Latest on Steven Stamkos (yes, again!), Jordan Eberle, Andrew Ladd and more in your Sunday NHL rumor roundup.
Highlights from Garrioch’s “Insider Trading”.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports a trade market flooded with forwards makes it difficult to determine who will move before the Feb. 29 trade deadline. Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos tops the list, though Garrioch doubts he’ll be moved. “Carolina’s Eric Staal, Winnipeg’s Andrew Ladd, Boston’s Loui Eriksson, Arizona’s Mikkel Boedker, Columbus’ Scott Hartnell, Kyle Okposo of the Islanders and Tampa holdout Jonathan Drouin” are among those being watched right now. Garrioch expects the Bruins will move pending UFA Eriksson before the deadline, while suggesting the Florida Panthers and Chicago Blackhawks as possible destinations for Ladd.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’d also add the Anaheim Ducks and Minnesota Wild among possible destinations for Ladd, as those clubs also need some offensive help.
There’s interest in Edmonton Oilers winger Teddy Purcell and defenseman Justin Schultz.
Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello tried to move oft-injured winger Joffrey Lupul and his $5.25-million cap hit without success. Forward Daniel Winnik’s name has surfaced in the rumor mill while winger P-A Parenteau has attracted interest. The Leafs must also make a decision regarding goalie James Riemer. Forward Brad Boyes is another who could move.
The Vancouver Canucks will get calls about veteran blueliner Dan Hamhuis, who recently returned from injury.
Teams seeking a good veteran forward are starting to circle the Calgary Flames, who have winger Jiri Hudler on an expiring contract. There’s also interest in defenseman Kris Russell, who the Flames want to re-sign, but Garrioch claims that’s looking less likely now.
It’s believed Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney wants to see how his club performs in the remaining games leading up to the trade deadline before making a decision on re-signing or moving pending UFA winger Mikkel Boedker.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I still think the Coyotes will get Boedker under contract, but I’ll admit there’s usually no certainty when it comes to playoff-bubble teams.
Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall could try to free up some payroll on defense.
Highlights from Sportsnet’s “Saturday Headlines.”
SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman reports Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher tried to make a trade before making the decision to fire head coach Mike Yeo, but teams were seeking players (Charlie Coyle, Nino Niederreiter) he didn’t want to part with. Fletcher did offer defenseman Jonas Brodin to Columbus for center Ryan Johansen prior to the latter’s trade to Nashville, but they don’t want to make that move unless they get a similar piece in return.
Friedman once believed there was a chance the Edmonton Oilers might move right wing Jordan Eberle for a defenseman, but he’s changed his mind after seeing his chemistry with rookie center Connor McDavid. He claims he’s heard the Oilers have no intention of trading Eberle.
The Jets and pending UFA Andrew Ladd had some discussions but no formal contract talks. Ladd apparently wants to stay.
If the Vancouver Canucks want to move winger Alex Burrows, he’d be willing to waive his no-trade clause.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t see much of a market for a 34-year-old winger carrying a $4.5 million cap hit ($3 million in actual salary ) next season whose best years are well behind him.
Friedman touched on Steven Stamkos’ “cryptic quotes” this past week when he wouldn’t say if he’d agree to waive his no-movement clause at the trade deadline. If someone’s asked to talk to him or to make a deal at the trade deadline, nobody’s talking about it.
Highlights from Shinzawa’s Sunday Hockey Notes.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa examined the Toronto Maple Leafs’ trade options in the wake of shipping Dion Phaneuf to Ottawa. He notes the Leafs have two first-round picks in this year’s draft and expects they’ll bid competitively for Jimmy Vesey if the Harvard senior declines to sign with Nashville. They can afford to let recently acquired Milan Michalek and Colin Greening walk in 2017 and could buy out Jared Cowen this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs can buy out Cowen and receive a salary-cap credit, but they could opt to give him a full season playing under Mike Babcock to see if he’ll improve.
The hockey world is awaiting the Winnipeg Jets next move, particularly when it comes to RFA defenseman Jacob Trouba and if they can afford to re-sign him after handing a big raise to Dustin Byfuglien. Left wing Andrew Ladd is as good as gone.
The Ottawa Senators remain in the market for a left wing.
Shinzawa doubts the Carolina Hurricanes will re-sign captain Eric Staal and could try to find a taker via the trade market. He also doubts the Boston Bruins will pursue a rental forward like Edmonton’s Teddy Purcell.