NHL Rumors from the Blogosphere – Tuesday, September 13, 2011.

The latest blogosphere roundup, today focusing on Brad Marchand, Mike Modano,Drew Doughty and Alexander Semin, plus suggested moves the Penguins could make if Sidney Crosby fails to return this season. Enjoy!

BLEACHER REPORT: Nicholas Goss lists 11 potential trades the Pittsburgh Penguins could make if Sidney Crosby misses the entire season to post-concussion symptoms. Among the suggested options: trading for Calgary’s Jarome Iginla or Alex Tanguay, Edmonton’s Ryan Whitney, Winnipeg’s Nik Antropov or Montreal’s Andrei Kostitsyn.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While it’s always possible the Penguins could use the opportunity to go over the salary cap to bring in additional depth if Crosby should go on LTIR for the entire season, it’s certainly a worst case scenario at this point, and not one the Penguins are seriously entertaining at this time. As for the players suggested in the piece, most are currently unobtainable or wouldn’t provide a significant upgrade. 

Scott Semmler meanwhile listed the Minnesota Wild, Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, San Jose Sharks and Detroit Red Wings as teams which “could be interested in Mike Modano”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If those, or any other, NHL teams had interest in Modano, they would’ve signed him or invited him to training camp by now. That ship has sailed.

GATHER.COM: Larry Seely claimed a recent Bleacher Report has the LA Kings making a deal that would ship Drew Doughty to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and also claimed “the latest rumor” had the Detroit Red Wings attempting to acquire Alexander Semin from the Washington Capitals.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bleacher Report never claimed the Kings were “making a deal” with the Maple Leafs regarding Doughty, or anyone else for that matter. It merely suggested the Leafs might be among four teams which would be interested in acquiring Doughty if the Kings were to shop him. Big difference. As for Semin, he’s not going anywhere at this time, and quite frankly, unless he struggles this season or the Capitals get a deal too good to pass up, I don’t see him being dealt this season

HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: “Eklund” claims the Boston Bruins aren’t “shopping” Brad Marchand, but are listening to offers. He claims Toronto, Winnipeg, Anaheim, Minnesota, Colorado and St. Louis are interested.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I wouldn’t doubt there might be some teams calling the Bruins to inquire into Marchand’s availability. I still believe he’ll be re-signed.


  1. I agree, most of those players are either no upgrade, not going to happen or are simply not worth the price of admission. Frankly, I would only be making some of those deals IF Crosby does come back this year since I don’t see the benefit otherwise (How does Ryan Whitney replace Crosby??). If Crosby goes on LTIR, it will be extremely disappointing (outside of the fact it is for health reasons), but not something that will make us loose the season. The team is structured well with good depth and play a hardworking, team first game. With Crosby, the team excels and is flat out dangerous, but without, the team should be strong enough to compete every night.

    As for Modano, he should call Dallas and see if they’d be interested. Come back, play a couple of games – either make a go of it the rest of the season making it well known this is the end of the line and go out properly or give people those last couple and move on. Sadly, at this point I think he may be on borrowed time.

  2. I find the articles people write that list a couple teams that would be interested in a player like doughty laughable. Fact is every single team is interested in trading for doughty or any other half decent player. It just depends on if the price is right.

    I am going to try and get a job writing hockey reports and every day I will come up with with the same article with a different player and interested teams. Let’s try

    “If Pittsburgh decides to shop Malkin, the Canadiens, Redwings, and San Jose sharks could be interested in trading for him.”

    “Should Stamkos become available the Jets, Canucks and Flames all would consider making an offer for him.”

    “The Tampa bay Lightning, New york rangers, and Buffalo Sabres are a few of the 6 or 7 possible teams that might want to add the Sedin twins to their roster.”

  3. @Innovator

    That joke is getting old …..

  4. Spec– I’m now surprised to say that I have come to enjoy the Blogosphere rumours section with my morning coffee… I sit down, read the Blogosphere rumours section, and before reading your reply, think up why in the h-e-double-hockeysticks that that trade makes no sense… the top reasons are: 1.) that trade makes no sense from a cap standpoint for one or both teams; 2.) that trade makes no sense from a team “needs” standpoint; 3.) that trade makes no sense because of the player’s NMC/NTC in effect; and, 4.) that trade makes no sense because you are banking on at least one GM and his entire organization getting a momentary case of stupidity to make the trade. And then I read your response and compare notes. Good fun.

  5. I don’t see Sid coming back before 2012. My thoughts on a most likely trade are leaning towards Grabovski in TOR.

  6. Ummm what the.. Would Ryan Whitney do for The
    Penguins?? What are these bloggers smoking? Whitney isn’t a center.. Nor is Edmonton trading him anytime soon. Can I have goss’ job?!?

  7. Lets not forget that Whitney was dealt for Kunitz a couple of years back since they had a crowded blueline at the time and going into the future. This still holds true today with a lot of depth both in the farm and no the big club. Edmonton has no interest in moving him (I’m surprised they didn’t draw a link between the Pens and Hemsky more than anything) since Whitney is going to QB the 1st unit and there is no immediate replacement. Clearly this was some moron shooting his mouth off and tacking players onto a list.