NHL Morning Rumor Roundup – Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Get the latest on the Oilers, Sharks, Stars, Senators and more.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports the Oilers put Ryan Whitney back in the lineup for their Tuesday game against the St. Louis Blues, one of the clubs rumored to have interest in the pending UFA blueliner. The Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes are also believed seeking blueline depth. David Staples, meanwhile, reports Sportsnet’s panel discussed the possibility of the Oilers shopping winger Ales Hemsky, wondering if there’s much of a market for him.

CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggarty wondered if Whitney could be a good fit for the Bruins. He also listed the Islanders Mark Streit, Coyotes’ Keith Yandle, Calgary’s Jay Bouwmeester and San Jose’s Dan Boyle, but noted the Isles hope to re-sign Streit, the high cost of prying Yandle away from the Coyotes, and the remaining, expensive year on the contracts of Bouwmeester and Boyle.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I still anticipate Whitney will get dealt, believing the Oilers will wait until deadline day in hopes of getting a stronger return. Hemsky’s name has kicked around the rumor mill for years now, so I’m no longer taking any speculation seriously about him. With my luck, this’ll be the year they finally trade him, but I doubt it.

Are the Flyers interested in Brent Burns?

Are the Flyers interested in Brent Burns?

PHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli reports Flyers management’s recent scouting trip to Minnesota to watch the San Jose Sharks in their game against the Wild wasn’t to scout Dan Boyle, but to “get a close look” at Sharks blueliner-turned-forward Brent Burns, though it remains to be seen if Burns is Holmgren’s true target.

ESPN.COM: Craig Custance believes San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson has hit the “reset button” with his trade of Douglas Murray to the Penguins, rather than going for a full rebuild.

CSN BAY AREA: Wilson claimed his club’s goal remains making the playoffs this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg for the latter link. Taking Wilson at his word, it means Dan Boyle won’t be shopped at the deadline. They need him if the goal is to reach the playoffs. If they fail to do so, however, don’t be surprised if Wilson edges more toward “rebuild” than “reset”, and it could mean shopping Boyle and/or Burns in the off-season.

ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun wonders what the Phoenix Coyotes might do with goalie Mike Smith if he remains unsigned by the trade deadline…While there’s been no contract talks between David Clarkson and the New Jersey Devils, but GM Lou Lamoriello has no intention of trading the pending UFA. Scott Burnside, meanwhile, reports it remains to be seen if the Dallas Stars are buyers or sellers as the deadline nears.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Coyotes fading playoff hopes rest with Smith…Lamoriello never re-signs his pending UFAs during the season. He certainly won’t shop Clarkson.

OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan reports the Senators could receive some calls about their goaltenders leading up to the trade deadline.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Until starter Craig Anderson has returned to action, the Senators won’t move Ben Bishop or Robin Lehner.


  1. I honestly don’t think the Sharks will blow-up after this season. Any other season they would have an additional 34 games to dig themselves out of this and I think a lot of teams probably see that as well. Ownership not being resolved is really hurting the Phoenix franchise and the league needs to accept defeat and relocate them for the good of the team and the franchise since they cannot find a local buyer it seems.

    I also hope for the Devil’s sake that Clarkson chooses to stay, though he will command a hefty raise on the open market for teams who want a gritty, scoring winger. Hemsky needs to go, Oilers are spinning their tires and a lot of teams need scoring depth right now, this would be a great time to look for some defensive help for next season and its not like Hall, Eberle, Nuge, Yakupov, Gagner don’t provide enough top 6 talent on their own anyway. The can probably focus on targeting a worthwhile top 6 veteran in the off season to fill Hemsky’s role or someone like MacArthur who can fill the role as a free agent.

    Streit resigns, Philly targets Yandle, Senators target Bouwemeester.

  2. Why doesn’t Lou sign his Ufa during the season. Stupid let him walk for nothing just like Parise.
    Chiarelli signs all his guys during the season so they don’t walk for nothing.
    Anaheim signed their big two. Don’t really understand that.

  3. Never? Ahem, Travis Zajac?

    NJ’s not had much luck with some UFAs walking away from the team and getting UFAs to join them altogether (though I admit, I like Zubrus and Volchenkov, even though they were probably both signed for a year or two too many).

    I don’t think he deals Clarkson, and of those paying a high price for him, Lou’s going to give him a pretty good offer himself, probably between 16-20M over four years (like Eric Cole). We’ll see.

    • Zajac was re-signed on January 16, 2013. Three full days before this season officially began. Again, Lamoriello doesn’t re-sign UFAs during the season. Hell, Martin Brodeur’s like a son to Lamoriello, the one player above all others the Devils GM has thought highest of, and yet he didn’t re-sign Marty until after July 1 last year.

      • Training camp counts as season to me.

        • I agree that he normally doesn’t, but Zajac was signed at an odd time for him. He won’t sign Clarkson or Elias or all the other guys during the season.

  4. 1. I can’t see anyone being interested in Hemsky unless Edmonton pays half his salary.

    2. The Sharks are a bit like the Flames. They are a bubble team with no hope of winning a Stanley Cup and the core of each of these teams is aging. I agree that San Jose doesn’t have to go into full rebuild mode, but a reset should certainly involve moving Boyle, Burns and Clowe – three players that are no longer good fits in SJ.

    • I say in a penny, in a pound. If you trade one, trade all three.

    • Do you really think Marleau and Thornton should be part of the untouchables in SJ. They’ve shown over the years they can’t be counted on to win the Cup.

      Hell, Boston got rid of Thornton in his prime because they thought he couldn’t win them the Cup. History seems to prove them right.

  5. I could see Nikolai Khabibulin being a somewhat affordable option for any team looking for insurance in net for a playoff run. Perhaps the leafs? Probably one of the only teams in that market anyways…

    • Yeah I was thinking the leafs would be interested in him, but I don’t think the oilers would be willing to move him. They are really only 3 points out of 8th right now, the oilers should be interested in Yandle and could send hemsky and a young player back in return. Phoenix is looking for scoring help up front and the oilers have lots of young Talent they could package with hemsky to get a desl done. The oilers need alot of things defense and size should be at the top of the list. I hardly think dubnyk is a starting goalie as well. Just another reason the oilers GM should be canned at the end of the season. Bring in Brian Burke for some toughness and truculence hahaha

  6. A monkey with a mouse couldve done Steve Tambalini’s job for the past 4 years. Lose big and draft by default and then put those players right on the ice without development and lose, lose,lose, draft, draft, draft. Hemsky’s newest contract speaks for itself and the players they’ve drafted are all the exact same type, not that they aren’t going to be really good one day, there’s just ZERO diversity on that team. Hell he had his own players do all the negoitiating to bring Justin Shultz over. Not an oilers fan but I can’t see the pride in being an oilers fan right now, it’s just a big operate by default organization right now.