Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – January 8, 2017

by | Jan 8, 2017 | Rumors | 69 comments

Colorado Avalanche forwards Matt Duchene & Gabriel Landeskog remain hot topics of discussion in the NHL rumor mill.

Latest Avalanche speculation plus updates on the Canucks, Oilers and more in your Sunday NHL rumor roundup.

CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty is doubtful the Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche can swing a deal that would send Avs left wing Gabriel Landeskog to the Bruins. He notes the reports from several days ago indicating the Bruins rejected the Avs’ asking price of promising defenseman Brandon Carlo. 

He also points out the Bruins would have to shed salary (Torey Krug? David Krejci?)to make room for Landeskog’s $5.5 million annual salary-cap hit through 2020-21. “The bottom line is this: The Bruins aren’t going to get Landeskog from Colorado if they’re looking to offer Jakob Zboril, Ryan Spooner and a second-round pick,” said Haggerty.

BOSTON HERALD: Steve Conroy reports the Bruins have a surplus of blueline prospects that could be used as trade chips. He considers Charlie McAvoy untouchable but believes the Bruins should listen if Carlo could land a true star. Other notables include Matt Grzelcyk, Rob O’Gara, Jeremy Lauzon, Jakub Zboril and Ryan Lindgren, as well as Jake DeBrusk, Peter Cehlarik, Zach Senyshyn and perhaps BU’s Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson.

SPORTSNET:  Elliotte Friedman reports the Bruins have told teams they’re not trading Carlo. Meanwhile, Nick Kypreos reports Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec has been disappointing this season. There’s a sense he could be available by the trade deadline if he doesn’t improve.

THE BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa reports Bruins general manager Don Sweeney is weighing all his options and hasn’t ruled out a coaching change. “I’m not avoiding the question,” said Sweeney. “I think it’s an obvious one. You have to look at every different thing.” Shinzawa said if firing Julien isn’t the answer, Sweeney will have to find outside help, but he hasn’t found a deal to his liking. Too many teams remain in playoff contention and a number also have salary-cap issues.

OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan wouldn’t be surprised if the Senators made a pitch for Avs veteran blueliner Francois Beauchemin, who has a year left on his contract with a cap hit of $4.5 million. He considers Beauchemin the steady defenseman the Senators need.

THE DENVER POST: Terry Frei weighs in on the growing trade speculation surrounding the Avalanche. He notes most of the speculation will ignore the Avs limited cap space this season, the $52 million in committed payroll for next season and the expensive contracts of their overrated core players. If GM Joe Sakic makes a move, it’ll be for the long term and not to save this season. He believes Sakic will advertise a firesale of non-core veterans, but doubts they’ll attract much interest. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s obvious Sakic is either shopping guys such as Landeskog or Duchene or is at least listening to offers. By the sound of things, he wants a good young defenseman or one or two top blueline prospects as part of a return. However, there aren’t a lot of teams with that type of depth to spare.

The annual cap hits of Landeskog ($5.5 million) and Duchene ($6 million) are difficult to move in-season. That means the Avs must take back a decent amount of salary to make these deals work. Landeskog or Duchene could be dealt, but I still believe such moves won’t happen until the off-season, probably after the expansion draft (June 21) and likely during the NHL draft weekend.

If the Sens do make a pitch for Beauchemin, he’ll have to bless the deal, as he’s got a full no-movement clause. Recent reports indicate Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion is happy with his defense but is in the market for a forward.

Regarding Plekanec, he’s carrying a $6 million annual cap hit through next season. If he becomes available at the trade deadline, I don’t see many teams being interested in him.

NBC SPORTS: James O’Brien wonders if the Vancouver Canucks recent six-game win streak could bolster the trade value of goaltender Ryan Miller, who was a significant factor for the Canucks during that streak. “If a contender like Tampa Bay or Pittsburgh loses a key goalie, maybe they scoop up Miller at a decent price, giving him a chance to extend his career while making a little more money?”

THE PROVINCE: Jason Botchford doubts the Canucks intend to move Miller at the trade deadline. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: About a month ago, there were reports out of Vancouver suggesting the Canucks would like to re-sign Miller. Not sure if that’s still the case. Canucks GM Jim Benning also has a policy of not asking players with no-movement/no-trade clauses (such as Miller) to waive them. In other words, Miller will have to ask for a trade. With the Canucks in playoff contention, I don’t see him bailing on them. 

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, New York Islanders and Buffalo Sabres are the only sellers in the NHL trade market right now. He suggests keeping an eye on Avalanche forwards Jarome Iginla, Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene, noting there’s been recent trade speculation linking Landeskog to the Boston Bruins.

Speaking of the Bruins, the word is they wouldn’t mind moving forward Ryan Spooner for a defenseman.

The Chicago Blackhawks seek depth at forward and are rumored to have shown interest in Iginla.

With Brendan Gallagher sidelined two months by a hand injury, Garrioch wonders if Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin will step up efforts to land a forward. If he’s inquired about Coyotes center Martin Hanzal, Garrioch claims he’s not alone. Several clubs are interested in Hanzal but the asking price is high.

Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is apparently looking around for a forward. With the Lightning struggling, Garrioch wonders if the heat is getting turned up on head coach Jon Cooper.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Recent reports out of Tampa Bay claim the Lightning’s priority is to add a top-four defenseman. Not saying Yzerman isn’t seeking depth at forward, but he’s likely putting more effort in finding help for his blueline. 

The Edmonton Oilers seek depth at forward.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is apparently willing to wait for the best deal regarding Olympic participation, be it with the NHL Players Association, the International Olympic Committee or the International Ice Hockey Federation. A league insider speculates mid-January could be an artificial deadline, but Garrioch suggests no one knows for sure.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson believes the Edmonton Oilers need a better goaltender, fearing they’ll be in trouble if starter Cam Talbot gets hurt. He lists Jaroslav Halak of the New York Islanders, Ondrej Pavelec of the Winnipeg Jets (both are toiling in the minors), Michal Neuvirth of the Philadelphia Flyers, Eddie Lack of the Carolina Hurricanes (though he’s currently sidelined by a concussion) and Florida Panthers’ third-string goalie Reto Berra as suggested options, bearing in mind the Oilers would have to move a contract to land one of them.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t see the Oilers chasing Halak, who has another year at $4.5 million left on his contract. Pavelec could be a possibility, but the Jets could retain him as insurance for the remainder of the season. Don’t see the Flyers moving Neuvirth, even with promising Anthony Stolarz in the system. Lack’s recent concussion woes likely ensure he won’t be moving this season. They could have a shot at Berra, depending on where the Panthers are in the standings by the trade deadline. 

Matheson also weighs in on the trade rumors regarding Avs forwards Landeskog and Duchene, noting the difficulty in landing multiple parts for either player. He claims Iginla knows he’s going to be traded. Matheson lists Calgary, Chicago and Los Angeles as possible destinations, though the latter two might have to wait until he has less money remaining on his contract for this season.







69 Comments

  1. Jaysus. Yesterday Brenna was musing about Hanzal, a big but brittle C. Today it’s Francois Beauchemin, a creaky soon-to-be 37 year old D. Don’t look now, but D isn’t their immediate problem – it’s putting the bloody puck in the net, as last night’s 1-0 loss to the Caps indicates. They need – but won’t get unless Dorion is prepared to give up some top young assets – a reliable Top 6 winger.

    • Hanzal is currently day to day, shockingly.

  2. I guess I want to debate this opinion hockey-wise.
    “The Bruins aren’t going to get Landeskog from Colorado if they’re looking to offer Jakob Zboril, Ryan Spooner and a second-round pick,” said Haggerty.”
    If Colorado eats even a dime of their captain Landeskogg’s salary, Boston hesitates … because of what Jakob Zboril MIGHT be (besides a entry level Cap hit)? Even if Landy is seen as a underachiever with the Avs being paid less than 6 million for the upcoming six seasons, he seems to be a guy with more upside that what the Bruins would be sending to Colorado. We ALL can see what Landy already IS, so a sticky trigger over the loss of Zboril, one of many Bruin defense prospects and clearly not their best. He still has mishandles and lapses in judgement due to bad positioning in the QMJHL.

    • I think the point was more, that Sakic would be nuts to to that deal Bill more than the Bruins are giving up too much. There will be better offers for Landeskog. An avg second line guy a 2nd and as good a D prospect as a prospect as Zobril is he still isn’t really even one of Bostons top 2 D prospects. Sakic has not been a great GM but I don’t think he is stupid.

      • Due to the dual headed monster Ownership created in Colorado it was a mess. We have no idea how player personnel decisions were made & by whom. What we do know is it was unconventional & thankfully Roy quit & Sakic stayed.

        Regardless neither Sakic nor the Sakic/Roy dual head monster can be judged fully or properly 3 years into what ever it is Colorado is doing.

        At least in Toronto the hierarchy is clearly established. All decisions for hockey opps rest with Shanahan. Lou is the GM he is the voice other teams call to address trades, he’s also there to lead & mentor Hunter & Dubois. Hunter is the raw player evaluator, Dubois the analytics expert. All have great hockey minds & all have input with Shanahan having the final say. Like any normal business & almost all NHL teams currently with a few odd exceptions. See what was going on in Colorado.

        Who was really driving the bus in Colorado? Sakic & Roy had essentially equal powers which appears to have handcuffed the decision making process. No business can run this way. Someone has to have the final say like it or not.

        What I do know is that Colorado has a solid group of prospects coming. They are being developed properly & moving forward there is no question who’s running this team & is in charge. The past 3 years are & were a gong show in Colorado’s player personnel department. Sakic? Roy? Other? who knows.

      • Sorry Shticky. I tried to keep that as brief as possible. I failed. Ha-ha!

      • It’s more when you start copy and pasting wiki pages or tell a Sens fan (George) how many points the Sens have compared to how many you projected them to have,and your going on about things that have nothing to do with anything that I think bothers most (myself anyway) if you want to talk hockey it’s fine I don’t mind if you want to write a blog save it for a reply to someone who cares to read it. You don’t need to repeat stuff to me I know or show me wiki articles lol you don’t need to reply to me with long winded essays with appendices. That’s not conversation to me that’s work. It’s nothing personal.

    • Personally, as their careers begin i will be comparing Zboril and Chabot as they were both SeaDogs and Zboril the more highly praised and the prosoect chosen first by Boston. I have always thought Chabot was the better Prospect. His Juniors was his coming out party for his last year with Saint John and hus Memorial cup finalized my decision.

      At this point im curious would Chabot in a package get Landeskog. Zboril was suppose to be better according to most. If Chabot could perhaps picking up Zboril isnt a bad idea for Colorado if they are comfortable he xan be better than chabot like they likeky did at the draft.

      • With the situation the Sens are in right now – and no guarantee that the addition of Landeskog would put them in the playoffs (he hasn’t exactly lighting it up in Colorado the past couple of seasons – certainly not to the tune of what one would expect for a $5,571,420 cap hit – which still has 4 years to run) – I wouldn’t give them Chabot. NO way. Every pundit who was at the tournament says he and Colin White (both Sens prospects) were probably THE 2 best players from an individual standpoint.

        And by the way, I bet White turns pro just as soon as his college team is finished this year. Bank n it.

      • Zboril could turn out to be a very good player.
        Being on a weaker team at the jrs didn’t help him.
        Pastrnak did ok at jrs but turned out to be very good.
        Just saying if Zboril was on Canada or US he would have looked better.

  3. Can’t see the bruins landing landeskog without Carlo being involved otherwise just getting outbid, I think the habs will go after duschene they have some good d and goalie prospects to get the avs listening

    • I honestly do not see MTL landing Duchesne because the asking price will be too high. MTL is going to look for another prospect + a 2nd for Vanek type deal.

      • Bergevin doesn’t let any rumours out he make Lou sound like a talking Tom!!

  4. I mis-typed….FOUR more seasons on Landy’s contract

  5. As I pointed out yesterday, it’s getting desperate in Boston. Your own homer in Haggerty feels so insecure, he’s calling the fanbase out out on optimistic trade proposals.

    Spooner plus Zboril plus a 2nd for Landeskog he regards as wildly inadequate. Okay. Back to the drawing board, eh BigBruin?

    • Lol as I said before I didn’t expect the bruins to make the playoffs. Matthews was pretty much invisible last night against an injury depleted lineup playing there 7th game of a 7 game road trip eh dan39?

      • I was never sure which one of ya was worse but if Dan is getting outsmarted by the Habs fan dressed up like a guy in a bear suit so no one says anything bad about the Habs to him. I guess that settles it. BBB got ya Dan.

      • get a room you two crazy love birds.

      • Lol funny reading shticky say anything about hiding anything when he puts his name on his blog on hockeybuzz but is afraid to on here! Eh James tanner!! Lol

      • Love James Tanner’s work. Most *entertaining* blogger on that site. He is good at what he tries to do so if that was meant as an insult it fell short. Tanner is like the Marchand of blogging.

      • Entertaining maybe hockey knowledge Nill!

      • Oh he knows a lot about hockey… if he didnt he wouldnt be able to needle everyone so much. If he wasnt knowledgeable about hockey he couldnt know what to say to get everyone so PO’ed.

      • I see why you read his blogs! Lol

      • His blogs are fun in a forum where everybody takes themselves too seriously or thinks they are GM of the year. The comment sections are hilarious. The fact he can obtain reactions much like yours like flipping on a light switch is stupendous. Its a formula. Make outrageous statement… find enough skewed data to try to prove, stick with it and watch people squirm. Nobody has to read it yet it, as the “coyotes” blog non-the-less, remains one the most popular. He is the player that every other team loves to hate… and on Boston, that player just made himself 7 million dollars.

      • I refuse to read Tanner, or the Hockeybuzz Hotstove as he contributes regularly to it. A complete moron simply looking for hits through outlandish comments.

        Hockeybuzz has & has had some great bloggers. Tanner just isn’t 1 of them.

      • I agree striker, tanner thinks stats are the only thing that matter he said gardiner is comparable with Keith and the panthers were gonna go on a roll right away getting an ” old hockey mind ” like gallants away from the team! Tanner is as about as useless to hockey knowledge as Wayne Gretzkys acting career

      • I dont think I would ever use the word “great”. But if the point of a blog is to attract readers, effective is absolutely a good description. He shines the light on those that take hockey blogs way to seriously by how visceral they react. I admire that. COuld stand to lose the music videos though. Your right striker… the motto of if you dont like it dont read it applies strongly here… but a whole lot of people seem to read and comment everyday. It always bothers me when people tear other people down for their work… it can be argued the bloggers set themselves up for it by publicly publishing their work… but the greatest response I ever got from a blogger when I was tearing into them was a link for how to start my own blog. Either dont read it or prove you can do better.

      • Today tanner (shticky) goes on a rant about how connuation only played 7mins last night on defense cutting up tipped lol meanwhile connuation played right wing last night he is totally clueless

      • Funny thing is if I was James Tanner I’d admit it.. Why would someone publish a blog and put their name on it at hockeybuzz and then hide here and not admit it here ya fool? Do you realize how idiotic that sounds? Now you and your never ending fawning over the Canadiens and constantly talking about them while never really mentioning the Bruins unless you’re saying how bad they are might lead some to believe that you’re a Habs fan BBB not a Bruins fan it doesn’t take a detective to figure it out…just someone smarter than Dan. It’s not really an insult, just pointing it out to Dan who hasn’t figured out that the guy who so far today has brought up the Habs road trip injuries,players says things about how great the Habs GM is and likes the idea of a Habs deal for Duchene just maybe might be a Habs fan you do it daily. lol I don’t feel like it’s as big jump from Bbb is likely a Habs fan to a guy looks at stats so it must be James Tanner. If you want to continue making yourself look like an ass go nuts.

      • Or it makes sense and have read articles about it? I’ve said it before tanner talking about how good your team is only makes you look like a homer, I pretty much only say what’s wrong with the bruins and guys like you,dan39,Scott,obe,yogi who constantly talk about how good players on your team are/gonna be good just makes you sound like an ass

      • That’s likely the reason that you pretend to be a fan of the Bruins yes. Because you don’t want to look like a “homer” when you talk about the Habs…guess what, it’s not working when all you do is say things like this.

        Bigbadbruins on January 8, 2017 at 11:48 am
        Can’t see the bruins landing landeskog without Carlo being involved otherwise just getting outbid, I think the habs will go after duschene they have some good d and goalie prospects to get the avs listening

        Bigbadbruins on January 8, 2017 at 2:05 pm
        Bergevin doesn’t let any rumours out he make Lou sound like a talking Tom!!

        That’s pretty homer sounding, but not if I say I’m a Bruins fan and put on this big bad Bruin suit! lol
        You’re a tool

      • Why would the avs not go after Carlo? Lol this isn’t leaf fans trade were talking about! And I just read an article about duschene to the habs and they discussed lindgren,mcniven,sergachev and juulsen plus picks as good starting point? The bergevin Lou and whose quieter was just a shot at leaf fans and how dumb they sound about it ( obviously worked) I think you need back on your paranoid meds tanner the spaceship isn’t picking you up yet………YET! Lol you’re such a tool

    • I have no interest in the Bruins making a deal for Landeskog or Duchene. To expensive. Stay the course, continue the rebuild. I would like to see them make the playoffs but if they don’t, that’s OK, I care more about the future. I had Boston as a bubble team missing to start the season.

      Boston has yet to ice the line up they thought they would going into training camp. Few other teams are in that position. The fancy stats; analytics, say Boston is a very good team for what that is worth.

      Boston has a bunch of cap space should they choose to use it. Bergeron, Krejci, Spooner & Krug are just waking up. Vatrano just debuted. Once Belesky returns in the next week to 10 days we get to see a better balanced top 3 lines & Belesky’s intangibles help. Not fun to play against.

      • Agree no reason to pick up these guys unless it’s a good deal. Cap hit will hurt unless they take back or retain salary.
        With the defensive prospects coming along stay the course.

    • Boston is in year 2 of their rebuild. Toronto year 3; 50% more time invested than Boston. Who’s getting better results Dan39? They choose different approaches. Boston didn’t choose to tank it & be awful but build on the fly.

      Time will tell which choice was better. Only 1 of Sweeney’s draft picks from his 2 drafts has made the Bruins as yet in his 2 drafts; Carlo. Toronto being in year 3 just added most of theirs this season. Last year the only player added was Nylander who joined the team late in the season as Toronto started shutting players down at the 1st sign of a hang nail.

      Interesting how you can slag 1 team but alls good with the other even though their 3 years in as opposed to 2.

      • Quit talking sense to dan39 that’s absurd! lol

      • Two different approaches and time will tell. Will Boston be able to replace an aging core? How much will 2nd contracts cost the teams? WIll they be able to keep their youth or lose some to cap or offer sheets? Which one ends up making it to a conference final first? Neither team now is in a position to brag as they are fighting for a playoff spot in the weakest division in hockey.

        Boston is currently the winner here though due to the recent cup… that is the ultimate prize.

      • That pretty much sums up the difference in strategies. Neither one is a guarantee for success, which there is ample evidence.
        The reason the Leafs will be ahead of the Bruins 2 years from now is they are drafting better players. Not because the are better at it, but because the best of the best are found early in the draft.
        Also luck, as they sucked at the right time, when there are great players in the last 2 drafts. This year, not so much.
        Tanking does not guarantee a cup but not having the best of the best players almost guarantees you won’t win one.
        Look at the last 20 cup winners and tell me how many teams did not have at least one top 3 pick.
        The answer is 1

      • Who cares how Toronto got there how Boston got there…Big deal…The fact remains Toronto is far more exciting to watch than Boston. Boston is like watching paint dry. win or lose Toronto’s games are exciting. Boston doesn’t offer any of that type of excitement for the fans.

  6. Money management will be the key in moving either Duchene or Landeskog. Some HAS to come back (for most teams)…..Where in the hell is Bobby Ryan ? He might be or should be on the move.

  7. teams for Landy/Dusch. and what it would cost them for a signed, young top 6.
    mont- Sergachev and they could force DD or Plecanec back on Col
    ANA- Montour or Theodore + another asset- would they need to send money back?
    CAR- Pesce- Fleury- something like that + another asset, no money needed retained I dont think
    philly- ghost or proverov seem too much but they are so loaded on d prospects they could afford to lose one. send a toxic contract back to col (wich is who on that team?)
    Bost- carlo or mcalvoy. col takes hayes to start balanacing the money

    not a lot of teams with young d men to spare.

    • Boston won’t move those two guys.
      But agree it’s close to what it will cost.
      Problem is young right shot defenseman who are not costing much are more valuable than underachieving forwards making 5.5-6 million.

      • there will always be those that think they can take that underachieving forward and put them on a better team and get more. Guys like this, top 6, good contracts, dont come available to often and someone will meet the cost.

      • We will see what they get.
        Colorado might be better off keeping them.
        They are still in their prime years.
        I don’t blame Sakic for asking high.

  8. I’d like to see Boston acquire Landy, but agree zboril a second and spooner is not enough. I would change the second to a first and add in Hayes and a mid tier prospect like blidh or maybe Heinen if it gets it done.

  9. What is the cost of getting a player who has scored 20, 23 and on pace for 20 goals this season and has never scored more then 26 in a season, but plays on an offensive style system? No he isn’t getting Carlo straight up, never mind in a package. Boston need to stay away from that type of deal. If such deal come in to play Spooner most definitely needs to be part of the deal, because otherwise he is just lost to expansion. I realize you need to give up something to get something. Boston top 6 of Bergy, Marchand, Pastrnack, Krecji, Backes and Spooner. Other then Spooner, there is nothing wrong with that top 6, it when we get to the bottom 6 the issues start to come into play, not enough contribution and puts to much stress on the first two lines. Defense is suspect as best, and could still use a boost. As I say, best moving Spooner in a package because CJ isn’t willing to give him 3rd line C.

    • only team trading for spooner is one that has open space for protecting him (almost nobody) or is using him as a potential rental. Hence why his value is so low. adding him to a “package” is like saying we’ll throw in a mid round pick.

      • Numerous teams have room for a 7th forward. I suggest you go & look. I have run all 30 teams did so before expansion was even formerly announced.

      • what teams, that would be better served not protecting 4 d-men, have room to protect a third line center over one of their other players? and why would they sacrifice anything to save Boston from having to protect said player?

      • Spooner isn’t a rental, he’s an rfa. If your point is can’t see him being protected then fine, however then it makes no sense for Boston to make this trade.

      • my point in fact was I could see him not being protected so as a rental for a team that wants depth that “could” leave via vegas was the rental part. unless its key pieces worth protecting or rentals not much is going to move this deadline because of the expansion.

    • I say the cost is less than what Taylor Hall fetched.
      Defenseman equal or less than Larson.

  10. Here’s my hope for Boston moving forward & what I would do based on the roster today baring trades before for the expansion draft.

    Protectors. Bergeron, Krejci, Marchand, Backes, Pastrnak, Spooner & Belesky at forward. Chara, Krug & C. Miller at D. Rask in net.

    Upgrading Belesky & C. Miller if it can be done at the right cost & exposing both in the expansion draft if it can.

    This summer before the expansion draft bid for 1 of the Dman that will be available from 1 of the teams that have to many. Fowler, Brodin, Savard, Trouba etc. If 1 can be acquired at the right cost great, if not look to sign Shattenkirk as a UFA this summer if he will take about 6 to 6.5 per year. Not concerned to about the term as he’s only 28 late this month but ideally 6 years. It’s being reported he wants to play on the east coast with NYR or Boston as the most likely destinations. No idea how factual these reports are.

    If it can’t be done fine, tons of great young Dman coming & eventually their value in trade will be substantial. Boston also has numerous forward prospects coming. Not the Matthew’s, Nylander’s & Marner’s of the world they don’t pick high enough in the draft as they are a decent team & actually have tried to win but that means picking in the middle of the pac. Nor do they need these like Toronto. We have them now in Bergeron, Krejci, Backes & Marchand. These guys are all in their late 20’s to early 30’s & have tons left in the tank.

    Forsbacka-Karlsson, Senyshyn, Debrusk, Bjork, Donato, Heinen, etc. with those all ready graduated in the NHL, Spooner, Pastrnak, Vatrano & Czarnik will suffice. Hell Khokhlachev may even return from the NHL at some point he’s only 23 & still Boston property. Is he getting paid on his KHL team? Ha-ha!

    It’s a great time to be a Bruins fan & I’m very happy with what Sweeney has done & is doing.

    • Sorry guys I’m trying to reduce the words. Arghhhhh. It’s hard. I essential write for a living & they want words the more the better.

      • Word… G-money.

      • LOl, I was told just the opposite, need to keep it short and simple. Like a resume, if you think I got all day to read 4 pages, think again. However, if you can catch my attention within the first few sentences then i’ll continue to read. On the flip side if its always the same thing, I’ll just glance over it. But that’s just me.

      • you can’t leave words out when you’re trying to get an idea out there. You’re words don’t bother me. I’m assuming someone here tells you that you carry on. I notice they all do the same just shorter paragraphs more frequently. I wouldn’t worry about it or bother to apologize. who the hell are they? I enjoy most of your info.

      • Who dey? WE DEY!

    • I would like to add Shattenkirk also but think with the young guys in the system might be better off finding a sniper.

  11. Was a big Eberle fan but after watching the game against Boston no thanks. He was non existent. What is Edmonton gonna do with that contract.

    • Trade it for another crappy contract or eat some of it. I think he’d still generate a lot of interest around the league at $4m, based on previous years output and that he’s still pretty young. Unfortunately, he seemed to have thought that he could just coast playing along side McDavid. I think the Oil should shed any and all of the old blood that was used to a losing culture in Edm.

    • send him to MTL for Plecky 😀 … Might even be a good trade for both teams… EDM gets the savings a few years before, MTL gets younger with a ‘bad’ contract

    • Eberle gets his points in spurts. He’ll be fine. McDavid has slowed way down in my opinion. There’s just never ending phenom commercials about him but he’s definitely not living up to the hype. I noticed last night he got an assist on the last edmonton goal. Sure he started the play but didn’t earn the assist. They’ve taken to giving him phantom points.

      • Haha! I’ve watched most of thw games with him – he is awesome.
        He should not only lead the scoring race but dominate it. Don’t know how many great playes I’ve seen him make but teammate fail to convert in a great spot. He creates several scoring chances every game and some games 3-4 grade A without an assist.
        I think you should look a bit more, or is just me? 🙂

      • Pretty sure he is a flames fan adoe😜

    • After watching the game against Boston…so one game bad performance and that’s it…no way…never again will I be an Eberle fan…You’ll be a fan of no NHL players if they lose your favor after one bad game.

  12. So Pittsburgh has to consider keeping Murray or Fkeury, and we all know who they will keep, and they trade for Miller? How does that make any sense!

  13. Garrick is an idiot.

    Buffal9, when factoring in games in hand is in the playoff h6ntx j7sts like all teams in that division.

    Sure their UFA can be traded…

    Gionta…3rd
    Kulikov..2nd and 3rd/4th
    Franson…3rD

    I don’t see them trading Kane unless s blow their shirt off ofrer comes.