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Written by Justin Ritzel and can be followed at @justinritzel.
Despite sitting atop the National Hockey League standings for a better part of the past two months, there is a shred of doubt of the legitimacy on whether the Anaheim Ducks are true Stanley Cup contenders. Perhaps it is their quick playoff exit in the first round of the 2013 NHL Playoffs, or head coach Bruce Boudreau’s lack of playoff success, but the question remains on whether these Ducks can compete with the likes of Chicago, St. Louis, or Los Angeles in a seven-game series.
During his tenure as General Manager in Anaheim, Bob Murray has made exactly one blockbuster trade. The deal was the one that shipped future Hall of Fame Defenseman Chris Pronger to the Philadelphia Flyers for Joffrey Lupul, Luca Sbisa, and a first round draft pick that the Ducks used to select forward Kyle Palmieri. Suffice to say, Murray has been reluctant to take a big swing via trade, electing to fill holes with low-level deals instead.
- Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top 5 Snipers: 1. Thomas Vanek – the Kings have been rumored to be interested and there are ties to Minnesota. 2. Marian Gaborik – could be plan B for teams that don’t land Vanek. 3. Mike Cammalleri – the Penguins have been rumored to be interested in Cammalleri and the Pens do have some young defenseman they could move 4. Matt Moulson – the Penguins, Kings and up to 12 teams have been tied to Moulson. 5. Ales Hemsky – the Canadiens, Sharks, Penguins and Coyotes are believed to be interested.
- The Fourth Period: Ducks GM Bob Murray told ESPN that he won’t be trading Jonas Hiller before the end of the season. The Ducks are looking to add a stay-at-home defenseman and could look at Dan Girardi.
- Bruce Garrioch: Five teams have accepted their fate leading up to the trade deadline. Two or three teams will wait until March 5th.
- Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Martin Brodeur could be spending his last two weeks in a Devils uniform as he could be asked to waive his no-trade clause or even ask for a trade.
“It won’t be (different) if I don’t say so. That’s the bottom line,” Brodeur said Wednesday as the Devils’ non-Olympians practiced at AmeriHealth Pavilion. “If I don’t say so, it’s going to be the same as the last 20 years.”
Brodeur hasn’t talked to GM Lou Lamoriello and hasn’t decided if he’d waive his no-trade clause if asked.
“I don’t know. I haven’t thought about it until I talk to people, and there is nothing planned yet. I’m probably going to wait,” Brodeur said.
“I have no indication one way or the other that anything is going to happen. I haven’t discussed it with anybody really about what my plans are going to be for the next 23 games. I haven’t talked to the coach about playing time, either. I’m just going to get back into playing shape for the next seven days and we’ll see if I’m able to get the net.”
- George Richards: Several years ago there was a James van Riemsdyk (PHI) for Jay Bouwmeester (FLA) offer on the table.
- Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Lightning owner Jeff Vinik said that even though they are operating in the red, it won’t stop him from spending higher towards the cap.
“I don’t want to predict out because things can change,” Vinik said. “But for the foreseeable future our strategy is to have a great team on the ice and spend at or near the salary cap.”
Vinik wouldn’t say how much they are losing.
“We want to have an extremely competitive hockey team,” Vinik said. “It’s part of a strategy. First of all, I’m competitive. We want to win. We want to win a Stanley Cup. It’s a lot more fun for our fans, but it also helps us make the playoffs and, hopefully, go deep into the playoffs which is good for the financials.”
Hockey Central panel discusses whether the Anaheim Ducks will trade Jonas Hiller. The 32-year old Hiller is a pending UFA who carries a $4.5 million salary cap hit and salary. Gord Stellick doesn’t see Hiller going anywhere.
Stellick thinks potential destinations for Hiller are: remaining with the Ducks, the Wild and Red Wings.
Do you think the Ducks will trade Hiller? If they do, what do you think you would have to give up for Hiller?
- The Fourth Period: Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is looking to bring in help for up front and on the blueline. They are looking for a top-six winger, a defensive-minded forward, and a defenseman. They could move some of their young pieces and/or some of their picks. They could be looking for players that are signed beyond this year. The Blue Jackets could be looking to trade Marian Gaborik as well if he is healthy by the deadline.
- Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: Regarding a Toronto article that the Maple Leafs will go after Steven Stamkos if he becomes a UFA in 2016. Next January, the Lightning will start contract extension talks. They might take some time, but it will get done before the season ends. Erlendsson: “I’m 99.91 percent sure on this: Steven Stamkos will not reach the free-agent market.”
- Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post: The Capitals have sent Philipp Grubauer to the AHL, but how will it effect Michal Neuvirth’s request for a trade.
“I don’t think about it,” Neuvirth said. “My job is to play for the Washington Capitals. I’m focusing on playing for this team and I don’t worry about anything else.”
- The Fourth Period: The Coyotes are believed to be looking for a top-six forward and are looking at Sabres Matt Moulson and Stars Ray Whitney. Whitney’s no-movement clause lets him name 10 teams that he won’t go to. The Kings, Red Wings and Ducks are believed to be interested in Moulson.
- The Fourth Period: The Rangers are looking add a top-six forward and a mobile defenseman. A source is saying they have spoken with the Jets about their forwards such as: Evander Kane, Blake Wheeler and Andrew Ladd. Wheeler and Ladd have limited no-trade clauses. If the Jets were to move one of them, they would require at least a proven, young roster player.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: (mail bag) Matheson thinks there is no chance that they trade their 1st round draft pick this season as they they could be picking in the top three. They won’t draft Sam Reinhart as he’s not big enough. They should have taken Ryan Murray in 2012 when they drafted Nail Yakupov. Defenseman Aaron Ekblad might be able to play in the NHL next season. They also like Leon Draisaitl.The Oilers may have some interest in Dustin Byfuglien, but more as a forward than a defenseman. Matheson thinks the asking price would be more than just Sam Gagner. The Jets don’t really need more draft picks.
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Every time I ask is there a better chance that the Leafs consider the interest around in Reimer, the answer I get back is no” … ”Not saying Reimer isn’t available, there is that same old song and dance with Nonis that he will move anyone for the right price.”
- Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: ”Edmonton must have a great summer. They need to do whatever possible to get a high end goalie like Hiller”
- 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.
- Pierre LeBrun: Ducks GM Bob Murray on Jonas Hiller trade rumors:
“There’s not a chance in hell that I’m moving Jonas Hiller,” Murray told ESPN.com on Tuesday evening. “I’m tired of hearing about the rumors. I can tell you Jonas is not going anywhere.”
- Damien Cox of the Toronto Star: Cox thinks the Tim Leiweke and the Maple Leafs will be targeting Steven Stamkos in 2016 when he could become a UFA. If he’s not re-signed before, the Leafs could be in a position to offer him a huge deal, maybe close to the 20 percent max. If the salary cap his around $80 million, that could be around $16 million a season.
- Joe MacDonald of ESPN Boston: The Bruins may have to look for a defenseman before the trade deadline. They will try from within for now, but even though they have depth at the position now, it may not be enough for a playoff run.
- The Fourth Period: The Canucks are said to be looking for a top-nine forward, a center for their third line. Pierre LeBrun said they could use their blueline depth to acquire a center. Brad Richardson is their current third line center, so they could add a forth line center or a top-nine winger.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Teams may look to get the jump on the trade deadline and make a deal before the February 7th Olympic trade freeze. One issue for teams acquiring a player(s) before the deadline is that they would have to pay their salary during the two week break.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: GM Jim Nill is looking at deals, but it’s really hard to find a match. If the Stars are out if it by the trade deadline, players that could become available are: Vern Fiddler, Ray Whitney and Erik Cole. Nill brought in Shawn Horcoff and Sergei Gonchar, so it’s unlikely they move. Heika thinks the Stars will look to improve their blueline, but that isn’t easy to do. They could also look at moving Trevor Daley or Alex Goligoski.
- Howard Berger of Berger Bytes: A source said that the Maple Leafs are looking for depth and size up front.
“From what I understand, David is looking for a big body… someone that can spark a more aggressive forecheck, which the Leafs have been lacking, and – just as importantly – can be relied upon in the playoffs,” said a Western Conference scout. “Acquiring a skilled player of that ilk is difficult, but Toronto could have a big [trading] chip on the blue-line.”
Berger doesn’t think the Maple Leafs will trade James Reimer before the trade deadline, but wonders if they could get Dustin Byfuglien for Reimer and Carl Gunnarsson.
- James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: Leafs GM Dave Nonis won’t be trading all their draft picks and good young players for immediate help according to Tim Leiweke.
“What we will not do, I promise you, is we’re not going to knee-jerk,” Leiweke told the Fan 590. “We will not give away our good kids, we’re not going to give away all of our draft picks. This is a long-term vision. And what we’re not going to do is panic and do a bad deal…
“This organization in the past has had a bad track record of knee-jerking and doing deals that were bad deals and using good young assets. We won’t do that anymore.”
- SportsNet: Scott Morrison, Nick Kypreos and Mark Spector: Joe Nieuwendyk may be the Flames main GM target. Capitals GM George McPhee may be their ‘Plan B’ GM target as he’s in the last year of his deal. Jets trade chips could be Dustin Byfuglien and Evander Kane. The Oilers are overvaluing Sam Gagner and Ales Hemsky. Hemsky may only bring a 3rd round pick. Sharks Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau are both expected to re-sign. Paul Stastny may their odd man out in Colorado. They may not look to move Stastny at the deadline if they are in the playoff race, unless they are able to fill another hole like a big winger or a top-four defenseman. The Sabres may give Ted Nolan a contract extension soon.
- 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.
- The Fourth Period: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis is still looking for a top-six forward. It is thought that he could be willing to trade Nazem Kadri and Jake Gardiner if they get the right offer. The Rangers, Devils, Flyers and Oilers have reportedly inquired about Gardiner. The Oilers are actively shopping Sam Gagner. The Leafs and Oilers have scouted each other this season, but it’s not known if trade talks have progressed. The Leafs had shown interest in Jeff Skinner in the past, but Hurricanes are not looking to trade him at this time.
- The Fourth Period: There were rumors that the Sabres and Canadiens were discussing a deal involving Daniel Briere, but talks have quieted. With Alex Galchenyuk breaking his hand and out for six weeks, Briere may be staying put for the time being. The Canadiens have inquired about Jets Evander Kane.
- Dan Rosen of NHL.com: (mailbag) Rosen can see the Capitals and Blues making goaltender moves. The Hurricanes shouldn’t do anything while Cam Ward is injured. The same can be said for the Ducks and Viktor Fasth. Trading Jonas Hiller would obviously be a mistake. Philipp Grubauer’s play has made Michal Neuvirth available. Neuvirth to the Islanders makes sense.
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.
Morning Rumors: Panthers, Predators, Leafs, Habs, Hurricanes, Canucks, Jets, Sabres, Oilers, Ducks, Pens and Islanders
- Elliotte Friedman of CBC: The Avalanche and Panthers did have serious talks about Dmitry Kulikov, and may do so again.
Panthers Tim Thomas could be a trade deadline target. He has a no-movement clause in his contract.
Predators GM David Poile on if they are ready to see what they could get for some of their players: “No, we just have to start winning some games.” Names that have been mentioned by other teams are Matt Cullen and David Legwand.
Contract talks between the Maple Leafs and Dion Phaneuf were to take place at some point this week.
There was a real attempt by the Canadiens and P.K. Subban to find some common ground.
The Hurricanes will go with three goalies until they decide what to do with one of Cam Ward, Anton Khudobin or Justin Peters.
After three wins, Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford has pulled back on his trade hunt. Defenseman Michael Del Zotto and Jake Gardiner are players up his alley, but the Rangers and Maple Leafs don’t want to take on salary.
Friedman wonders how many GMs called the Canucks about Alex Edler have coach John Tortorella chewed him out.
Jets Evander Kane’s contract makes him extremely valuable with the cap going up.
The Sabres could use a compliance buyout on Ville Leino in the offseason. They now know what the market is for Ryan Miller after Henrik Lundqvist’s signing. Coach Ted Nolan would like to see Miller stay.
Oilers coach Dallas Eakin’s said he considered using forward David Perron on defense in late game 5-on-5 situations if the Oilers need offense.
- The Fourth Period: Contract talks between the Maple Leafs and Dion Phaneuf’s camp are expected to pick up this week if they haven’t already. It was reported in late October that he was looking to get around $7 million a year in a new deal. It is uncertain if the Maple Leafs would be willing to accept a $7+ million deal.
- Dennis Bernstein: “Ducks G Jonas Hiller now 12-4-4, only goalie on roster with playoff experience and they should trade him because……”
- James Mirtle: One interesting name that may be available is Panthers Shawn Matthias. If the Leafs are looking to change up their forward mix, he is big and can play center.
- Bucky Gleason: Sabres coach Ted Nolan is committed to fixing Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford. Ryan Miller is integral to the Sabres, either by re-signing him or by trading him to acquire assets. Nobody is untouchable in Buffalo. Steve Ott and Matt Moulson will be UFAs at the season and could be gone before the end of the season. Gleason thinks the Sabres need to package some of the draft picks they’ve stockpiled and acquire top-line talent they lost when they traded them away.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: Penguins Brooks Orpik is their only top four defenseman that doesn’t have a deal for next season.
“We’ll see,” Shero said, when asked about what that means for a potential Orpik deal. “We’ll sit down and talk about it internally and see where we are. Who knows? Players might see where the cap might be, [and say] ‘I might just wait it out and see what happens.’”
- Hope Smoke: Dreger: “I see the Blues going all in for a goalie like Miller at the trade deadline. They ordained Halak the #1 but that’s just mind games.”
- Brett Cyrgalis of the NY Post: Source said that GM Garth Snow does not perceive that head coach Jack Capuano is the problem with the Islanders and won’t be fired any time soon.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Islanders GM Garth Snow is working the phones. The ideal scenario for the Islanders would be for Sabres Ryan Miller to waive his no-trade clause to join the Islanders for the remainder of the season.
Teams have only shown mild interest in Capitals Martin Erat. GM George McPhee may need to a find a team that needs to stay near the salary floor: Islanders, Panthers and Sabres.
P.K. Subban and Canadiens contract extension talks are expected to heat up. Starting point may be Drew Doughty’s eight-year deal worth $56 million.
Predators GM David Poile has shown interest in Jonas Hiller and Tim Thomas.
Avs Joe Sakic is looking around the league for a defenseman. Left winger Jamie McGinn has fallen into Patrick Roy’s doghouse and is being shopped for blueline help. He has a cap hit of $1.75 million and will be a RFA at the end of the season.
Senators GM Bryan Murray is looking for a defenseman and may have also looked at Kings Matt Frattin. Murray is looking for someone to play with Jason Spezza.
- Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: On Maple Leafs Jake Gardiner:
The talented but erratic Gardiner would represent a challenge for any coach. But for a coach who demands specifics as much as Carlyle does, this almost seems like a relationship doomed to fail.
This is where Nonis fits in. He has the patience of Job. He’s not willing to make a determination of Gardiner, either way, this early.
He believes too many teams have made mistakes determining the fate of young defencemen, way too soon. It’s his inclination to allow Gardiner to develop at whatever speed is necessary. Carlyle, who hasn’t said as much, can’t possibly agree.
Rangers owner James Dolan said that Glen Sather is the teams GM as long as he wants.
- Chuck Gormley of the Washington Times: (mailbag) Gormley thinks that Capitals should be looking for a “hard-edge defenseman” in a Martin Erat trade. The Canucks may be interested in Erat and have Dan Hamhuis (he may not be available). Would an offer of Erat, Dmitry Orlov and Michal Neuvirth for Hamhuis work? Other Dmen options could be: Dmitry Kulikov (FLA), Michael Del Zotto (NYR), Andrej Meszaros (PHI), Luke Schenn (PHI), Nikita Nikitin (CBJ), Alex Martinez (LA), Francois Bouillon (MON) and Paul Ranger (TOR).
- David Pagnotta: Was told that there was group that was trying to buy the Coyotes and bring them to the Toronto. Not sure if tied to the Markham group. Obviously, the NHL rejected the offer. The rejected offered was believed to be in the $500 million range for relocation and territorial rights to the Maple Leafs.
- CBC Sports: Friedman said that the Maple Leafs may revisit talks with the Panthers about Dmitry Kulikov.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: If the Islanders were looking at Jonas Hiller, but Viktor Fasth most recent injury shut that door. Matheson thinks the Penguins or Rangers will make the biggest play for Mike Cammalleri at the trade deadline. Cammalleri will be owed $1.25 million at the deadline. The Penguins could use some offense outside of their top 6. The Oilers have tried for two years to get Shawn Matthias out of Florida. He’s playing on the wing this year, but is a normally a center. Matheson thinks that the Oilers should look to bring back Andrew Cogliano this summer as a free agent. The Hurricanes would love to move Tuomo Ruutu and his $4.75 million contract, but there haven’t been any takers. With Luca Sbisa out, the Ducks won’t be shopping Mark Fistric.
- Wayne Scanlan: Senators coach Paul MacLean keeps repeating that Craig Anderson is their “No.1 goaltender,” but the more he says it, the less Anderson seems to play.
- Bruce Garrioch: Scouting the Bruins-Hurricanes game on Saturday: Leafs (2), Oilers (2), Capitals, Sharks, Canadiens, Islanders, Flames and Sabres.