NHL New Year’s Day Rumor Roundup – January 1, 2012.

The latest on Rick Nash, Ales Hemsky, Evgeni Nabokov,Lubomir Visnovsky, Sean Avery and more.

DENVER POST: Adrian Dater reports the news out of Columbus is the Blue Jackets may be ready to blow up and rebuild their roster, meaning Rick Nash and Jeff Carter could be on the move, leading Dater to speculate what it might take for the Avalanche to land either guy, but especially Nash.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless Nash and Carter demand a trade, something they and their agents have previously denied, they won’t be going anywhere at the trade deadline.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Bucky Gleason suggested the Florida Panthers might be a better fit for Edmonton Oilers winger Ales Hemsky.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Panthers are rumored to be seeking second line scoring depth. Depending on the asking price, Hemsky might be a good fit there as a playoff rental.

Visnovsky a trade candidate?

CBC.CA: During the intermission “Hotstove” segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Elliotte Friedman reported teams have interest in Carolina defenseman Tim Gleason and Anaheim blueliner Lubomir Visnovsky, provided he’s willing to waive his “no-trade” clause. Visnovsky will earn $3 million next season, but his salary cap hit is $5.8 million. Eric Francis reports a Canucks executive said there’s no chance they’ll trade goaltender Cory Schneider, saying they need him if they hope to win a Stanley Cup this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gleason appears a certainty to be moved at the trade deadline. This is the first time I’ve heard Visnovsky mentioned as a defenseman teams would be interested in, but his cap hit and NTC could make him tough to move, provided the Ducks want to trade him, and he’s willing to go. Ignore all Schneider trade rumors. The Canucks aren’t moving him. Period. Full stop. End of story. Show’s over. Move along, nothing more to see here…

STARTELEGRAM.COM: Mac Engel reports the Dallas Stars are once again on the fringe, and calls for new owner Tom Gagliardi to give GM Joe Nieuwendyk the go-ahead to take on some salary by adding a player who can help the Stars clinch a playoff berth. Engel claims the Stars have been trying to move center Mike Ribeiro for years but apparently no one wants him. Engel also acknowledged there’s currently not many teams to deal with, as it could come down to the last second to get a deal done.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nieuwendyk has hinted he could be active near the trade deadline if he can find a deal which would help the Stars. Keep an eye on them in the coming weeks, for now that they finally have a new owner, the Stars should be buyer. As for Ribeiro, his $5 million per season salary and limited NTC are likely why they can’t move him.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Damian Cristodero reports on the possibility the Lightning might make another deal with the NY Islanders for a goaltender, this time for Evgeni Nabokov.

TBO.COM: Erik Erlendsson reports not to expect GM Steve Yzerman to go shopping for an enforcer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Lightning’s goaltending options appear slim as there’s not much available in the trade market at the present time. Yzerman could wait a few more weeks for the market to improve, but given how the club is performing, it could be too late by then to help them. If Yzerman’s to make a move to bolster his goaltending, it’ll have to be soon.

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports Sean Avery’s NHL career appears to be over, as he cleared waivers yesterday, and could be headed to a KHL team for the remainder of the season.


  1. I have said it before and I’ll say it again. Garon is fine, our defense is what needs improvement. We’ll take Gleason.

  2. In my opinion, what the Blue Jackets need is to blow up and rebuild the entire management and coaching roster.

  3. Poor Avery. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer complete bastard.

  4. Lyle you make comments like that and he is going to Calgary for Iggy right away

  5. Lyle – check out this story – and I don’t believe him that Lindy is totally safe.
    The team has definitely quit playing for him.

  6. Dan, I think Lindy is safe, I hope that Darcy is looking to pull off a trade of Stafford or Roy. Watching the games recently – it just seems like Lindy is either trying to jumpstart Stafford by playing him so much or showcasing him – maybe both. He is late to the play and looks totally confused out there. There seems to be some chemistry with Boyes and Roy and they just need a winger to complement that line – maybe Gerbe if given some time to gel. One thing the Sabres do need is a Captain – someone who will hold teammates accountable and is more vocal. Pomminville just isn’t the answer. Personally, I would like to see a Miller/Stafford for Hiller/Ryan trade – some have suggested the Sabres doing a trade for Iginla but I don’t know how that would fit under the cap – but that could work as Iginla is tough, energized and has grit and leadership qualities that the Sabres need.

  7. Columbus will have to fire their GM, and pretty much all of their system people, prior to blowing up their roster, if that’s what they do. Otherwise it will just be more of the same. I can’t think of anything Howson did that was truly horrific (although he really overpaid for Wisniewski) but it’s pretty clear the entire Columbus system isn’t working.

  8. How is Lindy Ruff not getting a little stale? They’re playing stale. Still, don’t think you’ll see a change, but there should be.

  9. Don’t be suprised if Lindy becomes the new head coach of the Maple Leafs next season. This team is beginning to fall to where they should be and a change to Lindy who lives down the QEW and is in their division would be a great fit to fulfill their defensive needs.

  10. @Boltsnation
    ”I have said it before and I’ll say it again. Garon is fine, our defense is what needs improvement. We’ll take Gleason.”

    I agree.

  11. I could see the sabres owner firing both Regier and Ruff. It may be the only way that Ruff gets fired. Regier and Ruff have been buddies since they played junior together for the Lethbridge Broncos in the WHL many moons ago. I agree though that Ruff would straighten out the leafs defensive system in a hurry. If they start playing well defensively watch out, they will be a hard team to beat. I am kind of enjoying the sabres struggles. A new owner comes into the league, throws his money around like no tomorrow signing free agents to ridiculous contracts, and he figures the cup will be his no problem. Welcome to the reality of the NHL buddy. Buying a team has a lousy history.

  12. Leino’s poor season isnt what the Sabres had banked on, but with his salary i doubt they get to
    move him on either, Ruff may be on borrowed time but who comes in?

  13. I think Coaching and management is safe in Buffalo. I have said previously that they need to get past their injuries and try to build some chemistry with the new players who have come in. They have had 19 players with various injuries, some obviously just a game or two but others much longer. As far as leadership goes, I cannot vouch for Pominville in the room but outside of that he does not impress. I think they should give Robin Regehr the C, and move on from there. They may be down, but I do not think they are out by any means. Buffalo is one of those teams that will bite you in the ass if you write them off. By the way, I am not a Sabres fan, but I appreciate all they are capable of.

  14. Let’s get one thing straight. I’m a die hard Sabres Fan and I can tell you this much that Lindy or Darcy are not safe and shoouldn’t be considered safe… First and foremost Pegula through his money out to Regier to get the players that the coaching staff and GM think will make the team better but those decisions have been lousy. So none of this is Pegula’s fault for that dude talking crap about Pegula on here… Secondly there is no chemistry between Boyes and Roy; and if there was it’d be gone by the end of the season seeing that Boyes is UFA at years end and I doubt we resign him unless he makes about 1/2 of what he’s making now… Thirdly Hiller/Ryan for Miller/Stafford would be stupid. We don’t need Ryan. We need a #1 center, a leader, and a enforcer. A trade of Miller/Stafford/Roy/Kaleta and a pick for Getzlaf/Hiller/Parros would make more sense.

    And yes Regher should be Captain…

  15. @andy
    My question is why they thought Leino was a center. He played well in Philly on the wing why change. He is over paid big time. I didn’t want the Flyers to give him a penny over 3mill

  16. The Canucks will keep Schneider for the playoff run, but they do need to add some toughness.
    I would try to do something like Mason Raymond and another player or decent pick to NJ for David Clarkson.
    You don’t lose a whole lot of scoring, but you gain a whole lot of grit and toughness.