NHL Morning Rumor Mill – April 1, 2013.

With the NHL trade deadline only two days away, here’s an April Fools joke-free version of the Morning Rumor Mill. Enjoy!

TSN: reports Vancouver Canucks GM Laurence Gilman told reporter Farhan Lalji GM Mike Gillis is in discussions “with multiple teams” and talks have advanced “beyond the tire-kicking stage” for Roberto Luongo. Gilman wouldn’t specify which clubs are interested in Luongo, but said his club seeks a third-line center. He also added no one was going to steal Luongo from the Canucks, and they weren’t interested in rental players. “We need something for today and tomorrow.”

Leafs interested in Keith Yandle?

Leafs interested in Keith Yandle?

TORONTO SUN: In addition to Roberto Luongo, the Maple Leafs are been linked to Phoenix’s Keith Yandle, Calgary’s Jay Bouwmeester and Florida’s Dmitry Kulikov in the rumor mill.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Canucks want a good roster player as part of the return, it might prove difficult to move Luongo right now. I don’t believe the Leafs intend to part with Tyler Bozak. He’s got good chemistry with Phil Kessel, which they need for the playoffs. Landing Yandle and Bouwmeester would mean moving a good player, which I don’t see Nonis willing to do. Kulikov might be available, but I suspect the Panthers want to keep him. Nonis could bring in a defenseman, but I expect it’ll be an affordable rental player.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports the Penguins seek a fourth-line rental center. He suggests Phoenix’s Boyd Gordon. St. Louis’ Scott Nichol or San Jose’s Michal Handzus as possibilities…The Blues apparently aren’t impressed with the play of Patrick Berglund or David Perron, but won’t investigate moving either player until this summer…He suggests the Kings as a wild-card destination for Jay Bouwmeester, believing they’ll have the cap space next season to afford him…He feels Boston should take shot at acquiring Dustin Penner from the Kings…The Hurricanes could have interest in Oilers blueliner Ryan Whitney…Matheson also doubts the Canucks get more than a second-round pick and a prospect for Roberto Luongo now, but “maybe” they could land Toronto’s Tyler Bozak, or take on “someone else’s mistake”…Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis “can certainly be had”…

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Penguins want a rental center, Gordon seems the best option…Berlund and Perron aren’t the only Blues forwards who’ve been disappointing this season, but I don’t see either guy being shopped at the deadline…I don’t believe the Kings can afford Bouwmeester. They have just under $50 million invested in 13 players next season. Unless they shed the equivalent of Bouwmeester’s $6.68 million cap hit, they cannot afford to take him on…The Bruins probably won’t pursue Penner. He won’t address their needs…I could see the Hurricanes bidding for Whitney…The Leafs won’t part with Bozak to get Luongo…Ellis has been a disappointment so far for the Predators. Remains to be seen if they move him.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited a tweet from Newsday’s Arthur Staple denying a report claiming the NY Islanders and Chicago Blackhawks were talking a major trade in which center Frans Nielsen would head to Chicago.” No chance they trade Frans”, said Staple’s source. The report also suggested defenseman Mark Streit could be involved in the deal, but the Islanders are trying to re-sign him, and contract talks were reportedly going well.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t doubt the Blackhawks contacted the Islanders to make inquiries, but with the Isles battling for a playoff berth, I don’t see them parting with two key roster players for a couple of prospects. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl reports Sabres star forward Thomas Vanek would love to remain with the Sabres, but would “look the other direction” if the club were to engage in a long-term rebuild. Vanek is eligible for UFA status in July 2014.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, Vanek could test next summer’s UFA market if the Sabres engage in a lengthy rebuilding process. That he wants to stay, however, is a positive sign, and if the Sabres can improve next season, could go a long way toward keeping Vanek in Buffalo.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports sources claiming the Ottawa Senators have interest in Calgary Flames forward Curtis Glencross. Garrioch speculates the Flames would want goalie Ben Bishop in return.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames would be fools not to ask for Bishop, or Robin Lehner, for Glencross.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: David Pollak reports Ryane Clowe will know by Wednesday if he’ll finish this season with the Sharks or elsewhere. The Bruins, Canadiens, Rangers and Canucks are reportedly interested in him. Clowe has a no-trade clause, but it’s not expected to be an impediment if the Sharks shop him. GM Doug Wilson, meanwhile, claims he’s both a buyer and a seller heading toward the deadline.

CSN BAY AREA: Kevin Kurz reports Boston and Montreal are considered frontrunners for Clowe.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There was talk Clowe could’ve been dealt as early as yesterday, but it failed to materialize. Could happen today. Or tomorrow. Or Wednesday. Or not at all. Stay tuned…

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Eric Stephens reports the Anaheim Ducks could use a second line center, citing Washington’s Mike Ribeiro and Dallas’ Derek Roy as possibilities.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Sarah McLellan reports Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney could be a seller by the deadline. Captain Shane Doan is the only untouchable, but it would a blockbuster offer to convince Maloney to part with core players like Keith Yandle, Oliver Ekman-Larsson or Martin Hanzal. She believes prime trade candidates could be their pending UFAs, like Matthew Lombardi, Steve Sullivan, Boyd Gordon and Raffi Torres, along with goalie Mike Smith. Maloney, however, would like to re-sign Smith. All trades would likely have to be dollar-for-dollar.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doan, Ekman-Larsson, Yandle and Hanzal won’t be dealt. I suspect they’ll retain Smith and try to re-sign him. The other UFAs, however, are likely up for grabs.

CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak lists Curtis Glencross, Lee Stempniak, and Michael Cammalleri as possible Flames trade candidates.

CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio reports any deadline moves by the Flyers is unlikely to help them now. GM Paul Holmgren said he won’t make any moves for “rental purposes” but instead with an eye on next season.


  1. Hey Lyle, looking forward to all the buzz coming in the next 3 days. Keep up the good work. Any rumors about what the Canadiens may be looking for besides Clowe? I’m thinking depth D, but the waiving of kaberle kind of made me think they had a bigger move in the works, due to the size of his salary. Any thoughts?

    • Habs really don’t need to add much. A depth addition at forward or d is possible, but not an urgency. We’ll find out soon enough what Bergevin’s got in store.

    • I have a feeling the only reason the Habs are involved with Clowe, is to drive up the price against the Bruins. I’m not sure why else they would want him…

  2. I wonder if Smith really made it clear he’s not going to resign with them, if PHX would consider bringing Brysgalov back in a Smith for Brysgalov deal. Make sence for everyone really. Philly fans hate Brys and Im sure he knows it so he might consider waiving his no trade clause to go back to a team where he played his best hockey and had more respect from the city and around the league. For Phx they can bring back a goaltender who played great in their system and whos signed for the next 7 seasons and for PHI they drop a huge contract that has not worked out for them and they get a chance to test drive another top teir goaltender, and if it doesn’t work out with Smith well this will be a big summer for avalible goalies with the likes of Miller,Luango and Kipper avalible as well as younger guys like Bernier and Bishop

    • Coyotes weren’t going to offer that much money before, why would they take on that contract now. Anyways management and fans remember that Bryz quit on them during the playoffs. Makes absolutely no sense for the Coyotes.

  3. Didn’t we already here how the Nucks had multiple deals being offered for Lu 3 months ago?
    Van might have to retain a little bit of Lu’s salary if they want something reasonable back in return.

    • Hearing Leafs are VERY strong on Kipper and it may happen!!!
      They are talking extension for him as well!!!
      Kipper has softened his stance on being traded…….this looks like a huge possibility !!!

      • Kipper still has a year left on his current contract past this year. i think its 1.5 mil but cap hit of 6.5, probably why its taking longer to get a deal done at 1.5 kipper might just retire next year, and if flames are asking a high price for him this must make Toronto hesitant to pull the trigger

      • What is with all the exclamations points?

      • How do goalies get better? Gee, would it be to play more games. The leafs do not need either Luongo or Kiprusoff, at least not this season. Nonis needs to let them play and get playoff experience. If they show they can’t handle the pressures of the playoffs then sure bring in a veteran for next year. The leafs goaltending coach should be their mentor who has experience, its part of his job.

        • What if Reimer goes down though? You want to cruise into the first round of the playoffs with all your eggs resting with Scrivens and a Marlie goalie as backup?

          • Same could be said for pretty much every team, what if lundqvist, price, broduer, Howard, etc. go down?

          • Agreed but I would want to think Nonis would still want some insurance. Scriven is way to green.

          • Scrivens has more professional playoff expereince than Reimer!

  4. Leaf’s are crazy if they don’t get something for Bozak right now. Leaf’s can’t afford him this summer and will loose him for nothing. He is over rated right now and has great market value to teams looking for 2nd line center help which are plenty. The buds have Kadri, and Grabo for 1/2 offense and McClement for a 3rd line checking role and important faceoffs and should be given more minutes. The 4th line is only getting 4min per game and Komorov can fill that center role.

    I doubt Nonis moves Boz and messes with the team chemisty though. It will be another Grabo scenario for the Leafs. Grabo could have been traded to the Preds for a first rounder at the deadline last year but instead the buds keep him and pay him $5.5M which he can’t live up to. The Bozak scenario is headed in the exact same direction and could end up near $4 to $5M which Boz will never live up to.

    • I think the only way the leafs sign him( Bozak) is if Grabo gets moved. Can not have over or close to 10 mil in 2 second line center man. Rather have Statsny at 6.6 then bozak at 5 for the next 4-5 years. if he wants anything over 3.75 mil which im pretty sure his agent will get him, let him walk. and if this happens us leaf fans will lose it because nonis should have already been in talks or at least touched based to see what his (bozak) asking price was before the trade deadline.

      • Agreed. I think the figure being talked about is north of $4.5 so when he hits the UFA market it could go higher. Just look at what guys like Tim Connelly and Komi got.

        • How come you only use buy out candidates as comparable? I do think Bozak will make 4-5 mill and I agree he is probably not worth that but every time you start talking about extensions no matter who it is you compare them to the same 3 guys like that makes your argument valid…other guys have signed with the Leafs with reasonable deals McClement Komarov for example yet the only thing you ever have to say is look what Komisarek got….

          • I think Grabo and Liles are a window into how the Leaf brass value their current players. BTW if you agree it will be between $4 and 5M then why start fighting with me. Just agree and move on.

          • Bring back Jeff Finger! Best free agent signing EVER for the Leafs. Add him to the list of high paid players.

      • Heres the thing ……if the Leafs are not going to sign or extend Kessel LONG term than in my opinion there is no reason the sign Bozak ……..the writing on the wall is the fact that they have not signed Bozak means that they have not given Kessel a vote of coinfidence that he will be staying or extended as well ……..and the reason Ive always been saying that one or both get moved in 2 days !!!!

        • Kessel is going to leave no matter what in my opinon that is why I say they may shop him at the draft….

    • I really don’t think Nonis is going to mess with team chemistry right now. The leafs could surprize in the playoffs but in reality the odds are not good going all the way. If he does not move UFA’s Bozak and MacArthur at the deadline he always has from the end of the playoffs up to and including the draft to do so, and will probably get more for them as well especially if they do a sign and trade for both.

      • I agree about the team chemistry but MaA and Boz will have no value after the playoffs are over. Who will want to trade a draft pick for the early negociating rights for these two? We haven’t seen a sign and trade in the NHL and wouldn’t hold out hope the Leafs could do it with these two. Be nice if it happened but I can’t see it especially if Boz gets $4 to $5M no one will give up an asset to trade for him at that rate of pay.

    • LOL

  5. Van is just trying to pump up a lu trade. I agree with you the only way they move him and get anything of relevance, is to either eat part of the cap hit say 1 mil, or take salary and term back. Have a question say a team did trade for lu could they negotiate say after 4-5 years, the trading team would pay 1 mil of his salary but not for the first 4-5 years??? I think leafs will land kipper (which i don’t think they need a goalie) for a 2ND rounder and possibly a d-man ,Dmitry Kulikov would be a very good option if tallon is willing to part with him.

  6. Yandle and Hanzil for Gardner Macarthur and Levio and maybe a second…something along those may work for both the cost conscious Cyotes get 2 strong prospects and a pick with a guy who can get some goals that’s not going to cost an arm and a leg to resign Leafs get help on d and a big center both younger guys… At any rate I hope if the leafs were talking with the Cyotes they would kick the tires on Hanzil aswell possibly filling 2 needs with one team…

    • What?
      Take on another $8.5M in salary (Yandle and Hanzil) and give up $2M in salary (Gardiner $1.1M, MacA UFA, and Levio $800k).

      Boy, all the GM’s would like to operate in your cap world.

      • I’ll wait for someone who has a clue before I respond….

      • Wouldn’t Mac’s salary also be coming off the books?

        • Macs ufa….

    • LEIVO ….is going no where!!!!!!
      Leafs are so high on this kid that he just might ( given his quality of training camp ) next year crack the line up in 2013 – 2014 !!!
      There is a very good possibilty Leivo can play with Lupul and Kadri as he is a very fast skater has great hands and is 6 ” 2″ …

      • @Backchecking
        Shticky just throws out unreasonable trade proposals all day long. None make any sense from a cap perspective so just ignore them. lol

      • Oh I agree he is going to be good that is partly why I think this would make this deal possible Maloney has said it’s not a fire sale for his club Yandle is top 4 D for sure and Hanzel is a 6-3 center man who can skate and plays a little nasty at times while having a bit of touch both these guys adress a need the leafs have had for a long time you are going to have to give something up to get them..if you don’t want to mess with the chemistry of your team too badly (just 2 roster spots that are filled easily) you are going to give up a good prospect or 2. This way only takes 1 future. Prospect away and a good D prospect away (that I suspect Carlisle has his doubts about anyway) and the same role could be filled by Riley in the next couple years while adding 2 top line guys now that are in their prime (both 26) also dosent sell the farm guys like Percy Connor brown Riley etc…

        • Buy out Grabovski plus the 2 million going the other way and this deal costs you in the neighborhood of an extra mill on next years cap leaving your 18 mill plus komisarek buy out so somewhere in the neighborhood of 22 million bucks…

          • The ONLY way I add Leivo in any deal is if its for Oliver Ekman Larson !!

            Hanzel is a good player but the deal would need money going back if you take both those guys!!

            You would have to do i.e. Grabo and Gardiner and a D prospect or second rounder for Hanzel and Yandle

          • No one is going to take Grabovski and his anvil of a contract if they would that’s an excellent deal….I just think it’s to much of a “homer” deal to get it done basically Grabo for Hanzel?…not happening

          • phoenix has put yandle on the market because ekman-larson is so good and they have some young d men coming .they are lacking offensively and need scoring up front .this will be a hockey trade not salary dump however if they where looking at the leafs matt frattin at 925k would need to be in the deal .
            grabo frattin gunnarsson for hanzal (6’6 240lbs) yandle and prospect or pic(rob klinkhammer great name for hockey player)
            phoenix needs a skill guy like grabo and frattin for secondary scoring lower in their lineup ,they can always trade gunnarsson in the offseason if he is too expensive for them .
            leafs could put hanzal with kessel and jvr and trade ballsack oops i mean bozak or slot him with mcclemment on the third line .
            yandle plays with phaneuf on top two pairing and pp

          • Ok so Buyout Komi and Grabo which leaves 11 players under contract for $36.5M with old buyouts/bonuses, then add Yandle and Hansil $8.5M and delete Gardiner $1.1M which leaves you 12 players under contract for $44M

            The Cap is 64M and you need at least $1M for injuries so say you go to $63M max

            You now have $19M to sign 13 players one of which is Kadri at roughly $5M.

            You are saying you can sign 12 players for $14M
            Gunnar, Fraser, and Franson alone will cost you minimum $8M but probably more which leaves you $6M to sign 9 players. Even cheap Marlies won’t fill holes that cheap.

            Again you need to start considering the cap before putting these wild trades forward.

          • I’m not getting in to debating the cap with you again…you move numbers around to suit your own purposes and yes there is ways to make room for them…

          • 22 mill kadri say 4.5 leaves 17.5 I’m not paying Gunnarson anywhere near 3 3.5 or he is on the next bus out of town replaced by Holzer which is the exact same player at a far better cost, Franson Or Liles could be an option going the other way instead of Gardner there are ways to make it work…funny how you jump on anyone who is not you who has an idea lol

          • I’m not jumping on your idea of getting those two guys I’m jumping on who you are sending the other way to keep the team cap good for next year. You can’t take on $8.5M in salary and send $2M the other way when you have all these RFA’s to sign and a big raise to Kadri. Yes, if you start talking about sending Liles or Gunnar the other way then I agree we can start considering the deal but if you say Gardiner and a pick or prospect then it cripples the buds next year on the cap. I agree Bozak needs to go because we can’t pay him what he will want as a second line center or we have another Grabo contract on our hands. Gunnar is going to be a problem too. Fraser MIGHT be convinced to sign for $2 if we beg and pleed and Franson…well… let’s just say I’m concerned what he will ask for. I’d like to throw the Subban contract at Kadri as a comparison but not sure his agent will bend after the year he’s had. I wish Nonis had of taken care of some of these RFA’s so we would know exactly what the Leafs have to spend because right now it’s a crap shoot and I’m not convinced the MLSE will give the green light to throw away $22M to buy out Grabo just because he’s over paid by $1.5M to $2M. That’s strictly a business decision. All these unknowns make it hard to really determine what the Leafs have to spend. It could be very little if they don’t buyout Grabo and also want to retain all the RFA’s and don’t play hardball with them. Time will tell…

    • The leafs could use both those guys but I should think The coyotes would want a another good roster player back instead of Leivo(whom I hope the leafs keep) and a decent pick.

      • I am in agreement with trying for both those players. Really feel adding a top 3 dman would benefit leafs more then anything. Need to Put players in roles that suit them. Gunnerson is not a #2 and bozak is not a number 1. May cost more in prospects though

      • Money HAS to go back the other way or the deal doesn’t work for the Leafs cap next year. Throw in Liles and maybe you can start talking

        • And it very well could…there feel better?

          • Grabovski Macarthur Gardner perhaps might do it I just don’t think anyone is going to do anything with Grabo and his contract unless you throw in pick aswell and with that your messing with chemistry which I’m not sure I would want to do either going in to the playoffs…

          • Agree 100%

  7. I am sure Thomas Vanek is not the only Sabre who would like to stay in Buffalo. Ryan Miller is in the same position. Whoever the Sabres’ core players are, Vanek and Miller are two members of it.

    • Miller will be moved…

  8. Reality check

    Its a business first !!!

    I am so baffled at why everyone seems to think there is some sort of allegiance to players right now ….as a matter of fact this is the time that each GM treats there players for the real thing that they are :
    BUISINESS PIECES ……..if you think that Nonis wont trade the likes of Kessel , Bozak or Grabo becuase he doesn’t want to shake up team chemistry …you are all high on Easter chocolate …..in the past Ive never heard this amount of quality names being thrown around in trade scenarios …….Bozak is a pending UFA ….Kessel is going into a contract year with a no trade attached …..Leafs have a satcked farm team with young D man !!!

    As far as I have been hearing the major acqusitions that all teams are looking for are 2nd and 3rd line centers …….a secondary scoring winger ……and a top 4 Damn or high quality 1 AAA prospect !!!!!
    As far as I can see and with what is avaialable ……this has to be the biggest and most opportune time that the Leafs have had in 10 years to actually trade a few players that may be comiong to an end or have the stature to make a move up and really take this franchise to the next level ……..Nonis is salavating !!!!!
    He has everything that teams are looking for …….hes been very quiet for the only reason as not to bring distraction to the club via media ……I would guess that he has at least 2 – 3 deals that will greatly improve this team from being a fringe pklayoff team to a striong contender for a deep playoff run …………..

    Iam not drinking the Leaf kool aid here but if you can surround Kadri Lupul with inject the leafs with a better secon line than the one that is present and shore up the blue line a bit ….this team has a serious thing going on ……you can not deny that …..I don’t see Bozak or ( Grabo ) , Gardiner or Kessel on the Leafs after April 3rd ….except for Grabo they are all expendable for one reason or another and there trade quality is at its absolute highest RIGHT NOW !!!!! ……….Nonis will NEVER I mean NEVER get back a better deal for any of those players than right now , especially having seen what other teams are looking to do to vastly improve there clubs ……Bozak is not signing for $4 mill plus …..Kessel is not signing for $7 mill plus and Gardiner is one of the best trade bait pieces that the Leafs have to get that special player that is right for today and then some !!! …… I MO …

    I am not sure what chemistry the leafs second line has formerly known as the first line …..the last time I heard is when a whole line gets demoted to the 2nd line its not becuase they have chemistry ?????????


    • I agree with you on bozak and kessel. Kessel play without the puck and the fact the he is scared of his own shadow bothers me. Bozak will get to much money and will sign with whoever pays. But here is the problem with it, Torontos Number 1 priority should be to make the playoffs. And that might deter Nonis from messing with the line up. I could see Toronto and Pheonix being potential trade candidates Toronto looking for something like Hanzal, Yandle, and smith ( not saying they are getting all of them just saying since teams are in different conferences and phoenix might be out of playoff picture, could see Toronto trying to deal with them to get 1 or more of these players)

    • PS … you are right it is a business first and in a business the primary objective is to make money, you make money by being in the playoffs. Moving Bozak, Kessel, Grabo, sure might improve your team in the long run but take away in the short term as the teams searching for these players are trading picks and prospects. I also don’t believe the Leafs should move Kessel, I think that with a better centre in between them JVR-Kessel will become a deadly line and will be supported by Kadri-Lupul whomever.

      The Leafs best asset coming into the deadline is Jake Gardiner, he IMO is expendable and should be moved to help improve the team. Preferably, Gardiner another D and a draft pick to get a top 4 D out of some other team. But all of these BOLD moves you think are coming, they aren’t. They rarely happen at the deadline and they don’t happen with teams in playoff contention.

      • I can’t see the leafs buying out Grabovski this summer. As you said its a business and yes they are over paying Grabovski by about 1.5 to 2mil but at the end of the day are the leaf brass really going to dump $22mil on a buyout just because Grabovski is over paid.

        • Seriously?….Rogers and Bell could drop 22mill in a heart beat and not blink an eye…

          • Not saying they can’t I’m just not convinced they will do it when it’s easier to convince some team to take him in a trade and Leafs can retain some of the salary (say $2M for the next 4 years). Therefore a team gets Grabo for $3.5M, Leafs retain $2M and it only costs MLSE $8M instead of $22M. I think the same thing will probably happen with Lu. Why wouldn’t a team take Lu from Vancouver if they retain $1.5 to $2M on the remaining 9 years.
            My question is what stops a team from going to a player like Grabo and saying we will buy you out with the amnisty provision but we want you to sign a new 4 year deal with us for $500k per season that way we can circumvent the cap on your existing salary freeing up $5M per year.

      • Kesel hasnt shown up in any game against Pittsburgh or Boston or teams that have that true desire to compete ………so what the heck is he going to do when it gets reved up another 10 notches in a true grind it type of hockey ……NOTHING as he has done in the past ……..he will be invisiable ……..thats why !!!

        Its worth getting something in there that will actaully do something and have an impact ……stop the insanity and take the Kessel ROSE coloured glasses off …
        I would rather someone else with a true desire to cpmpete and give it all to win in the playoffs !!!!!!

        NOt Kessel

        • You don’t get 4 30 goal seasons and play at nearly a point a game pace by having no heart. Kessel is an amazing player and you are judging too early, invisible? You know that Kessel has 9g 6a 15pts in 15 playoff games in his career right? Kessel is 25y old, has four 30+ goal seasons, and for the most part does it on his own. You are blind if you don’t think Kessel has value to his team, he wasn’t brought in to play a strong physical game, he was brought in to score goals.

          When he skates he skates and when he is on his game he is on his game. Mark it now, Kessel won’t be traded and will be resigned long term this summer and will be a continuous contributing member of the Leafs for a long, long time.

          • The real fact for me is that I loved the kessel trade and for the eaxct reasons you just posted ….I totaly agree with you !!!!!

            Ive just seen enough to know that there is a better return for him right now and that the direction of team play seems not to inlcude him IMO Idrather cash in on the asset and move forward in a true good quyality hockey deal PLAYER for Player that helps both teams !!!!

            I have no doubt Kessel will deliver a great 40 to 50 goals season but its highly unlikely here and we could use a better player in that positional role !!

          • If he will resign. At a reasonable price I’d be fine with it but if him and his agent himm and haa to long or give an impression he would rather wait and see what else is out there I’m dealing him while he has value….

          • At the draft not before the end of the season…put that in there again

    • So highly expendable, and worth the world eh?

      I do deny that…your basically saying the Leafs need to trade their second line, because they are not needed by the Leafs, but yet you are going to be able to make a better second line out of the returns?

      I think you have had way too much Easter Chocolate.

      You Leaf fans make me laugh.

      You don’t even want your over priced garbage, yet you think you can get a bett 2nd line with immediate results…hahahahahahahaha

    • I don’t agree with you!
      Yes, I don’t think that Nonis will trade Kessel and Bozak, maybe Grabo, but I don’t think there are many takers because of his hefty contract.
      Even if Kessel is going into a contract year with a no trade clause, he can waive it and leave in the summer or at next seasons deadline if he wants out of Toronto!

      Just my thoughts, but YOU KNOW BETTER! :-)

    • Spot on JJB. A playoff team makes more money. For most teams playoff revenue is pure profit, so anything that hurts a team from making the playoffs, like messing with team chemistry, is important. Similarly, if the lack of loyalty to a player turns the paying fans off the team, it hurts the bottom line. That said, I do agree that few players fit this bill. Alfredson is the only one that comes to mind.

    • If you are hoping for a “deep playoff run”, you can have all the pieces you are talking about, but without proven goaltending, first round and out will be all. Need goaltending upgrade. Get Luongo. If he can be moved now, he can always be moved again or bought out in a few years. He may get the team into a second round and increase playoff revenues for the team. There’s the business side. Not a Leafs fan, but just saying.

      • The leafs dont need the playoff revenue ( however they will like it )
        They need a a team that makes the playoffs and competes at this point and yes goaltending will need to some of the best in the league at that point to fend off teams such as Pitt Ottawa Boston and possibley the sleeping giants Rangers !!!!

        You have to bolster the team at this point and make it playoff ready the best way you can with out giving up core young assets …..you have to take from where you are deep in assets ….and make the smart PLAYER FOR PLAYER deal and bring in a proven veteran !!

        • Don’t need the playoff revenue? What? This makes 0 sence you know what extra playoff games do for their platforms? Not to mention their tv stations? This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard…

      • This team as it stands now (with out upgrading at D or size wise) is not making it any further with Lu then it will now…

        • Agree

          • Gee we are getting along swimingly today…lol

          • Yes, I felt compelled to be civil after you have been so nice to backchecking all day.. Plus it is April fools today…lol

  9. I can see the leafs trading Bozak,Gardner and either tradng grabbo or using a buyout for him as we have better centres that can do the same job. What do we need a center and that does not mean a 1st line one as I think Kadri can now fill that role. They also could use a vet netminder for the short term and a defenceman. As for Gardner he is expendable with Finn, Percey and Riley all bring what Gardner does.I say make real hockey deals for players that fit into the teams future some Bozak,Gardner,Kessel and Grabbo do not.

    • FINALY !!!!!!!!!!!
      Someone who has a set !!!

    • Who would you target?

      • My targets would be :

        Kessel & Bozak + draft pick ……for …..Louie Erickson, Derek Roy and Stephane Robidas
        Jake Gardiner ….for ….Sam Gagne …..OR ….Charlie Coyle
        Prospect or quality draft pick for …….Kipper
        Propect or quality draft pick ….. for ….Torres …….FLIP TORRES & 1A D man prospect …….. for David Clarkson
        J – M – Liles & Clark Macarthur ….for ….Brian Campbell & Quinton Howden

        • All of these deals are pipe dreams (crack pipe dreams)

          • Shouldn’t say all the Kipper deal looks bout right if Calgary would could pull it off the rest…horrible the panthers are not giving up a fairly good prospect with a D like Campbell for another overpriced D and a ufa….why wouldn’t the Cyotes just trade Torres and a prospect for Carlson instead of just getting any old prospect for Torres? Pretty sure Minny isn’t doing Coyle for Gardner straight up and I want no part of ganger for Gardner Kessel Bozak and a pick for Roy Robidas and Erickson would just plain never happen…

          • ” Shticky

            Nieuwendyke was a person who helped bring in Bozak when he was in Toronto …hes loosing Roy as it looks as if he doesnt want to sign ….Erickson is a little older and Kessel can fill his shoes with no issues at all …..Morrow will replace Robidas ……Stars clear some cap and can work on new deal with Bozak for less but longer term !!!

            Edmonton would do the Gardiner deal hes played with shultz before and they have trying to move Gagne for over two seasons …..

            Torres would help in the Clarkson deal so you get back some tougness you move out in Clakson but also get a you 1AAA D propect that you really need on an aging team !! Torres costs you nothing unless you extend him and helps in the playoffs ……

            By Moving out Campbell and Howden …..Florida clears 10 million in cap space …brings in quarenteed contract in Liles at $ 4.5 a puck mover great skater .and first pass guy ……Macarthur gets a new deal at $ 3.5 to $ 4 mill a year who is a veteran guy you need as the Panthers get youngerthey will need that …..Liles contract and Macrthur are easier to move than Campbells seperatley …….FINE take Frattin instead and save them $2 million let Macrthur go UFA

  10. TRADE CALL !!!

    Regher to Los Angeles for ……1st round pick ….to be confirmed !!!

    • La doesn’t have a first round pick this year, and if they did DL wouldn’t trade it for Regehr unless he signed an extension.

      • Was a rumour that was from a contact out west …….not so sure anymore !!

        • No worries, Lombardi is pretty frugal when it comes to draft picks so I can’t see him giving up a first for Regehr unless he wasn’t a UFA.

          • Out of curiosity ….if the Kings trade Bernier and dont get a Goalie in return in that deal who is on the depth charts as Bernier has ben in the system for 7 plus years now ….do you think that the Kings will need a goalie back in any deal …and if so what team do you think they would deal with …exception being the Leafs !!

    • I hope your not gonna pollute this site with your announcements. Go start your own blog and do it there. I wouldn’t really mind since I ignore your comments because they are usually the same comment everyday and come from a place with very poor hockey IQ. Sorry.

      • 100% in agreement with Ron Moore.
        It’s flat out embarrassing.

      • @ Ron Moore & Rickler

        KISS MY ASS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Sorry I was off by two draft picks


        BOTH OF YOU!!!

        If you dont read my posts than stop bothering me everyday by telling me that !!!!


    • i’d love to see LA get Regehr. they need some meat on the back-end with green and mitchell out long term, but as other have pointed out it’s not happening for a first round pick.

      @backchecking, LA has three solid goalie prospects in jones, gibson, and berube. if they deal bernier it won’t be until this summer and my guess is the kids would get first chance to win the backup position so no need for a goalie to come back. Sutter likes to play and play and play his number one goalie so whomever is there won’t get a lot of starts so there’s no need to invest heavily in a backup. either give it to one the kids or sign an inexpensive veteran UFA like chris mason, garon, lebarbera, etc.

  11. Nonis should change his name to Pat because that’s what he’s going to do … Stand Pat

    • Totally agree!

      • Not going to happen !!!!!!

        • Ho win the world can you stay PAT when the top of your confrence are making major aqusitions in going from very very good to GREAT …..what are you going to do just say we are staying pat and will take our licks in the first round and say OH WELL !!!!!
          No way in hell you just stand pat and concede that you can not get better to cpmpete deep this year after being out of the playoffs for 9 years ….if anything this is the year …they need to make a MAJOR IMPACT to cmpete as they have built a solid core and now need to round out the team ….

          THEY ARE RIGHT THERE !!!!!!!

          You dont do nothing !!!!

          • If you honestly believe the Leafs can make any moves that will make them a deep playoff contender then you are drinking some kool-aid. The Leafs will be a difficult first round match up, may get luck and squeak to round two, but you aren’t getting farther than that. Tell me how the Leafs are getting the following?

            1. Top 2 defenseman to pair with Phaneuf (who is a top 2 defenseman)
            2. #1 Center to compliment JVR & Kessel (cause neither are moving)
            3. Strong veteran back up to mentor Reimer and provide playoff stability
            4. Another top 6 winger to replace Kulemin

            The Leafs should try and make a move to address goaltending if they can and for the right price shop for the top pairing defenseman. Other than that they SHOULD stay pat and see what their prospects develop into and how they can change the face of the Leafs over the coming years to become long term contenders and not one time contenders.

          • There are no names out there this trade deadline that are major impact guys. Nonis rides out the honeymoon season and sees how his guys react to playoff hockey. How can you make decsions on Kessel when you haven’t seen him in the playoffs. We are young – we will make the playoffs and maybe win a round but we are nowhere near ready to bother selling off major contributors and prospects to try and make a run at the cup.

            I agree – Nonis doesn’t do much – maybe picks up an upgrade on D, but here’s what i’d like to see:

            1. Dream deal number 1. Ditch Grabovski and his anchor contract for Riberio. Could imagine “Mr. Contentopassallday” centering shot happy JVR and Kessel? I don’t see Washington doing it – they still could still win the Southeast and would need the only consistent guy for them all year to do it…

            2. Robyn Regehr for a 2nd rounder. Buffalo will want to get something for his expiring contract – the price could be driven up though – more than Nonis would want to pay…

            3. Don’t acquire Kipper or especially Luongo. Luongo would be great – even at 5.5 per year but not until 2021. The price tag is great but the length is the killer. I’d like to let Reimer sink or swim this year in the playoffs. If we’re really in it for the long haul then letting him and Scrivens get thrown to the playoff wolves would help put some hair on their chests. I think you’d do more damage to them by getting Kipper and not letting them play – showing you lack confidence in them then you would by having them get shelled in the first round of the playoffs.

            We’ve been out of the game for too long – let’s not start “going for it” before we are ready. With the way things are in the Eastern Conference who knows – we may even win a round or two with the team as is right now… We’ve suffered long enough – we can be patient for another couple of years before making a serious run at the cup when our young guys get some playoff experience to add to their games…

  12. shticky is not the only one concerned about beergoggles credibility. old say….empty wagons make the most noise!. kessel and bozak both want to stay blue. As for kessel i believe he is not being viewed properly. No he is not Stamkos type shooter…not may are but i see him as an ottawa alfie. Solid winger, can pass, shoot and has heart. When Alfie is on the ice the play goes thru him and he can hirt you may ways that is why he is boo-ed. There are alot of really good players who are not Stamkos. Who hung …the shooter … on him and misjudge him. Clucks that do not know the game.
    Leave K@B alone! Yandle over kulikov ( and i really liked kulikov in minors…big numbers) . The old guy …Kipper would be better over Smith as he has a boat load of experience he could provide Remier. I would go get Clarkson from NJD as they are unhappy with his play and it has not been good but he can play (carlye) and provides a Lucic type player for up front forwards.
    I would let Leo, Gardiner,Screvins and picks other then firsts go….something like two seconds or thirds. Wish that McArthur was back he is the person who made the Kulmin Grabo line work last year. Leaf have come a long way and have great depth in the oven…hold them there till they are 22yrs old.

    • Credibility? You want to pay Bozak 4 to 5 million as a second line centre and kessel 7million to be a fringe sniper. Yes that’s a great idea. Again you realize there is a cap right?

      • Exactly …..see my post below 2 down !!

      • Bozak is not a second line player only on the Leafs. He is a third liner in the league.

        • Would look good on the second line in van right now no?people bashing the guy cause he dosent fit no.1 Center, I get but to say he is a 3/4th line center is also wrong if you look around the league there are some teams that have a guy playing second line center who would probably consider Bozak an upgrade…hence why he will fetch 4-5 mill as a ufa.

        • Agree but everytime I say 3rd liner center everyone jumps down my throat about how amazing the guy is. Sorry correction, pay him $4 to $5M to be a 3rd line center

          • I’ve said it in the past he is a good center who is playing a first line role cause he is closest suited to this role leafs have (pre Kadri breakout) now you could slide Kadri in there and play him second but you mess with chemistry he definitely isn’t a 3rd or 4th should the leafs spend 4-5 mill on another undersized shifty playmaking center…absolutely not dosent change the fact that’s what he is and that’s what he will get…

  13. There are a few teams who could make out really well this year if they are smart about it. Dallas, buffalo, Washington and even Calgary. Not many teams willing to part with guys with playoff race so close. Tose teams have tradable players and should be able to get some decent returns. All the talk about the cap going down and teams being scared of high priced contracts doesn’t really make sense. Bouwmester, Campbell if ufa’s this year would be asking for just as high of contracts. It’s the ones like luongo s that Id sTay away from to long of term.
    Boston should be interesting as they need to do something, really not playing well lately and need to add.
    Comments here about the leafs for the most part I agree with. Stay away from luongo, get kipper if it doesn’t cost much, otherwise ride the 2 young guys. No one expected them to be where they are anyway. They do need to make hockey trades. Not unloading ufa’s or picking up rentals. Use some guys to bring in 1 or 2 big core pieces. Top 3 dman, big centre or power winger. Use this run to actually develop roles for players so you do t have 4 3rd line centers.

  14. Just our of curiousity… If & Butts with everything you have seen from Bozak & Kessel …..minus the fact of what they might be able toi get in return on a trade ……. ….are you sayin that the leafs have great value in Bozak and Kessel to extend them both to a $4 million and $7 million dollar deal respectively …are they that much of an impact to the Lefs moving forward to make that call.

    Unfortunately Kessel …is ONLY a shooter ….and passer and that is his label because hes made it that way …I disagree with the heart aspect from Kessel …..and no comparison to Alfie AT ALL !!!
    I WISH!!

    Kipper deal close to being done !!!

    • I don’t know why the Leafs haven’t tried Lupul – Kadri – Kessel yet as Lupul has great chemistry with both of them.

      Anyway, I still think we are going to have a very slow deadline and I am very curious to see what the Canadian teams are going to do. I think this offseason is going to be a true show with a lot of movement though, hoping for some nice moves by the Sens. Still the #1 Bouwmeester to Ottawa advocate and I wouldn’t say no to Bouwmeester + Glencross coming the Nations Capital.

      • That would be all the leafs eggs in one basket

  15. To much leaf talk boys… looks like no major deals today. Stars could be big winners at the deadline as they have the best assets to sell…

    • YES …..lets move on !!!!

      I am liking a deal that would send Ryan Miller to Anaheim for Hiller and a significant prospect !!!!

      I really think that this would push the Ducks into major contention in a playoff run
      ( even more so than what they are ) with the possible departure of Selanne and Koivu and an off season trade of Bobby Ryan …they have the cap space and can still tinker quite well to improve down the road !!!!!

      I also would say Chicago might be a landing spot for Miller ….BUT with his N T C and wanting to be near L A …..i see this a s very highly probable trade scenario especially with Burke back in town …..he LOVES MIller !!!!

      Whats the verdict boys !!

      • Has anyone heard the 8 team that he (miller) will not accept a trade to?? I haven’t heard anything was wondering if one of you guys have?? I think miller for hiller plus is a great trade for both organizations. I think I heard his wife lives in La so even more incentive for him to go to Anaheim.

        • Miller denied giving a list of 8 teams (I think I read it yesterday on TSN, maybe it was the day before?)

          • ” Beer Gogglkes hey buddy !!
            I think Miller gave a 8 team list at the begining of the year of destinations he would NOT go to !!

            I think he just wants to avoid the media at this point after his embarressing flub with Kaleta ……I think he goes to Aanaheim!!

          • I also heard that too. Not sure what to believe anymore. If he has a no movement then I would assume he has to give a list every year as part of is contract. I also believe his statement said he denied giving Buffalo a list recently so it could be a play on words to calm the media as you say.

        • Miller has denied any such list exists.

      • Fasth & Hiller are more than capable enough and Emery right now just says NO to their being any shot at him landing in Chicago. If Miller is moved at the deadline it will not be to one of the top contending teams, look at Toronto, San Jose, Detroit, Edmonton … odds are for Miller he sees a move in the off season to a team like Tampa.

        • ” JJB
          I never said that Hiller or Fatsh were`t capable ….but I think aquiring Miller is a definite upgrade ….Miller at one point was considered the best Goalie statistacly in the world for a few years running and has ben lights out…..with a new breathe of fresh air and a QUALITY TEAM for a cup he may be unreal ……Iam looking also taking into consideration the inluence Brian Burke will have on tha deal to get him there !!!
          No team will be able to get him in the East unless its Detroit next year

          • Can’t see Buffalo trading miller to an eastern team. Anaheim won’t trade for Miller either. Hiller who has not been super as usual is still a good keeper and Fasth has shown to be quite capable. They also have Gibson coming. I really don’t see Miller as an upgrade.

  16. I’m starting to think that there’s only one team in the NHL these days. Anyone else get the feeling that April 3 will be really, really quiet?

    • NO !!!! I think it will be busy …..and a few major deals!
      To many teams knocking at the door fighting for the last 2 playoff spots ….teams NEED to make a move or they will rgret not making that extra push …….there will be movements especially becuase of the huge decrease in cap space ….there may be a lot of High end talent available to teams that were more cap friendly in a rebuild who now can take on a big contract and improve with one major move ….

      • I’m starting to think that backchecking is really James Duthie – he is just hoping for not having to host a very boring trade deadline day for the third year in a row…lol

    • A slow tweaking type of day I think.

      • It will be an average trade deadline with one maybe two big deals a nd several smaller moves. The draft however will see several big deals this year because of the lower salary cap. Some teams will move their first rounder if they can make an instant upgrade with a proven player.

  17. The only way Luongo is getting moved is if the Canucks take a bad contract in return, a draft pick, and a 3rd line center. Not one playoff team is willing to part with valuable assets to get Luongo now.

    Besides, some time ago Gillis hinted that he almost had a deal in place and yet nothing came out of that. I suspected that it was just a media ploy and i still think it was; and so, i also believe that what Gilman is saying is also a media ploy.

    Canucks blew it. I think that they had a chance, an actual trade offer, before the season started and they wanted to get more. Well, their season has been very solid, but inconsistent, and their goaltending situation is also inconsistent and problematic.

    Right now Gillis is left with no choice but to just take an offer and most likely of lesser value than what he had earlier this year.

    Tampa Bay should be a major player in this, though. Information that i got from an executive within the Panthers organization is that Luongo is also a primary task for them. Yet, i think Tallon has a mind of his own and knows what to do better than certain people in Florida.

    I still think Luongo is an off-season move. If he gets moved now, expect Tampa and Washington to be his destination.

  18. Since there’s a ton of Leaf talk here, I think I might chime in.
    What about Gagner in Edmonton? The Oilers won’t be able to retain him in the long run and they know this. In my opinion, he’s a #1 centre, he’s only playing second fiddle to Nugent-Hopkins.
    This is the only position the Leafs need improvement on, and I can see Edmonton taking either Bozak, or Grabo for Gagner and a prospect or late round pick. (Possibly on a condition or 2 like Edm making the playoffs).
    Kulemin might get moved as well, but I think this may be a mistake, his 2-way play is under-rated and valuable.

    • Jake Gardiner used to play a lot with Justin Shultz ….and Oilers are in need of a puck moving D man ….so I would see a Posssible Jake Gardiner for a Gagner deal if anything!!

      Khabibulin may be involved in a some capacity as well if the Leafs can not manage to get Kipper !!!!

      • Good point, but Scrivens would have to go the other way. Gardiner & Scrivens for Gagner and Khabibulin? I think the Leafs would get the short end of the stick on that one…

        • I don’t see Gagner being a fit. He is to much of what the leafs have small skill centers. They need a big physical center to make room for guys like jvr and kessel. Not really any out there unless a team like St. Louis decides to make some significant moves.

          • Who is going to give up a player like that .

          • Exactly….if you have Hanzel centering Kessel you really think the Chara match up is such an issue?

  19. I think if a Clowe trade comes down to Mtl vs Boston, Boston wins. MB has basically said that he is not willing to make a major push through trades to go for the Cup, a la Pens, this year. I really think the Habs are standing pat. The only other player I see as being of interest to Mtl is Ott from Buffalo but there are SO many problems with getting him that I don’t know even where to begin.
    I would not be surprised if we see some of those buyout guys get traded at the deadline in deals where a lower pick is traded in exchange for a swap of buyout players where the team eating the larger salary gets the pick. Maybe that is more of a draft day kind of deal….

    • I think the Habs are in on Jagr …..but a good option would be Torres if not Clowe and a at a much cheaper price !! Torres would come along with better point prodcution and better longevity !!!

      • Actually agree, Torres comes at a cheap prices and has the grit needed for a playoff push providing he doesn’t get suspended. Clowe I get the feeling will have off season surgery and he COULD be a steal if you can get him cheap and resign him, but he won’t be useful this year, that is proven.

        The Habs may give the Panthers a call and take a good look at Kopecky or Matthias as possible targets, grit, size, and ability to put up points.

  20. dear beegoogles…..you know the empty wagon guy!…..ya there is a cap! your statement that bozak is going to ask 4-5 million from the leafs just shows you know nothing. He know that he will not get that much on the open mark….you say he is a third line center right…..so get off those numbers…probably 3million ….and for kessel what does alfie make …less but older and what is his open market value as you say he is not a first line guy but you hang a 7 million on him. Perhaps 6million and a good price at that. your price of 12million is likely 9million and with the extra 3million you can have clarkson. when the panic prices of deadline day are over year end common sense will return.

    • $3M for Bozak and $6M for Kessel and I know nothing?? lol

      Say hi to Dorthy and Toto in the land of OZ my friend…

      • Sorry I had to re-read your post 5 times to understand it.

        $3M for Clarkson. HAHAHAHA

  21. I would rather see the B’s land Clowe than Penner; they can both play on the left wing which has been a problem for the B’s all season on the 3rd line. Although down this year, Clowe is a proven goal scorer and can add to that physical intimidation factor that was so important to the B’s during their cup run a few years ago. He could also take some of the pressure off guys like Chara, Lucic, McQuaid and Campbell to drop the gloves. Those guys are much more important staying on the ice given their respective roles.

    Both are UFA’s after this season and roughly the same in a cap hit, Clowe $3.6 mil, Penner $3.2 mil, although Clowe would have to waive his NTC. Some people may be concerned with Clowe’s injury but given he’s an UFA the B’s don’t have to re-sign him if the shoulder is hurt. It would be nice to see a deal with Clowe and Dan Boyle if he is available. The B’s need more depth on the blue line and he could certainly help on the power play which has been pretty bad for a number of years. Boyle has one more year and a $6.6 mil cap hit which the B’s could certainly absorb this year and could be an upgrade from Andrew Ference for next year who is a UFA.

    • Either way both are what the b’s already have big forwards who aren’t scoring right now. They need what LA did last year a Jeff Carter. None really avaliable I guess so you do what you can but you get my point. How would a kessel to Boston trade look ?? Lol

      • Ya think Nonis would like to undo that trade and ask for Segin and Hamilton back for Kessel and Colborne? lol

        • Hearing Blue Jackets are wiling to deal one of 3 first rounders and a centerman for a high quality scroing winger !!! mmmmmmm

          • Oh man listen very close…

            Do you hear it?

            It’s the sound of all that Leaf buzz after years of not making the playoffs…

            It’s sooo close we can all taste it!!!

  22. Kings will not trade penner they will need him in the playoffs thats where he picks up his game anyways..Most likely they will resign him again in the summer after we win the cup again ….They wont trade Beriner either till summer better return…. they wont give up any more drafts picks this season if anything kings will trade one of these guys Martinez,Richardson,King,or even Muzzin for a rental player but i dont see a big trade for the kings we have a very good deep team ! GO KINGS !!!

    • i could see Lombardi moving a pick in the third to fifth round for some help on the blueline -likely just a rental player as they don’t have cap space for much else. you have to make hay while the sunshines and while the Kings may not look like the best team in the league they certainly have a good shot at repeating.

  23. if the sabres to go into a deep rebuild it will likely be with pieces acquired in a trade for vane, so i don’t think he has much to worry about resigning with a team in the midst a long rebuilding process. an expensive sniper isn’t necessarily the best piece to build around (hello brian burke and phil vessel).

    the coyotes are like the predators. they play such a great defensive team game that they make good goaltenders look like vezina candidate (see: bryzgalov in philly or smith prior to phoenix). if i was the gm in the desert i’d look to resign smith to a reasonable contract and if he balked at it at all i’d trade him for a nice bounty and let some other team see how good he really is (see: bryzgalov). there are plenty of good prospects and has-beens that phoenix could pick up cheap and then make look outstanding next year.