Monthly Archives: February 2017

Lightning not done dealing

Lots of trade talk in Detroit

Lots of interest in Hansen

Rangers could look at Vrbata or Sharp

If the price tag is reasonable to rent, say, Dallas’ Patrick Sharp or Arizona’s Radim Vrbata, the Blueshirts could then shift Michael Grabner to the fourth line with Oscar Lindberg (presuming he wouldn’t be part of the return package) and Jesper Fast.

Oilers say that Eberle will not be on the move

Here and there with the Wings

Coreau is finishing up his fourth year of pro hockey, ending his waiver exemption. The Wings need to shed one goaltender, if not through the expansion draft, then via trade. If Howard is able to come back and continue playing as well as he was, it would help his trade value. If not, Mrazek could be shopped, and the Wings would go into next season with Howard and Coreau.

Leafs weigh trade options with cash to burn

Having put Joffrey Lupul, Stephane Robidas and Nathan Horton on long-term injured reserve at the beginning of the season, the Maple Leafs have more than $13 million in cap space to work with in the midst of a playoff race.

“We will just have to wait and see if there are any opportunities,” the typically tight-lipped GM said Sunday. “You make a call, you get a call. It’s nothing new. It’s that time of the year.”

While his team took off Sunday for a three-game trip to California, starting Tuesday in San Jose, Lamoriello remained in Toronto to deal with possible trades.

Colorado ready to sell, sell, sell

It still might come down to which young defenseman — or defensemen — the Carolina Hurricanes ultimately are willing to include in a package for Duchene. Go too far down the Hurricanes’ organizational list, and it’s a setup for failure. It’s remains doubtful the ‘Canes will agree to part with Erie High grad Jaccob Slavin, but that still should be the goal … as a start.

Beyond that, the Avalanche will continue its attempt to unload — or, to put it more nicely, find an immediate new home for — its pending veteran unrestricted free agents. From the current roster, that list starts with, most notably, Jarome Iginla, but also includes Fedor Tyutin, John Mitchell, Rene Bourque, Cody Goloubef and Jeremy Smith.

Doan not happy with the Hanzal trade

Arizona Coyotes veteran forward Shane Doan has been hesitant of a trade away from the only franchise he’s ever played for leading up to Wednesday’s Trade Deadline, and has yet to waive his no-trade clause.

But the 40-year-old wasn’t happy with the team trading Martin Hanzal over the weekend, fueling speculation he could be more open to a trade this week.

Burrows would likely waive his no trade clause

After the Canucks’ 4-1 loss to the Sharks, winger Alex Burrows appeared on Hockey Night in Canada’s After Hours segment with Cassie Campbell and Scott Oake.

The first question was very specific: “have you waived your no trade clause?”

Burrows didn’t shy away. He said he and GM Jim Benning had a frank chat a week or so ago. Burrows didn’t want to get into details but he admitted he still wants to win and he wants to be a playoff player. He also mentioned the challenge of having a young family and the stresses being away from his kids places on them, implying there were very specific circumstances he would consider if a trade were to materialize.

The price to trade for pending free agent defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk is too high

The price to trade for pending free agent defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk is too high. The price to sign him long term is even more expensive … Have to wonder a little about Shattenkirk when he had a chance to play for a contending roster in Tampa Bay for $6 million a year over seven years and he turned it down. Never mind where the Lightning are now: A defence with Viktor Hedman, Anton Stralman and Shattenkirk would be Blackhawks-like … Asked a Leafs front office man what to expect from Toronto on trade deadline day: “A lot of phone calls,” he said, “probably no trades.”

Could the Rangers go after Hansen?

The Rangers have gone big at each of the past four deadlines, trading three first-rounders, four second-rounders, a world-class sniper (Marian Gaborik), a captain on an expiring contract (Ryan Callahan) and two prospects (Anthony Duclair and Aleksi Saarela) for Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, Ryane Clowe, Marty St. Louis, Keith Yandle and Eric Staal. (John Moore came and went in separate transactions.)

And even as Gorton seeks help both on defense and up front (Vancouver’s Jannik Hansen, anyone?), a sellers’ market in which renting Dallas’ Patrick Eaves somehow cost Anaheim a second-rounder that could become a first, portends a low-drama deadline on Broadway.

What will the Pens do with Fleury?

Jim Rutherford still has not pulled the trigger on a deal involving Marc-Andre Fleury, which will need to happen before the summer’s expansion draft.

“My very strong sense right now is that the preference of the Pittsburgh Penguins at this moment in time is to not trade Marc-Andre Fleury by the deadline,” said McKenzie. “That in a perfect world, they would like to go back into the playoffs with both Marc-Andre Fleury and Matt Murray –to have that strong tandem to give them their best possible shot at winning the Stanley Cup.

“Now, what could change between now and the deadline? Well, No. 1 they have to assess the mindset and the attitude of Marc-Andre Fleury. With Matt Murray continuing to be the No. 1 goaltender, how if Fleury going to react. Does that become a negative or a distraction at some point. They’ve got to get a read on that.