Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – August 24, 2014

Latest on the Bruins, Oilers, Red Wings and Panthers.

Bruins must free up cap space for Torey Krug and Reilly Smith.

Bruins must free up cap space for Torey Krug and Reilly Smith.

BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa reports the Bruins overage penalties (approximately $4.75 million) have made it difficult to re-sign RFAs Torey Krug and Reilly Smith. Even if they move out some salary to free up space, Shinzawa speculates the most the pair will get is a one-year deal, allowing them to become RFAs again next summer with arbitration rights. The Bruins already face re-signing Dougie Hamilton (RFA) next summer, while  David KrejciJohnny BoychukCarl SoderbergDaniel PailleMatt BartkowskiGregory Campbell, and Adam McQuaid will be unrestricted.  The Bruins run the risk of losing a number of key players next summer, just as the New York Rangers did this past summer. Shinzawa also notes the Chicago Blackhawks will be in the same boat next summer, having to re-sign RFA (and blossoming star) Brandon Saad, while Brad Richards, Johnny Oduya and Michal Rozsival will be eligible for UFA status.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s expected the Bruins will trade one of their defensemen to free up additional space for Krug and Reilly. It will take a bold move indeed to free up sufficient room to re-sign the duo beyond this season, which would mean dealing away a player or two under contract beyond this season. It’s assumed GM Peter Chiarelli will be thinking short-term and deal with the consequences following this season. 

NHL.COM: Derek Van Diest reports the Edmonton Oilers pursued an offensive center this summer to replace Sam Gagner, who was dealt earlier this summer to Tampa Bay and Arizona in a three-team trade. They were unable to find one, forcing them to look to within (Mark Arcobello, Leon Draisaitl, Anton Lander) to fill the role…Dan Rosen reports the Detroit Red Wings sought a right-handed, top-four defenseman this summer. They struck out in their pursuit of Matt Niskanen and Dan Boyle, leaving them with seven left-handed shots on their blueline. Rosen believes GM Ken Holland still wants to address this issue…Alain Poupart reports the Florida Panthers could have another long season offensively if their promising young forwards fail to make an impact this summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been suggested the Oilers could sign a veteran forward via unrestricted free agency, but as we can see, there’s really not many available who can address their needs. I’m assuming they’ll evaluate their lineup next month before deciding if a trade is in order. If those younger centers listed by Van Diest fail to pan out, Oilers management won’t have much choice but to swing a trade…The trade market has gone quiet over the past month but I have no doubt Holland remains keen on landing that right-handed blueliner.  Don’t be surprised if he makes a deal later in the preseason.  Keep an eye on Washington’s Mike Green as the Wings are believed very interested in him…Earlier this summer Panthers GM Dale Tallon said he was willing to move some of his assets (mainly prospects) to add an experienced sniper to his lineup. Tallon could step up his search during preseason. 

21 Comments

  1. Sharp to Florida for prospects? Both teams would fill needs in that deal.

    • Good call, really you could be right it would work for both teams and the connection with Tallon and Sharp cant be over looked.

    • I like the idea of Sharp to Florida for prospects… one of the prospects should be Vince Trocheck, who then could be reunited with his old partner in crime Brandon Saad from back in their OHL days in Saginaw where the two were a force – to say the least – on the same team/line together).

  2. So why did Edmonton trade Gagner if they had nobody to move into his spot right now? Starting to wonder if Detroit’s days of being a primary destination for UFAs are over. Wings management is to blame for not be able to draft and develop a top defenseman to move into the lineup and make an impact. Aside from green, the right defenseman they sign this season will be somebody else’s 6th defenseman.

    • He was terrible at face offs. And another small player on the Oilers roster. Oilers need to get bigger, making him expendable. And his no trade clause kicked in July 1st, so they had to trade him now if they wanted to move him out, even if a big centre wasn’t coming back. They got Purcell, not a big centre, but definitely fills a need. A bigger player that has offensive talent , a good 3rd liner. They hoped to address the need at CTR through FA or a trade. Could be why Petry only got a one year deal, he could be on the move in a trade scenario for a big CTR maybe, who knows.

    • He was terrible at face offs. And another small player on the Oilers roster. Oilers need to get bigger, making him expendable. And his no trade clause kicked in July 1st, so they had to trade him now if they wanted to move him out, even if a big centre wasn’t coming back. They got Purcell, not a big centre, but definitely fills a need. A bigger player that has offensive talent , a good 3rd liner. They hoped to address the need at CTR through FA or a trade. Could be why Petry only got a one year deal, he could be on the move in a trade scenario for a big CTR maybe, who knows. I really hope they make a pitch for Berglund or Anisimov.

      • I’d still like to see the Oilers move a couple solid pieces to the Blues for Berglund. Too bad Sobotka left or it may have happened. He could be a below average (but improvement over Gordon lander or arcobello as 2nd centre) 2nd line centre and then a 3rd in 2015-16 when Draistl ready.

    • No UFA have wanted to come to Detroit the past few seasons because of Bab’s. No one wants to see his death stare as they skate around the ice, and no one wants their ice time based on how much Bab’s likes them rather than how well they are playing. And that’s what Bab’s does. As for the Wings not drafting a top defenseman…have you not heard of Danny Dekeyser?

      • Danny Dekeyser was not drafted by the Wings, we was signed as an unrestricted free agent. He’s a local kid who is playing for his hometown team. Detroit didn’t plan on getting the kid, he kinda fell into their lap. Great signing

      • I am not clear on the concept of Babs being the reason no FA’s will come to Detroit. If that is the case, why does it appear that Bab’s is in demand by the Leafs or Pens? There have been numerous reports of demand for Babs and of course his Team Canada work. Why would a team want to take Babs if he has this reputation and then they would not get FA’s anymore?

  3. If any team can trade for upgrades in ANY position, it would be Edmonton. They have had a lot of high 1st round picks that I am sure teams would be keen on acquiring. Oilers brass need to not get too emotionally attached to all of those high draft picks. Moving one or two of them could bring a lofty return that could fill some pretty important holes. I love Eb’s and would like to see him an Oiler for a long time, BUT his return could be quite interesting and could make the team way better now. Making the team better for the fans and the city should be priority #1.

  4. Not sure why the Oilers don’t go after Krejci (pending UFA) from Boston and/or Phaneuf and Reimer from Toronto. Yakupov, Nikitin and Scrivens to Toronto, prospects to Boston. All 3 teams get what they are looking for. EDM gets a #2 center, a minute logging physical d-man and a #1 goalie, Toronto gets younger, faster and better defensively while making room for Gardiner and Reilly and solidifying Bernier as the #1 G. Boston frees up cap space and gets Krug and Smith locked up long term along with an injection of youth as well for an affordable future in the bottom 6. There is still a log jam on D in Boston once Krug is signed, but Boychuk could be moved for a decent center to help replace Kreijci on the second line.

    • I’m pretty sure Krejci comes in and is Edmontons number 1 center but theres no way i think this happens what prospects could you afford to give up

    • With Phaneufs new contract he has zero trade value. He’s a solid 3 or 4 D man being paid like a number 1 and he just isn’t. I’m not sure Reimer is a #1 goalie in the AHL at this point for some teams let alone the NHL. The Leafs were expected to move him and their were zero takers. Why on earth would Edmonton offer up a solid but overpaid D man in Nikita and Yakupov for this?

      Krejci is a very good player, what was Boston getting back for him in this deal? Oh yeah, cap space lol. If Boston and Edmonton were going to swing a deal I don’t see any reason for the Leafs cast offs to be involved.

  5. Oiler fan, thanks for your thoughts- I just would have expected the Oilers to have a player or a plan to replace their number two center. They seem like they are chasing their tales, again. Go after Krejci if you are confident you can resign him. I think David Krejci will be Boston’s number one priority in resigning, especially since they traded Seguin to Dallas. I like Bergeron in his current role.

    • We heard rumours that Gagner was on the trade market for years. The expected return was always supposed to be a top pairing D man plus which, in retrospect, was clearly a massive overreach. Tampa planned on just dumping him after the trade but managed to package him and another player for a late round (6th?) draft pick. I suspect the Oil came the conclusion they were better off with anyone other than Gagner filling that spot. He’s too small to play a bottom six role and doesn’t put up the numbers consistently enough to play in the top six. His defensive prowess hasn’t earned him a lot of rave reviews either. Seems like addition by subtraction in some ways.

  6. I dont see Boston letting Krecji go if they dont have him signed by the trade deadline or before he becomes a free agent july 1 his rights will be traded.But im sure hes a priority signing.As for the other unresticted guys coming up after this season I only see Boychuk and Soderberg being key signings.guys like mcquaid,campbell,paille will be let go as they have alot of young players coming up in next two years.the only other thing that may happen at end of this season is maybe chara is traded he will be 38 going on 39 and his cap hit of 7 mill may sign alot of players,or one key player.

  7. All summer long we have been hearing PC is going to trade a defencemen or two to free up space for the Bruins. Well now we are heading into training camp soon and summer is just about over. So clearly making a trade is not looking good if one hasn’t happened yet. Problem I have with this is his unwillingness to use his TWO buyout options. Which would solve his problem quick and easy. I dunno if it’s Jacobs who has said no to the buyouts or if it’s just PC and his stance, bottom line is he may not have a choice but to use those options. I use to trust PC and his moves but he has made some real stupid decisions lately one being signing Iginla to a bonus filled contract that affects this years salary cap.

  8. Berglund to the Oil for their 1st rounder in 2015? :)

  9. Boston does need to do something and the wait has been on all summer and nothing at all happening. After reading the article I also thought Krejci to Edmonton would be a good idea. Also move a dman there but would have to get something like Eberle back.
    Boston has a bunch of centers Bergeron,Krejci,Soderberg,Kelly,Spooner and Champbell.
    How about something like Krejci,Spooner,Boychuk and Bartkowski for Eberle.
    Would free up about 3 million also.
    Would give Edmonton a #1 center prospect and two quality defenseman.
    Boston can’t keep everyone will lose these guys next year anyway.

  10. Bruins should see what they could get from the Oilers for Chara, maybe a couple young forwards and a young d-man.