NHL Rumor Mill – January 18, 2017

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Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene tops TSN’s list of players potentially available by the March 1 trade deadline.

Reviewing TSN’s list of players potentially available at the March 1 trade deadline and Sportsnet’s list of buyers and sellers.

TSN: Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal, Detroit Red Wings winger Thomas Vanek, Winnipeg Jets left wing Mathieu Perreault and Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog tops TSN’s list of players potentially available by the March 1 trade deadline.

Coyotes right wing Radim Vrbata, Edmonton Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle, St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec and New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak round out the top ten.

Buffalo Sabres right wing Brian Gionta, Ottawa Senators right wing Curtis Lazar, Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, Philadelphia Flyers netminder Steve Mason, Jets right wing Drew Stafford, Vancouver Canucks left wing Alex Burrows, Coyotes right wing Shane Doan, Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla, Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and Toronto Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk fill out the bottom ten.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As TSN host James Duthie points out, this list will change numerous times between now and the deadline. Just because these players are on this list, it doesn’t mean they will be moved. 

Citing the Avs’ high asking prices for Duchene and Landeskog, Frank Seravalli believes it more prudent for Colorado to wait until the offseason to move those two.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Agreed, it’s unlikely they’ll get a solid return during this season. Better to wait for a better trade market this summer. 

While teams might inquire into non-rentals such as Shattenkirk and Eberle, Seravalli thinks they’re trending toward staying put. However, Shattenkirk is believed willing to look into a short-term deal with a playoff contender, while the Blues (who probably can’t afford to re-sign him) aren’t as strong as they once were. Seravalli considers the Oilers as buyers for the first time in years. He speculates they might be willing to part with a conditional first-round pick for Shattenkirk. Moving Eberle could leave a big hole at right wing.

Seravalli’s colleague Pierre LeBrun believes the Blues could listen to offers for Shattenkirk, though that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll trade him. Bob McKenzie said the Oilers had permission to talk to Shattenkirk last summer, but at the time he wasn’t keen to go to Edmonton. However, he now could be willing to consider all his options, perhaps including the Oilers. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the bottom goes out of the Blues’ season in the coming weeks, I don’t see Shattenkirk moving by the trade deadline. I doubt the Blues will get good value back now and they’ll need his puck-moving abilities in the playoffs. While I know the Oilers covet a blueliner of Shattenkirk’s skills, it would be foolish to part with a conditional first-rounder for a playoff rental. 

Given the limited trade destinations for Fleury (Dallas, maybe Calgary), Seravalli expects he’ll finish this season with the Penguins. He also suggests Mason could be better value for the Stars.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As long as the Flyers remain in the playoff chase they’ll hang onto Mason. 

Though Perreault has a four-year contract starting next season, Seravalli speculates the Jets could move him rather than risk losing him in the expansion draft.  He also feels Lazar could benefit from being dealt out of Ottawa, Burrows will determine his own fate as he holds a no-trade clause, while the Leafs are unlikely to move van Riemsdyk this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets don’t have to move Perreault. If they opt to protect four blueliners (Dustin Byfuglien, Toby Enstrom, Jacob Trouba and Tyler Myers), they can protect Perreault, Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little. Youngsters Nikolaj Ehlers and Patrik Laine aren’t eligible for the expansion draft. 

Seravalli considers pending UFAs such as Hanzal, Vrbata,  Vanek and Stafford as most likely to be moved as playoff rental players. Pierre LeBrun believes the Detroit Red Wings would like to bring back Vanek for a decent price and term. Bob McKenzie believes Wings right wing Tomas Jurco could be available via trade but the Wings won’t give him away.

SPORTSNET:  Luke Fox lists the teams likely to be buyers and sellers at this year’s trade deadline. 

BUYERS: The Boston Bruins need a scoring winger and had some interest in Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog. They’re also in the market or a defenseman and are unwilling to part with promising blueliner Brandon Carlo. However, CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty cites a report from Bleacher Report’s Adrian Dater claiming Carlo could be “back in play.” Haggerty believes the Bruins would be making a big mistake by trading the promising Carlo for Landeskog. 

A winger for Jonathan Toews’ line tops the Chicago Blackhawks’ wish list. They reportedly had some interest in Colorado’s Jarome Iginla.

Fox considered the Dallas Stars a tentative buyer because of their firepower, but feels their goaltending and defensive weaknesses should make them sellers. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun believes the next 10-12 games could decide if the Stars become buyers or sellers. If it’s the latter, they’ll listen to offers for pending UFA Patrick Sharp. 

A backup goalie, a defenseman and a winger could be on the Edmonton Oilers’ wish list. Fox considers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins expendable if they want to make more headlines. They also have cap flexibility to do something at the deadline. 

The Florida Panthers also have the cap space to become buyers. Dale Tallon could seek help for his banged-up offense.

Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi has a couple of million in cap space and needs to boost his offensie. He could keep an eye on the Avalanche and Coyotes.

Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin will be a buyer. There’s talk center Tomas Plekanec could be available. Fox expects Bergevin will focus on the Coyotes’ Martin Hanzal, plus he cites a source suggesting they try to “buy low” on Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt Nugent-Hopkins is available. He’s filling the second-line center role for the Oilers. His $6 million per season cap hit is also tough to move during the season. The Habs have over $50 million invested in next season’s payroll and must re-sign Alex Galchenyuk, Alexander Radulov and Nathan Beaulieu, as well as decide if they’ll re-sign or replace aging blueliner Andrei Markov. They’re also carrying Plekanec’s $6 million cap hit for next season. So unless the Oilers want to swap the young Nugent-Hopkins for a declining asset such as Plekanec, I don’t see a fit there.

As Nashville Predators GM David Poile waits for injured stars P.K. Subban, James Neal and Roman Josi to return, he could keep an eye on the trade market. 

Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion continues to shop for a left wing.

Fox believes Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman will keep his core intact and instead seeks a rental player. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe Yzerman is seeking a top-four defenseman, preferably a short-term addition for now. 


The Arizona Coyotes (Hanzal, Radim Vrbata, possibly Shane Doan) and Colorado Avalanche (Duchene, Landeskog, Iginla, possibly others except Nathan MacKinnon), of course.  

Fox suggests Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray should test the trade market on pending UFA Cody Franson and Brian Gionta, pending RFA Zemgus Girgensons and goalie Anders Nilsson. 

The Detroit Red Wings will likely become sellers, with winger Thomas Vanek as a gun for hire. 

Fox suggests the New Jersey Devils should start fielding offers for “Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, Vern Fiddler, Kyle Quincey, and anyone else 30 and over not named Cory Schneider.”

The New York Islanders could be sellers, but GM Garth Snow faces a tough decision on whether to trade or re-sign goalie Thomas Greiss, forward Stephen Gionta and defenseman Calvin de Haan and Dennis Seidenberg. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless Snow plans to pursue Marc-Andre Fleury via trade this summer or Ben Bishop or Steve Mason via free agency, he will likely re-sign Greiss. The others could become trade bait. 

While a playoff spot is in reach for the Vancouver Canucks, Fox believes it’s wiser to sell. He wonders if they’ll re-sign goalie Ryan Miller and what they might get for left wing Alex Burrows. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Canucks GM Jim Benning said he won’t ask players with no-trade clauses (such as Miller and Burrows) to waive them. If those players are dealt, it’s because they asked to be moved. 

Fox expects the remaining clubs could stand pat. While moves are possible, they’ll likely be minor deals. 


  1. Bruins appear on all the buyers list – I assume that’s more of a traditional thing than an assessment of the current state of competitiveness. If these hockey writers simply looked at point %, they’d get a clearer picture.

    The Bruins could quite easily fall out of the regular seeded slots when the teams behind them catch up on games played and not land in a wildcard slot given how weak the division is.

    Same for the Leafs. We got a glimpse of that last night with Rielly going down (it doesn’t look serious). If it was or if Andersen went down or Matthews or Marner – poof.

    • I agree with you Dan, for me Boston is on the outside looking in, just because we are not talking about 1 or 2 games played more we are talking 5 more then Toronto and Ottawa, both just 1pt behind. Yes Toronto and Ottawa will win at least 1 of them 5 and could be 5 out of 5, putting Boston 9pts back.
      However with that said I do believe there is tremendous pressure on Sweeney and Neely to be in the playoffs this year and i’m hoping this doesn’t cost the Bruins some of their future to try and get a quick fix.

      • Looks like we agree on that Caper.
        Likely hypothetical for you and others, if the B’s miss for a 3rd straight year, then what?
        Stay on the “rebuild on the fly” course of keeping older assets to compete for a playoff spot, or start to trade assets for picks/prospects, which in turn makes your team worse short term with the risk that it could take a very long time.
        I think the former path which we are on only gets us a worse draft position and delays the latter.
        As a fan I hope they make it and go on a run, but my brain is saying that just ain’t gonna happen any time soon.

      • Caper,

        I think the key here is what you hit on and that’s Don Sweeney and Cam Neely being under tremendous pressure to turn the season around.

        I’m going to also include Claude Julien as well. There’s likely more pressure on Julien to steer things in the right direction as this will be his final season with the Bruins if they miss the playoffs again. Mark my words. Miss the playoffs, Julien is gone. Sweeney and Neely will be back for another season.

      • I don’t see Boston tearing this down & agree that Julien may be served his walking papers at some point but don’t I hold him responsible. They may simply need a change for the sake of change.

        Year 2 of a rebuild on the fly for me. Holes all over this roster for the last 3 years that haven’t been filled.

        What old players do you move? The Bruins only have 1 Chara. He’s not going any where will retire a Bruin, moving into player development shortly after retirement. He’s here now to mentor these kids like he has been doing & is doing with Carlo. No better teacher & he’s right there to help you during the game & settle them down.

        The next oldest is Bakes at 32 & bergeron at 31. Their not going anywhere.

        Stay the course they make the playoffs in a walk next season & are 2 players away from being cup contenders again with this team as currently constructed.

        Especially if the NHL doesn’t fix this stupi bracket formula. This year is going to be worse than last season. Were going to have 1 of the top 5 teams in the NHL taken out in the 1st round this year. Unbelievable.

      • I don’t see Boston tearing this down & agree that Julien may be served his walking papers at some point but don’t I hold him responsible. They may simply need a change for the sake of change.

        Year 2 of a rebuild on the fly for me. Holes all over this roster for the last 3 years that haven’t been filled.

        What old players do you move? The Bruins only have 1 Chara. He’s not going any where will retire a Bruin, moving into player development shortly after retirement. He’s here now to mentor these kids like he has been doing & is doing with Carlo. No better teacher & he’s right there to help you during the game & settle them down.

        The next oldest is Bakes at 32 & bergeron at 31. Their not going anywhere.

        Stay the course they make the playoffs in a walk next season & are 2 players away from being cup contenders again with this team as currently constructed.

        Especially if the NHL doesn’t fix this stupip bracket formula for the playoffs. This year is going to be worse than last season. Were going to have 1 of the top 5 teams in the NHL taken out in the 1st round this year. Unbelievable.

    • I agree with you Dan, the Bruins shouldn’t be buyers. In reality they are 4-5 points outside of a playoff spot.
      Striker, your the odds man, what are the odds that a team that far back in mid January makes it?
      In fairness to the reports it likely stems from the fact that the owner was on TV saying that he expects the Bruins to make the playoffs and have a deep run. Neely said the same thing at the start of the year and has repeated it.
      The pressure is on.
      I think the expectations are not realistic and trading an asset like Carlo smacks of desperation and short term thinking.
      Or, they are just saying that because that is what most teams say in the Bruins position?
      I guess we will find out.
      As a fan I still hope they get hot and make it, but…

      Can they sell Backes at the deadline?

      • Ray Bark,

        Why would the Bruins sell Backes at the deadline?

        He’s been one of the few players this season that has shown up night in and night out. The guy drives to the net hard, throws his body around, and shots the puck quite a bit. He’s also only played 39 of the 47 games for the Bruins this season and has posted 11G 10A and a -2. 5th on the team in overall points and 3rd in goals. Without Backes right now this team is much closer to the basement of the Eastern Conference than the playoffs. You lose Backes you lose size, and that presence in front of the net.

        Not sure that’s a smart decision on the Bruins part.

      • Trade Backes? Boston play much better with him in the lineup when playing physical and driving to the net. Boston plays Ottawa 3x and Toronto 2x and Ott plays Tor 2x…So for fun I’ll Boston wins their remaining 3 games against Ottawa in regulation and Ottawa loses both games to Toronto in regulations. That’s 5 losses for Ottawa and everything else being equal then Boston gets the last wild card spot. Sorry Ottawa. My point being still lots of hockey to be played and if the Bruins can take care of their own business they be find. Don’t forget they played more games then anyone else and its a very tired team, that plays only 9 games in February, their rest is coming, and then Toronto and Ottawa will have their turn at several games in a short period and we’ll see how things shake out.

      • Boys, I want them to make it too, but a lot needs to go their way and soon.
        IF, and a capital IF, they are in the same position 5-8 points back at the deadline, then you move assets as the odds of making it are very slim.
        Because IF they miss again, that will be 3 straight years. If that isn’t time for a reality check I don’t know what is. It is who they are.
        Yes, Backes. Great character player who still brings value on the ice for the next year or 2 and then the inevitable decline and terrible cap hit for a team that still won’t be a contender.
        Yes Backes get something while you still can.
        Look around the conference; getting younger, faster, and better. Fast.

      • Not good. The odds of them making it today based solely on winning % are just over 30%. Although they have yet to ice a healthy roster. Belesky maybe back this week. Bergeron is starting to come around & Boston does have cap space.

        There are several other factors that playing all these games compared to Toronto & Ottawa that needs to be looked at. Having played so many games in such a short period that is hard for any team & your going to lose many. These teams that have played less will be confronted with the same condensed schedule the Bruins have faced. Just in the 2nd 1/2 of the season as opposed to the 1st.

        Boston has also played 21 games at home & 26 games on the road, so not just a ton of games in a short period but a ton on the road in such a short period. Toronto has played 20 at home, 22 on the road. Ottawa 24 at home 18 on the road. There is nothing I learned in my stats & odds of probability classes to figure out how to weigh those variables in.

        What I do know is that for Boston to have any hope of making the playoffs they wll need to go on an extended winning streak like 8 of the next 10 or 12 out 15 over the remainder of the season some where. Are the capable of doing so? Maybe. But I had Boston missing & see nothing to change that. They are 2 players short. A top 6 winger although Vatrano may fill that role & a top 4 transitional Dman who is respectable defensively. Vatrano is probably to little to late.

      • Trade their prized UFA signing they targeted this summer at the deadline? I don’t wish to be rude or insulting & you know my opinion on this signing. To much money & term.

        Moving 6 million dollar a year players with years remaining on their contracts is virtually impossible in the off season never mind at the trade deadline. With expansion looming not a hope in hell nor does Boston wish to.

        The only issue with Backes is contract not on ice contribution & Boston has the space currently & moving forward for at least the next 3 years to accommodate it. Like we discussed yesterday we cross the money/cap issue later when it becomes necessary if an issue.

        If that means players are forced to be bridged coming out of their ELC’s, others traded or bought out so be it. That’s a long way away & the NHL has put things in place that are increasing revenue streams even with the Canadian dollar issue.

      • If Boston is selling at the deadline & that would shock me, it will be the UFA’s that are expended for what ever they can get.

        Obviously Spooner’s on the table, Morrow if anyone would even consider taking him & possibly a surprise or 2. If Boston is going to try & buy help at D this summer, Spooner, C. Miller, 1 of the young D not McAvoy or Carlo & a pick or picks are the logical assets moved to do so.

        The best time is potentially pre expansion draft when at least 5 teams are confronted with hard choices. If not able to do so at the right cost then protect C. Miller as your #3 Dman & try to address following the expansion draft or in the UFA market.

        Numerous teams are in cap hell, Boston has money to spend & Shattenkirk rumours have NYR & Boston leading. That said who had Vesey signing in NYR until right at the end? W beat that to death & never brought up NYR until days before signing there.

      • Personally im ok with the Backes signing. Like his element, someone who’ll drive to the net. Don’t need speed for that. Strong and physical in the corners. If Boston were to make a trade, i would like to see them Trade Rask and Chara! Yes i said Rask and Chara. I wanted them to keep Jones last year and trade Rask, didn’t happen. I would flip him to St.Louis for Allen and keep the savings. He (Rask) won’t be bringing a Cup to Boston and $7.5 is too much. Chara depends on the get, If it’s a 1st or solid prospect im doing that trade all day long; otherwise keep him for development of the youth. With that said i know No one is giving that up for Chara.

      • Yes I can see how that .930 SV% in 47 playoff starts is an issue. 28-19-0-5.

        As always no to trading Rask or Chara.

      • Backes, not insulting at all Striker. Just a debate. Don’t worry about insulting me it is highly unlikely.
        I didn’t like the signing because of the term and his age. Always dislike those as they always end bad. Already on the back 9.
        I know I am on an island when it comes to this Bruins situation, and agree that it will be Julien’s head not Neely’s or Sweeneys as that is how it always is. Personally I am fine with all but Neely, especially Julien. My Neely dislike is based on rumors about his management style. If true he is an A-hole.
        They have $60.2 committed to 16 players next year. Room for a significant UFA (shattenkirk), but after that and signing Pastrnak and Spooner and another 5 or 6 guys, you are up against it again with no wiggle.
        Is that enough to be a contender? I don’t think so, so we disagree. I do agree it gets them into the playoffs if they stay healthy.
        Also disagree with the deal with it later theory about adding at the deadline or the UFA market unless you are a true contender like Chicago, Wash, Pit.

      • Like i said Striker not bringing a cup to Boston. Rask always gives up that soft one…..You know like in game 6, Chicago winning goal, and doesn’t make the big save when needed you know like game 6 against Chicago before he gave up the soft one 5 seconds later. The reason he won’t be traded is because no one will take a $7m dollar goalie. Like i said trade him and Chara, don’t need to pay $4m for a tutor and a constant puck turnover. No thanks and no why in the heck do you want to spend $6m plus on Shattenkirk, again no thanks unless you’re trading Krug? Boston looking at Krug, C.Miller, Mcavoy, Carlo next year then still have K.Miller and Macquid and Chara. As you know many more d prospect in the pipeline.

    • Were we watching the same game. Crazy how someones perception of what transpired can be so different.This game was won by Lehner playing terrible. Talk about being out there. He waives at some girl sitting next to the bench & then lets in a softie getting pulled after allowing 3 in 16 shots.

      Gradiner was the best player on the ice for either team & the biggest reason Toronto won this game. Not having to carry Carrick & getting to play with Zaitsev was very interesting to see.

  2. The only players here that I would like to comment on are Fleury and vanReimsdyk. To be honest I am not sure at this point why either would be moved. Matt Murray was hardly stellar in an 8-7 win over Washington and Fleury still has plenty of compete left in him. If you could get a quality netminder in return for Fleury then I suppose it’s worth it. But not sure that’s available. As for vanReimsdyk I think the Leafs could benefir from his playoff experience with a young roster. If they make it in (and still a big if for them and many other teams) he could provide some real leadership. I see him being traded as a long term thing, but for right now I see the Leafs keeping him.

    • I agree about JVR Steven. JVR is a legitimate scoring threat and is willing to go to the front of the net to do what needs to be done and he brings soft hands with him as well. Off season trade perhaps; after the post expansion draft? Sure, maybe. But not right now I don’t see it..BUT make the Leafs an offer they can’t refuse and sure they will consider it.

  3. It would be foolish for the Oilers to part with a conditional first round pick for Shattenkirk as a rental? In any and every year at the deadline, the going price for an impact “rental” is usually a first rounder+. Shattenkirk is still young, and he is one of the best offensive defensemen in the NHL…….and yet giving up a conditional first rounder for him would be foolish? Sorry, that’s just stupid.

    • It would be foolish to part with a conditional first-round pick at this year’s trade deadline for a player who could bolt via free agency in July. Doubly so if he does little to help the club in the playoffs, which is always a possibility. Just ask the Chicago Blackhawks, who parted with a package that included a first round pick for Andrew Ladd. He was considered an “impact player” at last year’s trade deadline, but that deal got them first round and out last spring. The NY Rangers gave up two second-round picks for Eric Staal. Same result, first round and out.

      • But Lyle, it happens every single year. It’s the cost of “going for it”. I agree the Ladd deal was stupid, but Stan doesn’t mind taking a risk like that. Shattenkirk would be a huge addition for a team with a real chance to win it all (so maybe Edmonton isn’t the best fit).

      • It doesn’t happen every single year. There’ve been years when supposed impact rental players are moved for only second round picks (hello there, Eric Staal). Bowman could make that move because he was only a year removed from winning a Cup and at the time thought he was in position to win another. Just because Bowman’s a savvy GM doesn’t mean he’s above making the odd blunder. And as we saw, it was a foolish move, one that could prove costly for the Blackhawks down the road. As for the Oilers, they’re not in position to win a Cup this season, so they’re not in any position to “go for it”. The only thing they’re “going for” this season is a playoff berth, and I believe they can reach that without sacrificing a first-round pick.

      • Hello Lyle,

        MAF in Pittsburgh intrigues me because I think he still has a lot to give and has proven to be a character guy. What’s your take on the Pittsburgh goaltending situation? I also wonder why NHL owners/managers don’t view free agency in the same manner as NFL owners/managers? What I mean by that is this; if a players fulfills their contract and walks via free agency or in this case might be snagged up via expansion draft then why is that viewed as a failure? I think Yzerman was bang on in the manner he handled Stamkos. He let him test the waters and if he left then so be it? It would left him with a lot of cap space to fill otherwise. Maybe there is something I am missing here. I say keep Fleury, keep Bishop, they are both contenders (remember the Penguins last year; Tampa can still turn things around) and let the chips fall where they may.

      • Hi, Steven. Regarding the Penguins goalie situation, if they don’t move Fleury at the deadline, I think they’ll buy him out in June before the expansion draft or try to work out a side deal to ensure Vegas doesn’t select Matt Murray if he’s left unprotected. Given Murray’s recent spate of injuries, I can see them keeping Fleury for the rest of the season.

        As for Bishop, if Yzerman could afford to re-sign him to a reasonable short-term deal he’d do it, but Bishop will likely seek a significant raise on a long-term contract, pricing himself out of Tampa Bay. Given the Bolts’ current struggles, I can see them keeping Bishop.

      • Lyle,

        IDK, there have been some years but I’d say more often than not in the last 5 trade deadlines that at least 1 players set to hit UFA is traded for a 1st, or conditional 1st +

        I do agree with you that there are impact type players moved for 2nd round picks as well.

      • Thank the NHL for that 1. Chicago the 5th best team in the league last season has to play StL the 3rd best team in the league in the 1st round. Does this make sense to anyone? Talk about altering the record book.

        When I talk to other people all over the US who are just starting to enjoy hockey they pull my chain constantly about this kind of stuff. What other major professional league, MLB, the NFL or NBA has such stupid rules?

        What they find even more odd is that the NHL keeps changing them constantly. No need to reinvent the wheel. If you are locked into division & conference play which obviously all 4 major north American sports leagues are. Make it fair. This is a joke, beyond a joke actually & as I expressed the other day the NHL record book should contain a reference to this ridiculous format.

        Only the top 2 by division should be guaranteed a playoff spot. The remining 4 spots by wildcard. Then you seed out by conference, 1 plays 8, 2 plays 7, etc. You reseed after each round. Better yet eliminate conferences & have 1 play 16 & so on. This will never happen but the playoff format will be changed for next season in some way.

        This current system was put in place for 3 years. This is year 3 & it’s an unmitigated disaster. Beyond it actually a joke, Mickey Mouse & makes the NHL look stupid.

      • hopefully this comment drops under Striker’s comment regarding the playoff structure.
        I couldn’t agree more.

        You can say what you want I don’t want to see Bruins/Leafs/Sens playing Florida in the first round year in year out.

        Would be great to see original 6 teams like Boston vs Rangers
        or other interesting match ups like Philly and their young D vs. Toronto and their young forwards. The randomness is half the fun.

        St. Louis vs. Chicago is a prime example

      • Tax. “Original 6” is meaningless to any fan not of those teams or younger than…. 50? 60? The NHL is adeptly growing the game. But it takes time. If Florida earns the right to play, as a fan I don’t care if it’s them or rangers or leafs etc.

      • What about if that condition was a 1st round pick if he signs an extension which becomes a 2nd or later if he doesn’t sign? Or add in a player like Davidson who is probable gone in the expansion draft anyways?

  4. Proposal:
    C D Haan + R Strome for N Juulsen,N Scherbak,1st 2017,2nd 2018 and DD

    • I’m not sure Tony, in some respects it’s kicking the can down the road for the Isles as they get young prospects and picks for guys who are already there but it is a solid offer of picks and prospects. Strome hasn’t developed the way he was expected to but still has a lot of potential and perhaps with a new coach he’ll blossom. Of course Scherbak hasn’t been exactly lighting it up and this years draft is pretty weak apparently. I think De Haan is a top 4 D man but the Isles will likely try to move a d man in the coming months to prepare for the expansion draft.

  5. Exhibit A on why hockey writers aren’t GM’s:

    “He (Servelli) also suggests Mason could be better value for the Stars.”

    Costing less isn’t the same as value.

    If Mason was so bad that the Flyers drop out of the playoffs and are willing to deal him, how does acquiring him solve anything for Dallas?

    Regarding Fleury, the BUF/TOR game last night reinforced my long held belief that Buffalo is the best fit for MAF.

    Young team, Byslma, close to Quebec, etc.

    But I’ve always had a gut feeling that Tim Murray is too arrogant to admit mistakes and wouldn’t move on from Lehner after giving up a 1st round pick for him.

    Lehner may be forcing his hand.

    Until last night I would have been OK with Lehner being included in a MAF deal as a backup. Now, I’d rather have Nilsson if such a deal went down.

    Lousy player, lousy attitude.

    • It reunites him with his old coach. Who he had his best days with… That, and anything is an upgrade for Dallas right now.

  6. I have been a Blackhawks fan my entire life and it doesn’t take 20/20 vision to see that their attack is one based on speed throughout the line up. I just don’t see Jerome Ignila as being a fit.
    And sure … it is pretty clear that the entire seaosn that have looked more and more like a one line team.
    And Toews needing “other” eg. veteran wingers sure you can make that argument too.
    But his lack of production is more about the linger back issue he is having in my humble opinion.
    And they are going to not be over-spending (like the Danault trade) or that firts rounder despite the weak draft class that is filled with more promise and projection than sure fire can’t miss type prospects.
    I could see them attempting to trade for a younger low Cap RFA who just might get convinced to stick around at a low slalry bump…the kid of young forwards that the wings have in abundance and would be able to pay.
    Even with that type trade, you are getting what is in place at the parent roster already: a younger guy who has to mess and needs more time and they have them there already showing promise.
    Trevor vanRiemsdyk is really playing well and even though he costs little right now Cap wise, he is an interest chip that could go now or at the Las Vegas expansion. It starts to be a question of, do you weaken the blueline depth by subtracting a really improving young backliner BEFORE the playoffs?
    And is the return a vet or a younger future Cap fit?

    I look at all those available names and don’t see an answer worth playing in the top six over the kids being developed.

    TvR more than fills the wish list of so many teams looking for a solid solution to play NHL defense who is light on his edges, smart all around.

    Not so sure the Hawks are going to be even be this extravagant in terms of farm & parent rosters…

    Like so many teams any big move, maybe a subtraction from the top three or the forward untouchables would come AFTER a poor playoff showing where the can get true quality youngsters in return, not now.

    But…I ma sure some teams will go shopping and over pay like the Hawks have in the past

  7. I could se the Flyers moving Del Zotto, Streit or Neurvorth. All UFA’s who wont probably re-sign. Plus the Flyers are long D, and Stolarz could be the back up.
    One of the D plus Neuvorth would make sense to Edmonton.

    • I think Streit is almost the perfect short term solution in Edm & with Philadelphia’s cap crunch they are walking on a tightrope currently.

      They are 1 short term injury, a player who isn’t LTIR; won’t miss at least 10 games, eligible away from having to do something.

  8. Though Perreault has a four-year contract starting next season, Seravalli speculates the Jets could move him rather than risk losing him in the expansion draft. No he won’t be protected over Lowry. At this point with 4g in 33 games on pace for 9 and scored 9 goals with 41pts ly, a new 4 year contract to kick in at $4.125 and just turned 29. I don’t see Vegas touching him and at this point I think Winnipeg hopes they do. I be more optimistic if he had a better goal scoring season last year. Yet the jets gave him 4 more years after only scoring 9 goals.

  9. Also worth noting that Bruins Director of Player Personnel, John Ferguson flew out yesterday for the Avalanche-Blackhawks game per Adrian Dater.

    It certainly seems as if the Bruins are willing to include Brandon Carlo in a deal but I’m sure it’s for the right deal.

    It’s not going to be Carlo, player/prospect and a 1st for just Landeskog. I would imagine there are more moving pieces to this and Boston would be getting Landeskog +, even if it meant that the Bruins throw in another kicker.

    Sounds like the team is quite high on McAvoy, Lauzon, and Lindgren in the pipeline. Not to mention Zboril. There is also O’Gara and Grzelcyk in the AHL.

    Although I would not be discouraged if the Bruins were to move Carlo… if the right package is coming back to Boston and it addresses not only the LW position but another… they have to keep their phone lines and ears open.

    As long as the trade is made under the assumption that it impacts us in a positive way in the future… I’m okay with the Bruins swinging a deal. This can’t be for immediate results, which is you’re including Carlo it likely isn’t because you’re taking away from the blue line.

    • Had Carlo moved before he played I’m in. Now? I don’t move these types of Dman ever unless confronted with no choice or an offer to good to refuse. He has been a revelation.

      What’s wrong with Marchand, Vatrano & Belesky as your top 3 LW’s? Boston has a ton of cap space invested at forward. Unless Krejci is moving how do you fit Landeskog in long term?

      Backes, Pastrnak & ? as your #3 RW. That’s the hole that needs to be filled. I don’t want Backes playing as the #3 C; he makes far to much money for that role, so he plays as a RW unless injuries force him to C or again Krejci is moved.

      • Striker,

        Yes, he has been a revelation but if the package coming back is the right one moving forward, which I mentioned in my write up. Then yes I think the Bruins move the player. Has to be the right package coming to Boston though.

        There’s nothing wrong with that lineup at LW and I do think the Bruins are going to look at moving Krejci. As long as he has a decent season and doesn’t get hurt, they’ll explore options in the offseason.

        The team signed Backes to be a center. He publicly came out and said that after he signed his contract that Boston spoke about having him be a center. He’s signed long term. Seems foolish to sign a player who’s better at center, long term, for big money, to then move to the RW or as you mentioned 3rd line (would be silly).

        Spooner is still on the team. If they decide to resign Spooner then Krejci seems like the odd man out. They move Krejci to bring in another defenseman.

      • Moving Krejci’s contract won’t be easy. Can’t say impossible. Gretzky moved, Clarkson moved. Hell Subban & Weber moved, Ha-ha! Granted for 1 & other but still makes me shake my head every time I think about that deal from Nashville’s perspective & that isn’t meant to slight Subban in any way. I love Subban. I just love Weber more & contractually at point of trade it makes ZERO sense to me.

        Weber. 10 years remaining on his contract. Cap hit $7,857,143 actually monies owed 54 million.

        Subban. 6 years remaining on his contract. Cap hit 9 million actually monies owed 58 million.

        Again at the start of this season. Montreal gets Weber 4 years longer granted a declining Weber for 4 million less than it will cost Nashville to have Subban for 6 years?

      • I do agree that it won’t be easy but I think it’s something that the Bruins need to explore. The log jam/redundancy at center is a head scratcher!

    • Might be a good move if Colorado retained some of Landeskog’s contract.
      Would give Boston some cap space to sign someone like Shattenkirk to replace losing Carlo. You never know what’s going on behind doors. Maybe Carlo wants to play in Colorado and wants out ASAP. If something like Hamilton plays out I would definitely move him for Landeskog.
      Anyway Barre could also be involved in a bigger deal.

  10. I assume Winnipeg would protect Lowry over Perreault if they choose to protect 4 Dman. Lowry is a monster & is just filling out that massive frame & in 2 to 3 more years should be a dominate 2 way 2nd/3rd line C. He should settle in at 15 to 20 goals & 40 to 45 points, possibly better when fully developed.

    Like many other teams confronted with these hard decisions Winnipeg will do what is ever necessary to address. I assume Trouba will be moved pre expansion draft allowing Winnipeg to protect 7, 3 & 1. If the right deal isn’t available Enstrom will be given a choice, waive his NMC or he will be bought out, again Winnipeg protects 7, 3 & 1. Or if that isn’t appealing to them they will simply expose Perreault, Copp, Armia, etc. Lowry won’t be left unprotected. This is the type of C most teams covet. Big, good skater, responsible defensively & will keep getting better offensively as he grows into that frame & gets more NHL experience & confidence.

  11. Neal returned for Nashville on Saturday night.

  12. If Benning is serious considering the state of the Canucks, Benning should at least be willing to ask his players like Burrows if they are interested in moving. Not doing so would be stupid as he’s not coming back. Better to not lose them for ZERO like Hamhuis & Vrbata.

    Benning is clueless. My buddy went to NJ game Sunday night. NHL shows it as a sell out. He said the building was a 1/3rd empty. Now it is NJ, Sunday night by the entertainment value of that game he said was brutal.

    • Striker, I agree Benning shouldn’t even be allowed to play the game Clue. Of course I’m not sure what they really get from moving Burrows and potentially Miller. The draft isn’t all that deep so picks for this year may not net you a whole lot.

      Perhaps you get lucky and find someone willing to give you a third or fourth for Burrows. Maybe Miller gets you a third if he’s willing to move. With the track record they have in drafting and development it doesn’t look like this helps much.

  13. Would
    Beaulieu,juulsen,Sergachev ,1st 2017 + cap dump land you Leddy?
    Or a package of
    Beaulieu,Juulsen,Sergachev,1st 2017,1st 2018, Scherback + Plekanec for Leddy & Strome..
    I believe isls win this deal

    • Tony for that NYI would throw Snow in the deal for free. Way to much for Leddy in my opinion. Don’t forget Islanders aren’t exactly in the drivers seat

      • agree

  14. besides the Bruins needing help on the D and a power forward they also need someone to be a leader on the ice and in the clubhouse , have counted 5 times this year CJ has said the Bruins weren’t ready to play…its on him but also on the players

    • Coach speak. Meaningless rhetoric. A team plays bad. Coach in post game interview. Fill in the blank here. “We weren’t ready to play.”

      I know most of you hate personal antidotes but regardless. As a coach at a far lower level I don’t want to speak to anyone before or after a game. I’m wound up, be it hockey, baseball or soccer & I have coached all 3. Baseball & hockey competitively. Again at a far lower level but even in a win I may be very upset.

      • Striker,

        It may be meaningless rhetoric but it’s not the what the media nor its fan base wants to continue hearing. Eventually, people do want to hear something different. Even if it’s a few different words… I mean speak French for all I care but the same excuses game after game, different days, wears down and angers the masses.

        I’m also at the point that I feel a change in leadership is likely needed as well. Although, Julien is a great coach he may be the casualty of poor play. Sometimes making a change is a good thing. Stirs up the team. New voice.

        I hate hearing the fans or media out there that say you won’t find a better coach. The Bruins don’t need a better coach, they need a different one, different views, and different voice to get the team on the same page. There are plenty of teams in the NHL with coaches who are NOT named Claude Julien who have been far far far more successful since the Bruins won the cup in 2011.

        I’m almost certain there’s a young up and coming coach somewhere in the league or AHL, or NCAA, or pick your poison that can come in and grow with the team and be successful.

        Happens all the time in professional sports.

      • Chad.

        I agree with you. A new voice can’t hurt at this point. Most coaches have a 3 year life span, 5 tops with a few rare exceptions. Julien is in year 10.

      • Figured it was up there… didn’t know it was 10 but damn! That’s a long time. He has done a lot of good for the Bruins but I believe its time.

        If this team is suppose to grow/rebuild moving forward/look different. I’d really like to see a new coach grow and move forward with the team as well.

      • It is 100% the players job to be ready to play not the coach. But agree with Striker, that phrase is one of a few they recycle.
        Sure a different voice might give them a bump short term, but not long term. The Bruins play a disciplined style most nights without reeling them in offensively and have very good analytic #’s. Players respect him.
        They aren’t finishing, lack the speed up front to play the up tempo game of a PIT, and have brain farts that lead to grade A chances, and holes in the lineup that lead to the same.

  15. Hi … well let me start off by saying I truly disagree with the assessment of Pleckanec. A declining asset how can one come up with that determination ?
    Well one bad year doesn’t make you a declining asset if that’s the case P.Bergeron should be on that list 31 years of age and has 18 points or Kopitar 4 goals on the season or J.Towes , Landesgok, Larkin are all declining assets. Also let’s be real I get he’s getting older, but this guy is still going to put you in 40-60 points a season while checking the best teams players night in and night out . This year he’s having a bad year but he’s still going to hit 35-40 points and check the opponents best line. He must be doing something right for the team to be where they are with half the team missing. Also have you seen who he’s been playing with all season a rookie Lekhonen and whoever they have healthy and you want him to have a 50-60 point season lol, or maybe it’s because he played to much hockey with the WC a lot of players that I mentioned are having bad years that played at the WC. So I’d hold off in judging a player in his calibre. So if Montreal would trade him to Edmonton for RNH obviously Edmonton will take something back Dman or Goalie Prospect plus a draft pick 2nd round. Edmonton needs a checking centre and they want to put Drisitale and Mcdavid as the top 2 centres meaning RNH is out plus Pleckanec’s contract is up next season so they save that 6 million to give Mcdavid and company. Win win for both teams

    • Frank…It doesn’t take much for the league and it’s fans to give up on a player. They actually reported that they thought Crosby was done last year due to his slow start

  16. Montreal truly needs offense 1st a top line centre in the likes of RNH or Duchesne. 2nd a Winger that could score in the likes of Strome or JVR
    3rd a dman that can play D someone like Beauchemin, Seidenberg, Stone

    Montreal gets 2 out of 3 in any of these positions they will be cup contenders if all healthy

    Of Note : half the NHL are looking for that type of list lol so good luck in getting it.

  17. Thankfully Reilly isn’t thought to be seriously injured. Toronto’s D is about to be tested. NYR isn’t the ideal opponent to be rolling out a 3rd pairing of Corrado & Carrick against especially with everyone healthy at forward but Fast.

    Thankfully Lundqvist is doing his impression of Ben Scrivens playing for Edmonton. This game could be entertaining. It certainly has the potential to be a barn burner offensively. NYR’s D has been in taters since losing Staal. Weird but the new forced pairings aren’t working. Skjei & Holden were brutal against Dallas but a fun game to watch. Not that they were paired together but both looked lost in that game.

  18. I read somewhere Boston has 17 million in cap space with the prorated rate of time left in the season. So if they really want to go for it.
    Landeskog,Barre and Iginla for
    Carlo,Zboril,K.Miller or Maquaid,Spooner,Hayes (salary dump), prospect like Debrusk or Synshyn and first rounder.
    I would stay the course and not worry about this season though. I think most Bruin fans feel the same.

    • Dave,

      It was actually tweeted out yesterday by CapFriendly.

      Bruins currently have $3.82M in cap space. Can translate as high as $8.3M when pro-rated to yesterday and up to $17.2M at the trade deadline.

      Not entirely sure how all of the pro-ration but if you head to the CapFriendly website it gives you a breakdown.

      Bruins have more than enough space to make any and all moves necessary if they please. However, it also would mean that big pieces are leaving as well.

  19. Not sure why they even put Halak on the trade bait board. Clearly the Isles can’t even give the guy away. There are also plenty of teams potentially looking at moving a goalie. Only way the Isles get something (aka a conditional 6th rounder) is if some team’s goalies are in the same cab when it rear ends a bus

  20. N Beaulieu for S Theodore
    Done !!!!!
    You first heard with me

    • Tony,

      … and why would the Ducks do this deal?

  21. The Lightning can’t sign Bishop, long or short, without exposing Vasy to the draft ( or doing a side deal with Vegas, which would likely be expensive. They can, of both sides are willing, ink him this summer after the expansion draft. I think a lot of decisions will be made differently this year. The draft is set up to make sure Vegas can get a good player from every team. They can also get some assets by allowing teams to, in effect protect more players with side deals. This further, rather absolutely, forces teams to expose who they think their core players are, which will alter the trade value and availability of their other assets — and may alter the mindset of those assets themselves. We’ve not had a trade deadline season like this, and many of our assumptions may turn out not reflective of this changed environment. Here’s an example; sitting on a no-trade by a player not only locks him to a team, but forces someone else to be exposed. Different cost than we’ve seen before: will we see some startling buy-outs?

  22. I see people talking coaching change for Julien in Boston. What about Maurice in Winnipeg!? I know Gary Lawless on TSN cited goaltending as Winnipeg’s biggest issue but jeez when are the rest of them going to pick it up with respect to team play and dumb penalties? I find the Jets very frustrating as I am hoping for a flood of Canadian teams in the playoffs this year a la 2015; but the Jets just keep screwing things up!