NHL Rumors from the Blogosphere – October 4, 2011.

In this morning’s collection of blogoshere-generated NHL rumors: Three teams that could pry Cory Schneider out of Vancouver…Recent updates on Turris and Radulov…The Leafs and Oilers talking trade?

Could Schneider be playing elsewhere by season’s end?

BLEACHER REPORT: Joel Prosser recently listed three teams he believed could pry backup goalie Cory Schneider out of Vancouver, suggesting the Canucks could move him for an asset which could help them in the playoffs. He speculates the New Jersey Devils could offer up Zach Parise, who is currently on a one-year contract and eligible for UFA status. Steve Downie of the Tampa Bay Lightning might be of interest for the Canucks, who could use a gritty forward. The Bolts will eventually need a younger goalie to replace Dwayne Roloson. Finally, Prosser suggested the Winnipeg Jets might be willing to part with Dustin Byfuglien, as there are “rumblings” management wasn’t happy over Byfuglien’s arrest for BWI and his supposed weight issues.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks apparent intent for this season is to retain Schneider to reduce the workload Roberto Luongo could face this season, so I don’t expect he’ll be dealt unless the Canucks appear in danger of missing the playoffs by the trade deadline. I don’t believe the Devils will trade Parise, as both sides still appear keen to get a new deal done, but if they did trade him, the Canucks wouldn’t be able to afford to retain him, given how many high-salaried players are already on the Canucks payroll.  I doubt the Jets will part with “Big Buff”, especially if he performs as well as he did last season. I don’t doubt the Lightning could have interest in Schneider, but they might have to wait until next summer to make a bid for him, and it’s possible GM Steve Yzerman could consider other options.

HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: “Eklund” recently posted the Toronto Maple Leafs are talking to “quite a few teams” about forwards but the Edmonton Oilers appear the best fit. He claims the Oilers are after Carl Gunnarsson but the Leafs are reluctant to move him. He also reported the Leafs liked Gilbert Brule and Ales Hemsky, and it “could get interesting” if the Oilers took Jeff Finger. He also claimed the Predators were watching Alexander Radulov’s situation in the KHL closely and would welcome him back in a second.

“Eklund” also claimed Buffalo, Anaheim and Pittsburgh were interested in Phoenix’s Kyle Turris.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m a bit late posting this one. If the Leafs like Brule they could claim him off waivers. It doesn’t appear the Oilers are keen to move Hemsky at this point, and I doubt they would have any interest in Jeff Finger. As for the Leafs supposed reluctance to move Gunnarsson, reports out of Toronto keep citing him as a possible trade candidate…As for Radulov, I don’t believe he’ll be returning to the NHL this season, but if he does, he’d better do it before the season opener on Friday, or he’d better not play another KHL game after that date. Otherwise, he’d have to pass through waivers, and I doubt the Predators would want to take that gamble.

As for Turris, it makes no sense for the Penguins to have interest in him. Yes, Crosby is still sidelined, but he’ll be returning at some point this season, likely within the next month or so, and they already have Malkin and Jordan Staal at center, plus young Tyler Kennedy, who can play wing and center if needed. Makes no sense. Ditto the Sabres, who have Roy, Leino, Hecht and Gaustad. The Ducks have Getzlaf, Koivu and Cogliano as their top three centers.


  1. Does Tampa really have no faith in Tokarski or Desjardins?

  2. Probably not, especially since they cut desjardins loose this summer

  3. hey spec, any info on brett connolly? heard he could bump downie and play with stamkos. if so, i wouldnt mind grabbing him in 1 of my fantasy leagues…

  4. Tampa didn’t retain Desjardins because of health concerns. Tokarski had a decent training camp and Janus is a long shot at this point. I think Schneider or Enroth are options if Yzerman feels uneasy about giving Tokarski the job in the future.

    As for Brett, Boucher said today that IF (he said if) his GM was to keep him up, he’d start him on the third line with Ryan Shannon to start with. They are really impressed by him, but don’t think he’s ready to play the top defensive pairings quite yet. Looks like Downie may be the lucky one to start with Stammer and St. Louis while Purcell, Levavalier and Malone will be line 2.

  5. habsolutely416: You’re in luck, the Lightning have decided to keep Connolly on their roster, for at least the first nine games of the season. After that, they’ll have to decide if they’ll send him back to junior or keep him for the rest of the season.

  6. If anyone would be interested in Turris, I would think it was Dallas. If they could make a deal for Mike Ribeiro and ship out his $5 million salary, they could replace the gap left by Brad Richards and probably save a bit (Turris wants 3-4 million if I remember correctly). it’s gambling since Ribeiro should get 80 points this year, but if Turris was to live up to his potential, it would be worth it, especially with the depth Dallas has on the top end wing position. Anyway just a thought.