NHL Rumor Mill – February 16, 2017

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Could the Los Angeles Kings pursue Colorado Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla?

Updates on the Avalanche, Coyotes, Canucks and Senators in your NHL rumor mill.

THE DENVER POST:  Terry Frei reports Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic isn’t saying what his plans are leading up to the March 1 trade deadline. However, he made it clear he’ll continue listening to offers, including those for right wing Jarome Iginla, provided he can be moved to a playoff contender.

Sakic hopes to boster his blueline depth both in the short term and for the future. He also said he won’t make a move just for the sake of doing so, and downplayed his recent scouting trip of several Eastern Conference clubs. Sakic also said first-year coach Jared Bednar’s job is safe and expects sidelined starting goalie Semyon Varlamov (hip surgery) to be fully healthy next season.

ESPN.COM:  Pierre LeBrun reports Iginla’s $5.33 million cap hit could make him difficult to move. A source said the Los Angeles Kings have “kicked around the merits” of acquiring the 39-year-old winger, but the Avs would have to pick up part of that cap hit. LeBrun speculates the Edmonton Oilers were rumored as a possible destination for Iginla, but he feels their focus is on adding a third-line center. He also speculates the Avs haven’t received much interest from rival clubs in the veteran winger. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Iginla was still on a 20-goal pace as he was last season, I believe the interest would be higher. But with only seven goals and 15 points in 54 games, it’s obvious that age and the wear and tear of 20 NHL seasons has finally caught up to him. 

In other trade speculation, LeBrun suggests Tampa Bay Lightning center Brian Boyle could be a good alternative for teams that fail to acquire center Martin Hanzal from the Arizona Coyotes. 

New Jersey Devils pending UFAs P.A. Parenteau and Kyle Quincey could hit the trade block before the deadline. 

The Calgary Flames need a top-nine forward to help their offense and a defenseman, “perhaps as a rental.”

The Toronto Maple Leafs won’t sacrifice assets for a short-term fix just because they’re in playoff contention this season. If they do decide to make a move, they could free up over $13 million by placing Nathan Horton, Joffrey Lupul and Stephane Robidas on long-term injured reserve. 

Not as much trade talk regarding the San Jose Sharks compared to previous trade deadlines. 

ARIZONA SPORTS: Craig Morgan reports the Coyotes haven’t had substantive contract talks with pending UFAs Martin Hanzal and Michael Stone, making them the most likely to be dealt. Morgan believes it’ll take more than a mid-round pick to pry UFA winger (and the Coyotes’ leading scorer) Radim Vrbata away from Arizona. General manager John Chayka said there’s been no discussion whatsoever with captain Shane Doan about waiving his no-trade clause.

VANCOUVER SUN: Iain MacIntyre reports veteran Canucks forwards Alex Burrows and Jannik Hansen have some trade value, but their no-trade clauses complicates things. As a result, they will largely determine whether they’ll be dealt before the March 1 deadline. MacIntyre doubts goaltender Ryan Miller, who also has a no-movement clause, gets traded. He also considers defenseman Erik Gudbranson their most marketable commodity, but he’s currently sidelined by a hand injury. The June expansion draft could also make it difficult to do a straight hockey trade rather than a rental deal.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports trade rumors are swirling around young Senators forward Curtis Lazar, who was a healthy scratch in the club’s last four games. “Lazar’s agent J.P. Barry is meeting with Senators GM Pierre Dorion later this week, and TSN’s Darren Dreger tweeted he “wouldn’t be surprised” if Lazar requests a trade,” writes Garrioch, who said no such request has been made yet. If the Sens shop Lazar, Garrioch expects they’ll want “a high pick in return.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Garrioch reports today that Lazar and his agent are expected to meet with Dorion on Saturday to discuss the winger’s future and his options, which could include a trade. 


  1. Maybe swap dp for lazar… both flops to this point.

    • Seems closer to right than a “high pick” for Lazar.

      • With sheary hags out he might get a game or two with Mallon or croz.

      • Lazar- reminds me so much of Matt Frattin- a tweener – don’t see a very high ceiling for him unfortunately

  2. Lazar for Duclair ? That could be a benefit for both…

    • As a sens fan, I’d be down for that swap.

  3. Habs proposals:
    2nd 2017 + J de la Rose for B Boyle
    1st 2017 + M McCarron + 2nd 2018 for Duclair and Hanzal
    D Desharnais + 2nd 2017 + 1st 2018 for N Bjugstad


    • Where’s my penny?

    • Please.

      Get a life.

    • I think the price for Hanzal might be a 1st and a prospect, throw in Duclair and I feel like Arizona is going to ask for a heck of a lot more, especially given the fact McCarron hasn’t really cut it yet 2 points in 20 games, he’s a 4th line, maybe a 3rd line guy.

      • No way in hell Arizona gets a 1st and a prospect for Hanzal. I’d be very surprised if a first is on the table. He’s purely a rental. The days of getting 1st rounders for rentals have come to an end, unless it’s a Shattenkirk or top line forward or dman. I know the TSN and Sportsnet insiders are connected but the fact that they have said Brian Boyle could fetch a first rounder has made me question that. That statement was ridiculous. Having said that, if they’re right, I’ll eat my words. Pat Maroon is a similar type player to Boyle in terms of size, skill and value and Oilers got him for a 4th rounder and ‘B’ prospect at last years deadline.

    • I have no desire to move McCarron. I’m happy Bergevin to this point has stood firm on not trading key pieces of the future for “A quick fix.”

      As fun as it is fantasizing about potential trades, the truth is, there is no sense trading future assets if they can be brought in to help you now. That’s why Bergevin is saying no as soon McCarron and Sergachev are mentioned. Why trade McCarron for hanzal when you already have 6-6, 230 pound McCarron. If it were up to me, I would also call up Nikita Scherbak. Why trade Nikita Scherbak for a rental, when you could be playing Nikita Scherbak? Bring him up and play them both for the next 2 weeks. Try a line up of:

      Pacioretty, Galchenyuk, Radulov
      Scherbak, McCarron, Gallagher
      Byron, Danault, Shaw
      Lehkonen, Plekanec, Mitchell

      Emelin, Weber
      Beaulieu, Petry
      Markov, Nesterov


      • You are aware that McCarron can’t skate well enough to be an NHL player yet & may never?

      • Not too mention how green your 2nd line is by doing that. But by all means go ahead. We all want to see the loses accumulate

      • OK first of all it’s only for 2 weeks. Secondly, I would gladly waive Desharnais to make room for McCarron and Scherbak full-time. You can if you want to, make Byron, Danault and Shaw or Gallagher your 2nd line… Make your 3rd line Lehkonen, Plekanec, Shaw and have a 4th line of: Scherbak, McCarron, Mitchell.

        If you can trade Desharnais, then do it, but it won’the be for a huge return. It would be like Desharnais for Yakupov or Desharnais for Shawn Thornton. Maybe Desharnais for Seidenberg. You might be able to talk FLA out of Jagr if you offer Desharnais with a prospect (Jacob DeLaRose) and a 2nd. I doubt it though because, Desharnais has 0 trade value. Desharnais in a package to Colorado might work. But you’don’t most likely be doing Desharnais for Yakupov.

        I think Bergevin should continue to gut the coaching staff. Fire his current AHL staff and start over. Try a name like Ducharme for your 1st year in Laval.

      • BTW Striker…I’ve watched a ton of Habs Hockey and I think his skating is pretty solid. I think because of his build, his skating stride looks awkward, but he’s a solid skater who has a higher ceiling for improvement and offensive output. Much higher than that of a Martin Hanzal you would get in return. I’d want to see where he fits in Julien’s Habs. I would note that in the Memorial Cup, he was 65% in the face-off circle. He’s sound positionally too. All I’m saying is, if we need scoring and size up front, why not give your kids a shot, under a championship calibre coach?

      • I don’t know where striker comes up with this terrible skating in maccarron skates as well or better than lucic and maccarron is just figuring out his game still good potential

      • i wouldn’t mind to trade Petty with Bealieu if we can get another def, good def. I know he’s adding some points, but he reminds me cheaper version of Subban- mistakes around our net

      • Well, if you trade for Yakupov it is strictly as a rental as there is no way you qualify him at his $2.5M salary. I don’t think his name has come up from any rival GM as a trade target, but you can’t blame the Blues for trying to dump him.
        Yakupov is not an NHL player, and there is nothing in his history that would suggest he ever will be.
        Good kid, works hard, has no clue. He is 23 now and doesn’t understand how to play the wing. His team mates don’t know where to look for him in the offensive zone and is an ineffective defensive player.
        He will be the KHL next year.

    • Have you infiltrated elements of LeafsNation to obtain hints on one-sided deals?

      First of all, this year’s draft is one of the less stellar in recent years, so a Montreal 1st (probably mid-range) and a 2nd (40-odd deep) are hardly enticing.

      Secondly, de la Rose and McCarron are both something less than bona-fide prospects.

      And as for Desharnais, why would Fklorida want him and picks for Bjugstad?

      • I said send Desharnais for Yakupov. Although if you could throw Desharnais into a Package for Grigorenko and Zadorov. Maybe Pateryn, Desharnais and a pair of 2nd round picks for the Grigorenko and Zadorov.

      • I love the idea of Yakupov, he might fit into the Habs, if St Louis will eat a bit of salary/or Plekanec +something in return

      • I was responding to Tony’s original post, Craig, not yours.

    • Tony of the trade proposals you made Desharnais going to FLA is the most realistic. In that Desharnais could go to Florida. You could do:

      To FLA: Dave Desharnais

      To MTL: Shawn Thornton, 3rd round pick 2017

      One of the other deadline deals I would make:

      To NYI: WSH’s 2nd round pick, 2017

      To MTL: Dennis Seidenberg

    • If this was the case I’d say all would be accepted and I would do …. But I still think Montreal should go for Duchesne or Landesgok or even both

  4. Yesterday Boyle is rumoured to get a 1st and now possibly Lazar? Wow, these must be desperate times my friends. I get the weak draft and all but still, just wow.

    • Lazar hasnt been rumoured to get a 1rst. The rumour is the Sens will ask for a first. He isnt worth it and if a yrade demand becomes public it will handcuff the Sens reducing his value more.

  5. I think the Devils should look to move Schneider… get back a solid young piece. send him to Dallas for niemi, honka, 2nd round pick. They have blackwood up n coming and the young assets fit the mold.

    • Blackwood looks promising but I think the Devils will hold onto to Schneider for awhile, don’t see Dallas moving young dmen

    • And Yzerman sits…and waits…and contemplates how Cory Conacher (now back as a FA AHLr) brought him Ben Bishop.

      • Only because Edmonton had an idiot in charge at the time who, when offered Bishop, offered an aging pending UFA (Jones), at which point Murray went to Yzerman.

    • Blackwood just turned 20, he’s 2 to 3 years away from even being an NHL backup & 5 or 6 from potentially being a starter.

      NJ isn’t moving Schneider. You need good goaltending regardless of the stage of a rebuild you might be in. Young players need to have confidence knowing if they mess up someone is there to bail them out.

      Losing constantly isn’t a good development model nor environment for young players to learn & develop in.

      With the NHL’s new weighted lottery & altered odds of winning 1st overall, the last place team in the league, although they have the best odds now, has an 80% chance of not picking 1st. Toronto got lucky last year but that luck isn’t holding out for everyone year in & year odd. In fact just the opposite.

      • Murray only 22 . Plenty of stop gap goalies available for a couple years. Maf halak etc. could get one of them cheap for a couple years and move schneider in his prime for good young value. It’s worth a thought

      • Yes there are exceptions to everything in life but Murray is in a very small minority. 1 that is almost non existent it’s so rare.

        Think away all you want but Schneider has a solid contract both in salary & term, is 1 of the best goalies in the NHL playing for a god awful hockey team in the prime of his career for goalies. Virtually untouchable. NJ’s net issues are set until such time as Blackwood may be ready to assume the starters role in 5 to 6 years.

        The next round of expansion may force the issue as in that round Blackwood won’t be exempt but that’s 2 or 3 years out.

        He isn’t getting traded anytime soon.

      • so blackwood wont be able to start until he is 25? wow.

      • many goalies currently started starting in early twenties… price, luongo, rask, murray, hellbuyck, varlamov, miller, Gibson, vasileski, Anderson, ward, bobrosky, lundqvuist, holtby… all starters by 23 or younger. just sayin

      • I don’t have time to go back & research all those goalies but you have a who’s who of superstars or soon to be supertars. Andersen just became the undisputed #1 goalie in Toronto. Shared the roll with Gibson in Anaheim. Is 27. Anderson was 27 when he had his 1st year as a starter in Colorado only to get relegated to the back up roll the season following & trade bait the season following that. Almost 29 when he became Ottawa’s starter. Vasilevsky isn’t the starter yet. Miller was 25 when he became a starter. Rask was 26. Bobrovsky 25. I don’t have time to do the rest but most were 23. Just saying.

        How many goalies have played in the NHL as a teams #1’s since Luongo & Miller entered the NHL, 150? Probably more. Go check their ages as starters.

      • Obviously you didn’t have time to do the reasearch then striker. For someone who is so ingrained in flaunting factual posts to the point they become almost second blogs sometimes you just laid a big egg.

  6. Bring Jerome back to Calgary (if they think can manage a playoff spot) and then retire a Flame…. Lazar needs a change of scenery move him this year while there is still a perception of value…Not sure Boyle is worth a first round pick but a nice playoff performer, a big body with an edge who can kill penalties and win draws. Will attract a lot of interest

    • I think Iginla will be a good pickup. I know his numbers are down and he old. But I also think at this point in time he’s probably going thru the motions. Being traded to a contending team, he’ll give it all he has to win that elusive cup. I’m not saying your getting Iginla of 10yrs ago, but one that still has enough drive and passion to give a good playoff run. He’ll be worth the pickup.

      • I think iggy could help a contender on the 2nd pp unit still has the good shot, la seems like a fit

  7. How’s bout maf to Carolina for ward? Benefits both clubs

    • Fleurys value isn’t even worth ward now he has not looked good and nobody is gonna help Pitts out, might have to add a prospect to get rid of him

      • I really doubt that but we will see. It’s all down to what pens want to do. Last option is buy out and that doesn’t help west coast teams like it would metro teams. Pens have a lot of options and scenarios, not all good but worst case is the buy out. They could hold a little salary in a trade as well. Maf at 5.75 eh… maf at 4.5 might be more interesting for teams. I definitely believe teams will gamble and mafs struggles being related to being a backup. Guess we’ll see.

      • MAF will be traded in the off season for something. He won’t be given away but the supply & demand dynamics with expansion looming the return won’t be much but he isn’t moving for Ward not unless Carolina included something.

        Since Dec 1st Fleury is 8-2-2. He won 5 in a row over Christmas with Murray out injured. 1 of those 2 loses was to Washington, everyone losses to Washington, that was the 1st of back to backs, Murray got Ottawa the next night? & 1 of the OTL’s was 2-1 against Toronto in which Fleury played great.

        Hard to play well when you sit for extended periods of time. Hard for a goalie to get into a rhythm in that situation especially someone like MAF who is used to being the go to guy. Hard on you mentally.

      • Dude and I mean Big Bad Bruins….once again your bumbling MAF is way better than Cam Ward at this point..his value may be down but he just needs reps..

        MAF played well against Arizona until that crap overtime goal he gave up…no one more annoyed than me but..He just needs to play and he will be really good again…playing once every ten games doesn’t work…cam ward just isn’t a starting goalie anymore there is a difference.

      • Not much of a difference, sv% the same wards goals against is better by almost half a goal, wards contract is cheaper by 2 million per and a yr less? why would Carolina take on that contract when ward brings you the same? Fleury is even playing for a better team! Trade makes no sense

      • If worse comes to worse, I suspect the Pens can trade MAF for Niemi even up.

        Stars would likely then buy out Lehtonen, find a cheap backup and start clean next year.

        Pens might be able to carry Niemi for one year or buy him out at a lower cap hit than MAF would be.

        FWIW, any playoff team should be looking at Brian Boyle as a first priority not a backup plan to Hanzal. I like both players, but Boyle is a force in the playoffs year in and year out. Much better value.

      • if car felt MAF was a better man then his low 3 mil would be better than niemi’s 4.5. and yes GMJR might be able to weasel a mid round pick or mid range d prospect back as well but really the benefit would be 2 mil in cap relief, 1 less year on contract, expansion problem solved…

      • Hey cub or little bruin, who says no one is going help the penguins. A team will take fleury for the value he is, a goaltender that can help a team for another two years til he is on the downward turn on his career.

        Hate to tell you Fleury haters out there but he still carries value, two Stanley cups, two extremely cap friendly years left on him, and only a recent soft numbers this year compared to the last two seasons which could be blamed on lack of play. Hell look at last season alone, carried the penguins for the first half of the season when no one was scoring and didn’t lose his job til two months til the end. Plus if it wasn’t for Murray being hot in the playoffs, they could have easily gone back to fleury.

        That’s the one thing I truly hate about this sign sometimes and some that are (let’s be honest) trolls, you all think all your players are gold and valued unrealisticly and everyone else is crap.

        Now I know in some of my posts I look like overvalued some penguins and prospects but sometimes I’m testing their true value. After all this is a rumors page and about half are just testing the waters to see if their trade idea can tread water. I would say the other half are here to clam they know everything when they truthfully don’t even know their own team they warship.

        In my years I’ve grown from a one vision penguin warshipping moron to someone that truly love the NHL and probably could be a effective writer for some sports page out there. I’m still a die hard penguins fan and see the values of prospects and current roster players and might overvalued one or two but in this case, fleury isn’t a so called “dump player” like some one sighted one team dummies here believe.

      • Ryan c.. you are a hypocrite sir! You are overvaluing fleurys trade value you big time every gm in the league knows that if fleury is kept by the pens past the deadline he is either gonna be bought out or traded for anything they can get! Fleurys numbers are horrible on s good pens team, what team is gonna pay good value for a goalie that save% is barely over 900 and a whopping 3gaa?

    • There is a connection with Carolina and Pittsburgh Francis Rutherford…maybe MAF goes there. Carolina’s goal tending has been inconsistent..Fluery is the athletic goalie that ward isn’t anynmore sounds good….

      he could be the push that teams needs to squeak in to the playoffs a couple timely saves who knows…

      • I agree & made that very suggestion 6 to 8 weeks ago. 1 of the most logical fits for MAF in the NHL.

        Carolina protects him; MAF, in expansion exposes Ward & Lack, neither get selected & Carolina decides what to do with Ward or Lack down the road.

      • Read above striker why that makes no sense for Carolina

      • if ward went back to Pittsburgh they don’t even have to worry about both of them in the off season.

      • I’ve been a Penguins fan for 30 years. I agree there is a deal to be made with Carolina but I want Lack not Ward. And I am including Fehr in any trade for MAF because he is expendable and when the team is healthy he will be blocking a better player from being on the roster.
        MAF+Fehr+Jeff Taylor for Lack+Pesce+ DiGiuseppe
        Fills needs for both teams. Taylor is a college star who I really thought looked talented at the last 2 rookie tournaments. Hate to see him go but it makes the trade even.

  8. Habs..Colorado Proposal….

    Colorado send Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog ( Montreal get a centre top Left winger to play with Duchene,Lankeskog and Gallagher for a scoring 2nd line

    Montreal send Alex Galchenyuk,Andrew Shaw,Mickhail Sergachev,David Desharnais and a 1st Round Pick

    Colorado receives a Big Center,and top prospect defenceman along with Secondary scoring and Grit ( Shaw). Note Desharnais was through in for Cap Considerations along with a 1st Round Pick,

    • You’re not far off from a decent proposal there. You may need to add another 1st rounder to make that deal happen possibly another B level prospect too

    • The chances Colorado trades both players is slim to non existent & certainly not in the same trade.

      Colorado gets nothing they need in this deal. A solid young top 4 Dman today on the development bandwagon with future top 2 potential. They take 2 bad contracts in Desharnais & Shaw & Gelchenyuk who is going to demand money he hasn’t yet earned but with 2 years to UFA status & arbitration rights this summer, he can choose a 1 or 2 year deal coming out of arbitration; at players option, making himself a UFA 2 years out if unhappy with his contract offer.

      You wouldn’t be a Montreal fan by chance. Ha-ha!

      • Striker,

        I’m completely 100% with you on this one. If Colorado does decide to move BOTH players it’ll be in separate deals. They can maximize their returns by doing so and will have the ability to get exactly what they want. Packaging both together for some type of “godfather” offer isn’t realistic when you look at it from Colorado’s side. They’ll be limiting themselves by doing so.

        If they move both it’ll be in separate deals. They’ll drive the prices/bidding on both and will have the ability to get exactly the names and levels of talent they’re looking for.

      • Galchenyuk is basically a toss up for duschene and don’t think beregivin would give up shaw,segachev and a first for landeskog! They won’t be traded together anyways

    • Colorado is going to get Nico Hischier or Nolan Patrick at the draft. They have no need for Galchenyuk. Furthermore, Bergevin has already stated trade proposals involving Sergachev are the shortest ones he has. In other words Sergachev is not Denver bound. Andrew Shaw is a player Bergevin is high on and is hoping will return to a form of play more reflective of his cap hit. Desharnais for Yakupov is the best you’re going to get for Desharnais. Healthy scratch for Healthy scratch.

      The reason Bergevin made the coaching change, is because he doesn’t want to make a trade when his club is struggling. He wants to get a different perspective on the collection of assets he currently has.

      Joe Sakic is looking for 3 pieces for Duchene alone, which means 5-6 pieces for Duchene and Landeskog together. It’s not like you’re trading for Gretzky and Kurri here. It is fun to speculate, but the reality is most likely Duchene and Landeskog are still Avs by March 2nd.

    • Now that’s a more reasonable proposal Wayne, unlike Tony’s above which was canoes for battleships.

  9. Iginla makes perfect sense for the Kings. He’s never won a cup and the type of player that other teammates can rally around. “Let’s win one for Iginla.” This is very similar to Ray Bourque going to the Avs.

    • Nor will he win one with this year’s edition of the Kings.

      • Never count the kings out George they are dd one more scoring winger and budaj keeps playing solid( or quick makes it back) they still have a good team built for the playoffs

      • *add one more scoring winger

    • Iginla is old and slower than the statue of liberty……. Someone will take a chance on him hope they don’t give up too much..

  10. Big bear is a Habs fan, it all makes sense now. Bruins my a$$!

    • What’s your point?

      • I’ve watched guys say Bigbadbruins is bigbear for awhile now it’s hilarious. So much better just reading comments and laughing how many of you guys have no lives!

      • Says the individual commenting on other people’s comments who have no lives. ?

  11. Outside of Hanzal, and to a lesser extent, Boyle today’s updates are about players who make no significant difference to anybody anywhere, unless it addresses boring cap crap!

    As a Leafs I am curious to see if Duchene or Landekog net much for the Avs. I expect the Leafs to keep JVR for now but this should give them a better picture of what to ask for him down the road. Of course that’s if either Av forward goes before or at the deadline.

    • Well Michael Stone would make an impact to another NHL team. Sorry, but you get my main idea.

      • I think any team looking at Stone would have to be a playoff-bound team seeking to shore up their D with a pure rental. I say that because he is making $4 mil per and is a UFA so any team acquiring him would then need to figure out a) how much would it cost – and for how long – to re-sign him; and b) – what would that do to that team’s intended protected list heading into the expansion draft.

        The other possibility, of course, is a non-playoff team, maybe on the bubble, looking to shore up their D for the next few years and who would have no trouble finding him a spot on their protected list.

      • Should be an interesting trade deadline period…….

      • i doubt it’ll be an interesting trade deadline. Generally we see some action by late Jan early Feb. Haven’t seen any significant movement and we only have two weeks left.

  12. Oh Big Bad Bruin your bumbling once again….. MAF is 8-2-2 since December yes his save % could be higher you right there…… but here is the fact big papi breath….MAF is getting most of his starts on the beck end of back to back nights when the team is more tired and looser on defense…so there you have it.

    • he could be playing amazing it doesn’t dispute the fact that the pens mngmt is behind the 8 ball and his value is low! You can keep throwing those bumbling excuses about b2b’s and how he played 2 yrs ago, but the fact is his value is low and unless they’re taking a bad contract back or throwing in a prospect or holding salary the return will be way lower than you expect

  13. Bottom line Big Bad Bruin….If given a chance to start regularly….he can help Colorado, Dallas, Buffalo, Winnipeg, Carolina, Calgary, St.louis (although the Blues better latley)

    He is athletic and has won a couple cups…MAF could help many of these teams who just need a goalie who is athletic and can make the big stop..

    • MAF didn’t forget how to play, he just isn’t getting an opportunity. Tough market for tenders, and of course they will not do PIT a favor. But many of the teams mentioned by black n gold would be doing themselves a favor by trading for him.
      Rutherford hasn’t pulled the trigger because the return doesn’t outweigh the value he brings to a true cup contender. It may be better in the off season when teams that have needs have more cap flexibility and he is forced to move him before expansion.
      Murray is a young guy and could falter, or get hurt. You don’t trade that insurance for nothing when your window is now.

      • Ray Bark i totally agree with you man…..off season may be better just want to see him find a home…….where he can play and help a team

    • The avs are in full rebuildthey might take him but again Pitt would have to give a prospect for the to take him, the flames goaltending is playing just as good as fleury, both buffaloes goalies are younger and both putting up way better numbers than fleury,cam ward is putting up a little better numbers than fleury, St. Louis goalies younger and both playing as well as fleury, I could see Dallas but it’s just gonna be a swap of goalies it won’t be a good return for the pens besides the cap hit?

  14. Taz what a downer……… lets hope its more exciting than your flat line comment…. about the trade deadline LOL

  15. Ray bark…are you Ray barker?

  16. With 13 mil freed up, one has to think something big is brewing that will send a high salary releif to the leafs with a young star coming to leafs in a deal.

    Iggy and?

    • Maybe not Iggy or the Avs but def something

  17. My question is Milan Lucic the worst 6 million ever spent lol well besides David Clarkson?

    • Backes is up there too

    • Nah that’s one of the guys that fixed the Oilers.

  18. P.A. Parenteau would seem to be a very cheap add for the Ducks to give them a bit more offense.

    And could Lazar be enough to pry Stone away from the Yotes?