NHL Morning Rumor Mill – Thursday, March 28, 2013.

The latest on Mike Ribeiro, Max Talbot, Jaromir Jagr, Ryan Miller, Ales Hemsky, Ryan Clowe, and much more.

USA TODAY: Kevin Allen goes through each NHL team to determine the buyers, sellers and the uncertain.

Could Ales Hemsky be traded this time?

Could Ales Hemsky be traded this time?

ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports the Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens and NY Rangers have interest in San Jose Sharks winger Ryane Clowe, as well as several Western Conference teams, including the Vancouver Canucks. The early asking price for Clowe is a first round pick and another young asset. The Canadiens won’t part with a first rounder…LeBrun doesn’t believe the Edmonton Oilers are going out of their way to shop winger Ales Hemsky, but could be fielding inquiries.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t see any team parting with a first round pick for Clowe…Hemsky’s name coming up in the rumor mill is becoming a trade deadline tradition. If he’s such a hot commodity, why hasn’t he been dealt by now?

SPORTSNET’s Darren Millard reports via Twitter: “Buffalo is asking about Tampa Bay. Ryan Miller is in play.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Lightning would undoubtedly love to land Ryan Miller, who has a year remaining on his contract, but if they’re on his list of teams he won’t accept begin dealt to, nothing will come of this. 

RDS.CA: Renaud Lavoie reports the Washington Capitals have offered pending UFA Mike Ribeiro a three-year, $14 million contract extension. Ribeiro is keen to re-sign but would prefer a five-year deal…The Philadelphia Flyers are getting lots of inquiries about Max Talbot, but he’s not available.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals face a stark choice: retain Ribeiro for a playoff run and risk losing him for nothing, or re-sign him to a five-year deal and risk a cap squeeze.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika reports the Dallas Stars are talking contract extension with pending UFA Jaromir Jagr.

TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons reports Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis won’t reveal what’s on his trade wish list, prompting Simmons to speculate Nonis “has some interest in 1) a veteran goalie who may not be Roberto Luongo, probably someone closer to Nikolai Khabibulin; 2) a depth centre, who can fill in on various lines if need be; 3) a top-4 defenceman who would take some of the time and pressure off Dion Phaneuf,”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The higher the Leafs are in the standings, the less pressure on Nonis to swing a deal. That’s not to suggest he won’t do anything by the deadline, but he’s not going to sell the future for a quick-fix. Khabibulin could be an option, though I daresay Nonis is also keeping an eye on Miikka Kiprusoff in Calgary. A depth center could be easier to find, and there are some options for the blueline out there, including Edmonton’s Ryan Whitney, Buffalo’s Jordan Leopold, and the Islanders’ Lubomir Visnovsky, though the Isles hope to re-sign him.

NJ.COM: Rich Chere reports Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is seeking a scoring forward as a short-term replacement for the injured Ilya Kovalchuk, but he’s unwilling to tear his team apart for a high-scoring quick fix.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Keep an eye on the Devils. Lamoriello remains a savvy dealer.


  1. I wouldn’t reveal what I had for breakfast to Steve Simmons…and how is that news? What kind of GMS is going to put out what he is looking at towards the trade deadline and jack up the price of who he might be trying to aquire or starting a media circus in a market like TO.?

    “ya Steve we would like to upgrade by picking up player A and we think we could deal these guys to get him”… That should go over pretty well

    • Wasn’t that what burke used to do? Lol

      • Nah Burkie had so many otherways to make it a circus that I don’t think he ever got to this one…lol

  2. Max Talbot isn’t available??? Why, players like him are a dime a dozen … if Holmgren can get back an asset for him he’d be crazy not too …

  3. It will be interesting to see what desperate teams are wiling to give up for clowe, the guy has 0 goals and 10 apples on a team full of skill and talent. You have to think Boston is calling SJ today since Pittsburg has robbed them twice of guys they wanted to land.

    I don’t think he’s worth both a prospect and 1st rounder maybe one or the other.

    I hope the leafs don’t go after the bulin wall in Edmonton and just run the course with the goalies they have.

  4. Jagr and Hemsky would be the trade targets.

    Edmonton should trade Hemsky for d-depth, and the Devils have plenty of that.

    Dallas is still not out of the playoffs, yet, so I don’t think they’ll shop Jagr until they decidedly admit they’re out.

    But man, I want to see Jagr there! Hemsky would be all right.

  5. My Stars are out but Jags loves it there and will resign, Roy will be moved and I think Vancover will land him. Its pretty sad that the Stars got a better player for Morrow than the Flames got for IGGY… What a fleece job the Pens did on the Flames..

    • While I do agree Feaster maybe the worst GM in the league Morrow probably would have waived to go anywhere he could be a difference and be in the playoffs Iggy was nice enough to give a list of 4 teams 2 of which appear to have had little interest in him and then more or less hand picked where he wanted to go out of the remaining 2… The return (or lack of) has more to do with Iggy then Feaster I think…

  6. Why would the Sabres trade Ryan Miller to a team that will be in their division next season?

    • That would be stupid move by Darcy Regier, whose seat is very, very hot.

  7. Now that the bruins get burned by the flames an iggy they need a goal scorer I really don’t think getting clowe is the answer with 0 goals. Even though its a long shot make a pitch for Ryan I also heard a rumor Hartnall from Philly could be had

  8. If the Sabres trade Ryan Miller, there should be an upgrade headed to Buffalo in return. Right now, I do not see anyone close to the capability of Miller. This is why Miller will be staying in Buffalo.

    If the Lightning want Miller, might as well trade Vincent Lecavilier or Steve Stamkos to the Sabres.

    • I doubt the sabres would even take on lecaviller, I think montreal would be the only team willing to take on that contract. as for Miller if hes being shopped I hope Nonis makes him an offer they cant refuse. If Kessel has no interest in signing in TORONTO, would a ryan miller for phil kessel garner any interest?? might be a few pieces needed to be added but man if to got miller they would have there number one for the next 5 years with reimer taking over the reigns after that.

      • I do not know why Buffalo would want to make a trade with Toronto, a division rival. Ditto for Tampa Bay who will be in the same division next season.

        The Sabres’ top priority has been a playmaking, point producing first-line center. Such a player has been very hard to acquire for Darcy Regier, and it has become a permanent hole for the Sabres.

        Even if the Sabres wanted Lecavalier or Stamkos, the Lightning are not parting with either player.