NHL Trade and Free Agent Rumors – February 12, 2012.

A list of players which might interest the Rangers…Bruins aren’t finding many trade partners…Knuble to Sharks?….Blues could look within for offensive help…Oilers close to re-signing Andy Sutton?…Wild could shop Brad Staubitz.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Pat Leonard lists Coyotes winger Ray Whitney, Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina, Canadiens blueliner Hal Gill and Sabres winger Brad Boyes as possible trade targets for the NY Rangers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kudos to Leonard for reporting a list of potential Rangers trade targets which makes sense, compared to some of the wild speculation currently out there (Rick Nash and Jeff Carter to Rangers! Zach Parise to Rangers in three-way trade!! Jarome Iginla to Blueshirts in shocker!!! Free unicorns for everyone!!!) in the blogosphere. As Leonard noted, these players currently aren’t available but could be if their respective teams fall out of playoff contention in the next two weeks. Certainly worth keeping an eye on. The Rangers won’t overspend, but I expect GM Glen Sather will make a move to add more depth to his scoring lines.

BOSTON HERALD: Stephen Harris reports there aren’t many potential trade partners for the Bruins at the present time, as there remain a large number of buyers and few sellers. Harris believes the Bruins could seek depth on defense, and listed Carolina’s Bryan Allen, Phoenix’s Adrian Aucoin, Calgary’s Scott Hannan, and the Islanders Milan Jurcina and Mark Eaton as possible options. As for forwards, Harris listed Whitney, Calgary’s Lee Stempniak and Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne as possibilities, while noting Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu might be unavailable.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Harris also deserves kudos for publishing a sensible listing of possible trade targets for the Bruins, all of which will depend upon how the teams those respective players currently toil for are doing in the standings by deadline day.

Could the Sharks have interest in Knuble?

CSNBAYAREA.COM: Kevin Kurz reports Washington Capitals winger Mike Knuble might make sense as a trade target for the San Jose Sharks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg. If Knuble’s available, the Sharks – or another team – might land him with a draft pick.

BLUES.NHL.COM: The St. Louis Blues could look to within to address their offensive needs, as GM Doug Armstrong wants to see how well his club performs when healthy. Forwards Andy McDonald and Alex Steen, currently sidelined by concussions, are expected to return to action soon.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples cited a report by Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos, claiming the Oilers are closing in on a one-year contract extension with defenseman Andy Sutton.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports the Wild are trying to trade winger Brad Staubitz, who recently cleared waivers, and could be sent down to their minor league affiliate.


  1. I spit coffee out on free unicorns for everyone. Thank you. Just wondering when the Rangers stopped overpaying ? History tell me that is all they do. Gomez ,Redden and even Richards even though he is paying off at 12 mill that is a steep price.

  2. 12 mill is a steep price but richards is a totaly diff type player than gomez and redden gomez was a good player in jersey but could not carry a team redden was a stupid signing just look he started with the islanders and richards is proven he can carry a team and play well he is in a slump now but will come out of it

  3. Similarities between Toronto and New York… Big hockey markets where crazy rumours of big name trades are abundent, and the end results are always disappointing! Oh yeah, impatient unrealistic fans who buy the jersey and become shareholders; another commonality.
    How can you possibly add the likes of Rick Nash without taking away a different piece of the puzzle. The Blue Jackets can’t give Nash away for picks, they need to sell seats and can’t afford a five year span with no superstar. Sadly the best deal for the Rangers that is realistic is for Hal Gill. Even more sad though is that Gill may really help the Rangers, which has to hurt Leaf Nation when you consider he was unwanted in Toronto.

  4. Regarding buyers and sellers, let’s see if the Leafs right the ship this week in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. If not, they join the sellers and, hopefully, Mr. Clutch, Ron Wilson’s days are numbered.

  5. I’d like to see Gill in Boston but don’t see us dealing with Montreal.
    I think Selanne isn’t physical enough would rather have a forward with alittle grit.
    Knuble would be a nice 3rd 4th line option and I like Stafford from Buffalo.

  6. Motocity….Rangers have overpaid for free agents granted….but I can think of any player that was “overpaid for” in a trade….

  7. Here is a great trade:

    Marleau – D. Murray – Justin Braun – 1st round pick
    Rick Nash – 3rd

  8. i dont really think the Rangers are in need of a defenseman so badly given their game is based on puck pressure and team denfense and of course they have Lundqvist in net too. I wouldnt say that Jeff Carter is out of the question especially seeing that hes disappointed in Colombus. Nash, yes would cost any team too much, but Carter would be a good fit, plays hard and has shown goal scoring abilities, Philly fans say he was a head case, but he loged a lot of ice time and scored a bunch of goals for them. Point being NYR need a sniper but he has to be able to conform to Tortarellas high pressure hit everything that moves, give up your body at all costs style of play or else he wont…

  9. Hey Sharkatack, would you want to move Marleau who has been your most consistent player over the last decade and would the Jackets part with Nash for correct me if Im mistaken a much older player in Marleau? I dont think the other 2 would be all that enticing but the 1st rounder might be enough, maybe if you included Couture in there it might more appealing to Colombus. As for overpaying, since the salary cap, no team can afford to spend foolishly like the Rangers of old used to. Its been nice the past few years watching them piece in the free agents around the core of homegrowns and drafts as opposed to the old lets buy a bunch of guys and piece in a few youngsters and expect instant dividends and then wonder why the young guys dont produce, get frustrated and either send them down or trade them.

  10. I’d wouldn’t mind the Pens getting Knuble for a pick…

  11. @ Jim
    A year or two ago I would have agreed with ya. At this point there is a surplus of bottom 6 forwards that he really wouldn’t get good playing time. They need to figure out how the Flyers “shut down” Pronger for the year and do the same for Crosby. Make a fairly aggressive move for Selanne, Whitney, Jones or Doan ( shooting wingers ) to play with Staal on the 2nd line.

  12. the NY Rangers will be buying up to trade deadline . the rangers are looking for certain type of players. if they could find away to pry kyle clutterbutt out of minny or get temmu selanne to wave his no trade to come to rangers another is paul guastad or a few others . any big deals will wait until off season. the jeff carter stuff makes me laugh . no GM is going to take on 10 YR contract during the season if you make a mistake you could hurt your team for such a long time . its the type of deal that gets GM s fired

  13. Lyle,

    Just curious with all the defenseman talk. Does anyone know what happened to Bryan McCabe? Did he retire, or is he waiting for someone to call. He just seemed to dissapear off the map. He might be a depth guy short term to get someone through who needs a veteran defenseman.

  14. McCabe hasn’t officially announced his retirement, but for all intent and purpose, he is.

  15. Seems like SJ has an interest in Gaustad – I can’t see Bflo doing any deals with the Rangers or Boston – although Darcy may talk if Boyle or Stephan is on the table. I would love to see a trade with San Jose Gaustad, Boyes and Gragnani for Logan Couture or Joe Pavelski or Ryan Clowe.