NHL Rumor Roundup – March 13, 2014.

The latest speculation on Ryan Kesler, Tyler Myers, Matt Moulson,Jared Cowen and more.

Could the Sabres move Tyler Myers this summer?

Could the Sabres move Tyler Myers this summer?

CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman reports it’s believed the six teams to which Ryan Kesler would waive his no-trade clause for were Anaheim, Chicago, Colorado, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay. Of these, only Anaheim and Pittsburgh were in the bidding…Friedman claims speculation the Oilers took a long look at Buffalo’s Tyler Myers was quickly shot down…Senators GM Bryan Murray received some calls about defenseman Jared Cowen but didn’t bite.

STLTODAY.COM: Jeff Gordon recently speculated the Sabres could shop defensemen Tyler Myers and Christian Ehrhoff along with forwards Chris Stewart and Drew Stafford…Capitals GM George McPhee is in the final year of his contract. This season’s outcome could determine his future…Gordon speculates the Blue Jackets could be willing to spend this summer after dumping Marian Gaborik at the trade deadline. He suggests Matt Moulson as a possible candidate…He also suggests the Ducks could be busy in this summer’s trade market.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Anaheim and Pittsburgh could be the prime bidders again this summer for Kesler. Given the Ducks’ depth in promising young forwards, it could give them an edge over the Penguins, but the Canucks could be unwilling to move Kesler to a Western Conference team…The Sabres will entertain offers for Myers but it doesn’t mean they’ll move him. Expect the Sabres to set a high asking price for him. I expect there will be interest in Ehrhoff, who could be easier to move even with his no-trade clause…Despite Cowen’s struggles this season I daresay he’s among Murray’s untouchables…Since acquiring Gaborik at last year’s trade deadline and signing Nathan Horton last summer, Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen proved he’s willing to make big moves.  Wouldn’t surprise me if he’s active again this summer.


  1. From a Flyers fan perspective, I’m wondering what it would take to land Myers out of Buffalo? Would they be willing to deal within the conference? A future with both Morin and Myers on the back end would be most welcome.

    • With the lack of big d men on the UFA market you have to belive the price for a Myers would be very steep indeed. Im not sure if he would be worth the young talent and all the other parts the Sabres would be looking for. You would have to think one of Coturier or B Schenn plus a pick and something else would be involved…Not sure if I was a Flyers fan if Id be willing to pay that price.

      • Try Coururier AND Schenn or both Schenn brothers. Any picks would be 2015 picks. Buffalo has no reason to trade him so an offer would have to be exceptional for them to trade him.

  2. Re: Ducks
    The two areas Ducks will most likely work on is a Goalie and that will boil down to signing either Hiller or Miller. Don’t see anyone else in the mix. Anderson will be backup with Gibson waiting for his chance.
    The only other area I see Ducks maybe trading for is a right handed top 4 d-man which Bob Murray has said all along is his biggest need. I do see 3 bring ups from AHL in Smith-Pelly, Rackell, Etem – their time has come. Biggest need at the draft is a D-man to develop 2-4 years down the road and a goalie to replace Fasth who will start at the bottom of pecking order. Don’t see much else happening

    • Miller will resign in St. Louis IMO. Anaheim does have an outside chance because of the whole wife thing.

      Don’t they need a second line centre? I thought Koivu was there #2?

      • I would say it will depend, at least somewhat, on how each of those teams do in the playoffs. Seems to me that both Miller and Hiller will likely want mid-to-long term contracts (4+ years), so the GMs will have to balance between signing the vets and bringing up the prospects (Allan, Gibson).

      • I think the whole wife thing is it. Ducks are most likely offering short contract term because Miller is unsigned, and as long as Miller is unsigned no reason to throw a long term deal at Hiller. On the other hand Miller no doubt is watching Hiller and as long as he is unsigned feels he has a shot at signing in Anaheim. I think there is a 75% chance that Hiller stays in Anaheim and that Miller stays in St Louis BUT there is also the chance they switch teams without a trade being made.
        Bonino is the #2 center and progressing well. Koivi has been mostly #3 and
        sometimes #4. Rackell will be up next year. As much as I like Kessler don’t see it.

        • agree.
          goalies will likely re-sign where they are.
          Kesler won’t be traded to a divisional team. With lots of young centers now (both roster and prospects), they could try to trade Kesler for a legit top 6 sniper, although loosing Kesler is a huge loss down the middle.
          As a fan, I’d hope they keep Kesler and sign or trade Edler+ for a top6 winger and ice a competitive top 2 lines (i.e. Hanson, Higgins, Burrows, Mathias, etc. are great 3rd liners but should not be in the top 6 on a contending team).


    Ehrhoff, Weber and McBain are the only defensemen in a Sabres uniform that could be dealt in the offseason. Doubt anyone wants Weber though.

  4. Spitballing here at 730 in the morning but how about Edmonton moves eberle and yaks for Myers, stewert and a first rounder? It’s too early in the morning to decide if it is an overpayment of not. I’d much prefer for Edmonton to move rnh but that a personal displeasure with the kid. Edmonton needs more size, buffalo has so many bloody picks they can add young nhl pieces for players they will move anyway. Adding the first rounder is for control of the players with their current contracts. I do think it helps both teams. Buffalo, as much as I hate to say it as a leafs fan, can do so many big things right now with their stockpiling of picks