NHL Morning Rumor Mill – January 31, 2013.

Updates on Jonathan Bernier, Petr Sykora, Joey MacDonald, Zach Boychuk, and more.

Bernier backs off trade request.

Bernier backs off trade request.

NBC PRO HOCKEY TALK: James O’Brien, citing a report from the LA Kings blog Mayor’s Manor, reports Kings center Andrei Loktionov has requested a trade. He played 39 regular season and two playoff games last season with the Kings, but because of the club’s depth at center,was unable to crack the lineup this season  and is currently in the AHL. Backup goaltender Jonathan Bernier, meanwhile, has to a degree backed off his trade demand, hoping to steal more starts from Jonathan Quick this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Kings feel they need depth elsewhere (defense, perhaps?), I could see Loktionov used as a trade chip. As for Bernier, I expect he’ll be retained by the Kings this season, and shopped this summer.

NJ.COM: Rich Chere reports the New Jersey Devils had some interest in re-signing winger Petr Sykora, who ultimately signed with SC Bern in Switzerland.  As per Chere: “Sykora would be eligible to sign with an NHL club when Bern’s season is over and prior to the April 3 NHL trade deadline, but he’d have to go through waivers.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For those who are wondering, that’s different than a player on a team’s reserve list or an unsigned restricted free agent, which was changed under the new CBA. As per Hockeybuzz:  “All Players on a Club’s Reserve List and Restricted Free Agent List will be exempt from application of CBA 13.23 Waivers in the case of a mid-season signing.”

NORTHJERSEY.COM: The Devils have also placed enforcer Cam Janssen on waivers. If unclaimed by noon ET today, he’ll be sent down to their AHL affiliate.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: The Carolina Hurricanes have placed Zach Boychuk on waivers with hopes of demoting him to their AHL affiliate.

MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports Detroit Red Wings goaltender Joey MacDonald faces an uncertain future, as the Wings last summer signed Jonas Gustavsson to be Jimmy Howard’s backup. MacDonald is currently recovering from a bulging disk in his back.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: MacDonald could be traded once he’s finally cleared for action. He can also be sent to the minors without passing through waivers on a two-week conditioning stint, which is likely to happen once he’s received medical clearance.


  1. Lyle,
    If Loktionov is in Manchester (AHL), wouldn’t he have had to clear waivers? If he passed through waivers unclaimed, that pretty much tells you where the interest level is with him.

    I suspect Bernier is like an eBay auction 3 days before it’s going to end. Lots of people are looking but nobody is going to bid yet.

    And I can’t believe somebody won’t grab Boychuk. It would be interesting to see if the Penguins wouldn’t grab him and see if he can play with Crosby.

  2. hey Lyle. have you heard anything surrounding montreal? one would think they are looking to make some trades. eller, weber arent seeing any ice time and could fetch a decent return with the right package. i think they hold 2 2nd round picks from other teams as well. heard the habs are interested in getzlaf too. it would obviously take more than mentioned to get him but he would be a great mentor for galchenyuk.

    • Speaking of trades, where are all the trades? Are GM’s just really cautious with the shortened season? Are we going to see some action at the TDL? Or in the summer will it be nuts at the draft?

      Do expansion fees fall under HRR? How many years before we see the salary cap at 70 mil?

      • Nothing new regarding the Habs and trades. At this point, they’re in no hurry to make moves. Weber and perhaps Eller could be trade bait later in the season, but not right now. As for trades in the league in general, I believe the GMs are being patient and see how things shake out in a shortened season. Give it another month, and things could start getting interesting.

    • are you drunk?

  3. If Bernier gets any playing time this year and shows some potential there will be a long list of teams looking at him in the summer. Dubnyk looks ok in Edmonton, Reimer looks good in to so far but both teams could benifit from a young tandem with high potential.
    I know nothing about this loktionov but same situation as niño, has to wait his turn. It’s funny how last year Turris seems to have started more of these young players speaking out.
    Wouldn’t be surprised for a team like pheonix to look at McDonald if smith is out for an extended time.

  4. Bernier & the Wild ???

    I think a team that may be in a quandry for a goalie come next season would be the Minnesota Wild …Harding has some serious long term health issues …Backstrum is a UFA and with his age and the way the team is set up to win now ..they may look at a guy like Bernier to help long term …just a thought here looking down the list of potential suitors , they also have a good deep farm system and guys that they can give up in trades!!
    The Wild have some serious talent and can make a trade with any team in the NHL for high caliber and OR role players moving forward!!
    This team is on the cusp of very good things!!

    Hard to believe with all the need for certain positions for some teams that Zach Botchuck has fallen so quickly!!

  5. Given the Spezza news this morning you’d think centers would be in even more demand.

  6. As we speak ….Penguines claim Boychuck ….good grab !!
    14th overall 2008 ……7.5 rating Hockey Futures.

    Talent Analysis

    Boychuk is a fast and offensively gifted forward. Plays with courage and toughness – played much of the WHL playoffs with a broken wrist in 2007-08. A bit lighter and smaller than ideal NHL forwards, he is highly-skilled and uses hockey smarts to overcome his limitations. Still learning the nuances of pro hockey and sometimes has lapses in the neutral and defensive zones.


    Should crack the Hurricanes lineup this season. In the long-term, has the ability to be a solid second line forward with the ability to play in all situations. His offensive instincts also suggest power play potential.

  7. Oh my goodness… did Lyle just reference Hockeybuzz? What is this world coming to…

  8. Maybe we should be talking about the Canucks trading Schneider instead of Lu. That’s priceless how Lu is out playing him.

    • A terrible situation for the Canucks.

    • Compare their stats when they’ve at least played 15 games each.

      • Ha so at the trade deadline? :)