NHL Morning Rumor Mill – February 28, 2014

Latest on Martin Brodeur, Dan Girardi, Ryan Miller, Mike Cammalleri, David Legwand and more.

Are the Blackhawks and Wild interested in Martin Brodeur?

Are the Blackhawks and Wild interested in Martin Brodeur?

NJ.COM: Randy Miller reported executives from the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks were to attend Thursday’s game between the New Jersey Devils and Columbus Blue Jackets. The two clubs have been linked to Devils’ goalie Martin Brodeur in the rumor mill.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: Tom Gulitti reports Devils GM Lou Lamoriello intends to be a buyer, not a seller, leading up to the NHL trade deadline. He admits the club’s performance heading toward March 5 will determine his thinking.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Wild and Blackhawks scouts were there to watch Brodeur they got a lovely view of him on the bench, as Cory Schneider played that game. It’s believed Lamoriello’s in the market for scoring help.

ESPN.COM: Katie Strang reports contract talks are ongoing between the New York Rangers and defenseman Dan Girardi. Talks with Ryan Callahan remain at a stalemate. It’s believed Rangers GM Glen Sather could trade one or both if they’re unsigned by the trade deadline.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Amy Moritz reports Ryan Miller, Matt Moulson, Steve Ott and Henrik Tallinder could be playing their final home game with the Sabres on Friday. The four are unrestricted free agents this summer and have figured prominently of late in the rumor mill.

TSN.CA: Calgary Flames GM Brian Burke acknowledged making a contract offer to winger Mike Cammalleri. He has nothing further to report but admitted he’s also fielding offers for Cammalleri. He’d like to add a player who can help the Flames right away, or one who is close to playing who could help them next season.

THE TENNESSEAN: Josh Cooper reports Nashville Predators center David Legwand is unconcerned about recent trade rumors swirling about him. Legwand also admitted contract talks with the Predators appear at a stalemate.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators GM Bryan Murray continues working the phones in search of a top-six winger. The asking prices are high for Islanders’ winger Thomas Vanek and Sabres’ winger Matt Moulson. Murray will continue to shop around. Garrioch claims the Senators remain interested in Blues’ winger Chris Stewart.  Murray must also make decisions on pending UFAs Chris Phillips and Milan Michalek.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Blues can ship Stewart to the Senators I suspect their asking price would be a good young (and affordable) player. Such a move could be a salary dump to open up cap space for a bigger move, like perhaps Ryan Miller.  I could see the Senators landing Moulson though not for a first round pick. I doubt they’ll land Vanek. I also think Murray would prefer to retain Michalek and Phillips. Murray still seems to be a buyer, but that could change if the Senators drop more games leading up to the traded deadline.

PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi reports Flyers GM Paul Holmgren faces a difficult decision regarding defenseman Andrej Meszaros. Does he keep him for a run at a playoff berth or move him at the deadline rather than lose him for nothing to free agency this summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could depend upon how the Flyers perform between now and March 5.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Gary Lawless calls upon the Winnipeg Jets to re-sign pending UFA defenseman Mark Stuart.


  1. No 2 parter today? Jeesh Lyle your starting to slack now with the deadline only 6 days away? Dig deeper 😉

    • Ok ok so There is a part 2. Great work as usual.

  2. I wish NY would just put this Girardi deal to bed. They are supposedly Not that far apart. Girardi wants a 6 year 5.5 per deal…..Give that man his money! Given Girardi’s talent and minutes this guy logs, $5.5 is a steal! Give him 6 for 5 years, 6.5 for 4 years….whatever it takes (within reason) Callahan on the other hand, I don’t see this deal happening. Thanks for your service, it’s been nice knowing you. Good luck, best wishes, let someone else pay you the ridiculous demands.

    • Honestly man the report seems bogus about them being just few $$ away from agreeing on a contract. I’m sure Sather would have no problem forking over an extra couple hundred thousand dollars. He’d be signed by now if those rumors were true. And if Girardi got the offer he wanted maybe he just doesn’t want to be in NY no more

      • I don’t see that as being the case. Sather has a history of dragging his feet with Rfa’s and UFA’s which is a dangerous game. I would be willing to bet the deal is on hold because of term (again another Sather game). I’m sure Sather wants that deal to be 4 no more than 5 years. Both Callahan and Girardi have stated they want to stay, over and over. Honestly, I can’t see any reason they would want out other than big dollar deal from somewhere else. In Girardi’s case, I think he could definitely fetch a 7 + per deal from a bunch of teams as a Fa. (Not so much on Callahan) But all reports from both sides have stated “there is negotiating to do” but they are still hard at it. I don’t really think either side wants this deal to not happen….but its Sathers process unfortunately.

        • Can’t see giving Callahan even 5 years at 6 mil. I love the guy but his injury history and ability to maintain his intensity level that long aren’t worth the gamble.

  3. If the Flyers continue to play like they did last night, Meszaros is a goner…so is Holmgren (a shame, but necessary).

    • Honestly Holmgren isn’t a good GM. You should be glad to get rid of him.

      • Id way rather have Hextall

  4. No one ever mentions the Rangers situation where Staal has only one year left and all signs point to him joining his brothers in Carolina. Makes resigning Girardi much more important. Girardi could also be the next Captain when Callahan is gone.

    • What signs point to Staal going to Carolina? That seems like pure speculation on your part based on the fact that his brothers play there?

    • You have anything to back this up? Seems like an e5 to me lol.

      • Yeah, Carolina sure as hell isn’t stating they can’t wait to sign Staal.

        • there are no recent articles about Staal joining his brothers but it was talked about a few years ago. I am sure you can google some old reports of it. Watch and see when Staal does not resign this time next year…

          • I wouldn’t take anything Larry brooks says too seriously. I mean the guy lives off of hypothetical scenarios and what is in his brain. Again, I don’t see Staal signing in Carolina just to play with his brothers.

          • If Sather not resigning the no injury history(but yes less offensive) Girardi easily…how do you think the bigger name Staal contract talks will go this time next year? Gut still says Girardi resigns and Callahan traded

  5. Senators don’t have a first round pick to dangle anyways unless it’s 2015 which would be unwise.

    • Sen’s are terrible. That team has been run into the ground. When is Murrey gonna realize the BINGO team is not working at the NHL level?

  6. 1.) Sounds like the Wild and Blackhawks are interested in Marty B. Given the choice, I would think he would go to the Blackhawks since they have a good chance to win another cup. Sounds like they were scouting him last night sitting on the bench.
    2.) Wild yard sale starting now, Heatley, Backstrom, Mitchell, Vellieux, Proesser, Cooke, Rupp, Brodziak and Ballard. 75% off. I know most of these guys aren’t worth much and either is their return but heh, it’s worth a shot.

  7. “Murray still a buyer”

    the I TOLD YOU SO….when he sells is going to be so big it wont be able to fit on this webpage.

  8. Any word on Michalek joining his brother in Phx? they are in search of a LW badly, he might be a decent rental for a run. FA after the season, get a few games with his brother Z?

  9. “GM Bryan Murray continues working the phones in search of a top-six winger. The asking prices are high for Islanders’ winger Thomas Vanek and Sabres’ winger Matt Moulson.”

    I’m sure the asking prices are high for everyone available because the market is thin and plenty of teams have immediate needs. If Murray wants a top 6 forward he can probably expect to pay a top 6 like trade, it’s going to be a high pick and mid-high prospect or roster player. Tough to turn silver into gold. Same goes for the Bruins, as much as I’d enjoy seeing them trade for a top 4 stay at home/shut down defense it’s probably not going to happen because of prices.

  10. What do you guys think calgary could get for cammy? Who else could you see get moved from calgary? I think with the right offer that giordano could be moved. You have to think teams have been kicking tires on this guy. He could net the flames so much more than anyone else on their roster. Are they holding out for picks from next years draft maybe? He has one of the best contracts in the league for his talent. Have to think damn near every team would want the guy

  11. Sabres trade Miller to Blues for Halak. Ott is also a scratch more details to follow.

  12. Ottawa needs to go 15-7-0 to finish with 93 pts. Which is about what it will take to make the playoffs. They’re out of it. If Murray wants to be a buyer that seems like a mistake.