NHL Rumor Roundup (Canadian Edition) – March 5, 2014.

The latest trade deadline rumors involving Canadian teams, including the latest on Ryan Kesler, Mike Cammalleri, Jason Spezza, Chris Phillips and more.

Could today be Ryan Kesler's last with the Canucks?

Could today be Ryan Kesler’s last with the Canucks?

ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports the Vancouver Canucks are still fielding calls for Ryan Kesler. The Pittsburgh Penguins have considerable interest, while a number of clubs (including the Anaheim Ducks) are keeping tabs on the Kesler situation. The NY Rangers made inquiries but a source says Kesler won’t waive his NTC for them.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma claims the Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers are engaged in a bidding war for Kesler. Kuzma claims the Flyers are willing to offer up Brayden Schenn in a package offer for the Canucks center.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Rob Rossi claims the Penguins are willing to include top prospect Derrick Pouliot in their package offer for Kesler. The Penguins are also reportedly interested in New Jersey Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky and Edmonton Oilers winger Ales Hemsky.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like the Kesler sweepstakes is down to only the Penguins and Flyers.  Canucks GM Mike Gillis must play this carefully. He got a crappy return for Roberto Luongo and must get a significant one for Kesler. Bear in mind he doesn’t have to trade Kesler at the deadline, as the center still has two more years left on his contract. If Gillis doesn’t get any offers he likes today, he can wait until this summer to try again.

CALGARY HERALD/CALGARY SUN: The trade watch is on in Calgary as Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke is “open for business” today. The focus will of course be upon winger Mike Cammalleri. The Flames list of “untouchables” is a short one, with only rookie Sean Monahan and captain Mark Giordano believed to be part of it.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cammalleri’s been linked to the Kings, Penguins and Devils in the rumor mill. We’ll find out soon enough what the destination could be.

TORONTO SUN/TORONTO STAR: Nikolai Kulemin, Dave Bolland, Jake Gardiner, Nazem Kadri, Mason Raymond, Carl Gunnarsson, Cody Franson and Colton Orr could be possible Maple Leafs trade candidates. Or not.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m not expecting a blockbuster from the Leafs. Of those who could move, Kulemin, Raymond, Gunnarsson and Orr are the most likely. I doubt the rest are moved unless they’re part of a real sweetheart deal.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators captain Jason Spezza laughed off the recent trade rumors about him. Garrioch also reports the Senators are inching closer to a deal with defenseman Chris Phillips. They also still have interest in Buffalo’s Chris Stewart and Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky.

EDMONTON SUN: Derek Van Diest reports Oilers GM Craig MacTavish hopes to ship out some of his pending UFAs for draft picks. Ales Hemsky and Sam Gagner have been most mentioned in trade talks of late.

WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe reports a source confirms the San Jose Sharks have inquired about  Jets forward Devin Setoguchi, who began his career with the Sharks. “James Sheppard, Adam Burish and Tyler Kennedy” could be among the possibilities coming back to the Jets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No rumors today on the Montreal Canadiens as they made their move yesterday by landing defenseman Mike Weaver from the Florida Panthers. Recent reports out of Montreal suggest this year’s deadline could be a quiet one for the Habs.


  1. the number one thing the Canucks have to do today isn’t trade Kesler it’s put a call block on Dale Tallon as he seems to have a magical ability to talk Gillis into taking his problems off his hands. i hope Gillis comes to his senses and realize he has only one chance to get a Kesler trade right, he needs a young center (who can score … that’s NOT Matthias) so if Philly is offering Schenn then leverage as much else as you can get from them and take the deal.

    • Mathias and Markstrom were problems? Never heard that. Luongo was a problem, off the ice speaking.

  2. I wonder if Bergevin will move Markov if he won’t accept the two year deal. It’s too risky to give him 3 and in free agency someone will give him three years. To me, that’s a very hard decision and if the return isn’t a good top six winger then just keep him until after the season and trade his rights then.

    • According Francois Gagnon MB is in Chicago for his mother-in-law’s funeral. And the rest of management is in Anaheim, so I doubt anything happens with Montreal today.

      • Dudley is more then capable to handle the deadline.

        Supposedly a deal is now on the table for Vanek. Going to Isles would be Bourque, Tinordi +

    • Markov’s agent said trade talk about his client isn’t based in reality. Claims contract talks ongoing with Habs and his client wants to stay in Montreal.

  3. I’m hearing talks of Kesler have slowed down due to asking price, heard it on tsn. Anaheim and Pittsburgh seem the ones most interested.

  4. @ JES Tinordi will not be part of any package for Vanek, the Habs will not make the same mistake as they did in the S.Gomez deal. Other prospects and picks maybe, but unlikely. It is likely the Canadiens will go off the board and surprise with a deal they will deal a D-man as they have too many now, so we will see, but i am certain unless the deal is off the hook the Canadiens will not trade Tinordi.

  5. Vanek to Montreal

  6. Finally I was getting mad for a 2nd and prospect

  7. @jes your comment was wayyyyyyyyyyyy off of vanek for bouque and tinordi +. They got a second rate prospect and a pick. Where do you get your “information” from?

    It’s funny many of the trades that happened the “experts” never predicted. Best trade deadline day in years.