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Posts Tagged Ben Scrivens
Evening Rumors I: Sabres, Canucks, Leafs, Islanders, Flyers, Wild, Kings, Jets, Sharks, Avs and Ducks
- Craig Custance: Sounding like the Sabres may prefer prospects to draft picks in a Christian Ehrhoff deal.
- Darren Dreger: A year ago the Maple Leafs offered Ben Scrivens and a draft pick for Roberto Luongo, with the Canucks retaining a $1 million per year.
- Nick Kypreos: The Maple Leafs are making calls about Dave Bolland. He is still looking for a long-term deal at over $5 million.
- Elliotte Friedman: Thomas Vanek could be held out of the Islanders lineup tonight.
- Darren Dreger: A one point, the Panthers and Canucks had at least three different trade scenarios. Luongo may have knew yesterday.
- Nick Kypreos: After the Flyers addition of Andrew MacDonald, look for them to trade someone, with Andrej Meszaros and Luke Schenn having their names out there.
- Michael Russo: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher indicated that he was talking with other teams about goalies, but wasn’t willing to give up the young assets or draft picks to acquire them. James Mirtle: It was sounding like the Wild kicked tires on every goalie that could have been available. Mirtle wonders where Jaroslav Halak’s fit is now.
- Chris Stevenson: Doesn’t sound like the Kings and Andre Markov are a possibility at this point.
- Bob McKenzie: The Jets and Sharks have talked about Devin Setoguchi.
- Adrian Dater: The Avalanche and Paul Stastny’s agent were expected to talk today.
- Jimmy Murphy: The Ducks are in on Thomas Vanek.
- Renaud Lavoie: Lavoie has been told that if Vanek is traded, it won’t be to the Ducks.
Afternoon Rumors and Notes: Moulson, Kesler, Scrivens, Wings, Hawks, Waivers, Flyers, Brodeur, Bruins and Devils
- Pierre LeBrun: Sabres Matt Moulson is not practicing today. GM Tim Murray said that Moulson hasn’t been traded.
- Nick Kypreos: There are many people who believe that Ryan Kesler told the Canucks that he doesn’t want to play in Canada anymore if they are able to make a trade for him. He has a no-trade clause.
- Josh Rimer: Ben Scrivens signs a two-year deal with the Oilers worth $4.6 million total according to his agent.
- Detroit Red Wings: GM Ken Holland said that Pavel Datsyuk and Stephen Weiss won’t play tomorrow. Ansar Khan: Datsyuk is not skating today and hasn’t since leaving Thursday’s game.
- Scott Powers: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Marian Hossa will be out for two to three weeks.
- Pierre LeBrun: On waivers today: Devan Dubnyk (NSH), Frazer McLaren (TOR), Chuck Kobasew (PIT) and Philip Larsen (EDM).
- Hope Smoke: Leafs Claude Loiselle: ”We waived McLaren to give us some flexibility for the trade deadline”
- Jim Matheson: The Flyers do have the assets to land Ryan Kesler. Would they do Sean Couturier or Brayden Schenn and Samuel Morin?
- Rich Chere: Martin Brodeur: ”As of now there is nothing going on.”
- Mark Spector: Spector keeps hearing Martin Brodeur and the Wild being linked.
- Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: “Here is what you have to do with Vanek. You have to entice Snow to take prospects and not the big draft picks”
- Joe Haggerty: The Bruins are looking for a top-four defenseman for the left side. They could use depth on the right side. Dustin Byfuglien is intriguing, but he’s a right shot.
- Rich Chere: Devils coach Pete DeBoer said that both Damien Brunner and Bryce Salvador could play on Tuesday.
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Red Wings GM Ken Holland.
“The phone lines seem to be heating up,” Holland told ESPN.com Thursday. “We would prefer to do a hockey deal — meaning a player that’s on our roster going forward [past this season].
“Unfortunately, we’re on the bubble. It’s hard to risk that if we miss the playoffs, to trade a high draft pick or a real top prospect for not even a playoff run. At the same time, we feel that the kids that we’ve got — Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan, Jurco — they have really made a positive impact on our hockey team. Looks like they’re going to be around here for a while and they should be getting better.”
So you can likely rule out Thomas Vanek and Matt Moulson. They could look at low cost rental defenseman. LeBrun thinks the Ryan Kesler is the type of player that might interest the Red Wings.
Bottom line on Canucks Ryan Kesler.
• A number of NHL teams have gotten calls from the Canucks on Kesler and vice versa.
• The price is “significantly high,” says one Western Conference source. Says a different source, “Really high. And I guess I can’t blame them.”
• The Canucks have made it clear to other teams that they don’t feel the need to move him before Wednesday’s deadline, that they’re more than happy to pick this up again in June if their price isn’t met. Or not move him at all if their price isn’t met.
• Kesler is signed for two more seasons, which means if you’re trading for him now, you’ve got three more playoffs out of the gritty, two-way star. And at $5 million a year, he’s below market value.
Blues GM Doug Armstrong.
“We’re not at the area where the window is closing,” he said. “You also have to look at the dynamics of your team. A team like Boston or a team like Pittsburgh, they’ve been cap players for at least a half-decade. We’re a cap team this year, but we’re a team that has to manage our resources differently than the top-spending teams on a year-to-year basis. We’re not a heavily free-agent-based team. It’s my belief that we have to make sure we’re maintaining some view of the future, as well.”
“I’m not saying we won’t do it, but we have to be careful,” said Armstrong. “We’re a team that wants to win, but we still have to understand that our winning comes through drafting and developing.”
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli
“I’d like to get a defenseman,” Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli told ESPN.com Thursday. “If we don’t get one, I’m fine with that, too.”
“But having said that, the way the market has been so far, I don’t want to force a square peg into a round hole,” Chiarelli said.
LeBrun mentions to keep an eye on Senators defenseman Chris Phillips and the Bruins.
Darren Dreger: Chris Phillips contract talks are expected to resume today. A trade is still an option with the Bruins among the teams that are thought to be interested.
Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren will have a decision to make on whether to trade Andrej Meszaros or not. He is a pending UFA, but he does have them depth on the blueline. When asked if he wanted to stay in Philly.
“I love Philadelphia, and I love everything here. It’s my last year of my contract, obviously, and whatever will happen will happen.”
The Flyers would likely get a third round pick or a prospect for him. He carries a $4 million salary cap hit.
Tim Wharnsby of CBC: The Oilers would like replace the second and third round picks they sent out to acquire David Perron and Ben Scrivens. The Oilers have nine pending UFAs and Sam Gagner to use as trade bait. They have held preliminary talks with defenseman Justin Schultz. Andrew Ference has a no-movement clause. Pending UFAs: Anton Belov, Ilya Bryzgalov, Mark Fraser, Ales Hemsky, Ryan Jones, Corey Potter, Nick Schultz, Ben Scrivens and Ryan Smyth.
Ian Mendes: “If Martin St. Louis is asking for a trade and is only willing to go to NYR, is that any different than what Dany Heatley did in Ottawa?”
- Tim Wharnsby: The Coyotes put Rostislav Klesla on waivers.
- Edmonton Oilers: Ales Hemsky has gone back to Edmonton to have his ankle further examined.
- Yahoo Sports NHL: Steven Stamkos took the morning skate with Lightning teammates for the first time since breaking his shin on Nov. 11th.
- Chris Nichols: The Jets put Evander Kane on the IR retroactive to Jan. 7th.
- Allan Walsh: The Devils activate Patrick Elias from the IR.
- NY Islanders: The Islanders activate Radek Martinek off the IR.
- Helene Elliott: The Kings have recalled Linden Vey from the AHL.
- Dave Molinari: The Penguins send Simon Despres, Nick Drazenovic and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond to the AHL.
- Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Tlusty-E. Staal-Semin, Gerbe-J. Staal-Murphy, Skinner-Lindholm-Ruutu, Nash-Malhotra-Dvorak.
- Roger Millions: Flames lines: Hudler Backlund Stempniak- Byron Monahan Colborne – Bouma Stajan Galiardi – Westgarth Street McGrattan.
- Sarah Baicker: Flyers Steve Dowie will be a game-time decision.
- Damian Cristodero: Lightning’s Sami Salo (ankle) will play tonight.
- Mark Stepneski: Kari Lehtonen will start in net for the Stars.
- Ian Mendes: Craig Anderson will start in net for the Senators. Chris Neil will be back in the lineup. Matt Kassian, Joe Corvo and Patrick Wiercioch will be scratched.
- Darren Dreger: Ben Scrivens will start in net for the Oilers.
The Los Angeles Kings have traded goalie Ben Scrivens to the Edmonton Oilers for a 2014 3rd round pick.
Scrivens was undrafted. He carries a $550,000 salary cap hit and will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
What do you think of the trade?
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Jets have a lot of options if they look to make some moves. A lot of their key players are still under contract from two to six years. Talk is that the younger they are, the harder it is to get them. Friedman wouldn’t trade Evander Kane unless the return was massive.
Friedman thinks Dustin Byfuglien would be a defenseman that Capitals Adam Oates would love to coach.
Sabres GM Tim Murray said there are no untouchables on his team, but prepare to make a big offer if you want someone like Zemgus Girgensons, Tyler Myers or Rasmus Ristolainen.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Senators GM Bryan Murray may look to move some of their young talent to bring in some missing pieces.
“I think we do have a good number of young people I would think other organizations would be interested in,” Murray said. “The Bobby Ryan deal [last summer] required us to give up a young player, a couple of young players. I think it’s been a good thing for us, and I believe it’ll be a good thing for Anaheim.
“But, yes, we’re open to talking about moving a young part or two to get the required player that we would need.”
They won’t trade Curtis Lazar though. Murray would like to add a forward that could have an impact, either through scoring or physical aspect.
- CP on SportsNet: Senators GM Bryan Murray:
“We do have a number of players that probably are deserving of playing some games or playing in the NHL that may not get a chance because of our numbers up here that we would talk to teams about for a more veteran-type player,” Murray said.
“We hope to have kind of an objective by the trading deadline, by the Olympic break, whatever the case may be, and then we’ll see where we go,” Murray said.
- Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area: Kurz thinks the Sharks are already looking for a scoring winger, but not to expect anything until closer to the trade deadline, possibly just before the Feb. 8th Olympic break. Kurz doesn’t think it would be a big name. The Sharks have their first and second round picks, along with the Penguins second round pick from the Douglas Murray trade.
- Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The biggest question surrounding the Blues is their goaltending despite how productive they’ve been. Ryan Miller’s name keeps coming up, but they are tight against the salary cap and it may be difficult to move out enough money to offset Miller’s cap hit. The Blues may also not be willing to part with the young prospects/players and picks the Sabres would want in return. The Blues could look trade one of Brian Elliott or Jaroslav Halak and bring up Jake Allen to be their backup.
- Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: If the Sabres decide to part with Ryan Miller, teams like the Blues, Islanders, Panthers, Flames and Oilers could use a frontline goalie. The Sabres can’t let Miller go for nothing. Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff needs to improve their goaltending situation. The Ducks have four goaltenders: Jonas Hiller, Viktor Fasth, Frederik Anderssen, and John Gibson. The Kings have three goalies behind Jonathan Quick: Ben Scrivens, Martin Jones, and Jean-Francois Berube. Even if it requires a Blake Wheeler, Dustin Byfuglien or Evander Kane, so be it.
- Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette: Pending UFA defenseman Andrei Markov would like to stay with the Canadiens.
“Maybe I’m going to sign another contract tomorrow. Maybe in another month. We’ll see,” he said. “I’d like to stay here for the rest of my career. You can see some players in their 40s who still play. I don’t want to think that far. Whatever is going to happen tomorrow will happen tomorrow.”
Preliminary talks have begun.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly’s camp haven’t talked contract since the summer. They will talk again after the season, and things seem to be good between two sides. There is optimism that a new deal could get done. Things are different now with Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy.
- Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”The Senators gave been available to make a deal all year. Speculation has always been money is limiting them.” … ”If right offer comes along & it requires Melnyk to loosen the purse strings. I believe that he will do that if its within reason”
- Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I think the guys that run the Jets are aware that they are not a Western Conf juggernaut.” … ”With their roster though, they expected better play. They were basically underperformimg. Pavelec’s goaltending now in focus”
- Brian Wilde: “McGuire on the Jets: They’re built with wingers. Nobody wins with great wingers. Build down the middle and with defence. That’s how to win.”
- Jason Brough of Pro Hockey Talk: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff:
“I think we still need to acquire pieces to either establish a larger core, or maybe move some pieces that re-establish some different things,” Cheveldayoff said this afternoon on TSN 1050 radio.
“This is still a project that’s in the works.”
- Darren Dreger: Hurricanes Tuomo Ruuttu name is back in trade talk, as he could draw some interest.
- Howard Berger: A Western Conference source said the Maple Leafs are looking for a “big body” forward.
Morning Rumors: Canes, Jackets, Habs, Sabres, Ducks, Hawks, Leafs, Avs, Panthers, Kings, Pens and Lucic
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford has been calling around to see what the market for Justin Peters is like. The Oilers are said to have more than a passing interest in Peters.
Pat LaFontaine’s GM search has grown, with two league executives saying he’s asked permission to speak with 15 to 20 people. Some teams don’t like the idea of losing someone mid-season, with some refusing permission. Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning is the leading candidate.
Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen wants to make a move. They could use a forward.
The Canadiens would like a skilled scorer up front, but they don’t have a lot to give up. They have tried to move Brian Gionta in the past, but he won’t get them the return they’d like.
The Blues, Blackhawks and possibly the Ducks have shown some interest in Sabres Ryan Miller. Miller’s value will be at it’s highest at the trade deadline. The Sabres will have to make a decision on Steve Ott as well.
The Blackhawks have been sniffing around for help down the middle.
The Maple Leafs want to do something, especially down the middle.
Talk is that anyone on the Hurricanes could be available except for: Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Jeff Skinner or Cam Ward. They are pushing for a playoff spot, but they’d like to make some changes. Names that keep coming up: Tim Gleason, Jiri Tlusty and Tuomo Ruutu.
The Avalanche are looking for a defenseman. It’s believed they have shown some interest Michael Del Zotto, but the Rangers want a top-four defenseman in return and the Avs don’t have that.
Panthers GM Dale Tallon is still trying to make moves. At some point he’ll be able to trade Dmitry Kulikov, Tom Gilbert, Shawn Matthias and Marcel Goc.
- Adrian Dater via Sulia: The Avalache are looking for a defenseman, but Dater doesn’t think that Michael Del Zotto will be the guy.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Kings might see what they can get for Ben Scrivens once Jonathan Quick returns from injury.
Matheson thinks the Ducks will look to re-sign Jonas Hiller as long as he isn’t looking for too much money. The Ducks could then look to trade Viktor Fasth.
- The Fourth Period: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting the Penguins will look at extending some players “over the next little bit.” Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen will be UFAs at the end of the season. The Penguins currently have about $16 million in cap space for next season.
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger on TSN Radio: ”Most of Leafs nation see the value of Clarkson aside from the suspensions.”
- Brian Stubits on CBS Sports: Youtube video from Vancouver on Saturday night. An incident involving Bruins Milan Lucic, who says that he was hit three times but didn’t hit the guy back. Language warning.
- Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks “it’s all but certain” that he Kings trade Ben Scrivens once Jonathan Quick comes back.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: If the Rangers are unable to re-sign Ryan Callahan and/or Dan Girardi before the trade deadline, they must consider trading them for draft picks and prospects.
- Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers wanted to David Clarkson before his signed with the Maple Leafs. Clarkson has struggled with the Leafs so far this season and Willis wonders the Oilers would consider trading for him if the Leafs want to get out of his contract.
- Hope Smoke: Dreger has said that Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle better get use to Peter Holland whether he likes it or not. McKenzie saying that GM Dave Nonis has to tell Carlyle to play Jake Gardiner.
- Brad Ziemer: Elliotte Friedman said on CBC last night that Laurence Gilman could be interviewed for the Flames GM position.
- Roger Millions: Friedman said that the Flames have asked and have been granted permission to talk with Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning.
- Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove: Panel talks about Shawn Thornton’s suspension, Sochi Olympic update, Flames and Sabres GM vacancy. The Hurricanes will likely move one of Justin Peters or Anton Khudobin soon. Friedman wouldn’t be surprised if Oilers move Linus Omark.
Morning Hits and Injuries: Orlov, Erixon, Ashton, Scrivens, Neuvirth, Robidas, Sekera, Frattin and Greene
- Mike Vogl: Capitals recall Dmitry Orlov and goalie Philipp Grubauer on an emergency basis. Michael Latta reassigned to the AHL.
- Aaron Portzline: The Blue Jackets have sent defenseman Tim Erixon to the AHL.
- Leafs PR: Maple Leafs recalled Carter Ashton.
- Dennis Bernstein: Kings coach Darryl Sutter said that their schedule will allow Ben Scrivens to play every game until Jonathan Quick returns around Christmas.
- Katie Carrera: Capitals goalie Michal Neuvirth stepped on a puck during the warmups yesterday. He won’t travel with the team.
- Mark Stepneski: Stars Stephane Robidas was taken off the ice on a stretcher and taken to the hospital. Stars official said he has a leg fracture.
- Tom Gulitti: Hurricanes defensman Andrej Sekera is out with an upper-body injury.
- Jon Rosen: Kings Matt Frattin is day-to-day. Matt Greene is skating but not close to returning.
Morning Rumors: Sabres, Rangers, Coaches, Sharks, Panthers, Habs, Flames, Oilers, Isles, Pens and Roy
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: If Ryan Miller isn’t willing to sign a contract extension with the Sabres, and it’s thought that that conversation will take place, the new GM will hold an auction for his services. Pat LaFontaine wants to have new GM by Christmas. Belief is that Miller wants to go to a Western Conference team, and the Kings may have interest. Jonathan Quick is out for at least a month, and Ben Scrivens isn’t the long-term solution. GM Dean Lombardi will deny it, but he’s been looking around. The Blues could also be a destination.
The Rangers are trying to free up some salary cap space. The Senators, Hurricanes, Oilers and Sharks have interest in Michael Del Zotto, but the Rangers want a defenseman in return.
It’s thought that Henrik Lundqvist wants an eight-year deal worth $8-$9 million a year. The Rangers also have UFAs Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman, and RFA Derrick Brassard, who could get $4 million if he goes to arbitration.
Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards could be on the hotseat, same goes for Jets Claude Noel. Islanders Jack Capuano could be in trouble as well.
The Sharks have been shopping Martin Havlat and his $6 million salary. There has been mild interest from the Panthers and Rangers.
The Blackhawks had looked at Rene Bourque before making the Kris Versteeg trade.
Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin wants to do something big.
The Panthers would like to move Scottie Upshall, Tomas Fleischmann, Brad Boyes, Tomas Kopecky, Marcel Goc and Shawn Mattias before the trade deadline. There is lots of interest in Dmitry Kulikov, but he may bolt for the KHL.
Flames Mikael Backlund and Shane O’Brien are available.
Oilers GM Craig MacTavish is looking for defenseman to replace Ladislav Smid. “They want to do something but they overrate their players which means the prices are high,” said a league executive.
The Oilers should be able to get a top pick for Ales Hemsky.
- Arthur Staple: Islanders Thomas Hickey will be evaluated today, and if it’s deemed he’ll be out long-term, they may have to look at making a trade.
- Seth Rorabaugh: Rorabaugh thinks the Penguins could use a tougher third-line player, but remembers that they were swept by the Bruins when they had Iginla, Morrow and Murray.
- Andrew Gross: Team USA GM David Poile will continue to scout Rangers Chris Kreider, though he’s still a longshot at this point.
- Steve Farnham of All Habs: Elliotte Friedman interviewing Mike Vernon, with Vernon talking about his conversation with Patrick Roy to ‘get traded.’
“I recall even having a conversation with Patrick Roy, in Montreal, at a little breakfast space there, spot we always used to go to. I just walked in by myself; I was early to the rink or something like that and he was there.
He [Roy] said, ‘Mike, come here, I want to talk to you.’
He goes, ‘the pressure, and the media, and the fans,’ he was really; I knew he was thoroughly upset by all of this, and it was really bothering him.
And I said, ‘Patrick, you just have to get traded’. And I said, ‘I got traded, I’m enjoying it in Detroit and everything else.’
Low and behold, that game was the game where he went up to the president. He was in for all nine goals, and he walked up to the president and I’m like going, ‘Oh no’!”
“So the game is over and I’m bee-lining for the dressing room. All the boys are like, ‘What’s wrong? What’s wrong?’ I’ll talk to you later, I gotta go!
No one could figure out why I was running in the dressing room, undressing, shower and I was gone out the door.
After, they came to the establishment where I was having a beer or dinner or something like that. They were like, ‘Verny, what’s going on?’
I said that I didn’t want to feel the wrath of the media.
They were like, ‘What are you talking about?’
I have an idea what Patrick was doing over there. And I didn’t know if he would say anything or do anything.
You know, ‘I talked to Vernon about this earlier in the day’. I’m like, “Holy shit, I better get out of here, I’d get hung!”
- Andrew Gross: Rangers Henrik Lundqvist said there is nothing new to report on contract negotiations.
- Ben Kuzma: Henrik Sedin on contract negotiations for him and his brother:
“There’s no news. When they come to us and have something for us, then we’ll talk. I won’t be negotiating, so I’m good. I’m going to play. If we take care of what we can do, everything will take care of itself. I don’t think we’re guys who are focused on what kind of deal we’re going to get. It’s always been about getting better.”
- Chris Johnston: Part of the $22.5 million in signing bonuses for Phil Kessel, he’ll get a $5 million payment in 2020-21 and in 2021-22.
- Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs Phil Kessel had asked for $8.6 million a year. Eight-years was more than the Leafs originally wanted to go. Captain Dion Phaneuf will be a UFA at the end of the season. Phaneuf has a $6.5 million salary cap hit this year, but a $5.5 million salary. The Leafs must decide what they think Phaneuf is worth. $6.5 million or more? Would he be insulted if they offered less? Do they even want him as their top defenseman?
- Elliotte Friedman: The Maple Leafs may decide at some point if they should eat some of John-Michael Liles contract in a trade to help their salary cap number. Teams can only retain salary for three players in a season and they have already used two up, Matt Frattin and Ben Scrivens.
- Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun: Flames Mike Cammalleri is a UFA at the end of the season and has a limited no-trade clause. His play over the first several months could impact the return they get if they decide to trade him. Other Flames who will be UFAs at the end of the season: Matt Stajan, Lee Stempniak, Blair Jones, Tim Jackman, Chris Butler, Kris Russell and Derek Smith.
- Steve Simmons: Cody Franson trade rumors don’t make sense to Simmons unless the Maple Leafs started them in hopes of driving down his price. Paul Ranger was on an AHL deal last season and free to sign with anyone, at any point. 18 teams contacted him but he always said no. The Kings tried to get Jake Gardiner in the deal with the Leafs for Jonathan Bernier. They moved on to Carl Gunnarsson after it was apparent the Leafs wouldn’t move Gardiner. (Kings ended up getting Matt Frattin, Ben Scrivens and a pick)
- Ansar Khan of MLive: The Red Wings have spoken with the Predators about Jordin Tootoo. The Red Wings have extra forwards and will be over the salary cap once they sign RFAs Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson. They’ve been trying move some forwards for over a month. Tootoo has two-years left at $1.9 million a season. The Red Wings could use a big, skilled defenseman like Cody Franson. If he is available, it seems unlikely the Leafs would trade him within their division.
- Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey: Richardson wonders why anyone would trade for Ales Hemsky. Why would a GM want to give up an asset or two for someone who will make $5 million next year and has an injury history. If the OIlers were to eat half his salary, then maybe someone would be interested. If Hemsky is healthy and playing well, half way through the season teams may get interested.
- Colby Armstong: Tweet that he’ll be going to play in Sweden next season.