NHL Rumors – Sunday, January 22, 2012.

Latest on the Devils, Sabres, Flames, Ducks, Kings, Canadiens, Avalanche, Stars, Lightning, and Penguins.

NEW YORK POST: Devils captain Zach Parise said he hopes the Devils don’t cut payroll if the league advances the team money to cover its operating costs. If they were to cut payroll, they probably couldn’t afford to re-sign Parise.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Expect this to further stoke the rumors of Parise getting moved by the trade deadline. I still believe the Devils won’t move him while they’re in the thick of the playoff chase, but if they do, it’ll be a significant indicator of just how serious the Devils money problems really are.

CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis reports of speculation the Buffalo Sabres might move goaltender Ryan Miller, but most executives believe if such a move occurs, it’ll be in the off-season, not now. Francis believes the Maple Leafs and Lightning would have interest in Miller if he’s available this summer…Francis also reported Olli Jokinen would like to re-sign with the Flames, as his agent recently met with Flames GM Jay Feaster to talk contract. Jokinen is eligible for UFA status this summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree with those who doubt Miller get moved during this season. Maybe this summer, but that’s going to depend on who’s in the management chair by that point, and if team owner Terry Pegula wants a serious overhaul…I think there’s a good chance Jokinen will be re-signed by the Flames, as he and his family love it in Calgary, and he’s enjoyed a career resurgence there. The Flames surprised everyone by re-signing Alex Tanguay last year, so I could see them keeping Jokinen in the fold.

Are Visnovsky's days as a Duck numbered?

ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports via Twitter the Ducks re-signing Francois Beauchemin to an extension raises the possibility Lubomir Visnovsky could be in play by the trade deadline.

LA KINGS INSIDER: Rich Hammond wondered what the future holds for Kings backup goalie Jonathan Bernier, who’s seen limited action this season. Hammond wondered if the Kings might trade him, and if he’s played enough games to merit a strong trade offer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There would certainly be considerable interest in Bernier if he’s shopped, but Hammond makes a good point about the quality of return the Kings might get for him. I doubt they’ll shop him during this season.

DENVER POST: Adrian Dater reports Montreal Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier was scouting the recent Avalanche-Kings game, noting the Habs won’t be playing either club again this season. Scouts from “Toronto, Pittsburgh, Boston, St. Louis and the Rangers” were also in attendance…Dater also examines the pros and cons of the Avalanche making significant moves at the trade deadline, and believes their best option would be to stand pat.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens are believed to be “sellers”, which could mean they might have something the Kings or Avalanche want (Moen? Kostitsyn? Gill?). Perhaps the Avs might make a move near the deadline, but given how they’re still in the thick of the playoff chase, they might take Dater’s advice and stick with what they’ve got. You can bet the presence of those scouts will fuel the Paul Stastny trade rumors, but again, I don’t believe the Avs would make a move that drastic while in pursuit of a playoff berth.

ESPN.COM: cited Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News suggesting the next three-four weeks will determine if the Stars become buyers or sellers by the deadline. If they go into “sell” mode, Heika suggested forward Brenden Morrow and defensemen Sheldon Souray, Nicklas Grossman and Mark Fistric could be on the sell list.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I could see them move any of those defensemen, but I’m not sure the Stars would part with Morrow, who still has one year left on his contract.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Damian Cristodero suggested St. Louis Blues minor league goalie Ben Bishop make be a goalie option for the Lightning to consider, though he might not come cheap. Bishop is eligible to become a Group VI UFA this summer.

TBO.COM: Erik Erlendsson reports Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has no intention of sacrificing draft picks and top prospects for a quick fix.

POST-GAZETTE: Dave Molinari has a list of player who might be available as trade targets for the Penguins heading toward the trade deadline.


  1. As much as I’d like to see Leaf killer Ryan Miller in goal for us, I’m highly doubtful he would ever come to Toronto as I believe his wife lives in California so it would make more sense to trade him out of the Conference than to a division rival

  2. I like Bishop, but it’s more likely to be a goalie with more NHL experience.

  3. The Sabres would regret trading Miller, IMO

  4. Kings need to get some scoring cause this a joke here are some trades we should do
    kings &buffalo
    boyes for stoll
    kings & lightning
    connolly & Malone for voynov & beriner
    kings & maple leaf
    penner fot kuilman

  5. hahahaha if you honestly think burke would trade penner for kulemin your out to lunch

  6. My 1st thought with Gauthier was possibly Moen for Penner or Plekanec and Blunden or Nokelainen for Penner and Stoll, or Scuderi, let’s face it the Habs could use scoring or D.
    As for Bishop, wouldn’t this be the best move for Columbus. Mason to Peoria, Sanford with the No.1 and qualify Bishop as a RFA with 17 starts. But the Blues need scoring and would they trade in division.
    Last thought, the Bruins are definitely looking for a veteran D. Last year they signed a then injured Shane Hnidy before the play-offs as an insurance policy. They could also use a 3rd line forward, maybe a rental. Peverly and Pouliot have filled in on the 1st or 2nd lines capably.

  7. gravitymike: totally agree that PG was probably scouting LA for Penner. No idea what he would trade though, as I think you suggested could fetch more/better from other teams.

  8. Habsfan1 I have to admit my Habs going to LA is pretty much based on salary. Neither team has much leeway.

  9. I really am going to have to give my head a real good shake when anyone trades for Penner. C’mon, who in the right mind would take this guy. He hardly ever shows up, he is slow, he doesn’t hit very well for a big man, he can’t seem to deflect pucks coming to the net, his defensive game is only mediocre, can’t kill penalties, and most of all doesn’t seem to have his heart in the game. One of the worst trades Lombardi ever made.

  10. Stevie why doesn’t want to trade prospects or Picks…. I’m fine with that. But it would be nice if he traded some of our underachieving NHLers or even do prospect for prospect trade. I’m sure we could trade someone on our roster for a decent NHL goalie.

  11. Boyes for Stoll I thought you were a Kings fan.

  12. Unless a team can get an amazing deal on a goalie I don’t see why they would make a move at the deadline, just wait till the off season as there will be a lot of goalies avaliable. Here is a list of the ones I’ve came up with. Blues 1 of Halak, Elliott, Bishop. LA Bernier, Canucks Schneider, wild Harding, Nashville Lindback, buffalo either Enroth or miller, Chicago emery.
    With all these, maybe more bu I can’t think of them, goalies would be cheap in the summer right?

  13. As a devoted Avalanche fan, I would like to see the Avalanche organization make a move for a power forward. The hint that Rick Nash would waive his no trade clause to get out of Columbus makes my mouth water for him to come to Colorado to play. He is a big presence on the ice that the Avalanche need. The Avalanche have good young talent, but not enough mentors to guide them into the playoffs. Stastny is a good player with plenty of skill, but the Avs have plenty of skill that made Brandon Yip expendable. Why not Stastny? Skill gets the team so far, but without more grit on the team I am not holding my breath for the Colorado Avalanche to even be considered a playoff team. They cannot even figure out how to play against teams like the Nashville Predators.
    More change is needed for the Avalanche. The sense of experience will only come from a player that will lead the team into the playoffs, not just get them from game to game.

  14. There are a few teams that need to dump salary and ripe for some pickings mainly Montreal and Buffalo.There are some good players on these teams.But the gms gotta go.Im suprised both these teams have not fired the gms.So many bad signings and trades handcuffing any gm that comes in.Buffalo signing Ehrhoff and Leino to that much money and trading for Brad Boyes horrible deals.And Montreal wow so many bad contracts there Gomez and Kaberle the gm there should get a smack in the head.If they trade pleckanc they better get something really great.I dont understand the Ryan Miller trade rumours all that guy has done is stand on his head year after year ,so he has a bad year.You dont trade that good a goalie for one bad season.Besides that his defence has sucked in front of him.Do you think philly regrets siging Bryzgalov to that huge deal now.

  15. Morrow in Dallas is interesting. He has a little of everything but not special at anything. I could see him playing key roles in the playoffs. Not sure what he would go for but he could make the playing field a little more even in a ranger uniform battling the bruins. If the rangers continue to thrive in next three week I see a prospect and their first rounder being traded for him. A steep price but worth the risk for this year. Rangers will continue to hope for a philly vs Boston second round match