Given the lack of NHL trade rumors from the mainstream media today, here’s a look at what’s being bandied about in the blogosphere. Enjoy!
HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: “Eklund” claims sources have told him the Chicago Blackhawks have interest in Shane Doan and Evander Kane, and are putting together “a huge offer” for the latter. He acknowledged reports claiming Kane hasn’t asked for a trade, but suggests it appears the door is a bit open for that possibility….Sources on two coasts claim the Maple Leafs are talking to the Canucks about Roberto Luongo again. One source tied Luongo to Doan, suggesting if Doan signs with them it could speed up the necessity to move Luongo…The Flyers might not be done addressing their defense depth and “offer sheets are just one scenario”…The Bruins could be close to a signing, though he wouldn’t say who it would be, though it “should be relatively obvious”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Give the CBA negotiations and the effect it’s had upon the free agent and trade markets, I don’t see any teams putting together “a huge offer” for anyone right now. I doubt the Blackhawks have plans to add another young forward when they’ve already got several in their system (Marcus Kruger, Andrew Shaw, Jimmy Hayes) they wish to evaluate this season.
I don’t believe the Jets will move Kane. Remember, this time last year, it was Zach Bogosian who was still unsigned, prompting lots of trade rumors – including a silly one tying him to Scott Gomez of the Montreal Canadiens – yet Bogosian was re-signed just before training camp opened…I agree that if Doan signs with the Canucks, it could pressure them to shed Luongo’s salary. The Canucks currently have just over $2.4 million in available cap space…The Flyers could continue to address its blueline depth, but having gone the offer sheet route and failed with Shea Weber, they won’t waste their time trying it again…It’s been rumored the Bruins could be close to a contract extension with Tyler Seguin.
BLEACHER REPORT: JB Webber explains how the Toronto Maple Leafs could use Nazem Kadri as trade bait, suggesting Calgary, Carolina or Winnipeg could have interest. He suggested packaging Kadri with Matthew Lombardi or Tim Connolly for Carolina’s Jeff Skinner, or bundling him in a multi-player bid for Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hurricanes aren’t trading Skinner, whom they re-signed to a multi-year deal, and the Flames aren’t moving Kiprusoff. I agree Kadri could potentially because a trade chip, but forget about him landing players of the caliber of those two.