NHL Rumors – October 22, 2011.

The latest on the Flames,Senators and Rangers, plus an update on J.P. Dumont.

ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster admitted he’s working the phones and has been getting calls from other general managers. He refused to get into specifics, saying it wasn’t something he wanted to do and was still hopeful of winning with his current roster. Earlier in the week it was reported Feaster had been getting inquiries about winger Rene Bourque. Feaster said there’s an urgency to this season and he’s not about to sit and wait for his team to play its way out of an early season slump.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It appears Feaster is sending a message to his players, that he’s sincere about wanting to win with them, but they’re going to have to come up with results or else he will shake things up. If the current Flames players (those not names Iginla, Kiprusoff and Giordano) want to avoid being dealt, they’ll have to step up and win more often.

Could the Senators shop Alfredsson?

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch wondered if the Senators might try to trade team captain Daniel Alfredsson. He noted the 38-year-old Alfredsson has had a good start to the season, but suggested other factors ($4.875 million cap hit for this season and next, which remains in place next season if he should retire as he was over 35 when he signed his current contract, and his unwillingness to waive his “no-movement” clause”) could weigh against such a move.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting bit from Garrioch about Alfredsson having a “no-movement” clause, as CapGeek.com doesn’t show him having one. Regardless, the other points he raised certainly would make trading him difficult, though not impossible. Ultimately, it would come down to Alfredsson wanting to move, and as Garrioch suggested, he might wish to stay put and make a smooth transition into the front office.

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the continued absence of Marc Staal to post-concussion symptoms continues to leave a huge hole on their blueline, suggesting the Rangers might have to look at a replacement if Staal should remain out for a significant period. He suggested targeting the Nashville Predators, where there are questions about the Predators being able to re-sign either Ryan Suter or Shea Weber.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: Andrew Gross reports Sean Avery, who was recently demoted by the Rangers to their AHL affiliate in Hartford, said he’d only want to continue his NHL career with the Rangers, adding he’d have no problem playing for demanding head coach John Tortorella and would play for the league minimum if need be. Avery said his life is in New York.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Rangers would have a long wait if they hoped to pry Suter or Weber out of the Predators this season. While it remains uncertain about the Preds re-signing both guys, they’re in no hurry to move either one. As for Avery, I’ll be very surprised if he ever suits up for the Rangers again. Yes, he could get recalled later in the season if injuries mount, but it appears that if “Torts” has his way, Avery will finish the season in Hartford.

TSN.CA: Unrestricted free agent winger J.P. Dumont has agreed to a contract with Swiss team Bern, but the deal isn’t effective until Tuesday, meaning he could still sign with an NHL team before then.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see if he’s signed with an NHL club before Tuesday. I’m of the opinion he won’t, but a lot can happen over the next three days.


  1. It would be nice if Brooks would save his wacky trade requests for February. Or never. While it would be totally great to have Weber or Suter in a Rangers jersey, the Rangers lack the assets necessary to make a trade like that possible. Besides, the Rangers’ blueline hasn’t been particularly suspect this season. The offense wasn’t scoring, but they seem to have figured it out on this Western road trip

  2. @ chaas

    Im not a rangers fan by any means, but they definitely have the assets if they wanted to accquire those guys. They have two great centers in dubinsky and a young blue chipper by the name of derek stepan. I’m sure if the offered up one of those and afew picks, i’m sure they could pry one of them away.

  3. “The latest on the Flames, Oilers and Rangers, plus an update on J.P. Dumont.” … where is there anything in this article about the Oilers…?

  4. Alfredsson only moves if he requests it, which could happen but there will be no force out by the team and only if he chooses it. He’s still one of the best forwards on Ottawa and some games one of the best forwards on the ice for either team so there’s a good chance he may want to stay and play next season too. His salary is not a factor as Ottawa is near the cap floor. He’s truly an impressive athlete for a guy 39 years old so it may come down to how well he’s playing in January if he makes requests move to a contender.

  5. Scott: Because I meant to write “Senators”.

  6. @JimmyJones: They could probably pry one of them away, but I think the more likely asking price for either Weber or Suter is both Dubinsky and Stepan with said picks and possibly a prospect. In other words, a king’s ransom. As far as the pricetag, if Staal comes back in the next month then I think it’s entirely too much.

    But we’re missing the forest for the trees here. Brooks is musing about an unlikely scenario. The Predators aren’t going to give up on either of those guys while they’re still in the playoff picture. I’d be surprised to see either of them available before the end of the season at all. Brooks is just a tabloid writer if you ask me. The Eklund of pointless trade requests for my beloved Rangers.

    Guess I’m a tough critic!