The Patrick Marleau trade rumors take an interesting turn, plus the latest Colorado Avalanche speculation in your NHL rumor mill.
Three teams on Marleau’s trade list.
CSNBAYAREA.COM: Kevin Kurz cites a source claiming long-time San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau would accept a trade to the New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks or Los Angeles Kings. Kurz observes the Rangers had scouts at the last two Sharks games. He also reports it’s unclear if Marleau or management is pushing for the trade, though TSN’s Bob McKenzie suggests it’s more likely Marleau asked the club to explore trade possibilities. The 36-year-old is in the second year of a three-year deal with a $6.66 million annual cap hit and a full no-movement clause. GM Doug Wilson has said in the past he wouldn’t ask a player to waive their movement clause.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Either Marleau offered up the Rangers, Ducks and Kings to sabotage any attempt to move him, or he’s unaware of the difficulties in moving him to those three clubs. The Rangers and Kings have limited cap space, and while the Ducks have sufficient cap room, it’s believed they’re under a self-imposed cap ceiling much lower than the league’s.
I’ll be very surprised if Wilson is willing to ship Marleau to rivals like the Ducks and Kings. The Rangers make more sense in that regard, but given their cap space, it’ll have to be close to a dollar-for-dollar swap to pull it off at this time of year. The Blueshirts are currently atop the Metropolitan Division and second overall in the Eastern Conference, so they don’t have a pressing need for a blockbuster move. Unless Marleau’s willing to broaden his list, I doubt he’ll be traded anytime soon.
Big moves coming for the Avalanche?
BLEACHER REPORT NHL columnist and former Denver Post beat writer Adrian Dater weighed in on Twitter regarding possible moves by the struggling Colorado Avalanche. Dater claims things are very turbulent among the Avs brass, suggesting there could be changes if the club doesn’t improve over the next couple of weeks. He believes forward Matt Duchene will be traded this year, and perhaps veteran Jarome Iginla could agree to waive his no-trade clause at the trade deadline. He suggests the Montreal Canadiens could be a destination for Iginla at the deadline. Dater’s also heard rumblings that starting goalie Semyon Varlamov could be available. He also claims head coach Patrick Roy won’t be fired “no matter what”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting stuff from Dater. Duchene, a former first-round draft pick, has struggled with his consistency throughout his NHL career. Still, the 24-year-old forward will certainly attract interest if he’s put on the trade block. Ditto Varlamov, whose numbers have declined since his stellar performance in 2013-14. As for Iginla, if he gets a chance to go to a Cup contender, he could seriously entertain that notion. His $5.33 million cap hit through 2016-17 could be a sticking point, even for a team like the Canadiens. In my opinion, Roy is the problem, not the players, but if he’s not going anywhere, a roster shakeup is their only other option. I doubt they’ll see much improvement.