Are the Canadiens scouting the Avalanche for a trade? Could the Wild seek a replacement for the concussed Niklas Backstrom? What’s the latest on Ryan Miller and Jonas Hiller? 

Are the Canadiens scouting Paul Stastny?

Are the Canadiens scouting Paul Stastny?

DENVER POST’s Adrian Dater reported via Sulia the Montreal Canadiens have heavily scouted the Colorado Avalanche even though they’ll only face each other one more time this season. He wonders if they’re scouting the Avs for a trade, speculating their targets could be Paul Stastny or John Mitchell.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The next time the Habs and Avs tangle is in March. The Canadiens are struggling offensively so Stastny would seem the likely target, but his $6.6 million salary makes him untradeable right now unless the Avs agree to pick up a good chunk of it. The Canadiens also have less than $3 million in cap space so the Avs would have to take on some salary in return.  Mitchell would be a more affordable target, but he won’t provide the Habs the scoring punch they need.

BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa believes the Anaheim Ducks goaltending depth points to their shopping Jonas Hiller (who’s eligible for UFA status next summer) for assets. He speculates the Nashville Predators and New York Islanders could be destinations for Hiller.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the Ducks get a strong offer now, I suspect they’ll retain Hiller (if they indeed intend to move him) until later in the season when his trade value could be higher. I still have my doubts they’ll move him as he’s the only goalie they have with playoff experience, but that could be overshadowed by more pressing needs in their lineup as the season progresses.  The Predators reportedly intend to wait until month’s end to get an update on Pekka Rinne’s hip condition, while the Islanders (having lost Evgeni Nabokov for at least four weeks to a groin injury) will for now stick with backup Kevin Poulin (who’s played well of late) and call-up Anders Nilsson.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson doubts the Columbus Blue Jackets will invest long term in Marian Gaborik, who was struggling prior to his recent knee sprain…With Niklas Backstrom sidelined by concussion, the Minnesota Wild might seek an experienced backup. Matheson guesses they could bring back Jose Theodore…He expects the San Jose Sharks will buy out Martin Havlat at season’s end…The rumor which will not die has the St. Louis Blues making a pitch for Buffalo’s Ryan Miller at the trade deadline.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Matheson’s not the only one doubting Gaborik has a future with the Blue Jackets, as Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch shares that view…For now the Wild will stick with call-up Darcy Kuemper to back up the red hot Josh Harding…This is Havlat’s last season as a Shark. He’s a compliance buyout candidate for sure unless he suffers another season-ending injury…As long as Jaroslav Halak keeps playing well, the Blues won’t have any need to pursue Miller or any other goalie at the trade deadline.

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23 Responses to NHL Morning Rumor Mill – November 18, 2013.

  1. nitroglycerin101 says:

    Why would Avs agree to pick up a good chunk of Stastnys salary.. Makes no sense to me.

    I do not understand why NYI did not trade for Miller. Now Nabokov is injured and they have Poulin who is talented and has upside but can he maintain Nabokovs consistency? Flyers play NYI twice next week. I hope we can score some soft goals on him.

  2. Geoff says:

    The habs don’t need another centre and Stastny isn’t a big time goal scorer so I don’t find that’s the best fit. I really don’t understand this one.

  3. CMac says:

    I would find it funny for the Preds to trade for a goalie when they are 24th in the league in goals per game. Your odds of making the playoffs with a GPG outside the top 20 is very small, not to say they haven’t done it in previous years. Their defense is awesome, but I don’t think getting an starting rental goalie is a good thing to do. Trade some defensive assets for an offensive dynamo. Easier said than done of course, but them trading for a goalie is a short term fix. And if they scored an extra half goal a game they would turn out 10 more points regardless of who is in net. Yes Rinne injured LT is a big loss, but give a young guy a chance within the organization (they are now so that’s good) and shore up offense!!!!

  4. Kurt says:

    Depends on who you believe, but it has been suggested that Montreal was actually there to look at the Panthers.
    Bergevin and Tallon have been talking quite a bit lately and the Habs may have interest in Matthias who would address some of their size issues.
    Consider need, salary and price of trade and Mattias makes more sense.

  5. Leafs27/7 says:

    Col retaining some of Stastny’s salary doesn’t seem realistic.

    Hiller isn’t going anywhere with the way the Ducks are playing. Last thing they will do is trade away a consistent goalie and end up having one of their young guys go down to injury and suddenly they will need a vet goalie to fill a hole while they drop in the standings. Hiller will end up leaving in the summer and the Ducks will get next to nothing in return. We have seen this before.

    Miller is the best option at this point if the NYI want to shore up their crease.

    Can’t see the Pred’s doing anything major until the end of the month.

  6. Leafs24/7 says:

    Col retaining some of Stastny’s salary doesn’t seem realistic.

    Hiller isn’t going anywhere with the way the Ducks are playing. Last thing they will do is trade away a consistent goalie and end up having one of their young guys go down to injury and suddenly they will need a vet goalie to fill a hole while they drop in the standings. Hiller will end up leaving in the summer and the Ducks will get next to nothing in return. We have seen this before.

    Miller is the best option at this point if the NYI want to shore up their crease.

    Can’t see the Pred’s doing anything major until the end of the month.

    • Danny says:

      It could make sense if they think they are getting the better of the deal. However with Statsny playing well, and the Avs in playoff position in a tough division, I don’t think they are as willing to shop him as they once were. Considering the Avs current position, I think they would only move him if there was at least a piece in the mix that would immediately make some sort of impact. My guess is that it would have to be a defender. Not sure who Montreal could move that fits that bill, as for an expiring contract on Stastny would make it so he doesn’t have enough value to get any of the Habs good young blueliners.

    • Jes says:

      If Ducks can upgrade there goalie situation they will. That team can do a whole lot better with someone like Miller in net. They play good defensively sound game unlike the Sabres so he’d excel there. Hiller on the other hand isn’t reliable. Like the guys SV% is below 90% and a GAA of 2.69. Not that great for a team that is looking to get passed the first round this year.

      • Shticky says:

        Hillers career sv% .917 gaa just over 2, for the playoffs its .935 again just over 2 for a gaa. Ryan Millers career sv % .915 gaa 2.6, playoffs .917 gaa 2.47, explain again how he is such a sure thing of an upgrade over Hiller.

  7. Brandon says:

    If Colorado retains extra salary I suppose they could ask for more in return

  8. LeafsAdvocate says:

    Montreal won’t be the only team going hard after Stastny, other teams like; Toronto, Tampa, Edmonton, Buffalo, Long Island etc. will be as well.

    • Jes says:

      Buffalo won’t be going after Statsny. Saaco and Statsny do not see eye to eye. No way he signs there even if he is traded there. So I doubt Lafontaine or whoever is the GM by then courting a trade for him.

      Edmonton? You serious?

      Leafs? I don’t know much about them but aren’t they tied up against the cap right now? Highly unlikely Avs take back any salary.

      Tampa and NYI seem to be the only two on that list as a likely scenario.

  9. LeafsAdvocate says:

    With Del Zotto being subject of trade rumours, I’d like to see the Leafs pry him out of New York. Del Zotto went from playing 23 minutes per night last year, to 18 minutes per night this year. He has been a healthy scratch all weekend and has only played 16 of 20 games.

    To Toronto: Del Zotto + Boyle
    To NY Rangers: Gardiner + Kulemin + Ashton

    • Big L-upul says:

      Agreed
      Gardiner won’t be shopped for someone who is a healthy scratch all the time and, while I wouldn’t mind Boyle in a leafs jersey, it’s a bit to much. Doesn’t make sense on both sides.

  10. Whatabouttis says:

    Montreal needs Heart. Who do they have to trade for that? Anyone want Moen? There is no way they get stastny- not what they need.

  11. Leafs24/7 says:

    Gotta love the TSN blogs. Suddenly Scrivens is a number one, Quick is trade bait and the Leafs got fleeced in the deal and all this after he’s played a total of 340 min which equals about 5 1/2 games. Jokers the lot of them.

  12. goofy says:

    I think the Sharks will move Havlat to anyone that will take him, essentially for free, as soon as Burns is back in the lineup. If Havlat can stay off IR for a few weeks, that is, which is no certainty.

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