NHL Rumor Mill – July 3, 2014

As the free agency excitement fades, the trade rumors are picking up. Get the latest on James Reimer, Vincent Lecavalier, Mike Green and more.

Could the Capitals shop Mike Green this summer?

Could the Capitals shop Mike Green this summer?

ESPN.COM: Craig Custance lists Capitals defenseman Mike Green, Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer, Jets winger Evander Kane and Flyers center Vincent Lecavalier as possible trade targets for clubs which failed to land any of the notable unrestricted free agent stars. Custance suggests Colorado and Detroit as possible destinations for Green, Winnipeg and San Jose for Reimer, Nashville for Lecavalier and pretty much everyone else for Kane.

THE GLOBE & MAIL/TORONTO SUN/TORONTO STAR: James Mirtle wonders what the Leafs’ plans are for James Reimer, noting GM Dave Nonis said he won’t move the 26-year-old goalie unless he gets a good offer. Lance Hornby notes the rumors linking Reimer to the Jets, claiming the Leafs asking price is steep. Hornby also noted the Jets re-signing Michael Hutchinson, suggesting he’ll back up starter Ondrej Pavelec. Kevin McGran reports Nonis saying if there’s not a deal to be had for Reimer the goalie will return with the Leafs. He expects the situation will work out one way or another.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Reimer filing for salary arbitration adds an interesting twist to the situation. Any interested club will wait to see what happens. If his case goes to arbitration and the Leafs reject his award he’ll become an unrestricted free agent. Regardless, there’s not much of a trade market for goalies right now. 

CSNPHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli reports the Flyers and Nashville Predators revisited the idea of shipping Lecavalier to Nashville yesterday, though no deal appears imminent.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Earlier trade talks fell through because the Predators don’t want to pick up the full value of Lecavalier’s remaining contract (4 years, $4.5 million annually). The Flyers will have to pick up part of his salary in order to make this happen.

CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty reports Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli acknowledged he can’t go into 2014-15 carrying nine NHL-caliber defenseman. “At some point, I have to do something there, but I’m in no hurry. It may be that we see how the preseason goes, with who’s mixing, who’s matching with whom”, said Chiarelli. Johnny Boychuk has been frequently mentioned, though the club’s decision not to re-sign Jarome Iginla lessens the need to dump his salary. Other trade options include Adam McQuaid, Matt Bartkowski and David Warsofsky.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Chiarelli reportedly prefers to retain Boychuk, though he’s have great value on the trade market. Still, if Chiarelli’s not looking at making any major additions, guys like McQuaid or Bartkowski could end up on the move come September. 

MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports the Detroit Red Wings must add a top-four defenseman at some point via trade. Washington’s Mike Green, Buffalo’s Tyler Myers, Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien, Toronto’s Cody Franson, Edmonton’s Jeff Petry, Arizona’s Keith Yandle and Vancouver’s Alex Edler are possible trade targets for the Wings.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Landing any of those defensemen will certainly cost the Wings one of their promising young forwards as part of the return. I doubt they’ll part with Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar, but after that anyone’s possible. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson suggests David Legwand could be a good free agent target for the Oilers to address their need for a center. David Staples suggests trying to acquire St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund, as long as defenseman Jeff Petry isn’t part of the return.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Trading for Berglund might be a better option. Legwand had a 51-point season but struggled with the Red Wings after they picked him at the trade deadline. 

ESPN.COM: Katie Strang reports Martin Brodeur could end up waiting all summer to land a job with another club, perhaps until training camp.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s not much of a market for goalies this summer. If Brodeur doesn’t get signed by September, maybe it forces him into retirement.

CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley speculates Mike Green, Dmitry Orlov, John Erskine or Jack Hillen could be possible trade candidates if the Capitals decide to shop for depth at forward.

BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl reports the additions of Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges lessens the need to bring back former captain Steve Ott, though there remains mutual interest between Ott and the Sabres.




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    • Lame lol

      • it’s from the Simpsons, cmon man

        • Simpsons suck Family Guy puts that show to shame. They’ve done basically everything twice. But yes funny stuff

  1. Not sure of the return, but if Boston ends up moving Boychuk I could see him going to SJ. They seem to have some openings on the back-end, even after moving Burns back there (which may not be such a good idea, except maybe for the PP). I think SJ is still in win-now mode, and Boychuk could be a great addition to that D who is able to handle some of the bigger forwards in the west. SJ also have cap space. I can’t see Boston moving him but stranger things have happened.

    • No need for Boychuck to leave now that Iggy is gone. Makes no sense. McQuaid however I could see moving. From the forward group maybe Kelly and Ericsson.

  2. I wonder if Louis Errikson can be targeted in a trade by Nonis for a 2015/2016 mid draft picks and a Top Marlies prospect!??

    • I would imagine the Bruins are hoping for a healthy Eriksson to bounce back to his 70 point form after his concussion plagued season last year.

      I don’t think they’re about to deal him for parts…

      • Eriksson should get an opportunity to replace Iginla on the top line I imagine. I am sure they give him 1 more season at least based on his track record.

      • Leaf spare parts are always better than everyone else’s good players, so how come the Leafs didn’t make the playoffs?

    • lmao really a 25 goal scorer for a marlies prospect and draft picks.yeah thats not gonna happen.

  3. Sorry Loui Eriksson.. Bad spelling

  4. I’d like to see a line of Eriksson – Holland/Kadri/?? – Lupul

  5. I would like to see the Leafs trade Lupul to Washington for Dimitri Orlov and then trade Cody Franson to the Sabres for Chris Stewart.

  6. I’m not sure he is a fit in Boston… And drafts – prospects are what they can afford in deals moving forward because of CAP.

  7. I would think this is fairly obvious but haven’t heard it come up yet.. If Reimer is traded who is berniers back up? Leafs won’t sign the guy now as that would further decrease reimers value and I don’t think that guy would want to sign without knowing he is going to play.. Just seems to be a bit of a mess

    • his name is brodeur – signed this weekend
      or i give up on this team

      • Highly doubt that

        • Gawd I hope not, if Vokun is healthy he might be worth a look or Theodore

  8. Still a number of goalies out there. As long as Bernier is healthy he will probably get up to 60 or so games. Other than Brodeur, I would be happy with Giguere, Vokoun or Khabibulin as backups if still around if Reimer does get moved.

  9. Well Gleason just resigned in Carolina for $1.2 for 1 season. Interesting how that played out

    • Full circle. Just like Frattin.

  10. Heard Black Hawks have asked Brad Richards to wave his no trade clause. Sorry guys, just guessing tweets from hockey buzz today.

  11. With all due respect to Brodeur, Im hoping he doesnt find any takers. Would love to see him retire as a champ and enter the hall of fame as a champ. He certainly doesnt need the money and its risky going to a new team and stuggle and be remembered in a negatve way.

    • Same. He’s not a starter no more. Just going to end up embarrassing himself. That is my opinion anyway.

  12. Nonis will just have to deal with the offers no ones going overpay for an over glorified backup. Jets shouldn’t mortgage anything to get him. He’s not any better then Pavelec to be honest.

    • Adding to the Reimer problem is the billion other options that just cost money.

      • Would not be the least surprised if Riemer just costs money at this point ….he rejected the qualifying offer so its up to arbitration which the Leafs might very well let him walk depending on the reward….Riemer msy be a UFA if he was awarded any more thsn 2.75 After todays sigmings the Leafs have about 14 mill in space 16 guys signed with Franson Ashton Holland Gardiner and Riemer as rfas left to sign. Franson and Riemer will be moving on in one way or another.

        • Would u resign all those RFA’s Shticky? Besides Reimer of course

          • Gardiner Holland and Ashton I would, I said last year trazde Franson well his value was high coming off top 10 no.s for scoring in D men. I dont like Fransons defensive game at all, could see itlast year sfter he moved up and played second pairing minutes. He is a tire fire playing against good players 5 on 5. Riemer Id give away for a pick at this point (to late to trade him for anything good now) and get a cheaper backup.

            I doubt the team does much better this year so clear capspace, get some picks and let younger guys play. If they do good great, if they dont Randy and Dave get fired get a better pick and have capspace for picking up some plsyers and building the team properly got the next guy. So far its been a good off season, way better depth moving Rimer and Franson is a good idea to help with that.

  13. If the Leafs don’t move Reimer before arbitration he will end up walking as a UFA. IMO a judge will award this guy at least $3M (maybe more) and Nonis won’t be able to retain him under the Cap. He’s as good as gone for free if Nonis doesn’t find a taker and soon.

    • This will be the last time I answer one of Shticky’s moron posts. Bernier was signed for $3M based on his stats from when he was with LA not for his stats from last season after he was signed (which would have required a crystal ball). If Bernier went to arbitration now with last years stats he would probably get north of $4.5M. Reimer has decent stats until he was shafted to the role of back up which basically happened the day they traded for Bernier. We will know by mid Aug what he is awarded and if the Leafs are forced to let him walk. Then again I suppose if he is awarded $3M for one year someone may be willing to trade a 7th rounder for him and take a shot but that deal would be much the same as letting him walk for nothing..

      • They just dont pick numbrts out of a hat believe it or not. Here are a run down of goalies and their salaries under 3 mill
        Fasth 2.9
        Anderson 3.1
        Nuevirth 2.5
        Elliot 2.5
        Bishop 2.3
        Khudobin 2.25

        Most of these guys have pretty simmilar # of starts and compsresble stats, really doubting an arbitrator gives Riemer a million more than them on a 1 year deal.

  14. Look at Berniers comparables on cap geek and then explain how Riemer gets more ths 3 mill in arbitration.

    • Shticky maybe I need to dumb it down for you. Just because you didn’t hit reply under my post you still technically commented on my post. I thought we agreed to stay away from each other for the sake of this site. I’m sure Lyle would appreciate it so he doesn’t have to monitor either one of us.

      • I dont think Ive ever agreed with you on anything Moneyball.

        • Lol Moneyball because he’s all about numbers lol love it

          • Jes
            FYI He didn’t come up with “Money ball” considering he never has anything original to say. He just repeats what he hears much like all of his hockey related posts

          • Actually due to the stupid comment where Leafy there actually said he learned all he needs to know from watching the movie Moneyball, which kinda figures because he certainly doesnt watch much hockey.

  15. Spec,

    This may sound a like a dumb question. Everyone if talking about the Flyers being 1.2 mil over the cap. Does that figure include putting Pronger on the I.R. for next season, or does his number come off that when the season begins?

    • Hi, Sean. Your question isn’t dumb at all. The Flyers are now actually $3 million over the cap with their recent moves. While placing Pronger on LTIR allows them to be over the cap by up to his equivalent salary ($4.9 million), they can only do that 24 hours following the start of the season. That means, when the season starts, they’ll be over the cap and subject to penalties for doing so. Hence the urge to shed Lecavalier’s salary.

  16. I’d love to see the Preds pull in Lecavalier, but Philly would definitely have to take back some salary on that one. Poile is very frugal, and I don’t see him taking on a 4 yr contract with the aging forward without being able to dump some of his salary.

  17. Hey Spector!!

    Can you explain to me what a 2 way contract is? Some guy told me it’s a contract that allows you to send a player without him passing through waivers and a friend of mine said it’s just that he is getting the same pay rate in the NHL and AHL…

    • 2 way contracts are contracts for players that will pay them a different salary based on what league they are playing in. Example: John Smith signs a two way contract that pays him 600k at NHL level & 125k at AHL level.

      It has nothing to do with passing through waivers.

      • Thanks Innovator!!

  18. Changing the subject a bit; Is Ryan Malone’s career over?