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- Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Ranking potential Predators coaching candidates: 1. Peter Laviolette 2. Phil Housley 3. Terry Murray 4. Dean Evason 5. John Stevens 6. Willie Desjardins 7. Dan Bylsma
- Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: To get more a more experienced goalie that Eddie Lack or Jacob Markstrom, the Canucks would could spend some big money on someone like Ryan Miller or Jonas Hiller. Miller could re-sign with the Blues. You would be taking a chance on Hiller that he could bounce back to form. Signing Miller would basically cap the Canucks out and would limit their ability to improve their forward lines. Bruins backup Chad Johnson would be a lot cheaper and they could try for a short-term deal at a low dollar amount, with the lure of being able to compete for the No. 1 job.
- Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo! Sports: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin thinks that Cam Ward’s time with the Hurricanes could be over.
“Of course he is a strong goaltender. He is a good goaltender. No one is counting him out. They [Carolina] will decide what to do with him this year, this summer. Maybe he, how can I say, has presented everything he could have,” said Khudobin at a Russian National Team press conference on Monday.
“Maybe at this club. Maybe in his career. He has been playing in the NHL since he was 19,” said Khudobin.
- Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Oilers: Matheson thinks the Oilers could be eyeing Leon Draisaitl with the third overall pick.
- Jason Gregor: “Not sure why people think the #Oilers will let Lander go. Easy decision to offer him new contract. They have very little fwd depth.”
- Chip Alexander: Can expect an announcement from Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford early next week. Ron Francis is said to be in Finland this week.
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”No real update on Carlyle right now. I’m sure there’s ample dialogue between Shanahan & Nonis at the moment” … ”It may take two weeks or maybe more before the Leafs announce a decision on Carlyle.” … ”Although many of us have speculated that a coaching change in TO was likely, certainly a possibility, there is no guarantee of that”
- Hope Smoke: Steve Simmons: ”My breakdown is that Nonis would like to stay with Carlyle & Leiweke wants him fired. Nothing will happen until 1st round is over”
- Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Devils have enough salary cap to bring back Jaromir Jagr and Marek Zidlicky. The Jets could be a potential landing spot for Bruins pending UFA goalie Chad Johnson. Jets Al Montoya will be a UFA. It is possible the Ducks let pending UFA Jonas Hiller walk at the end of the season and go with a Frederik Andersen and John Gibson tandem next year.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The Avalanche and Paul Stastny’s camp will have contract discussions when the season is over.
“Quite honestly, it was not even close from us to move Pauly,” said Roy, who also holds the title of vice president of hockey operations. “We said all along we didn’t want to have rental players, (but) the only one we would keep is Paul, because we believe that Paul wants to stay as an Avalanche next year. We believe that there’s a good chance for him to re-sign with us. Now, how it will happen, it will be up to Joe and his agent. But I think Paul has the Avs in his heart and I think he’s going to want to be in this town.”
When asked if he expects to re-sign with the Avalanche.
“I hope so,” he said Friday. “But I don’t really care about what’s going on with that stuff. That’s down the road. For me right now, it’s all about this team and what we’ve been doing all year and what we want to keep doing.”
- Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes Antoine Vermette will be a UFA after next season, but they can start contract extension talks after July 1st.
“I like it here,” Vermette said. “I haven’t thought a lot about it. It’s really quick, but we’ll see what’s going to present itself and we’ll listen.”
Vermette will likely be looking for a raise from his current $3.75 million.
“Yeah, we’d like to do something,” General Manager Don Maloney said. “But as we’ve learned, whether we’re able to do something, that’s another story.”
- Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: The Devils might look to bring in Brian Gionta this offseason. GM Lou Lamoriello said he’s always looking for bring in goal-scorers despite their reputation of being a defensive team.
“I don’t think we’ve ever not thought about offensive players. We always have,” Lamoriello said. “They also have to be able to do other things. All the players we added last year were basically offensive players.
“(Ryane) Clowe had a certain niche and made other people taller. (Michael) Ryder and (Damien) Brunner had a history as scorers. And with (Jaromir) Jagr you saw what we got. More than we thought.”
The Canadiens would like to retain their pending UFA, though he’d have to take less than the $5 million he made this season. Brian’s brother Stephen is a pending UFA for the Devils and would like to come back next year. He could help recruit Brian.
- Lance Pugmire of the LA Time: Ducks Saku Koivu on potential retirement after the season.
“Well, that’s … I haven’t thought that far away,” Koivu said. “You want [the Cup], I’ve worked for it all these years and retiring would probably be easier if [winning it] happened.
“But right now, you try to keep the focus on the game and not think about the future. You start doing that, you lose the focus, that intensity you’re trying to find. You hope that’s going to happen.
“And if it does, then I might have an answer for you.”
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Blues have let Ryan Miller’s agent, Mike Liut, know they’d like to re-sign him. Miller will wait until after the season to talk. Miller’s wife is an actress in LA. He has been linked to the Ducks, but they have Frederik Andersen, John Gibson and pending UFA Jonas Hiller.
The Senators are planning on talking to Ales Hemsky about a contract extension. The money would need to be right for the Sens.
Thomas Vanek is still planning on testing the free agent market.
- TSN Insider Trading: Darren Dreger: The Bruins have reached out to Jarome Iginla’s agent last week. There hasn’t been any back-and-forth talk. The Bruins don’t have the tag room to do a deal in-season.
Bob McKenzie: Ryan Miller may want to wait until July 1st to see if there is any interest from the Ducks. Talk is the Ducks talked to the Sabres earlier this year about Miller, but weren’t able to get a deal done.
The Flyers, Wild, Lightning and Oilers are among the front-runners for college UFA Christian Folin. Folin is still playing and hasn’t fully committed to a decision just yet.
- Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”If Reimer closes out Boston they don’t trade for Bernier. I don’t think Randy has ever gotten over those ten minutes in Boston” … ”Randy is credited, and rightly so, for being a defensive minded coach. When you see the mistakes this team makes it’s unbelievable” … ”Absolutely, without question Randy will be under review this summer”
- Hope Smoke: TSNs Ray Ferraro: ”The Oilers don’t have enough guys who understand that the right thing is to get out of their own zone. They cheat too much” …. ”Nobody wants to say it, but they [Edmonton] have had the same guy in charge for 8 years in a row while they missed the playoffs” … ”If I was in charge of a team that missed the playoffs 8 years in a row I would have been fired after 4” … ”You can’t have big players that can’t skate and small players that try to trick the puck into the net”
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Carlyle is fired. I’m not saying his neck is on the chopping black”
- Hope Smoke: “Ferraro thinks the Leafs are a top centre, a #1 defenseman, a really good bottom 6 F & a depth D away from being a contender. Is that all?”
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- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Garrioch names some GM who could be in trouble this offseason: David Poile (NSH) – if he goes, coach Barry Trotz is likely gone as well. Poile has been the GM since 1998. Assistant GM Paul Fenton could be ready to take over. Mike Gillis (VAN) – if they don’t make the playoffs, it may come down to Gillis or Tortorella. George McPhee (WSH) – his contract is up after the season. Brian Burke in Calgary may be waiting for McPhee.
The Senators will have decisions to make on Jason Spezza this offseason. The Ducks and Blues inquired about Spezza at the deadline, but they didn’t have serious talks as the Senators will still in the hunt.
If the Senators can keep Ales Hemsky, they should do it.
Assuming the Blues re-sign Ryan Miller and Ducks re-sign Jonas Hiller, Jaroslav Halak could get interest if he hits the open market. Would make sense for the Capitals to try and re-sign Halak. Other teams that could be looking for a goaltender this summer are the Islanders, Flames, Wild and Canucks.
If Seattle gets an expansion team, don’t be surprised if Jeremy Roenick is named as the team president. He has ties with one of the groups that is interested in bringing in a team. Quebec City makes sense for a team and have started to build a new arena. Las Vegas has also made a pitch for a team.
The Sabres would still like to move Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis and Christian Ehrhoff. They would also listen to offers on Tyler Myers.
It is possible that the Canadiens look to re-sign Thomas Vanek, but many think he’ll be end up in Minnesota. Don’t count out the Kings.
The Panthers are trying to re-sign RFA Dmitry Kulikov. GM Dale Tallon has offered a four-year deal worth $20 million, but Kulikov is looking for four-years and $22 million.
You have think that James Reimer won’t be back with the Maple Leafs. He’s been linked to the Jets.
Hurricanes Cam Ward could also be on the move.
- Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks the trade market for James Reimer is limited. There may only be three teams that he could start for: the Islanders, Sabres and Flames. He could complete for the No. 1 with the Jets, Canucks and Oilers. Simmons doesn’t think they would get much for him. There is more supply than demand in the goalie market.
The Flyers are interested in college UFA defenseman Christian Folin. The Leafs are not interested.
- Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers GM Glen Sather on talk of his retirement.
“Everybody retires sometime, but I’m not intending to step away or retire from anything this year,” Sather told Slap Shots on Friday in Columbus, Ohio. “I don’t know how stories like this keep coming up, because I haven’t said anything to anybody about retiring. … One day, yes. But not now.”
“There comes a time where you do think about your lifestyle and maybe some of the things you might do if you weren’t doing this job,” he said. “But that’s not where my thoughts are now. I’m working to build this team into a Stanley Cup winner. That’s my priority. That’s what I’m focused on. … I’m not thinking about stepping back, or a change in my title or in my responsibilities.”
- Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove: Talk on Christian Folin and Jack Eichel. P.K. Subban and the Canadiens will talk after the season and it could be around Shea Weber numbers. The Blues and Ryan Miller will talk after the season. Paul Maurice will decide after the season if he wants to return as the Jets head coach.
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.