Nothing of note for NHL trade and free agent rumors from the mainstream media, so here’s a sampling of the latest from the rumor bloggers. Enjoy!
HOCKEYBUZZ: “Eklund” recently spoke vaguely of the Oilers and Sabres discussing a “MAJOR” deal, claiming “it sounds like a “significant” defenseman going to Edmonton along with a solid prospect (or possibly even Enroth) for “young star top 6 center and a third line young player who many feel has top six potential.”…He also claimed this week the Red Wings “may also be looking hard” at Phoenix’s Keith Yandle or possibly Ottawa’s Sergei Gonchar…He claimed the Maple Leafs “have considered both Kiprusoff and Backstrom” as goalie possibilities.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If we examine the Oilers current depth chart, the “young star top 6 center” would have to be Sam Gagner, as they’re not trading Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who’s the only other center to fit that description. That young third line player? Maybe he’s referring to Linus Omark or Magnus Paajarvi? As for the Sabres “significant” defenseman, the only one I could see them trade is Jordan Leopold, as Tyler Myers, Christian Ehrhoff and Robyn Regehr aren’t going anywhere. So, Gagner and either Paajarvi or Omark for Leopold? Hardly a “significant” return for the Oilers. And why would the Sabres move Jhonas Enroth? They still need a solid backup for Ryan Miller if he gets hurt or struggles, and the Oilers already have Dubnyk and Khabibulin under contract for this season, so he doesn’t fit there.
The Red Wings can look as hard as they want at Yandle and Gonchar. They’re not going anywhere…I’m sure the Maple Leafs may have considered either Kiprusoff or Backstrom earlier this spring, when there was talk one or both could be available. They’re not. The Flames have no one to replace Kipper if they were to trade him, and Wild GM Chuck Fletcher already dismissed any talk of Backstrom being dealt.
THE BLEACHER REPORT: James Battle suggests “Rather than risk P.K. Subban going out and signing a huge offer sheet with another team, it may be a smart move for the Canadiens to deal the 23-year-old defenseman and get some valuable pieces in return.” Adam Rickert, meanwhile, suggests it might not be a bad idea for the Nashville Predators to pursue Jay Bouwmeester.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Subban’s already said he’s not interested in signing with another team. Even if he were, the Habs would quickly match. If the Habs were so inclined to trade Subban, the last place – the very last place – they would trade him is Toronto. Besides, the Leafs desperately need a quality starting goalie and a first line center. They don’t need Subban. Rickert, meanwhile, makes a decent case for the Predators to pursue Bouwmeester, but I have my doubts now the Flames want to part with “Jay-Bo”, plus he’s got that ‘no-trade” clause and might not be keen to go to Nashville.