A list of six NHL players who could be dealt this winter and more in your NHL rumor mill.
Six Players Who Could Move This Winter.
USA TODAY: Kevin Allen lists New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic, Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal, San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau, Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen, Chicago Blackhawks blueliner Trevor Daley and Calgary Flames d-man Dennis Wideman as six players who could be dealt this winter.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of those on this list, Hamonic and Staal are the most likely to be dealt before the Feb. 29 trade deadline. Still, it’s no certainty either guy could move.
Hamonic’s had a trade request in for family reasons since the summer seeking a move to as close to his Manitoba home as possible. The Isles are trying to accommodate his request but the fact he hasn’t been dealt yet speaks to the difficulty of moving him. Hamonic isn’t pressuring Isles management, meaning this could take until the summer to address.
Staal could be dealt later this season if the Hurricanes are unwilling or unable to re-sign him, but he holds a full no-movement clause, limiting where he could be dealt. The ‘Canes asking price could also become an issue.
As for the rest, Daley could be dealt but his improved play of late suggests the Blackhawks might not feel the same urgency to deal him as they did earlier this month. Unless Marleau broadens his trade list beyond Anaheim, Los Angeles or the NY Rangers, he’s not going anywhere.
If the Blue Jackets decide to move Johansen, it’ll take a significant offer (a young scoring center or top-two defenseman, a top prospect and a first-round pick) to get him. That type of deal for a first-line center usually doesn’t take place during the season. Wideman is carrying too much salary ($5.25 million per season) and a full no-movement clause. He doesn’t get dealt until the offseason, and even that’s no certainty.
Updates on the Oilers and Jets.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples believes a swap of Nikita Nikitin to the Chicago Blackhawks with Trevor Daley coming to Edmonton is a very bad idea for the Oilers. “Do the Oilers really think a d-man who is playing behind Trevor van Riemsdyk and Viktor Svedberg is going to help?”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ouch. Accurate, but ouch. Daley has been improving of late, but he’s still in the No.5 spot with the Blackhawks. The only good thing about this swap is it would free up some cap space (Nikitin’s earning $4.5 million, Daley $3.3 million) this season, but Daley’s also signed through 2016-17 while Nikitin’s a UFA at season’s end. I agree with Staples, this deal doesn’t make sense for the Oilers.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Tim Campbell wonders if the unresolved contract statuses of Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd and Jacob Trouba plus the Travis Hamonic trade rumors might be adversely affecting the Jets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Inconsistent goaltending and poor defensive hockey are hurting the Jets, but the trade and free-agent speculation probably isn’t helping.