Morning Rumors II: Hope Smoke – Darren Dreger Edition: Rangers, Blues, Pens,...

Morning Rumors II: Hope Smoke – Darren Dreger Edition: Rangers, Blues, Pens, Lightning, Leafs, Flames and Sabres

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: “If you can acquire Callahan for Chris Stewart and a draft pick then that’s a pretty good add for St.L going into the playoffs”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: “I’ve heard Pittsburgh for Callahan and the Martin St.Louis for Callahan rumour won’t go away” … “If the Rangers need to be willing to beef up the Callahan package for St.Louis”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: “Nonis has repeatedly said to me that he is beyond acquiring rentals and he wants to make hockey deals to get better”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: “There is a very good chance Kulemin is moved. In fact there is so much interest that he can be moved today” … “Not saying there is anything pressing, but there are a lot of teams that would like to acquire him” … “I don’t think Toronto wants to pay a third line player like Kulemin upwards of $4 million this summer” … “Kulemin is very under appreciated by Leaf fans but not by management. He is a hard player to play against:”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: “Nonis knows what the asking price for Bolland is. There has been some back & forth between these two parties” … “It’s similar to what Bozak was asking for when neg. began, but he stayed because it was a good fit. Maybe Bolland does the same” … “If Bolland’s demands don’t soften and there is a quality offer on March 5th the Leafs look at it seriously”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: “The Leafs also want a top 4 D, preferably a top 3, and to get that you need to give something big to acquire that”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: “Toronto isn’t deep enough up front. They want to add a top 9 forward but not a rental”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: “Cammalleri will be expensive to acquire.”
  • Hope Smoke: Dreger: “Prices right now aren’t cheap. For example, the asking price on Steve Ott is a 1st round pick & a top prospect”