Latest Blues, Hurricanes, Oilers & Panthers Rumors – November 8, 2011.

Changes could be coming for the Blues if they don’t respond well to Ken Hitchcock’s coaching…Change could also be coming to the Hurricanes…Updates on Sam Gagner and Jacob Markstrom.

ESPN.COM: Craig Custance reports an NHL source suggested if success doesn’t happen for the Blues under new head coach Ken Hitchcock, it won’t be the coach who wears it. We can expect instead to see players traded.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Custance didn’t single out anyone as possible trade bait, but noted goalie Jaroslav Halak and forwards Patrik Berglund, Chris Stewart and T.J. Oshie have not played up to expectations thus far this season.

Changes coming for Hurricanes?

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Chip Alexander reports Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said changes needed to be made to strengthen his team, but said a shakeup of the coaching staff wasn’t among them.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rutherford didn’t specify what those changes might be, but there’s been rumors of the Hurricanes possibly shopping a defenseman for additional scoring depth at forward.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson responded to a reader’s e-mail regarding the trade value of Oilers center Sam Gagner and if he’d be a good fit with the New Jersey Devils or NY Islanders. Matheson doubts Gagner would fetch a first round pick, but suggested if the Oilers moved the center, they might throw in a defenseman to sweeten the pot. He acknowledged the Devils and Islanders, plus the Ottawa Senators, are hurting for depth at center, and the Oilers have too many forwards and defensemen.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given their current record, the Oilers aren’t in any hurry to make trades right now. Still, at some point this season, they could make a move, and Gagner could be potential trade bait. For now, it’s best to ride their current roster and use their depth to replace injured players.

SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Harvey Fialkov reports Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon didn’t rule out the possibility of recently demoted goalie Jacob Markstrom returning to the lineup later this season because of injury or trade. Fialkov suggested the return of Scott Clemmensen give the Panthers an opportunity to showcase him for a trade. He also suggested Jose Theodore has a reasonably price contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt Theodore will be moved, but I could see Clemmensen being shopped at some point this season.


  1. IMO, Tim Gleason or Bryan Allen seem like the trade bait here…but I dont think the canes should jump the gun..jussi jokinen is out with and injury, and Eric Staal has been disappointing offensively thus far. Canes are slow starters, give it till the end of November and reevaluate.

  2. If Maurice and JR are going to accurately evaluate they need to set the lines and let them ride out the storm. Moving players around and assigning roles they shouldn’t be responsible for only compounds the confusion. The other issue is the obvious trade of McBain. Signing Kaberle was a mistake and now he is unmoveable due to that ridiculous contract. Now we’re losing a great young player and stuck with a waning Kabs until he is bought out.

  3. Even with everyone healthy, Carolina is short of top 6 forwards. Rutherford should have addressed that issue over the summer, but didn’t, instead putting his money on Kaberle & Ponikarovsky.

  4. Carolina usually follows the its own trend of playing .500 hockey and then making a deal or two prior to the deadline to sneak into the playoffs. It doesn’t really work, but it appears they have been doing that the past couple of years.

    I think Staal is the key here and the Canes will be looking at him to lead and get back on track. It will happen, but i do find it odd that Eric is having not a slow start, but a terrible start. Offensively and the plus/minus rating is the league’s worst if i am not mistaken.

    I guess he may have a guilty conscious of sidelining his own brother!

  5. Can’t see Bryan Murray trading for a centremen. He would probably have to give up young players or prospects — and since the Sens are re-building I really can’t see him doing that.

    When healthy Sens have – Spezza, Regin, DaCosta, Smith, Winchester, Konopka as their centremen. Not experienced depth but the Sens are playing the young guys to develop them… that is what a re-build is all about. With Zibanejad most likely in the lineup next season… that’s a lot of centremen.

  6. The Oilers are going to throw in a defenceman to sweeten the pot? I was unaware that the Oilers had a glut of NHL calibre defencemen in their system.

  7. Monashee.. Guess you haven’t been following this season much..

  8. Why would Oilers be looking to trade for a first round pick?

    If anything they need to find a young blue chip D-Man they can have develop with the rest of the young core or a D-Man in his mid 20s.

    If anything they should be looking to move their first rounder this year, well that might be going a bit far ….

  9. The Oilers have hemsky back in the line up tonight against the habs. If Hemsky can stay healthy and produce it gives the the Oilers a couple of options. Trade Hemsky or move Gagner, Omark and prospects for a young (20-22 year old) Defensive prospect. I would deal Hemsky for a top Defensive prospect., he is just too injury prone.
    Also the recent play of Colten Teubert is quickly making theo Peckham expendable. The Oilers need a young puck moving D-man and Whitney is a band-aid, who can’t stay healthy. Hemsky and Whitney are amazing talents, but can’t help win cups from the press box. The Oilers are also lacking size and grit on the 3rd line. A player like buffalo’s Zack Kassian would fit the mold perfectly.
    Omark and Peckham packaged would get a decent young defenceman.

  10. Good points Sandy however if Regin can’t return or if he returns at less than 100% (frankly I’m not sold on the guy) they simply don’t have a # 2 centre. DaCosta looks like a good prospect but he’s not close to being a # 2 yet. I can see the team trying to pick up an experienced centre in the final year of his contract just to get them through the year or, in the unlikely event some promising young player is available, going that route. It seems you just can’t have enough skill at the centre position in the NHL today, just ask TML. fans…

  11. The other point I would like to bring out is that they need to ask themselves if Turris is an upgrade at any one of the current slots. If he starts playing to his potential, I would say yes, he would certainly be an upgrade in the 2nd line where he would be protected by Spezza from the opposition’s top pairing each night. What would intrigue me would be if they popped Turris and Filatov together to see if they have chemistry. There’s no guarantee given how both are highly rated and consistently not living up to that, but if they do, man does that have the underpinnings of an interesting combo.