NHL Rumor Mill – January 6, 2018

by | Jan 6, 2018 | Rumors | 70 comments

Ottawa Senators forward Mike Hoffman continues to figure prominently in NHL trade rumors (Photo via NHL Images).

Early lists of trade deadline buyers, sellers and trade candidates in your NHL rumor mill.

BUYERS AND SELLERS

SPORTSNET: Rory Boylen lists the St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning, Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators as early buyers and the Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Sabres, Arizona Coyotes and Detroit Red Wings as the early sellers approaching the Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline. He also expects the Vegas Golden Knights and Carolina Hurricanes could stand pat “for now.”

The Blues have struggled to score since Jaden Schwartz went down with an ankle injury. General manager Doug Armstrong isn’t interested in a rental player, which could take him out of the bidding for Sabres winger Evander Kane. Ottawa forward Mike Hoffman, who’s signed through 2019-20, has been linked to the Blues in the rumor mill.

Offense is the Penguins’ biggest need. There was speculation defenseman Kris Letang might be available but the Pens reportedly have “zero intention” of moving him. The Leafs will be in search of a right-shot blueliner who leans toward the defensive side. Boylen wonders if they’ll move a pending UFA such as James van Riemsdyk or Tyler Bozak to address their defense needs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the Leafs risk losing van Riemsdyk and Bozak for nothing in July to the unrestricted free agent market, I don’t see either guy being moved at the deadline. Both will be crucial to the Leafs’ hopes for a lengthy playoff run. 

Boylen suggests the potential exists for the Lightning to swing for the fences by pursuing Kane. The Jackets could target a top-two center. They’ve been linked to Ottawa’s Derick Brassard, As for the Predators, they could pursue depth players to bolster their roster for another lengthy playoff run.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Earlier this week, the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch said he didn’t see Brassard going anywhere. If so, the Jackets will have to look elsewhere to address their needs at center.

The Canadiens are rumored to be shopping left wing Max Pacioretty. If so, GM Marc Bergevin must get a significant return. Canucks winger Thomas Vanek and defenseman Erik Gudbranson could be trade candidates, as could Senators forwards Brassard, Mike Hoffman and Jean-Gabriel Pageau.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While I don’t dismiss the possibility of Pacioretty being dealt by the trade deadline, I doubt Bergevin will find a suitable offer worthy of parting with his best goal scorer by Feb. 26. If Pacioretty gets traded, that move takes place in late-June, when teams are flush with cap space and better offers could be had. 

In Evander Kane, the Sabres have the best rental player in the trade market. Boylen wonders if they’ll also consider moving a younger player such as forward Sam Reinhart. The Coyotes are reportedly shopping winger Anthony Duclair. If they’re willing to move Oliver Ekman-Larsson or Niklas Hjalmarsson, teams will line up for them “and pay a hefty price.”  Green is the Wings best trade chip but Boylen also ponders the notion of moving Andreas Athanasiou, who was involved in a long contract dispute with the Wings last summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I can see the Coyotes moving Hjalmarsson for the right offer. GM John Chayka has repeatedly rejected the notion of Ekman-Larsson being traded. Unless the blueliner forces the issue, he’s not going anywhere at the deadline. I believe the Wings will move Green. While Athanasiou didn’t do himself any favors with his ill-advised contract standoff with Wings management, they still see him as a key part of their future plans. 

ESPN.COM: Greg Wyshynski lists the Los Angeles Kings and New York Islanders, as well as the Penguins and Blues, among his list of buyers. While the Kings will get an offensive boost when center Jeff Carter returns from injury, he notes they have the cap space and prospects to bring in another scorer. He feels conditions are right for the Isles to make a move as they’ve been hovering on the playoff bubble for the past two weeks. He wonders if they’ll make a pitch for Pacioretty.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Isles don’t need more scoring, though that could change if top-line winger Josh Bailey is sidelined for a lengthy period. Their biggest needs are a reliable goaltender and blueline depth. 

Wyshynski also believes  the Coyotes, Canadiens, Sabres and Senators will be sellers.

THE ATHLETIC: Pierre LeBrun examines the trade deadline needs for this season’s top teams.

The Blues need a top-six scorer and LeBrun muses on the possibility of targeting Pacioretty or Hoffman. The Predators could use another top-six or top-nine winger (“Hoffman? Kane?”). Sources say the Winnipeg Jets are shopping around for a potential center pickup.

LeBrun believes the Golden Knights must balance between the excitement of the moment and its long-term vision of building a club that will be competitive for years. He said the Kings are internally discussing the addition of ” a three-four/five type blueliner.” The San Jose Sharks would like to add a fourth-line center. They’re also willing to give their young forwards every possible chance this season. LeBrun also believes Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray wants to see how his now-healthier roster plays over the next several weeks before deciding if he needs to add at the deadline.

The Lightning could look at adding a top-four blueliner, though that could be difficult to do mid-season. They could also look at a third-line winger. LeBrun believes the Boston Bruins, for the right price, could add a veteran defenseman and look at potentially adding a scoring forward. The Leafs will see if there’s a top-four right-handed rearguard available by the deadline.

LeBrun believes the Capitals would like to bring in an affordable veteran blueliner. He wouldn’t be surprised if New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero makes a move and thinks the Blue Jackets will try to add up front.

NOTABLE TRADE CANDIDATES

FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols cites Sportsnet’s NHL insider Elliotte Friedman’s Friday appearance on Edemonton’s 630 CHED discussing which notable players could be on the move by the trade deadline. He believes Buffalo’s Evander Kane could be the first to go, though it could be tougher to get a solid return with Montreal’s Max Pacioretty and Ottawa’s Mike Hoffman potentially available. Unlike Kane, both are under contract beyond this season.

Friedman thinks the Penguins, Blues and Sharks could be among the suitors for those players.

UPDATES ON HOFFMAN AND JAGR.

 

 

 








70 Comments

  1. I miss the good old days when teams made big trades during the season.

  2. hey lyle,
    you have been brilliant up until now—i have read for years daily—but saying bozak is crucial for a playoff run is borderline insanity—his plus minus is the worst in leaf history–as per toronto star—however Ive said his play was garbage from day one
    Ill still read on though lol

    • If you look at the player history JVR, Bozak, & Reilly have been consistent minus players; Reilly has been a minus player all the 5 yrs as a Leaf.
      These one dimensional players don’t get you very far in the playoffs.

    • Jeff, you get rid of Bozak. Now you replace him with another centre. Who have you chosen and why?

  3. Me too Ed VanImpe and when the Flyers fought their way to Stanley Cups!

  4. Hey Jeff,
    I would have to agree that Bozak is no longer crucial to anything in Toronto. To be honest I don’t think Toronto should rush into anything for this year regardless. Why trade prospects for this year’s hope when Tampa is going to go all the way anyway. Toronto is still a ways away from challenging for a Cup. Trade for the defenders you need long term in the off season. Re sign vanReimsdyk as a free agent. Play with the team you have this year for the playoff run and if you get lucky then great! With the parity in the NHL unless you are truly elite, like Tampa this year, then don’t bother with deadline deals. If a deadline includes getting somebody who can help now and add to your team long term then do it. If not do not bother!

    • Steven, why r the leafs still a ways away? There is no clear cup favorites outside of Tampa, and there is always upsets in the playoffs. Personally I think more this year more then in past if you get in you got a chance.
      Vegas has a chance and that would be a neat storey but terrible for all other; not to pick on the leafs but imagine if the Golden Knights did in year one what Toronto couldn’t do in 50.

  5. On another note although I was not a fan of Vegas getting a team I can see why they would be all in. Geez first year and look where they are. Especially with two island boys! One of whom my wife is related to! Go Golden Knights!

    • Obviously Las Vegas should not go all in because you’ve already awarded the Stanley Cup to Tampa Bay… I am not the biggest bozak fan but he was pretty crucial against San Jose the other night.

  6. Will someone tell me the kind of reasonable offer that the Blues will need to make IF they acquire Hoffman—especially if Ottawa is not interested in picks/prospects. I just don’t know enough about Hoffman to determine value.

    • In the last 3 & a 1/2 years Hoffman has scored 92 goals the same as Wheeler in 15 less games & he has done so in the 1st 2 years of that timeline getting virtually no PP time.

      Ottawa moving Hoffman makes ZERO sense. You need scoring so you trade your best goal scorer? Does that make sense to anyone else?

    • Striker: Completely agree. If Ottawa is looking to make trades to free up roster spots for young players or salary, the trade focus should be on Zack Smith, Cody Ceci (replaceable via Ottawa’s defence prospects) and one of Brassard or Pageau. Hoffman makes no sense as they have no one to replace his offence and he is on a decent contract for another two years given his usual production.

      • I don’t trade young solid developing Dman either, Ceci stays to for me as well.

        It all starts with the business side for me, pending UFA’s this summer, Ott has 1 Oduya, then players who have little term or salary left & are UFA’s the summer following, Burrow’s, Thompson or Pyatt if anything can be acquired for any of them & this summer if Brassard, Duchene & Karlsson can’t be extended then Ott needs to consider moving any or all this summer. The haul just to move Karlsson could set Ott up for the next decade. Move out Karlsson & 1 of Duchene or Brassard this summer & hope you can get the other extended before their contract expires, if not at next years trade deadline.

        That said some veteran presence needs to be retained to mentor all the kids who will be replacing those sent out.

        This is a mess of Melnyk & Dorion’s creation. They have put themselves in this position & it’s a mess as they are giving up this years or nexts 1st & only this years is lottery protected? Does anyone expect Ott to be better next season?

        How does Dorion still have a job?

  7. Sprong is sprung. We will see in the spring

    Sakic has drafted well. Timmons and Makar look very promising

    • Conor Timmins that is .Check his regular season +.
      I believe they said +15 in the World Junior

    • Come on Silverseven everyone here but 2 of us felt Sakic was a moron & should have been fired before he even had a chance to get started.

      They went on & on for years, Roy had the gods it should have been Salic packing up his toys & storming out of the sand box.

      They all live in the now.

      • Striker, I for one never said Sakic should be fired, also I said he should get the most he possible could. I don’t fall for what the media type think, for example I disagreed with Lebrum when he said Sakic should just take the best offer on the table and move on, that was like a month before the trade.

      • I thought Sakic was a moron for dragging his feet to move Duchene. A major and painful distraction .Not to difficult not to improve off last season. . Jost will also be a player with Makar and Timmins.

      • Then there were 3 of us Caper. Sorry to throw you under the bus. Ha-ha!

      • Don’t speak for everyone… Not everyone was saying Sakic was a moron. A lot of people either didn’t think they should move Duchene, while others felt he dragged his feet too long..

        Either way, it’s way too early to be doing your ” I was right” usual happy dance. So the AVs are marginally better than they were last year…. woo-hoo! Could they possibly have a worse season than last year? Upwards was really not that much of a surprise.

        All in all, what Sakic has done probably won’t really show for a few years. Right now, they’re still a non playoff team, and are bubble at best. What Duchene or O’Reilly returns mean have yet to be seen.

        So let’s wait until playoff time at least to do our happy dance please. And 3-5 years to see what the returns meant or didn’t mean.

  8. Lightning need a faceoff guy a lot more than a third wing — bringing in a faceoff specialist ctr allows filling wing position internally. Equally important to a long run is a mobile # right D. Imagine High draft pick plus prospects including Masin or Foote plus Sustr for such a player.

    • Granted their C’s are almost all under 50% but to many C’s already on the roster to make room for a specialist. Namestnikov & Gourde are already playing the wings but could play C.

      Stamkos, Point, Johnson & Paquette. Where does the specialist line up?

      TB doesn’t really need anything. Perhaps another 4/5 D just as insurance in case of injury.

      I took TB in early July to win the cup at 17:1. Are they may favourite? Not really but based on the odds at time of wager best option. Yes I took them to get there but anyone of a dozen teams could win the cup so many things have to go just right to win 4 7 games series & the difference between the NHL’s best is really quite fine.

      No harder trophy to win in pro sports.

  9. As a Leaf fan, to hear comments like “Leafs hope for a lengthy playoff run” is farthest from reality. Step one, they have to go thru Tampa Bay, a team that is a well oiled machine. With both rosters as they are today there is no way in hell the Leafs will beat Tampa in a 7 game series. They have far too many holes, starting with too many one dimensional players on the team. Second they are a small team, by game 5 against Washington last year’s playoffs, Washington wore them down. Third they don’t have that big stud D man, etc, etc.

    • I disagree, 1 or 2 injuries to a key player, soft goaltending at just the wrong time & presto you have an upset. It happens constantly in the NHL. How many times has the Presidents trophy winner won the cup?

      Due to this stupid bracket formula the NHL is using. I don’t see Tor getting by TB either but come playoff time anything can happen for a whole # of reasons. TB is going to draw the 1 wildcard team which could be better than the #2 & 3 teams in the Atlantic.

      Leaving Tor to play Bos. Who wins that series? I’m a Boston fan so maybe my bias in play but I took Bos to win 1 round. & I would like to see them beat TB but I didn’t pick them to.

  10. Lebrum said Boston might look at adding veteran d and a forward. Funny because I was thinking the opposite. They have a veteran d in Adam Mcquaid who presently can’t get back into the lineup. They bump Bjork to the minors because everyone is healthy.
    I was wondering if it’s time to move Mcquaid depending on the return, but after being down three regular defenseman against Ottawa last season they might be hesitant to move a dman. Secondly with the improve play of Ryan Spooner since his return, maybe now is the time to move him if the return is decent.
    I get they might not want to because of the recent success, but if your going to move a guy like Spooner who is a center (playing wing) isn’t it better to do when he is playing well?

    • Agree don’t need any defense have Maquaid and Postma sitting.
      The way Boston is playing no moves is the best move.
      Really stacked team with lots of youngsters. If a move is made could definitely afford to move a few guys Vatrano,Maquaid and Spooner could fetch something to help in the playoffs. A longer term left defense would be the way to go with Chara getting older and being a UFA,although playing very well.

    • Sometimes the best thing a team can do especially if they don’t have depth issues is to do nothing at all. Boston has depth they have been forced to dress it all year due to injury’s. Don’t mess with it let it ride.

      I’ve said this before & Ron McLean said the same thing on Hockey Night in Canada. Boston’s acquisition of Jagr for a playoff run pushing Seguin to the 3rd line cost Boston another cup. His puck possession style didn’t fit & his play pulled his whole line down & nullified Seguin.

      Some teams should do nothing but at insurance should they not have it waiting in the wings, black aces. How did Was adding Shattenkirk help last season. He & Orpik couldn’t defend a beach ball together.

  11. How come no one has acquired Michael Hutchinson from Winnipeg yet? won goalie of the month in the ahl for November and December. He’s a pending ufa the cost shouldn’t be to high to acquire him.

  12. I’ll continue pushing Nash to SJ as I think he’d fare better playing with Thornton.. they need a 4th line center? Boo Nieves and Nash for Boedker and Ward

    • Rangers add a couple forwards. Drop Desharnais down to 4th line and either move Miller to center or bring Chytil up for playoffs

    • Sharks had a chance to sign Nash few years back when he and Thornton were closer to their playing prime. Don’t see any reason for them to explore that option at this point.

    • Not going to happen. Shark fan here and don’t want Nash period. Getting rid of the two you mentioned will be harder than that too imo.

      • Agreed

    • Though Nash is not scoring, he does still have value. Not sure taking back a Ward and Boedker loves the Ranger’s need for a #2 center. If Nash is sent packing, he will not fetch a #2C so hopefully a contender is tossing a 1st rd pick their way. It’ll be from a contender so it’ll end up being around 20-31. Nothing else would be worth it.

  13. Just a thought. Edmonton will need to fill the cupboards with cheap talent going forward.

    Maroon, in my opinion as a ufa at a 1.5 mil cap hit the oilers can eat most us can fit in anyones cap structure additionally adding toughness and enough skill to play in the top 6 on most teams.

    Thoughts on the kings putting a package centering around gabriel vilardi and a draft pick.

    I think closer to the deadline, and after Kane moves with the limited number of sellers 30 goal scorers on cheap contracts that fight will once again be in high demand.

    Were do you guys see maroon going and packages?

    • Sorry Twin but there is zero chance LA gives up Vilardi (11th overall in 2017 and considered one of the steals of the draft) and a 2018 first rounder for essentially a bottom six forward. And no I don’t give a crap where the Oilers play him in there lineup, they are garbage for a reason.

      That package should be able to land a legit top line LW for Kopitars line.

    • Some where but he won’t be returning a player of Valardi’s pedigree. Think a 2nd & a B grade prospect or maybe a 2nd & a 3rd or 2 2nd’s depending upon whether they are high or low picks.

      How can Edm be this bad? This isn’t fun to watch, just watched RNH wave at Janmark coming off the boards, Benning moves the puck up the strong side just prior!

      I’m at this game live unfortunately.

      • Chiarelli is the reason.

  14. I can’t speak for everyone else but I sure tire of the same BS over & over. Can’t broadcasters & journalists try to get some what creative. They just regurgitate the same info.

    Why not just right teams battling for a playoff spot are going to try & add & teams out of it will sell. The vast majority of players moved will be pending UFA’s form such teams or players on very short term deals who are border line NHL players, 4th liners, perhaps a 3rd as that’s what’s moving.

    Why would StL bid for Hoffman or Pacioretty? How are they fitting into this roster next season, the next 2 for Hoffman. They don’t need either especially considering the prohibitive cost & current salary structure.

    Now if Pacioretty could be acquired for futures but those futures don’t cost any of the 4 A grade prospects then sure, otherwise I pass. StL as currently constructed with the kids coming could compete for the cup for the next 5 to 7 years. Nor are Pacioretty or Hoffman the final puece to push them over the top.

    • Sorry dam spell checker. Again having to participate from my phone as none of by other tech toys like this site & having finally given up my BlackBerry these soft touch buttons hate my big thumbs.

      George can I borrow your reading glasses, these 2.0’s just aren’t cutting it with those ghosted script & small screen. Hahahaa

      • Have you tried proofreading, Striker? It’s an amazing technique where you read what you’ve written before you send it.

    • The problem is stl has been saying that for years. Their time is not 2-3yrs it’s now, patches is a perfect fit for stl on a line with stats you,they would be idiots not to attempt to get him! Patches is a goal scorer but also good penalty killer. Montreal has room to take on money for stl make room

      • Statsny **

      • agreed… and STL doesn’t not generate $$ unless they make the playoffs. They are typically a break even franchise. They MUST make the playoffs to stay in the black.

      • Agreed but all a question of cost for me. I’m not giving up any of the top 4 prospects nor Fabbri to make it happen. How many’s teams have won the cup making such a significant change at the deadline?

        Chi gave up a 1st for Vermette, not even a star but his 4 goals 2 in OT paid in spades it’s 1 of the few that I can think of that worked.

        Most don’t as only 1 potentially can. Does Pacioretty push StL to the cup? Maybe but chances are his impact will be nominal in that regard.

        I believe in seizing the moment but the business side weighs in for me always. Pacioretty’s contract some what limits what I would be willing to pay.

        Unless I can make it fly with some combination of Blair’s, Barbeshev, Schmaltz a 1st 2019 & 2nd not giving up much else. No Fabbri, Kostin, Thomas, Kyrou, Dunn, Walmart or Thompson.

        I might sacrifice 1 of those lesser 7 for Hoffman due to his extra year but StL has salary cap issues even with Stastny coming off the books next season.

        Fabbri will be bridged but he will move to C to replace Stastny, he’s getting a raise just not a huge 1 yet, Edmundson is getting a significant raise, Jaskin more money to, StL can’t really afford much more salary next season with players from outside the organization even with the cap rising 3 to 4 mil.

      • Blais

      • Walman. Sorry, will have to deactivate auto correct

    • Striker with Statsny off the books at the end of this year they can fit Patches. They will not be making another offer for Stasny in the offseason so this is perfect for the foreseeable future. Patches salary is less than Bouwmeester & with Statsny’s $7 million cap coming off…it gives them plenty of flexibility. Upshall, Paajarvi, Brodziak are all UFA and they can et them walk top ring up their youth as you have indicated they have top prospect ready.

      They need more firepower to get thru Nashville and LA. Steen plays both center and wing so Patches can slow in just fine.

      to STL: Patches & Benn
      to MTL : Bouwmeester along with prospects and picks. If JayBo would waive his NTC

      just IMO. Still think Patches regaining form in STL will benefit both long term.

      • StL has 12 mil at today’s cap hit next year & needs to resign or replace 7 players to get to 23.

        Fabbri moves into 3 mil range even on a bridge & that would be cheap, Edmundson may cost almost 4 to lock up. Jaskin 2.5. That’s 1/2 the cap space gone on just getting those 3 resigned Min. Now you need to replace the other 4. If Patches eats 4.5 that will leave about 5 for 3 more players, it’s so able but right.

        StL could make Patches work for the 1 additional year but all a question of cost for me.

        I don’t see Berglund or Sobotka being moved, their versatility, contract structure & salary structure fit well until later down the road.

        I see StL going after a lesser UFA a player like Maroon May make more sense, I assume they do something I just don’t see it being anything major.

      • Yes but with Statsny gone that is 7 million left over …that is a ton of cap space if they move Bouwmeester to get Patches. 7 million in cap pace will round out their roster easily…most of their rookies will be under 1.2 million… they numbers work out….and even with the raises they will be giving out. Edmundson is at 1m now…might get 3mill.. that is 2 million of the 7. 5 left to go… Jaskins is at 1m now…he’ll get maybe .5 million raise. that leaves 4.5 left. Fabbris is under 1 now and will prob get 2.5 so that still leaves 2 million left. bring up 3 more rookies. Patches makes 1 million less than Bouwmeester. They numbers do work out…. I would also think Jaskins gets traded…..

  15. Did anyone watch the SJ@Ott game last night? & that’s why I hate teams that try to protect a lead. SJ is winning 5-2 going into the 3rd they come out & go full shut down defense.

    For the life of me I don’t get & hate this choice. Continue to play the game that got you there. Sure give some PP time to lesser players but this is a perfect example of why you don’t do this. Although they ended up with 9 shots in the 3rd they had 1 11 Min into the 3rd.

    They got exactly what they deserved. Well done Ottawa.

    • Do you mean the Sharks who played the night before, played four of the last six all on the road?

      • Thank you dpf, the stats show playing back to back on a road trip result in loses and overall bad play especially later in the game

      • Chuckles

      • Hey I get it but your missing my point. I watched that game. It wasn’t those issues that cost them that game.

        They went to a dump 1-2-2 offensive system, I hate that.

        The 4 games played on a 4 game road trip in 6 days are a factor but had they stayed with their 2-1-2 puck possession game they win that game.

      • Few teams win the back end of back to backs but SJ had the game in the bank. By this point the schedule is really starting to balance out & all teams have played what SJ has played.

        It gets worse for all very fast, this year all teams get their 5 day break squeezed into a very short window & the schedule for all coming out of that break period is brutal. We have several teams playing 5 games in a week following, it’s crazy, no time for players bodies to recover.

        On a positive note it has had a significant effect on my wagers in a positive way, the bookies don’t seem to have picked up all the dynamics of such as yet.

      • I watched the game too striker and you need to watch more second day games and watch how many teams go to 1-2-2, ESPECIALLY! A very tired team with the lead! Ottawa caught fire against a very tired team you see it a lot

  16. I heard a report that a Blues source told (I think it was Darren Dreger) a TSN insider speaking TSN 690 to Tony Marinarro they were willing to trade Robert Thomas and Jordan Kyrou for Max Pacioretty as the key pieces.

    • if they can grab at least 1st to go with it.. sure… even if it means giving STL some low round picks.

      • Pit just won 2 cups with a D that wasn’t great, last seasons with out Letang.

        It can be done but almost everything else needs to go right & you need a miracle to happen else where to make up for it. Last seasons playoff miracle for Pit was Guentzel

  17. To be competitive in the playoffs the Leafs need at top four defenseman. Their defense is adequate right now but they do not have experienced forwards to offset the limited defense like Pitsburg does. In regard to Bozak he is their best face-off guy. The plan was to move Nylander there next year so that could be fast tracked but he is not as experienced as Bozak. Personally I would sooner have them go with the team they expect to be competitive with next year. That would also include going with the Goat as fourth line center. I expect Lou will find a way to resign JVR plus maybe bring Komorov back as a fourth liner at a reduced salary next year. Next year I expect the following defense; Reilly and a new addition or Liljgren, Gardner and Zhaitsev, Borgman and ???, Hainsey and Carrick will be fitting in where needed. Who they get to be that top four defenseman will be interesting because they might look at a shutdown guy in the Gudbranson/Manson mould or someone more rounded like the Dumba/Trouba/Risto (Buffalo) mould? Lou is going to have to over pay to get any of them except Gudbranson but if it costs a 1st round pick, a prospect (Bracco, Reichel, Johnson, Neilsen, Rosen, etc) and a roster player like Carrick or Bozak it will be worth it. I’m sure Lou is also looking at less experienced guys like Montadour or Miller which could cost less so the trade deadline could be interesting. Ultimately it would be nice to have a set roster that will be going forward next year. Next year Kapenin, Liljgren, possibly Grunstrom and Dermott will be up if they are not part of the trade.

    • want Staal & Smith from NYR for a 1st & a 2nd???

    • Pit just won 2 cups with a D that wasn’t great, last seasons with out Letang.
      It can be done but almost everything else needs to go right & you need a miracle to happen else where to make up for it. Last seasons playoff miracle for Pit was Guentzel

  18. Wonder what kind of return maroon gets. Big winger/top 6…hes ufa but his contract is only 1.5 mil. Thats a free pickup even for cash strapped teams.

    Hes good for 25 goals and hits and fights too

    • Only if he’s playing with McDavid.

      Maroon is a soft #2 LW ideally a solid #3 for most teams. Players like McDavid make anyone way better than they are.

      Marion is on pace for less than 20 goals this year primarily playing with McDavid.

      • True. Maybe we should move Strome up there and pump his tires

      • What do you think the returns would be for Maroon, lettstu and RNH if we decide to trade him?

    • How about Moulson or Pominville? =P Moulson was “great” with JT.. I can imagine how well with McD lol

  19. Would Buffalo consider trading Okposo (age 29) to a contender?

    SJ could be an option. Donskoi, top prospect & a 1st as a base? With that he would fit under their cap short and long term.

    CMB maybe? Murray/Jenner and a 2nd?

    Dallas perhaps? top D prospect Heiskanen, 1st, plus & Lehtonen’s contract (UFA in summer)? With Spezza gone next summer they have 7 million to round of the roster.. and Lehtonen’s contractt is about Okposo’s

  20. Would NSH consider Emelin/Weber and a 1st for Bogosian?

    BUF frees themselves long term of Bogo’s $5m cap hit. They can trade off Emelin and Weber (Yanik) at the deadline for futures.

    NSH gets (when healthy) a young Man (27 albeit injury history) who plays hard and is locked up for 2 more years.

    I think with only 10 wins on the season BUFFALO should consider freeing up as much short & long term space to take on a few contracts to acquire additional assets….. and use picks to try to get rid of Pominville & Moulson (if even possible).

    Should look to utilize ownership $ to rebuild the cupboards under Botterill. Let the young guys play to see what they have they have the rest of the season and try to acquire as many high level prospects and 1sts they can.

    Buff has some assets that contenders and bubble teams may look at to make a run.
    Kane, Okposo, and Bogosian are they key pieces
    but they have secondary UFA pieces like Gorges, Pouliot and Falk (7th D)