NHL Morning Rumor Roundup – March 10, 2014.

A collection of recent post-trade deadline rumors regarding Ryan Kesler, Alex Edler, Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson and many more.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reported the Canucks worked very hard to move Ryan Kesler at the trade deadline but a deal just wasn’t there. It’s believed the Penguins and Blackhawks pushed hard toward the end, with the Penguins believed offering up a package which included center Brandon Sutter…The Senators and Maple Leafs were among the clubs which inquired about Thomas Vanek, who was dealt to the Canadiens…Several teams expressed interest in Rangers’ fiesty forward Derek Dorsett…The Flames were ready and willing to move defenseman Dennis Wideman but couldn’t find any takers…Several clubs has interest in Senators’ prospect Curtis Lazar but he wasn’t available…It’s believed the Flames were determined to get a first round pick for Mike Cammalleri, which explains why he wasn’t dealt by the deadline…The Ducks were believed interested in Thomas Vanek and Mike Cammalleri but weren’t willing to pay the respective asking prices…There was interest from other clubs in Ryan Callahan before the Rangers shipped him to Tampa Bay…The Blues were willing to move Derek Roy at the deadline but couldn’t find any takers.

Could the Bruins pursue Alex Edler this summer?

Could the Bruins pursue Alex Edler this summer?

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson believes Thomas Vanek won’t re-sign with the Canadiens because he lives in Minnesota. He believes it’s possible Ryan Callahan could accept less than what he sought from the Rangers to remain with the Lightning after this season. Florida’s lack of a state tax could be an incentive…Matheson also reports believes the Ducks could push hard for Ryan Kesler this summer, citing their depth in young talent and draft picks to offer in return…He calls upon the Oilers to make a big push to sign Kings defenseman Matt Greene if he hits this summer’s UFA market…The Red Wings want to re-sign David Legwand…He doubts Matt Moulson remains with the Wild beyond this season but could see him joining the Blue Jackets…Some sources claim the Coyotes were interested in Ales Hemsky before the deadline. Matheson suspects they’ll push hard to sign him if he hits this summer’s UFA market.

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks wonders if the Devils will re-sign Jaromir Jagr next season. He’s been their best player this season…Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman rejected a three-year, $9 million contract offer prior to the Olympics.

BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa last week reported the Bruins were believed to have had a deal in place for Canucks’ defenseman Alexander Edler but it fell through as it hinged on the Canucks trading Ryan Kesler. The Bruins could’ve absorbed his salary in part by placing Dennis Seidenbeg and perhaps Adam McQuaid on LTIR for this season. Shinzawa suggests the two clubs could revisit the deal around the NHL draft in June. Edler must also agree to waive his no-trade clause, while the Bruins would have to shed salary to take on his annual $5 million cap hit. The Canucks would need a defensive replacement for Edler. Shinzawa suggested Matt Bartkowski going to Vancouver…Shinzawa also notes the difficulty the Hurricanes could have trying to move goalie Cam Ward this summer…The Sabres listened to offers for Christian Ehrhoff, Tyler Myers, Chris Stewart and Drew Stafford.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Just some general thoughts. I believe the Canucks moved Kesler and Edler this summer, likely around the June draft. If they Bruins want Edler they’ll either have to send the Canucks a salaried player this summer or move on in a separate deal with another club. Even by putting Marc Savard on LTIR, they won’t have much cap space to play with…The Flames won’t move Wideman unless they pick up part of his remaining contract…Cammalleri won’t re-sign with the Flames, but I could see Callahan sticking with the Lightning…I consider Moulson “Plan B” for the Wild if they cannot sign Vanek this summer…The Kings are trying to re-sign Greene…If the Wings do re-sign Legwand it could be a two-year deal as he’s only two years away from turning 35…I could see Hemsky going to the Coyotes if the Senators fail to sign him…I also expect the Devils to re-up Jagr for next season…Ward could be difficult to move but not impossible, provided he’s willing to waive his no-trade clause…The Sabres aren’t done making moves. They could shop a couple more players this summer, notably Ehrhoff.


  1. Not so sure the Kings are trying to resign Greener. 5 straight healthy scratches with A-mart scoring 3 goals in that time.

    • If they don’t, he would be chased by a lot of teams.
      If I’m Leafs I’d go after him and pair him with Gardiner.
      Let Greene clear out the front of the net and Jake skate or pass
      the puck out of the zone. They are exact opposite of each other
      and both skills are needed.

    • Yes Greene will be gone, it was decided before A-Mart started playing good recently. Greene has lost a step and is always injured.

  2. So why wouldn’t Calgary trade Cammalleri for less than a first round pick if it looks like they can’t resign him ?
    It’s not like they need him for a playoff run.

    • Who knows with Burke, but I think it might have something to do with how he is viewed to other GMs. He doesnt want to appear wrong or maybe like he caved in to pressure by dealing him for less. Mr. Burke has a weee bit of ego to everything he does.

      • why would any gm give him a first rd pick when Gaborik, vanek , and to a lesser degree, moulson all considerably better players went for less. Does burke think he deserves more. Sorry, burkie the louder u speak doesnt make u any more convincing.

  3. Fire up the Cam Ward to Minnesota talk. Insijs.

    • The Bryz stinks! I was at the game last night and he looked just like Backstrom in the shootout, everything goes in and we didn’t score. Not sure if Ward would be much of an upgrade honestly.

    • I don’t understand why any team will trade for Cam Ward. His numbers are right there with Dubnyks. He has a 3.21 GAA and a .891 S%. With no sign of improving, both his GAA and S% have gotten worse the last three years. His best before date has past.

      • Well its gotta be Ward or Reimer….they are the only 2 goalies who were not traded the past few weeks. lol

        • You guys are right! I can’t believe Ward makes over 6M this year. Bryz, Dub’s and Ward are crap! Any good goalies coming through the draft this year, I haven’t looked? lol

          • Lots of UFAs to bid on….Halak, Elliott, Hiller, Miller….or a younger less established type starter to kind of share time with Kuemper and battle for a number 1 job like Gustavsson, Greiss, Reimer or Desjardins.

  4. So what does Snow do with the #1 Pick he owes Buffalo ? As I understand it if it is a Top 10 pick he can keep it and send the I’s #1 in 2015 ? This years could be in the top 5 sooooo

    YA trade Moulson, get Vanek, lose Vanek and if you keep the #1 pick this year in what many feel is
    a weak draft you could risk giving Buffalo the #1 overall pick next year as this team didn’t fix
    their goal tending problem this year, lost their best D-man in McDonald, lost a power forward in
    either Mouldson / Vanek and will have a tough time drawing any type of quality UFA’s to snow country.

    As The Song Goes, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

    • As much as it sucks you have to think next year is going to be little if any better for the Islanders for the exact reasons you mentioned. Give up this years pick. A Top 10 pick next year is probably going to be as good if not better than a top 5 this year. If they dont improve at all next year a top 5 pick is likely going be a far better player than what they get this year..

  5. If Callahan has any hope of remaining with the lightning after this season, he better drop his salary and terms demand way down from his 6-7 years at $6-6.5 per. While the cost of living in Tampa is much cheaper than New York and there is no state income tax, I’m not sure Tampa would have interest unless he comes down to earth…………….There was interest in Derek Dorsett? I have to say I’m scratching my head as to why they didn’t part ways with him? Would the press box been too lonely for Faulk and Diaz?

    • I can see him being a egotistical holdout next season if he doesn’t re-sign with Tampa. $4M per is about all he deserves, but I know he will get more.

  6. Callahan is very over-rated. See Espo’s comments. Hurtful for Callahan but so true. My guess someone out there will give him Clarkson type numbers.

  7. That’s Clarkson’s $5.250 not the years. My guess Callahan gets 5yrs.

  8. I could see the Canucks pushing hard for Callahan if they trade Kesler. Strictly PR move and sets the franchise even further back because Gillis is an idiot.

  9. Montreal will offer vanek 5 years at 9 million a year and I say he accepts the deal … Markova will get a 2 year deal at 5 million even though he should get 3.5 million
    And subban will get a 7 year deal worth 8 to 9 million a year and weaver and Murray might be picked up on one year deals even tho beaulieu and tinordi are ready

    • Ehh not so sure Vanek is worth 9 mill…at any rate 23 mill between Vanek Subban and Markov will put the habs at 71 mill, probably over the cap which will be around 68 mill now with the Canadian dollar. Even if the cap is 72 it would leave them about a million dollars to fill several spots on their roster. Best case with the numbers you give (including Murray) would be 72 mill (max cap) with 19 guys signed. Its nuts to say Vanek is worth more than Subban.

      • You’re right…it’s also silly to think that Markov isn’t worth 5 million a yr. This guy, while having slowed a bit, is still their smartest player and makes whoever he plays with look so much better than they are. Don’t believe me, just ask Komisarek.