Latest Capitals, Rangers & Oilers Rumors – June 17, 2014

Capitals seeking a defenseman and a backup goalie, updates on Dominic Moore, Anton Stralman and Brian Boyle, plus a look at which players the Oilers should consider pursuing this summer. 

Could the Capitals shop Mike Green?

Could the Capitals shop Mike Green?

WASHINGTON POST/CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Alex Prewitt and Chuck Gormley report Capitals GM Brian MacLellan intends to seek a veteran backup for starter Braden Holtby this summer. MacLellan also said he has no immediate plans to trade defenseman Mike Green, though he admitted he’s open to trading anyone. He acknowledged there are a couple of defensemen in this summer’s UFA market he’s interested in, but won’t know until June 25th if there’s a shot at landing them.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s obvious the Capitals want to help Holtby regain his groove after struggling through last season. Adding a reliable veteran backup is a good idea. It also sounds as though MacLellan wants to add a complimentary blueliner for Green. Depending on who they get could also determine any trade plans for Green. If they should acquire a defenseman of equal or greater value than Green, he could end up on the block.

NORTHJERSEY.COM/NEW YORK POST: Tom Gulitti reports pending UFA Dominic Moore hopes to return next season with the Rangers. Brett Cyrgalis reports pending Rangers UFAs Anton Stralman and Brian Boyle hint they could be moving on. Stralman is seeking security for his family after playing for four teams in seven years and seeks between $4-$5 million annually for at least three years. Boyle wants a greater role than playing on the fourth line and could seek $3-$4 million annually on a two-year deal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of the Rangers pending UFAs, re-signing Stralman is the priority, but he could prove too expensive, especially with Marc Staal eligible next summer for UFA status. Unless the Rangers decide to move Staal, they could re-sign him this summer and let Stralman walk. Boyle probably won’t get a bigger role with the Rangers and this summer is a great opportunity for him to both move on to a club where he’ll get that chance, as well as earn a significant raise. Moore should be an affordable re-signing for the Blueshirts. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis believes Anton Stralman would be a good fit for the Oilers, while David Staples speculates about the Oilers perhaps pursuing Winnipeg’s Evander Kane, who’s once again rumored to be available. Staples also suggests the Oilers target cap-strapped teams like the Flyers, Blackhawks and Bruins. He lists the Flyers’ Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds, Braydon Coburn, Luke Schenn and Nicklas Grossmann, the Blackhawks Patrick Sharp, Bryan Bickell, Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson, and the Bruins Brad Marchand, Johnny Boychuck and Chris Kelly as possible trade options.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stralman would indeed be a good fit with the Oilers, but they’ll have to win a bidding war for his services if he hits the market this summer. While the Jets could be open to moving just about anyone, it’ll take a helluva lot more than offering up Nail Yakupov (as Staples suggested) to land him. The Jets aren’t interested in players with promise, they want impact players who can immediately help them.

Forget about landing Voracek, Simmonds, Sharp, Seabrook, Hjalmarsson and Marchand. Ain’t happenin’. Coburn is a possibility but given their defense I’m not entirely convinced they’ll shop him. Schenn, Grossmann, Bickell, Boychuk and Kelly are better possibilities, though some of these players carry no-trade clauses. 


  1. What would it take for the Oilers to land the #1 pick? Eberle to Florida for the 1st pick, then Edmonton has 1 and 3. Uses #1 to get Ekblad and trades #3 for someone that will help now. Just a thought. if anyone has assets to land #1 from Florida it’s the Oilers.

    • I think the Oilers are more interested in players that can help now. If they can land Ekblad (with their own #3 pick or trading for the #1 pick) I doubt he can help them now. And defenseman take longer to develop!
      And why would they trade Eberle? All time it’s written they have problem to attract FA talent, so why trade a good young player who’s signed long term?
      I’d rather trade Yakupov, Gagner or even Perron to get help for their defense and 3rd/4th line!

      • the problem is what are they really gonna get back for Yak or Gagner? Not much.

    • Why not just trade 3 to get help now and keep Eberle if Eberle is truly worth the first overall?

      If I’m in the Oilers shoes, I trade 3 off for 2 first rounders and a couple of second-third year prospects. They don’t need more top end talent, they need depth. If they want a d-man that can play first pairing minutes, they’ll probably need to develop him as they’re in short supply these days. And no, Phaneuf is not the answer, he’s more of what they have; guys who can get points, but guys who can’t keep the points off the board.

      Buffalo has some good d prospects in Zadorov and Ristolainen. NJ has good d prospects in Larsson, Santini, Severson… trading third overall or one of their top four right now (Eberle) can get possibly get them two guys who are 2 years along in their development. They could probably even try to get Rielly off of Toronto, but Toronto wouldn’t want third overall… they’d want their socks knocked off, and that would probably not be what Edmonton is looking for.

      Then the Oilers would only be a non-playoff team (but better) for another year, and then they would probably be near the top of the league the year after.

  2. Lots of speculation here over the past few days about where Spezza, Miller, Thorton, Vinny, Kane etc will end up…way to much grasping at straws cause the season is over for the summer. Why would Anahiem, that already has a really good group top 6 fwds with decent contracts, unload any of those guys to Ottawa for Spezza? Spezza is a good hockey player, that will be paid more than both Cogliano and Bonino next season, and can walk away if he decides it wasn’t a good fit after the season. So where does Spezza fit?
    Thorton has proven through the years that where he plays and his personal happiness is as important (if not more so) than his pay cheque. He’s established his life and family in San Jose, and I could see him retiring before picking up and moving his family to the East coast.
    Lecavalier, could be an interesting proposition for some teams, but if Philly has to eat salary, they could be just as far ahead to buy him out rather than take on a contract that another team is trying to dump.
    Miller and Hiller??? Bad off season to be a free agent goalie…
    Kesler…my thoughts are he wants to play where he has connections to other Team USA friends, so consider TO, Minny, or potentially Detroit (don’t resign Legwand and Alfie), or the Rangers (if they buy out Richards).
    Evander Kane is being over-rated by way to many people on this forum. He reminds me of Ray Emery when he played in Ottawa (not a racial attack by ANY means!!!!), he’s young, has a big ego, makes a pile of cash and has yet to mature. Unfortunately for Kane, I think by the time he grows up, he’ll be a bottom six player that is bounced up to top six from time to time. Whoever compared him to Kessel or RNH the other day is clueless.

  3. Jakub Voracek, Wayne Simmonds? Thats a riot.

  4. I think you will see one of Edmonton’s big guns moved, Yakupov and Gagner arent big guns. They dont have any other assets to deal. The 1st rounder is a good chip but that alone will land you a Phaneuf type and later pick- not a true impact player..Would a Kadri, Phaneuf and 8th for the 3rd and Eberle, be out of the question?

    • Yes that would be out of the question. If the Oilers 3rd overall is worth Phaneuf and a later pick(8th) then it would seem that you are suggesting Kadri is equal to Eberle. I would say that Eberle has more value. The Oilers also don’t need Kadri unless they trade Gagner.

  5. Considering the Oilers actually offered more for Clarkson then he signed for – is there any way ..Im grasping here..they take him on..if Leafs give a little?

  6. Rangers would be better off moving Staal and resigning Stralman. John Moore is growing into a top 4 himself. Right handed Stralman harder to replace than Staal.

    Brassard’s lack of size showed in the Finals. Is he that much better than JT Miller’s ceiling?
    Rangers almost NEED to sign Stasny to be the 2nd line center unless they can trade Talbot/Staal etc for a center.

    Boyle is gone ala Prust. He cannot be replaced but also is not a 3.5 player

  7. Clarkson will remain a Leaf and not because no one else will take him. He will be better this coming year although still over paid. Phaneuf is gone probably only for a move up in the draft and Leafs retaining salary Boland and Kulemin will also sign elsewhere. Can see the Leafs signing Brian Boyle as he is a student of Barb Underhill and is the type of big body Carlyle covets. Other than that Leafs are pretty much screwed.

    • Funny. Nothing about the Leafs here, and we still get Leafs talk

      • Everything is about the Leafs, don’t you know that? Every player of value wants to play for the Leafs. All the Leaf players a worth so much.

        Remember, there are 29 other teams out there. Spector states that.

        Side note, Joe Thornton while would be welcome in TO, he is not going there.

  8. i dont see the bruins parting ways with boychuk, .chris kelly and adam mcquaid would be easier to pry away,without sacrificing much.