NHL Sunday Rumor Roundup – March 10, 2013.

The latest on Jarome Iginla, Corey Perry, Kris Versteeg, Mike Smith, Sergei Gonchar, Brandon Dubinsky, Alex Kovalev and more.

Will Mike Smith re-sign with the Coyotes this season?

Will Mike Smith re-sign with the Coyotes this season?

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports two league executives claim Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon is willing to listen to all offers as his club is virtually eliminated from the playoff race only three weeks from the trade deadline. Other than Jonathan Huberdeau, Erik Gudbranson, Jacob Markstrom and Drew Shore, everyone else is considered available. Garrioch claims Kris Versteeg is being shopped and they were prepared to move Stephen Weiss prior to his season-ending wrist injury…Pending UFA goalie Mike Smith wants assurances the Coyotes won’t be moved before committing to a new contract with them…The Colorado Avalanche could move quickly to shop Ryan O’Reilly after February 28, 2014…Columbus Blue Jackets new GM Jarmo Kekalainen apparently wants to move Brandon Dubinsky’s $4.2 million per season contract…Rumor has it Flames GM Jay Feaster has held talks with at least one team to determine Jarome Iginla’s trade value…The Blues, Hurricanes and Rangers are in the market for a defenseman…The potential high asking price for Corey Perry (Garrioch guesses it’ll be a first round pick, two top prospects, a player to help the Ducks now) could ensure he’s not moved by the trade deadline…Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis won’t move pending UFAs Tyler Bozak and Clarke MacArthur. Defensemen Mike Komisarek and John-Michael Liles is another story…The Hurricanes could be willing to move Jussi Jokinen.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’d add Dmitry Kulikov among those the Panthers won’t move, but otherwise I wouldn’t be surprised if they tried to dump some salary…Can’t blame Smith for wanting assurances about the Coyotes future in Glendale. Don’t expect the Coyotes to move him at the deadline if he’s not re-signed by then. They need him if they’re to make the playoffs this season…If O’Reilly becomes the Avalanche’s best player next season, do they still move him? I say, “nay-nay!”…Dubinsky’s salary will be tough to move unless the Blue Jackets are willing to absorb part of it…I’m at the point where I’ll believe Iginla’s being shopped when he’s actually dealt. These rumors about Iginla have been ongoing for two years and nothing’s come of it…The high asking price for Perry is one thing, but I believe the Ducks don’t want to move him when they’ve got a shot at a Stanley Cup run this season…Liles’ contract is longer than Komisarek’s, and if the Leafs are willing to pick up part of the latter’s salary for next season (the last on his contract), they might find a taker…Jokinen for Komisarek? 

OTTAWA SUN: Garrioch also reports Senators GM Bryan Murray has been working the phones but is unsure if he’ll be a buyer, seller or a bit of both leading up to the trade deadline. Pending UFA blueliner Sergei Gonchar could be dealt if Murray decides to sell, while a couple of teams are thought to have interest in Colin Greening.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gonchar and Greening won’t be going anywhere if the Senators are still holding a playoff berth by April 3.

CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis reports the Flames and Jarome Iginla have not yet begun contract extension talks. Francis believes Iginla has little over a week to inform the Flames if he’ll re-sign, otherwise it’ll set in motion his trade.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It comes down to the willingness of the Flames front office to move Iginla, and his willingness to accept a trade.

KUKLA’S KORNER: CBC’s Elliotte Friedmann reports the Anaheim Ducks want to re-sign Corey Perry, but it probably won’t get done before the trade deadline. Glenn Healy believes Perry could get $9.25 million per season.

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks estimates Perry could get a seven-year contract worth between $9.5-$10 million per season on the open market.

NATIONAL POST: Michael Traikos speculates on possible moves by the Maple Leafs at the trade deadline. The obvious assumption is center Tim Connolly is on the market. As for a pending UFA like Clarke MacArthur, Traikos speculates he won’t be moved for a draft pick, but GM Dave Nonis might be willing to move him for a player who could help the Leafs now, like San Jose’s Ryane Clowe. He also believes Mike Komisarek and John-Michael Liles is available, and wondered if Nonis could move Mike Kostka with Jake Gardiner waiting in the wings.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Traikos also points out the return from injury of Matt Frattin and Joffrey Lupul could also have an effect upon possible moves by the Leafs. As  long as they stay in playoff contention, the Leafs won’t engage in any fire sales. If they move a player, they’ll try to get back a player to help them make the playoffs.

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Ryan Getzlaf’s new deal will affect the Penguins efforts to re-sign Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang by next summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Pens were going to find it difficult to re-sign both well before Getzlaf signed his deal. Re-signing Malkin could make it difficult to find the cap space to re-sign Letang, and vice versa. It could also have a significant impact upon the Penguins overall depth. That’s prompted some speculation the Penguins could shop Letang this season, but that’s just absurd. They won’t trade their best d-man now, especially when he still has a year left on his contract.

MIAMI HERALD: George Richards reports Alex Kovalev remains listed on the Florida Panthers roster, but he’s no longer with the team and is exploring other options. If Kovalev finds another team which wants him, the Panthers would try to accommodate him. Retirement is also a possibility for Kovalev.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kovalev’s career seemingly has more lives than a cat, but I’ll be very surprised if another NHL team takes a chance on him now.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers apparently aren’t planning any trades to address their immediate concerns.

NEWOBSERVER.COM’s Chip Alexander recently reported the following via Twitter: “Rutherford said Canes may look to upgrade defense but noted many other teams trying to do same. Said could add a “depth” goalie.”


  1. If the caps fallout of contention(even more) do you think the leafs would try to pick up riberio? I know he is a ufa this summer, but if the leafs are in a solid spot 4-6 he could really help them finish strong and help them in the (cross my fingers) playoffs. I don’t think it would cost to much to get him out of wash maybe a decent prospect? also I like kulemin but i think hes going to join his buddy malkin in a year in pitts. We all Know Toronto is not getting malkin, so why not consider moving him to the penguins??

    • Ribiero is decent in the regular season but he has no heart when it comes playoff time. The guy is more concerned with what his hair looks like than throwing a check. The other thing is he’s small and we have an abundance of small centres. I say pass

      • exactly. and to be fair, ribero has fallen out of favor with every team he has played for. he won’t last in toronto. he needs to go away

        • Agreed. I think I would puke if the leafs acquired Ribiero. Won’t happen.

          • Agreed.

            Anyone remember when he was with Montreal several year’s back and was rolling around on the ground screaming after a hit, only to get up later laughing and taunting the other team?

            I say pass. He’s a joke.

  2. People are going to be pretty surprised this summer when nobody’s offering Perry between 9 and 10 million.

    I struggle to believe he’ll command more than 8. The way he played last year, and his ppg pace this year, I wouldn’t pay him more than 7.5…

    Nashville should take a long hard look at him.

    • I to agree 9-10 million dollar contract way to much. I am suprised getz got his 8 plus mil, I know they are both good players but com on. They are not stamkos, crosby, malkin. they are close but i think 8 mil is the most i would pay for perry on a 5 year deal.

    • I completely agree. They overpaid Getzlaf by quite a bit. I’m surprised, especially when the cap is going down.

      All you need to do is look at Ovechkin. When he signed his deal he was worth the money ($9.5M), now he’s not. I can’t imagine why anybody except the Rangers would offer that kind of money to Perry. He’s well under a point per game for the span of his career and he’s only got to 50 goals once.

      • And the Rangers hands are tied in other contracts.

        • As much as i hate the Rangers, their hands are never tied. They have very deep pockets and have the option to do a compliance buyout of anyone they want to make room for Perry (Richards is the first to come to mind), also they could trade Gaborik for a centreman if they decided to go the Perry route.

          • With obstacles like these, teams should start focusing on multi team deals. A team gets a centerman, a team gets a goalie, a team gets a winger, etc. A rough not-going-to-happen example would be (just to give an example in general). Maybe even include bad contracts they each team would like to rid themselves of (player needing change of scenery).

            To Toronto: Perry + Little + Hainsey + Hiller
            To Anaheim: Kessel + Wheeler + Liles + Reimer
            To Winnipeg: Cogliano + Kulemin + Komisarek

            This isn’t a trade that would even happen in NHL13, but just throwing something out there, that just involves 3 teams working together to be a little more satisfied in a return for giving up someone(s) they’d not normally really consider.

          • OMG Winnipeg getting the shaft there!

  3. So Garrioch is saying that the Panthers are willing to listen to any offers for basically their whole roster, save the core youth? Yes, Bruce, because it is so easy to trade a bunch of players and fill empty slots in the off-season.

    Obviously if the trade makes sense then Tallon will do it, but i doubt he’ll just dump players like Versteeg, Fleischmann, and Kopecky. Fleischmann also has a NMC.

    Goaltending needs to be addressed.
    Injuries killed this team, and now on D it’s killing this team.

    No reason to just blow it up. A lame half season. Tallon knows better. He will cut the dead wood, but otherwise he knows that he has two potential scoring lines next season with Versteeg, Fleischmann, Mueller, Versteeg, and Huberdeau.

    Weiss’s UFA market value just jumped up quite a bit with Getzlaf off the market.

  4. With Getzlaf’s deal I’m not convinced that Perry won’t re-sign. Last time Perry and Getzlaf signed identical deals in both money and length. There’s no way Perry is going to take less money than Getzlaf. If he wanted to re-sign and take the same money as Getzlaf, I suspect it would be done by now. So he’s either holding out for more money than Getzlaf makes, or he’s not interested in re-signing. And I’ve heard that the Ducks are operating on an internal cap that’s below the actual salary cap, so I doubt that the Ducks will shell out $16M+ on two players.

  5. Unlike the Parise situation, Anaheim is going to consider dealing Perry because they essentially know he won’t re-sign while Parise completely conned the Devils. Anaheim, with this contract, essentially knows they’re going to lose Perry, so they’re probably going to deal him for a first and a couple of rosters, maybe a prospect in there.

    • They should. It would be a huge mistake to lose Perry for nothing.

      I wonder if we could see the first ever sign-and-trade. If Perry wanted to go to a specific team, say Toronto, he’d be worth a whole lot more signed.

  6. Perry will get 8-8.75 mill per. On a 7year deal because I think the Ducks made their choice for who they are keeping. Unless they shop Ryan.

    The Canadiens may be players for perry of he hits the market. After their second compliance buyout of Kaberle they will have 16 million to sign guys including Desharnais and a depth D

  7. Nonis would be crazy to look at trading Bozak, he’s a talent and a fan favorite in toronto, it’s been the first time in about 5 season’s we’ve had a center who could be reliable, he truly deserves a new deal, i assume he could squeeze about a 4 year 16 million dollar contract with a 4 mill a year salary, he knows he isn’t a superstar and that 4 million a year would truly be a upgrade from the 1.5 he recieves this year. sure kadri will demand a higher about of salary but how much? Dave Nonis isn’t like most GM’s a player has a good season so give him 5 mill a year, Nazem kadri isn’t worth anymore than the 4 mill a year either he may go higher i wouldn’t give him anymore than 4 million unless he signs past 4 years, the leafs will find the salary to accommodate both centers with the moving of Tim Connelly and his 4.75 M cap hit, they will have 1.5 M free up once retaining Lombardi’s salary, maybe even moving Nikolai Kulemin to the third line ( he’s a true two way winger ) he could play well i’d like to see what Kulemin-grabo-komorav could do as a two way third line, i know 5.5 M is alot to pay for your third line center but thats a lesson learned by the leafs. for the rest of the Buds i don’t think Clarke MacArthur is going to be an expensive resign, and he’d be a huge loss if he was traded. Komarov is a cheap resign and the fans have grown attached to the mystery man from estonia. with colten orr and david steckel pending ufas this season look for Frazer Maclaren to resign to play the 4th line with Jay McClement, on the blue line Carl Gunnarson could be looking in the 3.5-4 M range, Cody Franson deserves the 3-3.5 M range especially with how poorly he was treated in his first year here, Mike Kostka i expect to be traded to a team looking for some defensive depth, Detriot, St. Louis, maybe even New Jersey, with not much of a return maybe a 3rd rounder due to not knowing what Kostka will be like next year (only 25 games at NHL level) and finally Mark Fraser will only likely recieve a 3 year deal worth about 2 M per making him an easy sign. the leafs at the deadline should already have their goals, move Komi maybe for a 3rd line rental, movie Liles for a 2nd rounder, move kostka for a 3rd or some depth up front, and connolly might be worth a 2nd or 3rd as well, ( he could be a good 3rd liner for most teams )

    • Did you not see Bozak in the shoot out last night? The guy is a face off man and a penalty killer and you want to pay him $4MM? He is worth $2MM as a third line checker along with Kulemin and Komorov. They are all worth the same.

      Dumping Garbovski on a third line checking role is brutal. The Leafs are better off trading him if that’s the plan. He should be given the opportunity to center JVR and Lupul when he’s back. If he can’t raise his game then buy him out this summer as one of the amnisty deals. Kadri should be given the opportunity to center Kessel and Frattin. MacArthur is trade bait.

      No one wants Komi let alone for a 3rd he will be bought out. Lyles will not bring back a 2nd they will be lucky to unload his salary as it stands now.

      • St. Louis, Ottawa, Detroit, are all in the market for a dman, the lineup of defenceman aren’t great for market value, Nonis would be smart to hold out and come deadline day there will be offers for Komi and liles, Komi is a good depth role guy and liles can stilll quarterback a power play, as for grabo he could fit with lupul and jvr or lupul and frattin i don’t know if the leafs are gonna wanna break up Kessel and JVR.

      • LOL you make no sense. Saying Bozak is worth no more then Kulimen and should be paid 2mill a year while toting the great Grabovski the guy who is making 5.5 mill playing on the third line with a lower plus minus lower face off percentage less points and yet again a small center and saying he should be the number 1 guy?..ridiculous

        • Are you saying you think Bozak is a 1st line centre? He clearly in not! I don’t think BG is saying Grabovski is worth his 5.5M, but if he is going to be paid like a 1st/2nd liner, he needs to be given that opportunity. If he can’t handle the responsibility, then management can see that and can use one of their buy outs on him this summer. I agree. This would be the smartest way to do it.

          • As far as the smartest way to do it …what if you put Garbovski on the line and he still dosent produce?…you know he is not a top line Centre you probably know you have overpaid him and now you can’t even trade him for a bag of pucks because every scout in the league has now seen him play with your most talented players, at least if you leave him where he is in the line up you can maybe pedal him to another GM by saying he really dosent have the opertunity to play that role with the emergence of Kadri playing the second line center and Bozak in his normal role. Not to mention what message is that sending to the rest of the team? That if you get paid more than the other guy you must be top line material…Komisarek gets paid more then most of the other D you think he should get more minutes too?

        • By the same token you could say the same thing about McClement or Komarov….Bozak while not being a number 1 center probably the best suited for that role the leafs have so by default he is the guy. You don’t base who is going to play center on your top line on a shoot out…

          • I think everyone agrees Grabovski is not worth 5.5 mill and with his production this year he has shown that he really dosent deserve the opportunity to play on a line that while not great at times is starting to show some results and chemistry in the past few games again. Who knows what Nonis will do with Grabo and his contract but I am sure I wouldn’t be messing around to much with my top 2 lines in a year that they have showed some improvement based on the fact that a guy missed on a shoot out…ridiculous

  8. Re: Perry
    1) Bob Murray got snowed and lost Justin Schultz and got NOTHING in return.
    Don’t see this happening twice within a year.
    2) Getz’s and Perry have been tied to the hip since they were drafted, now that is changed.
    Guess is that Anaheim knew they could not afford to sign both, and overpaid for Getz
    as they need a face to the franchise for the next several years. They do have four or
    five upcoming forwards such as Smith-Pelly, Holland, Etem, Palmieri, Rakell, even Kevin Roy
    at Northeastern is having a great year, so the farm system has forward talent, not to
    mention Bobby Ryan is still here.
    3) Perry has said that he wants to play closer to home and if that is the case it boils down to
    Toronto. Ottawa or Montreal. I find Ottawa to be interesting as it was Bryan Murray who drafted
    Perry and Perry would be perfect as a franchise face replacing Alfredsson. Think of the powerplay
    next few years of Karlsson feeding Spezza and Perry. Also, have heard from others that Ottawa is not
    happy with Anderson in goal and want to bridge the gap between now and when Lehner is ready, IF and I
    say if that is true how about a deal of

    To: Ottawa Perry (sign and trade) + Hiller
    To: Anaheim Bishop, Michalek, Ottawa’s #1 2013 pick and a future pick or prospect.

    Anaheim can let Hiller go since Fasth is playing well and they are paying way to much in the
    goalie area. Bishop would be backup, and Michalek would replace Perry’s goal production.
    Ottawa could trade Anderson to fill another need or for a pick or two

    • i agree with you for the most part, as a leafs fan i’ve been amazed watchign the sens pay, it is amazing what mclean has done tot hat team. the onyl thing i disagree to is the price for perry. if it is a sign and trade, it’ll be a first, second, silverberg, puempel plus. the good thing is ottawa does have the depth to make that kind of trade. kudos to them

      • I think Ottawa would be very reluctant to include Silfverberg in a trade however moving a goalie for a good prospect or a pick(s) then including them in a package might make sense. I haven’t heard anything that would suggest the team is unhappy with Anderson though (?). There have been some armchair G.M.’s that have suggested the team should move him and keep the younger Bishop but I’m quite confident that G.M. Murray neither listens to them or us for that matter! Lehner is clearly viewed as the goalie of the future and the team will need to move Bishop or Anderson before next season to make a spot for him. My bet is Bishop but you never know…

    • @Alforducks

      I think you’re spot-on with Getzlaf. They needed a face to the franchise.

      Going with Fasth is risky though. Jim Carey (the Caps and Bruins goalie not the actor), Jose Theodore, and Steve Mason come to mind. If you trade Hiller and Fasth turns back into a pumpkin, Anahiem will have a problem.

      I also agree that the Ducks have enough young talent that they can afford to let Perry go. If Koivu and Selanne are gone next year, Anaheim will have a lean year or two, but they won’t go through a devastating rebuild like other teams. They also need to have money left over to sign Ryan in a few years. They have to pick and choose at this point, and if Perry isn’t intent on staying, you have to look to the future.

    • But none of these trades include any Leaf players…what gives?…this cant be true.

  9. Can’t see the Ducks moving Perry unless someone blows their socks off with a sniper coming back the other way.

    It will amaze me if Perry hits the market and someone pays him $8M+. He is still a fantastic player but to pay one player $8MM for 30 goals and 75 points for the next 5 to 7 years just ends up saddling the team with tough choices everytime another teammate’s contract comes due. I would rather have two lines filled with guys like Lupul, JVR and Bobby Ryan at $5MM each then have 3 Perry’s at $8MM and 3 nobodies at $2MM. I hope Nonis doesn’t go out this summer and over pay for Perry if he really does want to come to Toronto.

  10. If Perry’s going to be a sign and trade, I don’t think he gets moved for roster parts, but a major prospect (or two very good ones) and two rosters, or a one for one swap for a top line F.

  11. Perry is NOT gettting traded. What message would that send to the fans?
    Toronto will trade some defense for youth and/or draft picks. Nonis will always keep one eye on the future.
    The Off Season will determine if the Leafs can sign Kessel and/or Phaneuf. If it turns in to a one or the other situation then Phaneuf is gone especially if Perry considers playing in Toronto.

  12. With Malkin going down lastnight, Iggy will be heading to Pittsburgh within the next 7-12 days. Pittsburgh needs the extra depth either way and they have a major hole to fill without Malkin in the lineup. Calgary’s season will be pretty much decided in the next 5 games, they play Kings, Redwings, Predators (twice), and the Stars. All of them are just ahead of Calgary in the standings, where Calgary sits five points back with two games in hand. If the game results go like yesterday, all games Calgary wanted to end in 2pt games all ended in a three point game which kills them, especially when they lose their own game The biggest thorn in the flames side so far this season has been consistantcy, one game they look awesome, next game a bunch of AHL’ers.
    Being a die hard Flames fan, i cant imagine Iggy playing for another team but he deserves a shot, even Kipper for that matter. If I was feaster i would seriously look at moving Glencross, JBO, Giridano, sarich, Kipper, Iggy, Babchuk, Stajan, Comeau. Put a for sale sign up and say no UNREASONABLE offer will be rejected. I’m not saying blow the roster up and go all youth…hasnt worked out to well for the Oilers. But move some out and get a different atmosphere in the room, I like Hartley and what he has done so far…most nights the Flames are fun to watch but i think some of the players are just there collecting a paycheck.

  13. It is my belief that b burke/ d nonnis have a deal with anheim
    Grabovski kulemin and Gardner for perry, but with the emergence of fasth the leafs will try and get hillier included for Reiner but this part may wait til end of season

  14. How about leafs explore a trade with Calgary for kiprssoff
    Say reiner ,Connelly and kostka

  15. How about a leaf San Jose trade
    Logan couture, Ryan cloweand a2or3 pick for Kessel and kulemin

  16. Kulemin to pittsburg for a 1st pick then leafs trade llies and connelly and Pitts burgs 1st for Columbus 1st

    • Trade two highly overpaid spare parts that can’t make the leafs and a low pick to a broke team for a top 5 pick in a deep draft? Why would Columbus tie up 8+ million in two guys that will be bought out and can be signed for much less and pick lower because of it? I also doubt Kulemin would get a 1st rounder. But, if he did, in order for Toronto to get Columbus’ pick that deal would work if you took out Connolly and Liles and replaced them with Reilly and say Bozak.

  17. How about dion phaneuf to Edmonton on draft day for their 1st round pick

  18. hahahahahahahah
    wow.. have some of you ever even seen hockey?
    phanoof for any teams 1st?
    couture being moved out of san jose with kessel even mentioned in the same breath?

    yeesh.. at least these postings are good for a laugh!

  19. Just because Ana went KRAZY with Getzlaf’s contract, it doesn’t mean at all contracts signed after it need to be based off of it. That kind of stupidity is what ends up causing the lockouts in the first place. Is Getzlaf worth more that Crosby? Getzlaf makes more… So, se… you do not need to base contracts off of each other.

    However, if push comes to shove, I would sign Letang and get a decent return in a trade of Malkin.

  20. Detroit is not in the market for a defenseman. Already have too many now that no one has been hurt in the last 36 hours…that I know of…

  21. Phaneuf for a bag of pucks would be more likely.

  22. How long has Toronto had a team? You would think that their fans would at least have some sense of a players worth. Somebody wrote that MacArthur could get them Ryan Clowe!! OMG what are you thinking. TO hasn’t got anyone worth a Ryan Clowe. I’m sorry but I cringe inside when I read these trade ideas.