Latest NHL Trade Rumors – June 27, 2014

Updates on Jason Spezza, Ryan Kesler, Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien, plus the latest on the Red Wings and Capitals. 

OTTAWA SUN/OTTAWA CITIZEN: Bruce Garrioch and Ken Warren report Senators GM Bryan Murray still seeks a player, first-round pick and prospect for Jason Spezza. He hints at Spezza returning with the Senators next season if he doesn’t get an offer to his liking this summer. The St. Louis Blues, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks are believed the most interest, with the Dallas Stars “kicking the tires”. The Florida Panthers are also believed to have reached out to Murray, though they’re on Spezza’s “no-trade” list.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect Spezza will be moved this weekend. There’s obviously interest in him, it’s simply a matter of negotiating a deal. While Murray says he’ll keep Spezza if he doesn’t get the deal he wants, I believe this is posturing on his part. Obviously Murray won’t just give away Spezza, but he can’t be so stubborn that he kills off potential interest with that high asking price, nor does he need the unwanted distraction over Spezza’s future dogging the club throughout next season. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson wonders if the Vancouver Canucks will trade Ryan Kesler to Anaheim, Chicago or Pittsburgh before the draft. He reports the Ducks won’t move the 10th overall pick but are willing to part with the 24th. Canucks GM Jim Benning suggests he might get more for Kesler at the trade deadline than he would during the summer.

Could the Jets move Evander Kane and/or Dustin Byfuglien this weekend?

Could the Jets move Evander Kane and/or Dustin Byfuglien this weekend?

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: It would be easier for the Canucks to move Kesler now, rather than have questions about his future hanging over the club. I think he’ll get better offers now than at the trade deadline, as teams have more cap space and willingness to deal now than they will at the deadline. 

WINNIPEG SUN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ken Wiebe and Tim Campbell report there is plenty of interest in Jets winger Evander Kane, while Wiebe notes there’s also some interest in Dustin Byfuglien. Wiebe also noted Kane favorited a tweet suggesting he be dealt to the Philadelphia Flyers, though he subsequently removed it. It’s been reported the Flyers also have interest in Byfuglien. Wiebe doesn’t see much of a return coming from the Flyers. He wonders if the Jets made a significant offer to the Florida Panthers for the first-overall pick, noting a report suggesting Kane or Byfuglien plus the ninth overall for first-overall pick.  He considers that price too steep. Wiebe also reports backup Al Montoya is headed to free agency. Campbell, meanwhile, reports Kane isn’t talking while GM Kevin Cheveldayoff didn’t exactly deny the trade speculation. Gary Lawless, however, reports if the Jets are willing to shop Kane it won’t be for the sake of making a trade. Lawless believes they’ll want equal value in return.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless Kane is forcing the issue I believe it would be a mistake for the Jets to move him. Still, if they are to do so they should get a significant return. Given the choice between moving Kane or Byfuglien I’d suggest moving the latter, as his trade value won’t be as high as it is right now. He’s approaching 30 and hanging on to him for too long could hurt his value. Kane, meanwhile, is in his early-twenties with his best seasons still ahead of him. His value can still rise after next season, Byfuglien’s won’t. 

MLIVE.COM/DETROIT NEWS: Ansar Khan and Ted Kulfan reports Red Wings GM Ken Holland seeks a top-four defenseman with a right-handed shot. They’ve been linked to Phoenix’s Keith Yandle, Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien, Buffalo’s Tyler Myer and Toronto’s Cody Franson, but Holland is unwilling to part with young forwards like Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheahan or Tomas Jurco. He’s also planning to speak with pending UFA blueliners Dan Boyle and Matt Niskanen.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wouldn’t surprise me if the Wings look toward the UFA market for short-term defensive help. 

WASHINGTON POST: Alex Prewitt lists five possible trade chips for the Capitals to upgrade their blueline and add a veteran backup goalie. Among them are Troy Brouwer, Joel Ward, Dmitri Orlov and Mike Green.


  1. Spezza is not worth a player, prospect, and a #1 pick. He’s obviously worth even less w/o a contract past next season, as he would only be a rental.

    Keith Yandle is a left shooting Dman, but a good one. Wings may have to go the UFA route to get a dman, if they aren’t willing to give up anything significant.

    • How do you come up with Spezza isn’t worth a first, prospect and an NHL ready player? Guys one of the best centers in the league. He is worth that and Ottawa might just get more.

      • You seriously don’t think Spezza is worth that? Spezza is a point per game player. Garruanteed 70+ points. He gets 70+ points playing with poor caliber wingers to either side. The man is will put up 70+ points alone, put him on a roster over flowing with talent like St. Louis or chicago and he will shine. Yes his defensive game is lacking. Yet his stats can’t be swept under the rug. He produces in the playoffs and the season. Ottawa asked Spezza to do everything. On a solid well rounded team he won’t even have to take a defensive zone faceoff. The team will be able to utilize his offensive output to its maximum capacity. A contender putting Spezza on their roster is equivalent to the Kings picking up Gaborick. Gaborick ended up being instrumental to the kings Championship.

  2. Spec,
    Do you think there’s a stare down going on between Vancouver and Ottawa right now? Waiting for one to make a move just drives up the price on the other, in my opinion. It will be interesting to see who gets traded first and if that affects the package the second team gets.

    As far as Big Buff and Kane, I’d LOVE to see both in a Flyers uniform next season. However, I don’t think that happens unless the Jets take back a lot of salary. They’d almost have to include Vinny and Coburn in the deal and I don’t see the Jets wanting either guy. All the desirable guys that aren’t untouchable don’t carry big cap hits. I’m just praying Hextall put down the cup of Holmgren kool-aid and doesn’t make anymore dumb trades….

    • Want to start a pool? I say 8 trades.

      • Sorry that was a response to DChamp bellow

    • Sean, I do believe each is waiting for the other to make the first move. Whoever does, the market value improves for the other.

    • Boyh Buf and Kane in Flyers jerseys next season never happen.

      • Yeah, I know Jes. I could see Buf coming in a trade though. He definitely addresses the need for a big minute Dman. The question is who would the Jets want and would they take the salary back.

        • I can see the Flyers taking a run at Kane. Not Buff. I’m not sure he improves their D, and that’s saying something because as whole the Flyer D is not good. Maybe they use him as RW. Buff has a big cap hit too and the Flyers are trying to clear cap space.

          would love to see them land Kane.

          would love to see them trade up for Ekblad. But it’ll cost them to get that #1 pick.

  3. Ehrhoff a much better fit for the Red Wings than Myers.

  4. 6000 rumours….2 trades. You heard it here first!!

    • 2 trades begore it even started

    • You heard it here first: Wrong!!! Or are the three trades by Vancouver only counting as 1 of your 2? Still 3 hours until the draft too.

      • I was being sarcastic but it’s 9:30et and theres been jack besides Neal. Boring as usual.

        • Hmmmm, Guess I was close. The rumour to reality ratio was extremely astronomically in opposite directions.

  5. I could see the Capitals entertaining a look at Brodeur or Reimer to work with Holtby if they are intent on keeping him, otherwise make a play for Hiller or………..Bryzgalov! I think they need more help at centre. Perhaps they should see if Brad Richards is interested. Seems he is totally flying under the radar, but for the right price could be a decent add in a market without glaring spotlights.

    • Caps are sticking with Holtby as their starter.

  6. I think the Wings just telegraphed something big with signing Monster so close to the draft. I’m not sure both he and Howard are going to be in the D later this month

    • I’m not sure that I agree with you on that. I think they signed the Monster because he played well for them when Howard was injured. I think they also want Mrazek to spend another year down in Grand Rapids playing regularly. I don’t think Holland will do much, if anything at all. Dan Boyle is the most likely target, but I can see him signing elsewhere if he really wants a shot at winning the cup.

  7. Byfuglien would be fan fav in Philly. No way they could shed that much salary to make room. Cannot see Vinny accepting a trade to WPG.

  8. Kesler gone to the Ducks

    • Yup thank God the Nucks didn’t land that 10th overall.

      To Nucks
      27th this year
      3rd rounder this year

      To Ducks
      3rd rounder next year

  9. Garrison to Tampa for the 50 pick…suddenly Van has cap room

    • Read a rumor by McGuire stating the Nucks are taking a serious run at Myers….

      Please don’t trade Myers Mr. Murray.

  10. Couple of moves for the Canucks, will be interesting to see what they do next. Perhaps they go after one of the top six forwards available to make up for the scoring they lost with Kesler and spread the offence out a little now that they have Bonino. They’ve got to be in the running for Miller or Hiller now to add some stability in goal as well I would think.

    Do the Blackhawks now go after Spezza to counter the Ducks move?