Heading into the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, there are trade rumors aplenty. Here’s part one of my two-part roundup of this morning’s NHL trade rumors.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word so far from the Coyotes, or from the Arizona Republic, which covers the Coyotes, regarding this. If true it would be a significant move by GM Don Maloney, shipping out his top defenseman. The main reason could be financial, given the club’s ownership situation. Yandle is in the first year of a five-year, $26.250 million contract. It could also be perhaps Maloney believes the rise of young d-man Oliver Ekman-Larsson allows him to shop Yandle for more offensive depth, which was an issue for the Coyotes through the playoffs.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Luke DeCock reports the Carolina Hurricanes are believed in the market for an impact player, and he believes they’ll never be in a better position this year to land one than tonight in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft. He also reports the Hurricanes rumored optimism of their planned pursuit of New Jersey Devils pending UFA Zach Parise “has cooled”. The Hurricanes have been linked to Columbus’ Rick Nash, Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan, and Pittsburgh’s Jordan Staal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: To land either guy could cost the Hurricanes promising young players like Ryan Murphy, Justin Faulk and Brandon Sutter. Of the three, Faulk is considered untouchable, but I have to wonder if Murphy or Sutter could be part of a deal. They’ll certainly have to part with at least one of those guys if they hope to land an impact player.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Eric Duhatschek, while suggesting the possibility of moving high-salaried players during the Entry Draft, pointed out there’s “considerable chatter” about Calgary Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester and San Jose Sharks blueliner Dan Boyle being available for the right price.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: High-salaried players rarely move during the season, when teams have limited cap space and less willingness to invest, but as we’ve seen in recent years, some can be moved in late-June and early-July, when teams have more cap space to spend, especially those who need to reach the salary cap minimum. Bouwmeester and Boyle could be shopped, though there would probably be a limited market for their services because of their big contracts, as well as their no-trade clauses.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports the Detroit Red Wings are likely to stay out of trade talks involving big name players going into the entry draft, as it appears they’ve set their sights upon the UFA market, where they could be bidders for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Adam L. Jahns reports league sources confirm the Blackhawks are shopping defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, as well as blueliner Steve Montador.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of the two, Hjalmarsson will attract the most interest. It appears the Blackhawks will likely look for depth at forward.
NEW YORK POST: Brett Cyrgalis reports Islanders GM Garth Snow is willing to consider all options regarding his first round pick (fourth overall), including perhaps shopping the pick.