Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – December 4, 2011.

The latest from the Ottawa Sun and, plus the latest on Flames defenseman Cory Sarich.


Could Ruutu be a potential trade deadline target for Red Wings?

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports not to be surprised if the Detroit Red Wings add a veteran forward at the trade deadline, as they’ve got the cap space to make such a move, suggesting perhaps Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu could be a good target…He also wondered if the Jets might fire head coach Claude Noel to make room for Randy Carlyle…The Dallas Stars contacted the Calgary Flames about Jarome Iginla but were told he’s not available…The Vancouver Canucks haven’t given up hope of landing Kyle Turris from the Phoenix Coyotes, as it’s believed he won’t finish the season in Phoenix and Vancouver would be a good fit…With Mark Giordano sidelined indefinitely by a leg injury, expect Flames GM Jay Feaster “to at least make a call” to the Senators about Filip Kuba, who is out with an upper body injury at the moment…Garrioch claims there’s talk around the league the Canucks “have dangled” goalie Roberto Luongo but can’t find any takers for his $5.3 million per season cap hit which runs through 2021-22. He believes Cory Schneider will be dealt at some point…Several teams, including the Kings, Canadiens, Senators, Coyotes, Panthers, Lightning and Rangers, are “looking at” Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard. His $3.2 million per season salary is a stumbling block.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ruutu? Didn’t Garrioch get the memo the Wings will try to land Alexander Semin at the deadline? Actually, I agree with Garrioch that the Wings could target a good veteran forward at the deadline, and someone like Ruutu would fit the bill. Not saying they’ll land Ruutu, but if not him, someone who plays a similar style…The Jets won’t fire Noel, nor is it worth considering to get a coach like Carlyle…The less said about Iginla’s trade status, the better…I’m not among those who believe Turris won’t finish the season in Phoenix….Is it me, or does Garrioch list Kuba as a possible trade candidate nearly every Sunday? …Whether or not you believe Luongo was being shopped , his contract is a show-stopper. Schneider will indeed be moved at some point, but unless the Canucks collapse between now and the February trade deadline, it won’t be during this season…I don’t doubt teams have looked at Brassard, but his salary aside, they probably haven’t seen much to impress them. His contract is more than a “stumbling block”, it’s a deal-breaker.

ESPN.COM: Craig Custance recently answered a reader’s question over which defenseman the Chicago Blackhawks might pursue at the trade deadline, dismissing the possibility of Nashville’s defensive stars (Shea Weber and Ryan Suter) as unrealistic, but listing Carolina as a possibility, noting Tim Gleason will be a pending UFA and currently carries an affordable ($2.75 million) salary…Custance also answered a reader’s question about what the San Jose Sharks could get for returning goalie Antero Niittymaki,  suggesting to look at what the Lighting sent to the Islanders (minor leaguer Ty Wishart) to land Dwayne Roloson last season…He also dismissed the possibility of the Bruins trading Tuukka Rask, as he’s considered Tim Thomas’ successor.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Forget about the Blackhawks going after a big name defenseman at the deadline, but instead someone like Gleason, a good, experienced blueliner who would provide value depth to the Chicago defense corps…I also concur with Custance’s assessment of what the Sharks could get if they trade Niittymaki… The Bruins have no reason to move Rask, who is definitely Thomas’ successor, and is getting his fair share of playing time this season.

CALGARY SUN/CALGARY HERALD: reports Flames defenseman Cory Sarich has denied a report he has requested a trade.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The reports go on to say Sarich, frustrated over his lack of playing time this season, discussed his options with GM Jay Feaster. A trade could be one of them in the future, though with his salary, movement clause, and lack of speed, he would be tough to move, even at the trade deadline. Still, there could be some interest in him come late-February, when most of his $3.6 million salary has been paid out by the Flames. For now, however, I’d say a trade is remote. This is Sarich’s final season in Calgary, as he’ll be a UFA next summer and I don’t see him fitting into their future plans.


  1. Tuukka is going nowhere. It will be Tuukka’s time in a couple of years.

    2 U’s, 2 K’s, 2 points again last night.

    Bobby Ryan would make a great Bruin, but not at that asking price. Krejci, Dougie Hamilton, and a #1? No way.

  2. So true Lyle, Garrioch’s favourite whipping boy is Kuba. Even though he’s played reasonably well this season he has struggled the past two seasons due to injuries etc. and as a result he’s not a fan favourite. Although on a much smaller scale it’s really no different than the weekly rumours that come out of Toronto. You know the ones where top secret negotiations have an elite player or prospect going to the Leafs for (fill in the blank)…
    For what it’s worth I have no doubt that Kuba will be moved before the trade deadline but it won’t be for a star player or a top prospect.

  3. It’s incredible how people keep saying the Canadiens are intrested in Derick Brassard, when they already have a line up of overpaid inconsistent forwards, why add another one? Unless it’s a way to boot Gomez & his fat contract out, there’s no gain for the Habs here.

  4. i must say, i am completely confused as to what the canucks want will kyle turris. we have 5 centers in the lineup right now, and didnt know where mason raymond would fit until volpatti got injured. please, we dont need another top 9 forward

  5. Could Garrioch and Eklund be the same person? Hmmmm…..

  6. I wonder if GM’s around the league, the Canucks with Luongo in particular, are hoping for another buyout opportunity like they had when the current CBA was implemented? If that option is part of the next CBA, I could see the Canucks buying out Luongo, which is why they likely won’t move Schneider any time soon.

  7. I think if a team could trade a similiar contract as Brassard’s they would take a shot.
    i know for a fact one Leaf exec really likes him alot and they would take him but not adding salary.
    now i know many will say trade this guy or that guy,especially all you komi fans,but they do not want to add salary either and some leaf players close in salary the leafs will not deal.

    i really think he would be worth the gamble by a lot of teams with plenty of cap space but since they are all on either team cap limits or just plain cheap they will not do it.

  8. @ Top and Andy, I agree regarding the Habs.
    I think the coversation went like this
    PG: “Hello Mr. Howson. We are very interested in Mr Brassard and would like to do a deal with.”
    SH: “Really!? Excellent! We would be interesd in Lars Eller or David Desharnais..”
    PG:”Actually we were thinking Scott Gome—-”

  9. The Turris to Vancouver trade rumours are freaking ridiculous! Henrik Sedin, Ryan Kesler, Manny Malhotra, Cody Hodgson and Maxim Lapierre are all under contract next year. Forget Turris to Vancouver!

    I can conceivably see a GM interested in Luongo but a number of things have to happen first: Luongo has to waive his NMC/NTC, the interested team has to have cap space and be willing to absorb that contract, and the Canucks have to be willing to take less than fair market value in return because of the term and $ owed on the current contract – even though the remaining cap hit is higher than the actual dollars owed.

  10. If the Rangers are really interested in Brassard then the only trade idea would be involving Brandon Dubinsky, who has been as good as a 4th line hustler so far with no signs of improvement; however, Dubi’s career has been a lot better than Brassard and Slats could be seeking an extra incentive or two in the deal. Would this make the Rangers any better? It is current a trade of problem for a problem, but the scouts will make the decision on that. If the Rangers scouts believe that Brassard could actually work better than Dubi, then obviously a deal could be made.

    Panthers are not interested in Brassard. They are playing well and Matthias has surged while Goc has been out with an injury. Huberdeau will be heavily looked at next camp. Brassard won’t fit.

    Yes Lyle, Garrioch lists Kuba on a weakly basis. It has been years since i’ve been reading your web site and i am sure you remember this. What Ottawa Senator was on the trade block, as per Garrioch, not only on a weekly basis, but pretty much for at least three years in a row?


    Garrioch had this guy being traded almost every year.

    Why would the Jets fire a coach who has a team that needs to be fixed by the GM?

    Why are we talking about possible trade deadline deals in December?

  11. Garrioch probably lists Kuba every Sunday since it means he doesn’t have to do actual work, or have a real story. he did this for Bonk for no reason, and he’s been doing it for Brian Lee the last 2 years now. I should call up the Sun in town here and see if I can write a column for them every Sunday. Then I can spread consistent rumours about how Garrioch will get dealt and maybe, just maybe it will happen.

  12. “Fire Claude Noel to make room for Carlyle”…. Garrioch has no limits when it comes to how much of a fool he can be.