NHL Rumor Mill – February 22, 2017

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Edmonton Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle isn’t attracting much interest in the trade market.

Updates on Claude Giroux and Jordan Eberle, blueline trade targets, latest on the Predators and more in your NHL rumor mill.

FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols cites NHL insider Darren Dreger telling Montreal’s TSN 690 he believes there was some interest in Edmonton Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle about a month or so ago. He said he knew of three teams – one of them he believes was the New York Islanders – inquired about Eberle but weren’t willing to take the bait.

Dreger said Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli told him about a week ago that things had cooled. While Dreger suggests that doesn’t mean there isn’t interest in Eberle or that he’s off the market, it maybe just a dull time for deals. He acknowledged Eberle’s contract could be a problem. The winger has two year left on a six-year deal worth $6 million annually.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the Oilers are willing to pick up part of Eberle’s cap hit or take back a toxic contract as part of the return, I doubt he’ll be moved by the March 1 trade deadline. Interest in Eberle could increase this summer if he plays well down the stretch and into the playoffs, but that cap hit could still prove difficult to move if the cap ceiling doesn’t significantly increase for 2017-18.

Dreger also said he’s seen the trade rumors regarding Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux, but cannot find any evidence the Flyers are shopping their captain.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The only media source I saw on the subject was a suggestion from Philly.com’s Sam Carchidi that Flyers management look into moving a core player like Giroux. He didn’t say Giroux was on the block. 

TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports Dallas Stars winger Patrick Eave’s career-best performance this season (21 goals, 37 points in 59 games) and affordable $1 million cap hit makes him an attractive commodity leading up to the March 1 trade deadline. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Playoff contenders seeking scoring depth on the wing, such as the Anaheim Ducks, LA Kings and Nashville Predators, could be among the suitors.

Bob McKenzie reports the Detroit Red Wings are getting lots of calls on defenseman Brendan Smith, who has a $2.75 million cap hit on an expiring contract. The Wings will talk to Smith about a contract extension. They’re also getting calls on forwards Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott. 

LeBrun reports Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller has a five-team list of preferred trade destinations, three of them in California where he spends the off-season. He suggests the LA Kings could be a fit if starter Jonathan Quick’s recovery from a groin injury becomes uncertain. The Canucks, however, are open to bringing back Miller on a reduced salary. 

McKenzie notes the early departure of defenseman Radko Gudas from Philadelphia Flyers practice yesterday sparked trade speculation, but he merely had a medical appointment. 

CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty has Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog and St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk among his list of trade possibilities for the Boston Bruins. He considers the chances of the Bruins landing either guy to be slim or nonexistent unless the asking price is lowered. Other options include Buffalo Sabres defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, NY Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak, Blues center Patrik Berglund, Stars winger Patrick Eaves, Oilers winger Jordan Eberle.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Haggerty is merely spitballing here and isn’t saying the Bruins are definitely pursuing any of these players. Of the rentals, he feels the Bruins stand a chance with Eaves or Kulikov. He doesn’t see them landing Berglund or Eberle. 

THE TENNESSEAN: Adam Vingan wonders if Nashville Predators GM David Poile intends to add a top-six winger before the trade deadline. He observers Poile has expressed interest in adding a forward and there’s a need for depth at right wing. He notes many of the right wings available in the trade market, such as Dallas’ Patrick Sharp and Arizona’s Radim Vrbata, are on expiring contracts.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Poile pulled off two blockbuster moves last year, shopping defenseman Seth Jones to Columbus for center Ryan Johansen and dealing blueliner Shea Weber to Montreal for rearguard P.K. Subban. While he could swing a big move by the deadline, I think he’ll look at an affordable rental forward for the playoffs and perhaps seek longer-term options following the expansion draft in June. 

ESPN.COM: Pierre Lebrun lists Philadelphia’s Mark Streit and Michael Del Zotto, Buffalo’s Dmitry Kulikov, New Jersey’s Kyle Quincey, Detroit’s Brendan Smith and Carolina’s Ron Hainsey as defensemen who could attract interest leading up to the trade deadline. He suggests the Montreal Canadiens bring back Streit, considers Kulikov as an option for the Winnipeg Jets, feels the Pittsburgh Penguins look at Quincey, the Boston Bruins consider Del Zotto and  the St. Louis Blues look at Smith. He things a young contender should take a chance on Hainsey.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bear in mind LeBrun is only proposing those teams as fits for those respective blueliners. He’s not saying that those clubs will pursue them. 

SPORTSNET: The Montreal Canadiens yesterday sent out a league-wide memo indicating defenseman Greg Pateryn is available. 









74 Comments

  1. “considers the Jets as an option for the Winnipeg Jets”

    My mind was just blown.

  2. Here’s a comment of my own not in this read !!
    W. Nylander from Toronto to Anaheim for Cam Fowler straight up ??

    • On the surface fair but fowler contract compared to the Elc of nylander could be a sticking point for Toronto. Overall though value is about right.

    • Good morning

      I think it would be a terrible deal if the Leafs gave up on Nylander at this point …he is almost in the top 50 point getters in the league and is one of the top 5 rookie scoring leaders in his first full season ….EVEN… with the glaring need for a 2 – 3 D man the Leafs CAN NOT give up on Nylander at this point …it has been the achiles heel of teh organization not to see these types of players through a process.
      I hope everyone sees the importance it is to have quality players in the line up when other players get injured ..if the leafs had traded away Nylander for Fowler and Marner gets hurt at this time of the year its quite possible the Leafs are out of the playoff race without the Nylander production over the past month where it has really been rewarding …..the only trade bait the Leafs should be looking at moving is this years 1st Rounder, Gardiner, JVR Bozak and possibly Kadri in any deal …and possibly Kappinen and Neilson in the minors to round out any significant trade.

      I think it would be very regrettable if Lou gives up on Nylander at this point …it gives Babcock the option to swing him through the first 2 lines when they need a kick in the ass and need to get another line going ..its a luxury to have him in the top 6 with Mathews and Marner….then bounce him around with Kadri..it keeps one line active and producing when the other is not.

      Just throwing this out there what would anyone here think about a deal surrounding Eberel for Stall from NY Rangers possibly with another piece or 2 to round out the deal to make it work for each other.

      Both could use a change of scenery IMO ..money works but term is different for the Oilers.

      • Good comments on Nylander. The only thing I would disagree with is Nielsen and Kapanen. Nielsen is going to be a stud in the league. Guy will take a few more years but when he steps into the NHL he will be turning heads. The guy was a third round steal in an otherwise shallow draft.

        Kapanen will be given a shot at the NHL next year on the wing, Nylander will slide to center as Bozak will be gone. I wouldn’t even be surprised if the Leafs retain half his salary in order to increase the return they get on Bozak.

      • Kadri is not going anywhere, way to valuable to the team and on a great contract for his production under Babcock. I don’t agree with trading away the 1st rounder either, this is still a rebuilding club they need to stock prospects. There best bet is to leave things as they are and explore moving JVR this summer for a quality DMan

      • I don’t think NY will be in the market for another winger. Vesey, Nash, Grabner, Zuccs, Kreider, Miller, Buchnevich, and Fast. NY will likely target an upgrade at 4th line center, and a RH d-man.

        I also doubt either team has any interest in either contract.

      • Could not agree more, great comments…there is no need to rush developing players with talent out the door. JVR, will net a solid return while playing into the Leafs cap needs in 2-4 years. I have really enjoyed having a professional management team lead a core NHL organization. Don’t make the same mistakes by rushing the process.

      • I wouldn’t give up on Nielsen either at this point. He had comparable numbers to Rielly in the WHL, is a bigger body, and seems to be transitioning to pro quite well considering his age. With good D-men as a top priority for the Leafs, they should keep him. Agree with you about Nylander though. He is one of the highest skilled young forwards in the league. His play without the puck needs work, but so did Kadri’s at a young age, and look at him now. William Nylander is better than Kadri was as a rookie.

    • No!

    • No talking about the Leafs if they aren’t in the article. Sorry, it’s a rule.

      • On Hockey Central At Noon today Doug McClain came up with a hooter later in the show when he observed “we spent the first 11 minutes talking about the Leafs – isn’t it time we spend another 6 minutes or so?”

    • I highly doubt the ducks move a top 4 defence on a descent contract for just nylander. I been wrong before……but theres gotta be a big plus there from the Leafs

      • Seriously? I think it is the other way around. There is no way the Leafs make that deal for just Fowler. Nylander is way too good and too valuable to make a straight up deal for Fowler. Fowler is good, but not Nylander good. The kid is a special player.

      • you bump your head?

    • yeah lets hijack a thread that has ZERO to do with the Leafs. Lyle, any chance of moderating this crap ?

  3. Eberle when playing to his usual ability is a good top 6 winger. His talent has never been questions with 70 point season under him. I see the islanders as a good fit for him alongside Tavares. That could be lethal and help them to extend JT.
    I’m not sure what could come back the other way that the oilers would need/want.
    Travis Hamonic comes to mind as he requested last year to come to western Canada. He’s having a sub par year as well and give or take a piece this could work.

    • Eberle would be a great fit in Long Island (or Hartford, or wherever they’re going to play – hopefully Hartford). I would look for the Oilers to try to try something along the lines of Eberle + 3rd for Hamonic and Pullock. Slight overpayment by the Isles but they need and overpayment to try and keep Tavares there long term

      • They’re saying its a very good chance NYI’s end right back on Long Island. I’d rather see that than Hartford.

      • Hamonic and Pullock is laughable. Pullock is a bonafide stud and Hamonic has a very friendly cap hit for a few more years. Eberle is in need of a new home so he can hopefully find his game. Snow will laugh at that idea of yours

      • Snow carried 3 goalies for half of the year, brought in an aging Ladd and signed him to a long term deal to replace Okoposo, lost his 2c and didn’t replace and I’m only listing what’s happened this season. I’m not so sure he would laugh at that idea. On top of it, Hamonic is having a bad year and Eberle would be a top line winger.

        If Pullock were such a stud in Long Island wouldn’t he be in the NHL already?

      • Eberle has played with some of the more skilled forwards in the league already and he hasn’t produced at a level worth his contract. You actually think teams would give up a top 4 d man on a good contract and one of their top prospects for him?

        With Eberle’s contract and production he’s not going anywhere unless it’s for a late round pick or the Oil pick up half his contract. I suspect the Isles would have considered Hall for Hamonic but no way they take on Eberle and his contract. Hammer is indeed having a down year, he’s been injured this season. Still wouldn’t take Eberle straight up for him.

      • Edmonton would not get even one of those two players and certainly not both. Laughable.

    • If mcdavid can’t make eberle a winner can taverns?

      • Great call and with Islanders winning why would they want to mess with Eberle who is going backwards in his career anyway!

      • Islanders winning what RCR? They have 66 points over 59 games played – or a possible points # of .559. In order to reach 96 points – which appears to be the cut-off for a wild-card berth – they need to up that to .652. Outside of Tavares and maybe Bailey and Lee, do you really think they have a shot – with one of the worst road records in the league?

      • George I love your analysis of the numbers but you missed a very important one. Since December 20th the teams with the best records in the league are 1.Washington Capitals 2. Minnesota Wild 3. New York Islanders.

    • I’m not sure that EDM is looking to add to the back end right now with a Hamonic type player for Eberle before the deadline. Who do they then protect? Don’t get me wrong, he is a very good player on a good contract but they actually have very good depth on the blue line now, led by Klefbom as he continues to grow into a very good player. My guess is that they try to keep Russell in the off season on 3 year deal at $3M as a 5/6 guy who can move up due to injury. If they can’t get that done, then yes Hamonic is a good target.
      Today’s Blue Line
      Klefbom & Larson
      Sekera & Russell
      Nurse & Benning/Davidson/Gryba
      They have 8 guys who can play in the NHL

  4. Nylander for Fowler straight up? Have you watched Nylander? He is not going to be traded for Fowler straight up..Fowler plus a first round pick maybe but even then I would not do that. Nylander is going to be a core player for the leafs for years.His play right now is improved ten fold over last year, particularly in terms of intensity.Leafs will not trade for a number one d-man right now…they will wait.

    • The past 15 games Nylander has started to come around. The first 10 he was dynamite then he seemed to disappear a bit and be less effective. He seemingly has turned it on lately and is dynamite. They won’t more him for Fowler straight up but Fowler + first is a dramatic overpayment by the Ducks. First rounders are still a premium in the league even though the draft class isn’t exactly stunning this year.

      Leafs won’t get a top pairing D man to play a shut down role via trade mid season. I suspect a signing of a shut down guy who could log bigger minutes will happen in the off season. You’ll see Alzner and Kulikov be targeted by the Leafs. Both are affordable and can shut another team down quite well. Putting either one with Gardnier is a substantial upgrade on Carrick who is in a role that is currently above his head. He is a good bottom pairing guy but top 4 is one thing he is not.

    • On what planet does a #1 d-man come at that price? Hall / Larsson trade aside. The answer is never. I’m not saying this trade should or will happen, but no way on gods green earth does a 1-2 (+ a 1st rounde)drop on your lap for a top 6 forward. I like Nylander, but he himself does not get you Fowler +.

      • They don’t but on what planet is fowler a number 1? Number 2 maybe but solid # 3 is where I put him. Expansion and contract even out the value imo

      • Fowler would be an instant number one on the Leafs

        Let me ask you this:
        Would you do Reilly and a first for Mantha? How about Reilly and a first for Sebastian Aho? Mathew Tkachuk?
        I’m assuming you won’t.
        Ducks will get a much better offer from others than Nylander for Fowler and a first.

      • On what planet is Fowler a #1…. ? The answer is this planet! He’s averaging nearly 25 minutes a game nearly 3 full minutes more than the Ducks next guy . Lindholm) on a much deeper defense than Toronto is icing today! He leads about every statistical category for the Ducks . Ice time, goals, assists, ppg’s , ppa’s shots on goal etc.

        How is he not a #1 in Toronto again?

      • He might be #1 in Toronto but he isn’t a number 1 d man. Not basing it on what rank he has on a specific team but overal in the league.

      • How about he ranks 11th in ice time in the league? Top 20 in points? Now we’re not talking about guys like Sekera in Carolina, Phaneuf in Toronto or Larsson in Nj who were forced into the top pairing roles ( on bad teams) because the lack of better options or depth. We’re talking about a pretty good team with much more depth. It’s really not even arguable. And one thing is for certain, he’s a hell of a lot more proven in his roll as a #1 than Nylander is as a top 6 forward!

      • agree to disagree Chrisms. I see Fowler being more valuable than Nylander.
        Let alone the leafs situation where we have decent depth upfront but not much beyond Nielsen in the D department.

      • disagree NY… just cause a guy plays a lot of minutes doesnt mean he is more talented than others. And Taz, I factor in the expansion and the ducks losing a d man as well as the fact he will be looking for a new contract, $$ contract soon… he may be currently the better player on the ice but those facgtor in to the equation. i think Nylander for Fowler straight up is real close.

      • Chrism,
        I’d agree if he weren’t in the top 30 of every other statistical category, but he is. I mean if goals , assists, minutes played doesn’t constitute what a top d-man in the NHL means…. what does? Opinion?

      • It’s all opinion ny. I don’t put fowler in my list of number 1 d. I also don’t think there are 30 number 1 d in the league. I consider that term for those studs you build a d around.

    • Fowler and a 1st for Nylander not happening.

      • Why would the Ducks trade arguably their best defense man and why would Toronto trade Nylander he is on fire….not happening

      • well, if it were to happen then it would be exactly for that reason.
        Nylander is on fire and doesn’t need to be protected and is on an affordable contract. Fills the need at forward for the ducks

        Fowler gives Leafs the d-man need for the Leafs and they get leipsic and kapanen in the line up. The ducks dont have to face their expansion draft dilemma.

        As far a hockey trade goes this makes perfect sense.
        I just dont agree with the price point set.

        As a leafs fan I would rather see them deal JVR who fills a better need for the ducks by adding to their weakest position which is LW. Contract and term is similar as well.

        Leafs might have to add a bit to the deal but it makes more sense.

        On the flip side Nylander is easily worth more than Montour.

    • As a Leafs fan I do this deal in a heartbeat…I don’t know what you are smoking if think Anaheim gives up a first and a number one D for Nylander.
      Even if we can do Nylander plus a second for Fowler I do this, based on discussion and a contract extension for Fowler with the Leafs. Either way this happens in the offseason.

      I agree with BigBoss, Alzner should be a target for the Leafs.

      • Alzner would come in under 6m a year and could be signed on a shorter term contract a 3-4 year deal. Likely a 5m x 4. Guy is the perfect target as he allows for the D men drafted by the Leafs in the last draft and the projected flood from this draft to develop and be NHL ready when he is set to expire. Also he is not too old yet but would offer some experience to an otherwise young core.

      • I agree. Alzner would be a good addition at the right price.

      • Leafs are gonna do a lot of nothing at the deadline which is exactly what they should do. We don’t need more LH D. Plus we wont give up a ton to a team like Ana, that will be jammed up with protection issues for the expansion draft.Maybe a 2ND and a B prospect for one of the other Dmen at best, or risk losing one for nothing.Stop with the Fowler nonsense for Nylander.

        JVR will not be traded either. Who else do the Leafs have to take his place? Another hole I feel they need to fill or upgrade for the 1/2nd line, whichever you consider that to be.

        The only players they should look to move are Bozak and Komarov as they are both 30. Hence the need to play Nylander at C and upgrade the wing.

        Leafs will have lots of cap space at the end of this year, take a chance at signing Shattenkirk. If it doesn’t happen then take the picks or move them for something.

        This team is still rebuilding and still has too many holes right now to be a serious playoff threat. No need to be a 1 and done playoff team. MLSE is rich enough that we can be fine with another year on the outside looking in.

        Let’s get rid of the remaining, older guy, cappy contracts we still have for this year and next and go from there. At that point you will have a better idea of what you have on your team and the cap space to change what you need to and lock up your future.

  5. The only way the oilers will get rid of Eberle and his ugly contract is to sweeten the pot and add Davidson in a package deal.They will lose Davidson in the expansion draft so why not try to get an asset now for him?The biggest weakness the oilers have now is at right wing and putting a package together to get a quality one is necessary.

    • I would say they have a greater weakness on the back end. Talbot has been very good this season but I still think the Oilers, like the Leafs, are lacking one key piece in this area.

      Oilers have two needs but only one clear cut trade fodder in order to acquire one of the needs and that’s RNH. He might as well be off the team because he’s the definition of not needed. To those who argue, I simply challenge you to find a playoff team with a second line center that has produced at or less than RNH this season.

      I do think they still have a hole for a top 6 winger but the need on the back end is far more pressing as you can draft a top 6 winger easier than a top 4 D man. Defense talent is far more difficult to evaluate at 18 when most show their true colors around 22-23.

      • They will be getting back Darnell Nurse back in a game or 2 which will put less of a need for a d-man at this point.I wouldn’t complain if a top 4 d-man was traded for just the same.RNH isn’t what he was drafted to be but also spent a large part of the season as a #3 center but would bring way more in return than Eberle!Draisaitl is an incredible second line center and give’s oilers great 1-2 punch down the middle.

      • Disagree with that assessment on the Oil’s back end Big Boss. They are actually solid, not spectacular but solid and deep.
        With Nurse back they have 8 NHL caliber d men.
        There is no true #1, but Klefbom could be as he continues to add to his offence. He is a #2 today. Larson is a top level defender, intense and physical. Best +/- on the team for D playing against the other teams top lines every night. Also a #2.
        Nurse will be a top 4 guy sooner rather than later and push Russell out of that spot, which gives them a solid top 4 of Klefbom, Larsson, Sekera and Nurse.
        Benning has been a great find and skates well enough to bring top 4 upside. Russell is what he is and if you can keep him for a reasonable # and term, you do.
        Davidson and Gryba are consistent players who don’t try to do too much. Solid 5/6/7 guys, which you need in a cap world. In the off season I try to move RNH, overpaid for a 3C, and Eberle who is struggling to score but is getting better away from the puck.
        Need an affordable 3C and another scorer. If you are going to add to the blue line, it needs to be a PP guy. Landing a #1 D in a trade is just to rare unless it is a 1C or 1D back. You ain’t trading McDavid or Draisaitl so …

  6. I have no problem with the Bruins exploring a trade to bring in Eberle, however, I saw the other day someone thought a Carlo AND McAvoy trade for Eberle was good…? Not sure Sweeney send away Carlo and his #1 dman prospect, which is set to be on the team this next season. In all likelihood could’ve been on the team this season if he hadn’t committed to his NCAA season already.

    Bruins:

    Colin Miller
    Peter Cehlarik or Zachary Senyshyn
    Bruins 1st ’17

    Oilers:

    Jordan Eberle
    3rd rd pick

    If you need to balance out the salary then they’ll have to mix things up a bit. Not often teams do 4 for 1 trades. I’ve actually mentioned that on here before but above is kind of the “idea” I was thinking of.

    My premise was a 1st rd pick is a must, they need a help on the backend… that’s Colin Miller who has really begun to open up under Cassidy. He’s 6’1 and only 24. Has another season left on contract at only $1m per. Then he’s an RFA and could be signed to an affordable bridge deal. Cehlarik or Senyshyn would be the higher leveled prospect, which seems to be a must in most trades.

    • No to giving Senyshyn, lots of speed and is a goal scorer.

      • Caper,

        Oh I know. I love the player. Between him and Bjork they’re my 2 favorite prospects (offensive) in the Bruins pipeline BUT from a value perspective… have to give assets to get assets.

        I’m curious as to whether the recent showcase of Cehlarik is anything more than just seeing what the kid has. He came over from the SHL. Adjustment period is usually longer and I would’ve thought they’d give him the whole AHL season to develop. He’s only 21.

        Wonder if the Bruins are interested in shopping him..

    • Vast overpayment for the Bruins. I hope Sweeney stays away from stuff like this.

      • How much of an overpayment do you think it is though because I’m not sure it is. Eberle would be a huge get for the Bruins and help with their offense. Based on recent games it looks like they’ve shifted their style and Eberle would fit in.

        A lot of people thinking Landeskog would take Carlo, an A level prospect, and a 1st rd pick… why wouldn’t Eberle require a dman that’s a peg down from a Carlo, an A-B level prospect, and a 1st? Seems fair to me. The salary is more the issue I see if anything.

        Takes value to get value and this is coming from a Bruins fan who absolutely loves the player of Chiller and Senyshyn.

    • I like that trade Chad and I agree that maybe something else in there to balance salaries or whatever they need to do in that sense.

    • Only Sweeny would make this trade. Behind Carlo and MacAvoy, C. Miller is the best we have. No way would I give him, Senyshyn and a # 1 for Eberle and any draft pick of Edmonton. IMO this trade would be as dumb as the Hamilton deal.

  7. Joe Haggerty is probably right Landeskog and Shattenkirk. The prices might come down a bit between now and the deadline but I don’t see them dropping enough that the Bruins make a deal.

    It seems difficult these days to make deals that are fair and work for both sides. All too often it’s clear that 1 team comes out on top. I’m not sure the Bruins are in a position to lose anymore trades. Hindsight is 20/20 but they’ve made some bad moves in the past, including quite a bit under the Chiarelli era.

    Bruins might be better off waiting out for Shattenkirk in free agency, which seems almost a certainty he’ll at least test. Could resign with a team if he’s traded before then but he’d be much smarter testing FA. He’s already made it known he likes the east coast… gives Bruins at least an opportunity to pitch what they have going if they want to pursue him.

    Landeskog would be an intriguing player to get. I’d love to see what he could do as a LW on this team. It would really bolster the left side and increase the depth of scoring on the team. If it means they must give up Carlo, another roster player, or another big named prospect, AND a 1st round pick then I’d look elsewhere at this point. Seems to me thats the price though. 3-4 assets, including Carlo. He’s a future stud for this defense in my eyes. He should be a huge chip if you were to trade him. I don’t continually add big assets to a trade package if Carlo were involved. Just not smart business.

  8. I’m hoping the Bruins aren’t connected to any of those mentioned rentals. Sweeney made it very clear the other week that he’s not interested in the rental market and overpaying with young assets unless it’s for a piece that impact the future.

    The only upgrade I could see them pursuing is a backup goaltender who’s more capable than Khudobin unless for some reason Dobby begins playing better.

    • Chad…..as much as I would like to see the B’s bring in either or both a shutdown Dman & and a tough power forward who can score for that 2nd line I think I would rather see them visit that this coming offseason…Sweeney & Neely can reasscess their needs which shouldn’t be hard and bring in help this coming offseason…..

      • joe,

        Sometimes the best moves are making none at all. I think Shattenkirk will be available in off season and will test free agency. If Bruins don’t address the backup situation between now and deadline then maybe they do in the offseason. Not sure Khudobin is the answer. Certainly don’t want to see any of our young goaltenders behind Rask at least not with the current defense. I think that’s asking for trouble and hurting their development.

        Peter Cehlarik has been quite the impressive player. Former 3rd round pick, 21 years old, 6’2 and 200 lb. Has been projected as a 2nd line winger, big-bodied, great hands, and a pro level release. Not a pure goal scorer but a player who will find the back of the net. Looked great at the AHL level. I’ve seen some good things out of him thus far. He might be our power forward instead of a trade…

      • Chad agree on Cehlarik, he looked really good when he got called up. Got 2 points the night Sakic was there. Showcasing?
        I really hope they don’t make a “win this year” type move as well. Stay the course with the young D. It could be the future core of this team.

  9. I have to agree with you Chad. If Rask or Khodobin get hurt for any period of time they’re screwed without a half way decent backup. I still think as far as scoring or defense goes they need a little more to be a legitimate contender in a 7 game series.

  10. I’d love to see Eaves in Ottawa again. Especially now with all the injuries.

    • Any word on Stone’s timetable?

      • Day-to-day. He didn’t skate today but is expected to limber up tomorrow – probably won’t get into any games until maybe the TB match. Hoffman skated – but gingerly with his groin pull which can be tricky if they try to rush things.

        Eaves, at his salary and the year he is having, would be a perfect fit right now – but umpteen other teams will see it that way too. It all comes down as to who over-pays.

  11. Jeff Zatkoff on waivers. If the Pens claim him, we’ll have our answer as to whether Fleury will be dealt at the deadline.

    • GMJR came out today and basically said MAF was NOT going to be dealt at the deadline for various reasons… and so far he has stuck by his public statements in the past couple years. Could be there is no market for him and GMJR doesn’t want to acknowledge it or he really see’s breaking up the locker room with MAF’s popularity as a detriment.

  12. Anyone thinking Anaheim is worried about trading quality D before the expansion draft simply knows nothing about teams out west. They r the envy of most teams in the league over D depth. That said undervaluing a Fowler is folly when EVERY year many teams r needing top D. Even for cup contenders its a need.

  13. I feel compelled to comment on these daily “rumors” discussed on this site. I also feel compelled to comment on the daily disappointment that I feel when I visit this site. I started coming here because I am interested in hearing about rumors that are out there. I’m not interested in a cut-and-paste from local newspapers from beat writers and then hearing Spectors opinion. Frankly, Spectors opinion really doesn’t have any value. I have never found him to have any more knowledge or insight than the casual fan.

    • I’d like to continue my thought. I find it very lame that you start your daily entry with “The latest on Claude Giroux…”.
      And then I read your comment. You commented on unsubstantiated speculation in the Philadelphia Inquirer early this week but weren’t able to offer anything more. I find your efforts to be weak and your headlines misleading.

      • Regardless, Steven, I appreciate you taking the time to check out the site anyway. You don’t like my work or this site, that’s your prerogative. Others do enjoy the site and my comments, even if they don’t always agree with my take. Thanks for reading, see you again tomorrow! 😉

      • ? Lyle!