lightning can retain for a number of years. The recent surge by Tampa has made it a long shot that they would entertain the idea of trading Steven Stamkos before February 29.  

    Boston Bruins

    Status – Buyer/ Seller
    Projected EOS Cap Space – $1.2 Million
    Cap Space Today – $3.68 Million
    Cap Space on Deadline Day – $5.89 Million
    Need – Defense

    Analysis – The Bruins are battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but are not the same team that won a Stanley Cup in 2011 and made the Final in 2013.

    In spite of the departure of Milan Lucic and Reilly Smith, Boston has been able to generate offense thanks to one of the league’s best power plays and the additions of Jimmy Hayes, Matt Beleskey and Ryan Spooner. The Bruins however are in the middle of the pack in goals allowed and are still weak on the blueline after having to deal RFA Dougie Hamilton last summer.

    GM Don Sweeney does not have a lot of cap space to work with and may move pending UFA winger Loui Eriksson out to open up cap space. With Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug and Dennis Seidenberg logging major minutes, it is likely that the Bruins will look to add at least one or possibly two defensemen.

    Detroit Red Wings

    Status – Buyer
    Projected EOS Cap Space – $0
    Cap Space Today – $4.41 Million
    Cap Space on Deadline Day – $4.41 Million
    Need – Defense

    Analysis – The transition from Mike Babcock to Jeff Blashill in Detroit has been relatively smooth, but GM Ken Holland may have to bring in some help on the blueline to help keep the Wings in the mix for the playoffs.

    With super rookie Dylan Larkin, youngers Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and veterans Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Brad Richards, Detroit has enough weapons up front, but the loss of blueliner Niklas Kronwall to a knee injury only amplifies the Wings weakness on defense.

    Kronwall is expected back before the end of February, but the group that includes Mike Green, Kyle Quincey, Danny Dekeyser and Jonathan Ericsson makes it a necessity for either Petr Mrazek or Jimmy Howard play well to get victories. Holland will likely be looking to add a rental defenseman to step in on the bottom pairing.

    Montreal Canadiens

    Status – Buyer/Seller
    Projected EOS Cap Space – $1.54 Million
    Cap Space Today – $4.48 Million
    Cap Space on Deadline Day – $7.18 Million
    Need – Scoring

    Analysis – The Canadiens have been an unmitigated disaster since losing Hart Trophy winning goalie Carey Price, plummeting from the top of the Eastern Conference to trailing the final wild card spot by five points.

    GM Marc Bergevin has ruled out firing head coach Michael Therrien this season and has tried to make small improvements like adding backup Ben Scrivens for Zach Kassian, but Montreal cannot score enough to win with less-than-superman goaltending.

    Bergevin now has to decide whether he should expend young assets or draft choices to add scoring in hope that Price can get back into the lineup or shut him down for the season. They could also sell off expiring contracts in Tomas Fleischmann and Tom Gilbert or try to move veterans like Alexei Emelin, Lars Eller or Andrei Markov.

    Ottawa Senators

    Status – Buyer/Seller
    Projected EOS Cap Space – $6.49 Million
    Cap Space Today – $18.86 Million
    Cap Space on Deadline Day – $30.18 Million
    Need – Defense

    Analysis – The Senators are in the unenviable position of being seven points out of a playoff spot and not bad enough to finish at the bottom of the NHL standings to get a top five draft pick.

    Selling at the trade deadline would make sense, but they have little to sell.

    36-year-old veteran winger Chris Neil is the only unrestricted free agent (other than the injured Chris Phillips) on the roster. GM Bryan Murray may be hard pressed to move out defenseman Jared Cowan, who makes $3.1 Million next season and has just four points in 37 games this season.

    Ottawa reportedly had interest in Tampa’s Jonathan Drouin, but balked at giving up promising young defenseman Cody Ceci in the deal. Murray may be in a position to use his available cap space to take on contracts for future assets, but the Sens are a budget team and it is not known how much financial leeway owner Eugene Melnyk has given him.

    Buffalo Sabres

    Status – Buyer/Seller
    Projected EOS Cap Space – $9.33 Million
    Cap Space Today – $27.12 Million
    Cap Space on Deadline Day – $43.4 Million
    Need – Quality Assets

    Analysis – The Sabres are a team with a bright future, with young building blocks in Jack Eichel, Zemgus Girgensons, Sam Reinhart, Ramsus Ristolainen, Ryan O’Reilly and Evander Kane. GM Tim Murray still has a lot of work to do to get his club in position to compete for the playoffs.

    Veterans Jamie McGinn, David Legwand and Mike Weber are unrestricted free agents and could be moved as rentals before February 29, but underperforming players with large salaries and term left (Matt Moulson, Brian Gionta, Tyler Ennis, Zach Bogosian and Josh Gorges) will be more difficult.

    Buffalo has the advantage of lots of available cap space and owner Terry Pegula is not afraid to spend money, which means you could see Murray retain salary on some players to make trades or take back contracts from teams looking to free up cap space for a draft pick or young prospect.

    Toronto Maple Leafs

    Status – Seller
    Projected EOS Cap Space – $1.19 Million
    Cap Space Today – $8.77 Million
    Cap Space on Deadline Day – $10.86 Million
    Need – Future Assets

    Analysis – Toronto will be the most interesting team to watch in the next three weeks, as they are in full rebuild mode under Team President Brendan Shanahan, GM Lou Lamoriello and head coach Mike Babcock and currently reside at the bottom of the NHL standings.

    The Leafs have seven unrestricted free agents, including James Reimer, Roman Polak, PA Parenteau and Shawn Matthias.

    Reimer is having the best year of his career and may be looking for a long-term extension that Toronto is not willing to give. Polak is a veteran bottom-pairing defenseman and right hand shot that would be a good fit for a contending team looking for a tough blueliner. Parenteau has bounced back offensively after being bought out by Montreal last season. Matthias is a big body that playoff teams always like to add down the stretch.

    Lamoriello should be able to move out many of his short term contracts for a pile of draft picks over the next few years, but his real challenge will be to try to further the transition by moving veterans like Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul, Tyler Bozak, Jonathan Bernier or Nazem Kadri.

    Toronto has a significant amount of cap space available, due in part to the contract of winger Nathan Horton being placed on long-term injured reserve(LTIR) and could open up more room by moving the $3 Million contract of injured defenseman Stephanie Robidas to LTIR. This will enable the Leafs to take back salary in deals that other teams might not be willing to do.

    Trade Deadline Outlooks for the Metropolitan Division | Pacific Division | Central Division

    Written by Michael Augello, who can be found on twitter @MikeInBuffalo

    Mark Easson <![CDATA[NHL Rumors: Wild, Jets, Panthers and Outdoor Games]]> 2016-02-07T15:49:13Z 2016-02-07T15:46:25Z On the Minnesota Wild …

    • Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said yesterday that head coach Mike Yeo’s job is safe. Fletcher on looking to make a trade to change their losing skid.

      “If there’s an opportunity to make our team better, I’ll do it. Obviously I’m talking to GM’s every day. This is the time of the year where you’re in regular in conversations with your counterparts, and there may or may not be opportunities to do something.”

      Fletcher on if their cap situation will limit what they can do on the trade front.

      “No, we have plenty of cap space. That’s not an issue at this point. We’ve been able to accrue enough cap space where we’re in a position to take on salary, and obviously we have a great owner. Craig has always been willing to do what it takes to help the team. But that’s not an issue. There are a lot of teams looking for similar things right now. There are a lot of teams still in the playoff race, there are a lot of teams looking to improve their teams, so that’s more of a challenge than the salary cap.”

      Fletcher on if they have tradeable players.

      “We have tradeable guy. We have picks, we have prospects, we have assets that other teams like, I can tell you that much from the conversations I’ve had. The question is: Are you going to make a good trade? That’s the whole point right now. I’m not interested in moving young assets for rental players at this point. But again, this group is capable of being a lot better than what we are right now.”

    On the Winnipeg Jets …

    • Mike Johnston of Sportsnet: Elliotte Friedman said there has been a lot of conversations between the Jets and Dustin Byfuglien’s camp. Talk between the Jets and Andrew Ladd is not as clear.

      “The word is if both sides are willing to budge, there is a possibility for a deal there,” Friedman said. “But, we’ve got to wait to see if both those sides are willing to come back to the table.”

    Sportsnet “Headlines” …

    • A Flyers – Penguins outdoor game is possible next year, but it wouldn’t be the Winter Classic. The Blues will likely host the Blackhawks on January 2nd, with the Maple Leafs hosting the “Heritage Classic” on January 1st.
    • Changes to goaltending equipment could happen for the World Cup later this year and for next season.
    • The Panthers will be meeting Vincent Trocheck’s camp in the next week about a possible contract extension.

    Mark Easson <![CDATA[NHL Rumors: Jets, Habs, Canucks, Sharks, Oilers and Canes]]> 2016-02-07T15:19:10Z 2016-02-07T15:19:10Z Garrioch Rumor Roundup …

    • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Jets have gotten some calls on Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien, and the thought is that only one of them will be traded. Three executives think that Ladd will be the one they move. There are some indications that Ladd had turned down a six-year, $36 million contract before the season started. One of his comparables will be Ryan Kesler’s seven-year, $42.5 million contract.

      “There won’t be any shortage of interest in Ladd if they decide to move him,” said a league executive Saturday.

      The Jets will make a serious attempt to re-sign Byfuglien before the deadline. One league executive thinks it could take a six-year deal in the $7.5 million per year range.

      Contract talks between the Jets and pending RFA Jacob Trouba haven’t gone smoothly. The two sides have lots of work to do.

      Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has been working the phones. They don’t have a for sale sign up, but they are listening to offers on pending UFAs Tomas Fleischmann, Dale Weise and Tom Gilbert. Those trade talks could increase if Carey Price doesn’t return soon.

      Canucks GM Jim Benning will have decisions to make with pending UFA defenseman Dan Hamhuis. Hamhuis would like to remain with the Canucks, but he’d have to take less than his current $4.5 million to remain. The Capitals are a team that could be interested.

      The Sharks are looking to make a roster change or two before the deadline. GM Doug Wilson is telling teams he’d like to add a defenseman.

      The Oilers could looking to move pending RFA Justin Schultz. Teams would be interested as many are looking to upgrade their blueline.

      Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello is on the phones trying to get ahead of other teams that are selling.

      Word is the Hurricanes and Eric Staal are not close to a deal, and despite them being in the playoff hunt, they could trade him.

    Mark Easson <![CDATA[NHL Rumors: Maple Leafs, Blues, and Sharks]]> 2016-02-07T14:41:17Z 2016-02-07T14:41:17Z On the Toronto Maple Leafs …

    • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: James Reimer’s two-year, $4.6 million contract expires at the end of the season. The Leafs will have to make a decision whether to they want trade him at the deadline for a draft pick or prospect at the deadline.
    • There is some interest to keep Reimer and move on from Jonathan Bernier. The Leafs could look to sign Reimer to an extension, but nothing appears to be imminent. Contract talks are being kept very quiet. The big question is what would the Maple Leafs be comfortable paying Reimer? It would have to be at least more than they are paying Bernier, who has one year left at $4.15 million.
    • Devan Dubnyk could be a comparable – six years at a $4.33 million cap hit.

    On the St. Louis Blues …

    • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Jaden Schwartz is getting closer to returning to the Blues lineup. The Blues have been linked to many trade discussions. GM Doug Armstrong is still believed to be looking for help. Players that appear to be available include Jonathan Drouin, Scott Hartnell, Lee Stempniak, Andrew Ladd, Loui Eriksson, Jiri Hudler and Kris Versteeg.

    On the San Jose Sharks …

    • Kevin Kurz of the CSN Bay Area: Sharks coach Pete DeBoer has been in frequent contact with GM Doug Wilson as the trade deadline approaches.

      “We have daily discussions on where our team is at, what our strengths and weaknesses are, what holes we would like to fill,” DeBoer said. “We’ve had those since day one. It’s not like those conversations are ramping up now. We’re on the same page, we both see it the same way. I really don’t have a lot to do with it. We know where we’re at. I really like our group, and we’ll see what happens.”

      If the Sharks make a big move before the trade deadline, it would likely involve Patrick Marleau. Marleau’s agent has been exploring options. Marleau’s early season list of teams that he’d accept a trade to includes the Kings, Ducks or Rangers. The Rangers have been scouting Sharks in recent weeks.

      The Sharks biggest need is help on the blueline, someone with a physical edge. Defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic:

      “I think if [Wilson] wants to add, that’s up to him, but for now we have to concentrate on playing well and keep playing the way we have,” Vlasic said. “If this is the team we have going into playoffs, I feel really confident.”

    Mark Easson <![CDATA[NHL Rumors: Lightning, Coyotes and Boedker]]> 2016-02-07T14:18:56Z 2016-02-07T14:18:56Z On the Tampa Bay Lightning …

    • Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times: Defenseman Matt Carle will be a healthy scratch for six of the past seven, and nine of the past 12 games. He might be part of trade talks. He has a no-movement clause and carries a $5.5 million cap hit through 2017-18.
    • There is still interest in Jonathan Drouin, and deal may end up being a multi-player package. The Blues are still scouting the Lightning, with director of player personnel Rob DiMaio at the Lightning game on Wednesday.

    On the Arizona Coyotes …

    • Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports: Pending UFA Mikkel Boedker once again deflected the state of his contract discussions.

      “It’s part of my job to block it out, right?” he said. “My agent and the team, they’ve got a handle on it. It’s between them. I’m just a bystander. All I can do is play hockey and do the best I can.”

      There hasn’t been much progress in their negotiations – there has been no movement towards a deal. With nothing imminent, and just over 20 days remaining before the trade deadline, Boedker could find himself playing somewhere else.

      “The union and the players and the agents have the ability to talk and script who gets signed when and for how much,” Maloney said. “You can’t do that on the team side because it’s collusion.

      “There are teams trying to sign players but it seems like the (length of the) term is the issue with everybody now. You can’t blame the players, but everybody is looking for six-, seven- or eight-year deals. That’s where it gets dicey.”

      Both GM Don Maloney and Boedker’s agent, Jarrett Bousquet, aren’t saying much publicly about the negotiations.

      If they end up trading Boedker while they are in a playoff spot, or still in the race, it likely won’t sit well with fans, teammates and the coaching staff. But, it would be hard for the Coyotes to lose him for nothing after the season.

      A few years ago, the Coyotes could have signed Boedker to a five-year deal with a cap hit of $3.25 million, but Maloney didn’t do it because he thought Boedker wasn’t fully established and the organizations finances were still up in the air.

    Mark Easson <![CDATA[NHL Rumors: Scouting, Capitals, Predators and Leafs]]> 2016-02-07T14:00:03Z 2016-02-07T14:00:03Z Scouting Friday night’s San Antoinio Rampage (COL) – Texas Stars (DAL) game …

    • Nathan Mallet: Scouting the game: Blues, Lightning, Devils, Panthers, Blue Jackets, Rangers, Maple Leafs and Kings.

    Scouting Friday night’s Ontario Reign (LA) and San Jose Barracuda (SJ) game …

    • John Hoven: Five teams sending scouts: Rangers, Canadiens, Penguins, Flyers and Oilers.

    Scouting the Washington Capitals …

    • Chuck Gormley of CSN Mid Atlantic: (mailbag) Teams that have scouted the Capitals in their two games since the All-Star break: Arizona Coyotes, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Calgary Flames, Columbus Blue Jackets (twice), Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators and Philadelphia Flyers (twice).
    • The Capitals showcased Stanislav Galiev on the first line on Tuesday, but it didn’t last long. He has another year left on his contract, which becomes a one-way deal at $575,000. He’s only recorded two assists in 14 games this season. That likely won’t draw a lot of interest, and he may not bring back much of a return. Galiev could be added to a package to bring in a bigger return.
    • Gormley thinks the Capitals need to add one more veteran defenseman to help put them over the top. Dan Hamhuis could be a good fit.
    • The Capitals have 49 players under contract.

    On the Nashville Predators …

    • Adam Vingan of the Tennessean: The Predators have been looking internally for a left winger to play with Ryan Johansen and James Neal. They’ve tried five wingers in the 12 games since acquiring Johansen. The Predators may look to trade for a winger before the deadline. Another option could be Jimmy Vesey, but he would need to sign a contract, and his season may not end until April. There is still the uncertainty surrounding them being able to sign him at all.

    On the Toronto Maple Leafs …

    • Joe McDonald of ESPN: Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello on his plan leading up to the trade deadline.

      “I’ll use the expression I’ve used for years: When time is on your side, you use it. We still have a period of time and no decisions are made, and it’s obvious because nothing has happened. At the right time, whatever is going to be best for the Toronto Maple Leafs is going to be what the decision is.”

    Mark Easson <![CDATA[NHL Rumors: Trade Market, Bruins, Pens, Kings and Sens]]> 2016-02-07T13:35:50Z 2016-02-07T13:35:50Z On the Trade Market …

    • TSN: Trade Bait board: 1. Dustin Byfuglien 2. Jonathan Drouin 3. Loui Eriksson 4. Andrew Ladd 5. Travis Hamonic 6. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins 7. Roman Pollak 8. Dan Hamhuis 9. Jiri Hudler 10. Peter Holland
    • Kevin Allen of USA Today: Five reasons it could be an uneventful trade deadline.
      1. Too many teams in contension
      2. Teams have limited cap space
      3. Trades have long-term consequences
      4. No-trade clauses and cap hits
      5. Supply and demand issue

    On the Boston Bruins …

    • Kevin Paul Dupont: Looks like the Bruins need to trade Loui Eriksson for a No. 3-4 defenseman.
    • CSNNE: The Bruins need a top-three defenseman that can move the puck and play big minutes. They could also use a top-six winger to play with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. They could also use a veteran bottom-six forward that has a bit of size and nastiness. Potential defenseman targets for the Bruins: Dustin Byfuglien, Dennis Wideman, Keith Yandle, Kevin Shattenkirk, Justin Schultz, Cam Fowler, Sami Vatanen, Hampus Lindholm, John-Michael Liles and Dan Hamhuis.

    On the Pittsburgh Penguins …

    • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune Live: Aside from Kris Letang, the Penguins defense is “pretty good at everything but playing defense.” GM Jim Rutherford shouldn’t try to do to much before the trade deadline though. The Penguins should look to use Derrick Pouliot on the blueline instead of finding a rental defenseman.

    On the Calgary Flames …

    • James Mirtle: Believe the Flames are wanting a second round pick for Jiri Hudler.

    On the Los Angeles Kings …

    • Dennis Bernstein of The Fourth Period: Kings GM Dean Lombardi has been a long-time fan of defenseman Keith Yandle. The Coyotes are picking up half of Yandle’s salary, so he could fit cap wise and slide into their third pairing with either Jamie McBain or Christian Ehrhoff.

    On the Ottawa Senators …

    • Bruce Garrioch: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk says that he has “zero” interest in selling the team.


    Mark Easson <![CDATA[NHL Rumors: Jets, Wild and Canadiens]]> 2016-02-05T22:24:11Z 2016-02-05T22:24:11Z On the Winnipeg Jets …

    • Gary Lawless: If the Jets are able to re-sign Dustin Byfuglien to a deal with a salary cap hit over $7 million, they may have to find some cost certainty elsewhere on their blueline. It might make a Jacob Trouba for Travis Hamonic trade plausible.

    On the Minnesota Wild …

    • ESPN: Pierre LeBrun: The Wild were in on Ryan Johansen, they are interested in Jonathan Drouin, and GM Chuck Fletcher has “other irons in the fire.” It’s not easy to make impact trades in a salary cap league.
    • Scott Burnside: The Wild need a scoring center.
    • Craig Custance: Fletcher has been trying to make a trade for months.
    • Joe MacDonald: Some think the Wild could be interested in Bruins Loui Eriksson, but that is unlikely. Sure he’d help the Wild, but Fletcher isn’t interested in a rental player. They kicked tires on Drouin, but that interest faded. Wonder if the Canadiens would dangle Alex Galchenyuk and if Fletcher would bite on it.

    On the Montreal Canadiens …

    • John Lu: Michel Therrien said that Carey Price is not into the next stage of his rehab. There is no updated timeline for his potential return.
    • Chris Nichols of Today’s Slapshot: Elliotte Friedman on the Carey Price injury. Though it hasn’t been confirmed, Friedman thinks Price’s injury is a MCL sprain of his right knee. The Canadiens haven’t said anything.

      “The Canadiens have been criticized locally for not getting surgery done. But I’ve been told the moment he got hurt they went to their doctors and asked, ‘Do we need surgery here?’

      “They were told, ‘No. Rehab is better.’

      “Price went for a second opinion. The doctor told him the same thing.

      “Kyper reported on Wednesday that he actually went for a third opinion and he was told that again.

      “I don’t know. Honestly, the Canadiens are keeping this so quiet. Nobody knows. But I think you have to be under the impression that it’s possible he doesn’t play again this year.”