NHL Trade Rumours for October 19, 2011.

In today’s roundup of trade rumors from the mainstream media: There’s interest around the league in Calgary’s Rene Bourque and Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu, an update on the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Tampa Bay Lightning are shopping for blueline help, and the latest on Vancouver’s Cory Schneider.

 

On his way out of Calgary?

TSN.CA: Darren Dreger reports Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster isn’t going to wait for his team to play its way out of its current funk, noting the team has 12 players eligible for free agency next season, but Feaster wants to start making changes now. One name that’s been mentioned is physical winger Rene Bourque, as Dreger claims teams are interested and the Flames aren’t saying he’s off limits. Another top six forward who could be in play is Carolina Hurricanes winger Tuomo Ruutu, who’s struggling a bit adjusting to the new rules on hitting as he doesn’t want to risk a suspension. He’s earning a cap hit of $3.8 million this season, is slated for UFA status next summer, and the cost-conscious Hurricanes probably won’t re-sign him.

Pierre LeBrun meanwhile reported the Tampa Bay Lightning are seeking a top-four defenseman, given their recent defensive woes and the loss of veteran Mattias Ohlund, who is expected to be sidelined for up to six weeks. The problem is such blueliners are hard to come by, and LeBrun isn’t sure what they might be willing to part with to get one. Teams are contacting the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets, making inquiries about forwards Derrick Brassard and Antoine Vermette, but LeBrun claims they’re not about to move a top-six forward when Jeff Carter is currently sidelined with a foot injury. He cited a source which claimed, as of Tuesday, no trades are imminent for the Blue Jackets, though LeBrun suspects that could change in the near future if things don’t improve soon for the Jackets. LeBrun also reported on his ESPN blog the Vancouver Canucks aren’t shopping backup goalie Cory Schneider. They’ll continue to entertain offers between now and the February 27th trade deadline, but they won’t move him unless they get a young, top-six forward they highly covet.

CALGARY SUN: Steve MacFarlane doesn’t expect the Flames to move Rene Bourque unless they can get a player who can help them right away. MacFarlane also suggested perhaps the trade talk about Bourque is designed to motivate him.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With so many teams off to slow starts this season, it’s not surprising the MSM rumor mill is kicking into gear earlier than usual for this season. I concur with MacFarlane regarding Bourque. He’s a talented winger but also a streaky scorer, and this rumor could help him perform with more consistency for the Flames. As for Ruutu, with the Hurricanes in need of another top-six forward, I have my doubts they’ll move him at this time, unless they can get a scoring forward in return. I also agree with LeBrun regarding the Blue Jackets, as moving Brassard and Vermette doesn’t make sense right now with their injury woes, unless they pick up a bona fide top six forward in return. The Lightning won’t find it easy to land a top-four blueliner, but it’s not impossible, and they do have some depth at forward to draw from, though don’t expect Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos or Ryan Malone to be going anywhere. I also agree with LeBrun regarding Schneider, and have been saying for weeks they won’t move Schneider as they intend to use him to spell off Roberto Luongo more often, especially early in the season.

16 Comments

  1. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Schnieder and a high draft pick/prospect go to NJ for Parise around the trade deadline. Personally though, I think Schneider, while not as technically sound as Luongo, does not have the between the ears issue Luongo does. Vancouver, IMO, would be better off taking a chance with the kid and utilizing the cap savings efficiently.

  2. I hope Brassard doesn’t rack up points now that Carter is out. I just dropped him and picked up Prospal in a pool. I don’t know why I pick him every year, but Brassard always disapoints me.
    Purely fantasy here, but what do you guys think about Kulemin and Gus for Schneider and a third rounder? I don’t think in a million years it’ll happen, but I want to see if I can still be objective with my teams value. Remember, Kule is a 30 goal scorer, and regarded as a pretty talented winger.

  3. Hey Spector,

    Any idea why the Lightning haven’t considered bringing in McCabe? He’d clearly fit in as a top 4 guy. I’ve heard that he’s had offers from teams, but would prefer not to move his family out of Florida. I bet he’d take a pay cut from what he was earning last season to play in Tampa. Seems like a no brainer to me. Should I call Stevie Y myself?

  4. Schneider isn’t going anywhere with Luongo having issues this early in the season. Gillis needs to tell Luongo to take some time off to fix his head. While he does have some issues, he still is a pretty darn
    good Goalie, who has the ability to steal games. If it wasn’t for his Salary, he’d be gone already, to a
    smaller market team where he would have more anonymity.

  5. Hi, Nick, that’s a good question, maybe you should give Stevie Y a call…;)

  6. anyone think if there is a 1 time buyout period penalty free like there was in the last CBA, do you think that Luongo and DiPietro will both be bought out? Do you think that’s 1 big reason why Van won’t trade Schneider now?

    Durt you dropped 1 CBJ for another hahah

  7. i would be very surprised if they trade Cory Schneider to NJ Parise…
    Lou is not taking a chance on Schneider
    Cory still a backup with potential and who knows he maybe never be a no1 goalie.
    He’s unproven, sure he played 25 + games for a great team.
    It means nothing the Canucks is not riding on he’s shoulders
    The No1 spot is up for grabs now that Nucks have a bad start..

  8. Ryan Malone has ZERO trade value. Way too many years left (4 more including this one) and way too much money for a glorified grinder ($4.5 million cap hit). Malone has never been able to put up offense consistently, except the year he got the privilege of standing in front of the net on Pittsburgh’s PP. This guy is responsible for way too many lazy, and selfish penalties, and at 32 his best years are behind him.

    What Tampa could try to do to unload Malone would be to find a high priced defenseman to bring back. Off the top of my head Sergei Gonchar, or Mike Komisarek carry bad contracts but have less years remaining on their deals and also help to shift some money from their offense to the backend. Not sure Toronto or Ottawa would make the swap, but again those were just two examples off the top of my head.

  9. If Tampa is looking for D – what about Shaone Morrisonn who is playing in Rochester. he has a nice combination of size and mobility. Can play in important situations and displays a mean streak. Takes care of his own end of the ice. He is in the last year of his contract and has a cap hit of $2.075mm. Also he was a 1st round pick and taken 19th overall by Boston in 2001 and traded to the Caps in 2004 for Gonchar. He is only 28 and a change of scenary might be good for him as he never really fit in Buffalo.

  10. Buff, I thought Brassard might end up centering Nash and Carter. But when they put Prospal on the LW I had to make that change. But ya, seems to be all blowing up in my face now lol!

  11. If Vancouver got RID OF Luongo, they Would Win the CUP !!!

  12. While the message run rampant with suggestions of trading Luongo, we seem to be forgetting that we are only a few games into the season. Personally, I think Bobby Lu has ALWAYS been overrated, and the beneficiary of a great team in front of him, you can’t deny his career stats OR the fact he normally starts slow. If I was a Canucks fan, I too would be getting nervous about his play, but he is not going anywhere anytime soon.

    Seriously though Canucks fans, you want to see Luongo snap out of it? Try not booing him in his own building.. These athletes love to say that they’re used to it, or that they didn’t even notice it (and we love to say they get paid big money do deal with the pressures), but c’mon… I couldn’t do my job with 18,000 people I thought were on my side booing me. Give him a break, show him some love, and watch his GAA drop.

  13. ***CORRECTION

    “While the message BOARDS…”

  14. MacArthur + Franson for Bourque +???

    Yes I am aware as a Leafs fan this sounds crazy. But #1 I think that MacA was a one hit wonder and I also believe that Franson has been given a sour taste already and may not enjoy being a Leaf. Bourque is a big scoring winger, 3 20 + goal seasons who adds some size into the line up. I am not sure what to add to balance salary/value.

  15. I don’t think we should jump on MacArthur for his slow start as of yet. He had that elbow infection and missed a couple games with a suspension. I’m guessing he hasn’t been at 100% yet this year, and now he’s hurt again. I’m not too worried about him.

  16. Schnieder has been pulled from both an nhl and an nhl playoff game due to “cramps” he may be as weak mentally as Luongo.