Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – January 26, 2014

The latest on Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek, Nazem Kadri, David Legwand, Kris Letang and more.

Thomas Vanek among several notables who could be available at the trade deadline.

Thomas Vanek among several notables who could be available at the trade deadline.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports of increased speculation the Sabres could move Ryan Miller by the March trade deadline, perhaps even by the Olympic roster freeze (3 pm et on February 7). Trade options, however, could be limited. Miller’s been linked to the Blues but GM Doug Armstrong “has emphatically backed Jaroslav Halak”. Garrioch suggests the Wild as an option, as Josh Harding is battling MS symptoms…Garrioch wonders if Capitals GM George McPhee could lose his job if the club misses the playoffs…The Coyotes are getting calls about pending UFA Radim Vrbata. A decision won’t be made until they get a clearer idea if he’ll re-sign as well as their position in the standings by the Olympic break…Garrioch claims he’s hearing the Canadiens are floating Brian Gionta’s name in the rumor market…The Flames have held talks with Mike Cammalleri to see if he’ll re-sign. He’s a UFA this summer and could fetch a good return by the trade deadline…Islanders GM Garth Snow has so far dismissed offers for Thomas Vanek, but Garrioch believes Vanek will be moved at the trade deadline if he doesn’t re-sign by then…Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien and Evander Kane are the three trade targets on the Jets, who could move one of them by the deadline…Several teams, including the Coyotes, Kings and Canucks, have expressed interest in Ray Whitney. Vernon Fiddler could also be moved…Garrioch believes Dan Girardi is the next Ranger to move as he’s not close to re-signing…Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri remains on the trade market “because of the emergence of Peter Holland”…Garrioch also reports the Hurricanes aren’t actively shopping Cam Ward but with Anton Khudobin playing well they’re listening to offers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Miller to the Wild? Stranger things have happened but he’d only be a playoff rental, and I’m not sure the Wild would be willing to part with the Sabres asking price for him. I agree that trade options for Miller are limited…Not sure if McPhee is in danger of losing his job, but perhaps he’s not as secure as he once was…If the Coyotes are still in the playoff chase they won’t trade Vrbata, who they’d like to re-sign and who wants to stay…Don’t see much of a market for Gionta. Besides, I don’t think the Habs make that move unless they’ve fallen well out of playoff contention…I don’t see Cammalleri staying with the Flames…Vanek could be available at the trade deadline if the Isles fail to gain ground in the standings by then…Of those three Jets, Byfuglien’s the more likely trade candidate, but the earliest that could happen is this summer, when teams have more cap space and willingness to deal…Whitney will certainly attract interest as a rental player if the Stars decide to move him. Fiddler, too…As I’ve said for weeks, the Rangers won’t trade Girardi while they’re in the thick of the playoff race….No offense to Peter Holland, but his “emergence” doesn’t warrant moving Kadri right now…The Hurricanes won’t trade Ward this season, and if they agree to shop him this summer they’ll want a solid return.

ESPN.COM: Replying to readers’ questions, Craig Custance writes he believes Predators center David Legwand (a pending UFA) has trade value and there is interest in him. Legwand carries a no-trade clause in his contract. Custance thinks the Ducks, loaded with prospects, could make a pitch for him. The Red Wings and Blackhawks could also have interest…The Capitals could pursue a top-four defenseman, perhaps Dallas’ Trevor Daley, by the trade deadline. Custance doesn’t believe they need to make an extreme move like trading Mike Green.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Predators decide to move Legwand the Blackhawks and Red Wings will certainly push hard to get him…I also expect the Capitals to be busy near the trade deadline to bolster their defense. And no, they won’t trade Mike Green.

BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa reports the Penguins limited cap space means they’ll have to ship out some salary if they hope to acquire veteran talent by the trade deadline. Given their depth in defense, Shinzawa suggests “the wow trade” would be moving Kris Letang, but his expensive contract could prove difficult to move…Of the three defensemen believed on the Bruins trade wish list (Islanders’ Andrew MacDonald, Ottawa’s Chris Phillips and Buffalo’s Henrik Tallinder), MacDonald plays the toughest competition. That and his age (27) means he’ll be more expensive to acquire than the other two…Shinzawa believes the quiet trade market (due to many teams with limited cap space) could work in the Sabres favor if they decide to move either Ryan Miller, Matt Moulson or Steve Ott, as they could add another first round pick.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t see the Penguins trade Letang. If they were to make that move (emphasis on “if”), it would be this summer, for the same reasons I noted about the Jets and Dustin Byfuglien (increased cap space resulting in increased willingness to deal)…I could see the Bruins pursuing MacDonald or Tallinder, but they won’t get Phillips. The Sens aren’t moving him. As for the Sabres, see below…

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Mike Harrington reports new Sabres GM Tim Murray says he won’t trade Ryan Miller, Matt Moulson or Steve Ott unless he can get significant returns for them. Murray said he’s not feeling any urgency to make moves before the Olympic roster freeze.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Murray is willing to listen to offers, but he’s also letting rival GMs know that just because there’s not much movement in the trade market he won’t just take any offer for them.  I do believe he’ll move Miller and perhaps Moulson for the best offer he can get. He will wait until the trade deadline, hoping the limited period between the end of the Olympic break and the deadline will result in better offers from nervous rivals. As for Ott, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Sabres kept him and re-signed him, but we’ll see.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Pat Hickey believes Raphael Diaz, a UFA this summer, could be playing his final season with the Canadiens. If he isn’t trade before July 1, Hickey believes he’ll test the free agent market.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Canadiens keep struggling and fall out of playoff contention, Diaz could be shopped by the deadline.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Dave Molinari reports Penguins GM Ray Shero sounds reluctant to move defenseman Simon Despres, a frequent target of trade speculation.


  1. Lyle, I’m not convinced the Phillips rumour is completely without some foundation. The team is currently carrying eight defence men and the only one of the eight that can be demoted without clearing waivers is young Cody Ceci who’s been playing very well since being called up. Moving the ‘Big Rig’ to a true playoff contender might be something Phillips would welcome at this stage of his career as well. If this were to come about it’s more than likely it would happen closer to the deadline when the Sen’s mngt. are in a better position to determine if they’re still in the playoff mix. They could very well be sellers at the deadline which would put a few additional players in the mix as well.

    • Moving “The Big Rig” also removes leadership and experienced from their lineup, not to mention all the reports out of Ottawa suggest they move a younger blueliner who isn’t seeing much ice time. With the Senators chasing a playoff berth, dealing away Phillips is an unnecessary move.

      • That and Phillips has consistently expressed that staying in Ottawa is more important to him than winning a Cup. He loves the city, he loves the team, and he wants to a retire a Senator be it in good times or bad times.

        • Sorry I remain unconvinced on this one. I’m more than aware of his strong ties to the city but his contract is up at the end of this season so he’d be in the position to re-sign back in Ottawa for 2014/15 if he wants to and the team were to offer him a new contract. I agree he’s been and remains a solid leader but my point was that there’s a strong possibility that the Senator’s may be sellers at the deadline. If the Senator’s are buyers at the deadline then moving a defenceman would open up a roster spot for a needed forward. Can they move a younger defenceman? Certainly but remember the stated goal of this team is to develop and keep their younger talent. He also might relish the opportunity to go on a cup run with a true contender, something Ottawa’s unlikely to do this year.

  2. I don’t understand why Garrioch gets attention his rumors are Hockeybuzz quality.

    • Finally, a voice of reason.

      Garrioch is the equivalent of a blogger sitting in his underwear in his mom’s basement. Everything he writes is pure garbage.

      • Yep. I love the “trade Gionta” rumour. Why bother addressing that he has an NTC? … or, if you’re Garrioch, why bother even looking up to see if he has one before you float a dumb rumour??

        (That said, I agree with Lyle: Habs *could* ask him to waive his NTC – but only if they’ve fallen way out of playoff contention. No chance they’ve even considered it yet.)

  3. Your comments about Letang are 100% illogical. Since his big contract doesn’t start until next year, why would trading him now be a problem for any team getting him?

    • Really? 100 percent illogical? Based on your premise that his big contract doesn’t kick in until next summer? Honestly, that big contract, for a player with such a lengthy injury history, is as much a trade deterrent as a no-trade clause. Not to mention I don’t believe for a second Shero wants to move his most skilled puck-moving defenseman in the first place. And let’s not overlook how crappy the trade market currently is.

      • Lots of logic in your statement, Lyle. Though increased cap space probably isn’t as big a deterrent, due to Letang only having a $3.5M hit this year. Teams wouldn’t really need to wait until next year’s cap goes up to fit him in.

        That said, I completely agree with you that he won’t be traded for all the other options you mention. (Plus, what do the Pens really need right now? They’re stacked, and a major Cup contender. Why mess with that??)

        • Indeed, Paddy, and let’s not forget, they’re leading the league in man-games lost to injury yet are comfortably atop the Eastern Conference. Shero isn’t under pressure to make a blockbuster move at the trade deadline. He might, but I doubt it unless the Pens go into free-fall between now and March 5. Even then, moving Letang would be difficult for the reasons noted.

          • Depth isn’t the real reason the Penguins lead though a man named Dan Bylsma has massive amounts to do with that. The guy might be the best active coach in the NHL.

          • Or Crosby and Malkin and some good secondary pieces might have something to do with it. Smh not so sure about Bylsma being the “best coach in the league” thing.

          • Have you watched the years when the Pens were and have been decimated by injuries? Even when Crosby & Malkin are down he can get that team winning.

          • Have you watched the playoffs with a loaded team and Sid and Geno playing?
            Bylsma is not the best coach in the league.

  4. Sabres GM Tim Murray not trading Miller makes no sense

    • It’s all a ploy to get rival GM’s to stop calling and offering him a bag of pucks for the Sabres stars. He is willing to move all three, but it’s not a fire sale by any means.

      I can see the team getting a couple of good young players and even taking an expensive old contract if there are draft picks for this year and next included.

      First round picks for next year could be on the table and then less would be required in terms of player value coming back.

      • I agree maybe a couple good young players maybe a little more if the Sabres take back a contract, but I think the main issue is that the sights were set a little bit high on the return for a ufa goalie on a last place team, now the vultures are circling and Murray is trying to get his best possible deal. I cant see anyway Miller doesnt get traded its just not going to be the huge return that former management and some in the media have let on or believed it was going to be. The situation with Ott may be different, he is a player I could see holding on to, and Moulson will get a good return as many playoff teams would love a rental guy like that for some character and scoring depth.

    • I agree, the Sabres have to trade Miller. I’m sure he doesn’t want to stay, and their asking price will drop. If you believe Armstrong, it won’t be the Blues, so that leaves the Islanders (if they’re not not on his Don’t Trade list), Wild, and I still believe the Capitals would have some interest. Certainly one of their three goalies would come back on the deal.

      Moulson also will be dealt. While a talented player, he’s just not quite the right fit here. His value should net them a serious return.

      Ott will stay a Sabre, I believe. He will command good money to resign, but since they’re near the cap floor anyway, I don’t think they will mind. He is a model for the kids and a good captain for the team IMO.

      • The believe no trade list are the Canadain teams and Boston.

        the teams that could want Miller….

        1. St Louis
        2. Minnesota.
        3. Washington.
        4. Pittsburgh
        5. Dallas—Ruff is the coach and knows Miller.
        6. Anaheim–Miller may be a higher likelihood to resign there

        Other teams could make the deal just so St Louis doesnt get him. Many feel if St Louis was to get Miller they will be the cup favorites. the weakest part of that team is in goaltending when you compare to their western opponents.

        sometimes trades are made not for the team acquiring him have a need , but its to prevent a competing team from acquiring them.

        All the potential playoff teams out west–if you were going through grading on team by position before a playoff series all would have the opposing goalie ranked ahead of ST Louis goalies. some st louis fans say they were eliminated lst year because offense went south–what they forgot was they faced a better goalie in quick.

        after the season but before UFA opens up, buffalo can trade exclusive negotiating right to a team for a 3rd that turns into a low 1st/high 2nd if they are able to sign him.

        • Dallas would have no interest at all in Miller. Lehtonen isn’t much worse, if at all, than Miller, and they have Campbell waiting in the wings.

  5. Fluto Shinzawa is a moron. The Pens have a significant amount of cap room this year due to their LTIR situation (Vokoun and Dupuis alone will save them millions…their combined salary is over $5.7 million, and they both are missing more than half of the season). Over and above that, the cap is going to go up next year. Letang is currently making $3.5 million; his salary will go up by less than $4 million for next season…but Vokoun almost certainly will no longer be a Penguin next year, which saves them $2 million. So the increase in Letang’s net cap impact will be less than $2 million from this year to next.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The Pens do NOT need a top 6 winger. They need capable bottom 6 guys in order to provide balance, and you don’t trade Norris Trophy finalists for those types of players. Their game last night in Dallas was a perfect example; when neither Crosby nor Malkin was on the ice, they managed a grand total of 3 shots on goal. Apart from Sutter’s empty net goal against the Isles on Friday, no forward has scored a goal while playing on the 3rd or 4th line in a month.

    The thing that made the Pens so dangerous in 2008 and 2009 was a third line that gave them a legitimate scoring threat in addition to being sound defensively, and that was a matchup nightmare for teams…nobody has enough shutdown players on their roster to fully match up against that. They need – and I mean NEED in the worst possible way – one or two sound two way forwards with enough skill to enable them to chip in some goals here and there while playing with Sutter on their 3rd line.

    • Hey Jared, nice post! Nice to see the odd post here that provides some insight into a team’s true needs.

      It does seem that the Pens lack forward depth again this season. Maybe they will target 2nd tier players that can fit in on the 3rd/4th lines, such as Lee Stempniak.

    • If bottom-six guys is what they need (and it’s a good point, Jared), then they don’t need to move Letang to address it.

      • I don’t think there’s any way to avoid the conclusion that balance is their biggest weakness. They were 4th in the league in both total goals for and total goals against last time I looked (late last week). But the formula for playing them is too simple…defend Crosby and Malkin successfully, win the game. With no real scoring threat from the third line, that’s much easier for their opponents to do, particularly in the playoffs, when teams do much more fine tuning with their systems for specific opponents’ strengths and weaknesses.

        • Agreed, the Penguins need to look to add a solid veteran winger, who is gritty, has leadership, and can score to their bottom 6. Another trade that resembles when they picked up Bill Guerin before their cup run. Not quite sure if there are any players like that on the market but bolstering their bottom 6 to be more effective would help in a big way.

        • I think you’ll see them pick up guys like stepniak and a guy like kulimen. Unless they are part of a bigger package for one of their dman…I don’t see Pitt giving up anymore than 2nd to 4th rounders for both. Would be nice to see Pitt grab both and still hold onto their prospects and first rounder. I think kulimen has more value than step because of his age and defensive ability. Plus the fact he has played with malkin. What would make it better would be that at least one could resign with Pitt in the offseason and not cost them a lot.

          • John Michell from CO for a Pen dman (Despres or Niskanen)?

          • If we’re talking possibilities…let’s see here. Assume most likely a Western seller, since teams in the East won’t want to give the Pens anything of value. From Calgary…maybe Stempniak. I’d say Glencross if not for the injury issues. If we’re talking Colorado, I want Max Talbot, not John Mitchell. Looking at some Eastern teams just for fun, if Florida is a seller and would deal with the Pens, maybe Sean Bergenheim. If Buffalo is selling…I mean when Buffalo is selling, Steve Ott (even though he’s a rental). Back out West, if we’re talking Dallas…Erik Cole, despite his injury history and salary, might be a fit.

  6. NHL is starting to suck. Actually has been sucking for years. There are never any good trades anymore. Teams who suck (Edmonton, Calgary, Florida, Buffalo) are handcuffed. With Salary cap restrictions, these teams will take 10 years to improve. By that time, their decent players they have now will be older and less effective. ENDLESS cycle. No team can improve by trades anymore. Look at all the Canadian teams….Stinkers. All the Good Canadian draft picks are south of the border. The best Canadian players are playing on American teams. Look at the Olympic roster……except Hamhuis and Subban, NO skater is from a Canadian team. ALL forwards and 80% of Dmen are from American teams. It is mildly disgusting it has come to that…..A country who produces the best players in the world, can’t even keep the players playing on the home country teams. Also, it is 100% a big fat NO that any of these great players will play on Canadian NHL teams unless they are 38-40 years old, 1/2 the talent they used to be and are dumped to Canadian teams because American teams have to give raises to all the best Canadian players up for UFA. Am I bitter…you bet I am. I am 39 years old and not afraid to admit that Bettmen has ruined this league (well for Canadian teams) and I wonder how worse it will get?

    • Hockey, last time I checked, isn’t about trades, it’s about hockey. Every team started almost from scratch. It’s their own fault, not the fans that their teams are in the position there are currently in. Yes no one wanted a cap and the cap restricts player movement which kinda was the idea, you know, keep teams together longer vs players moving on every season.

    • Is that you Don Cherry? Approximately 50% of the NHL players are Canadians. 23% of the teams are Canadian cities. That means 12% of Canadian players should be playing on Canadian teams. On an Olympic team of 25 players that would equate to 3 players – ie there should be three players on Team Canada from Canadian based cities. Including the goalies there are four. It could have been more if Canadian teams didn’t pursue non-Canadians for their teams – Kesler, Sedins, Hemsky, Buff, Trouba, Ryan, Kessel, Plekanec, etc. Personally, I’d rather watch the best players in the regular season then the best Canadians.
      I’m older than you and I think Bettman has helped the NHL – not hurt it. Look at baseball without an effective salary cap. The NHL used to be like that too with the Flyers, Rangers and Leafs throwing money at every UFA to the point where 2/3rds of the league couldn’t compete. Now it is a relatively level playing field. Blame your GM for not having any cap to work with, not Bettman. And don’t think for a minute that all those Canadian players want to play in Canada. There is a reason why the sun belt teams don’t have trouble attracting free agents and it isn’t because they offer bigger contracts.

      • Perhaps he’s hankering for the days when teams had the rights to any player in their region. It’s a big part of why the Canadians were simply unbeatable.

    • As someone who has grown up in Toronto, and knows several NHL players, I can say that even though the desire to play in Cdn cities is there for these guys, the benefits do not outweigh the negatives. Sadly the Cdn media has made life for many of these guys feel like the paparazzi are following them, and having no anonymity (if you are an elite player) in a major Cdn city is the biggest deterrent. Imagine not being able to go out on the street the day after a game cause you made a bad drop pass that cost your team the game, and everyone you walk by knows who you are and how you screwed up. Not to mention, our lovely subzero Cdn winters…don’t we all dream about living somewhere nice and warm this time of year???

  7. Hey Lyle, every consider taking the Ottawa job? I’ve never seen a pundit anywhere as bad a Garrioch! I can’t believe the Sun employs this guy! I think he takes his predictions from his Alphabet soup, and that’s assume he can even read, given his level of hockey intellect!

    • as…..assuming…..guess I need some Alphabet soup myself! hehehe!

  8. His name is Overated Letang!!!


  9. i really hope the sabres dont move any one of ott,miller,moulson but if they had to most likely all three of these players would be moved to contending teams. so here are a few scenarios for all three players.




    • Moulson is a UFA at the end of this season, so forget all three deals for him. And you’re dreaming if you think you’d get anything close to what you’re asking for Miller- a 30-something playoff rental netting Okposo or O’Reilly alone, let alone 1st rounders on top of that? If Buffalo can get a middle/late-1st rounder and a respectable warm body for either Moulson or Miller, they should jump on it.

    • I see you haven’t taken your meds yet today Doncos.

      • The teams Buffalo is dealing with in those situations laugh, say no, hang up the phone and refuse to ever pick up the phone for Tim Murray again. Seriously take a look at those scenarios and lets look at your three best case ones:

        Miller (UFA), Ott (UFA), Moulson (UFA) are not landing you James Neal, Ryan Callahan, Ryan O’Rielly, J.S. Guigere, and a 1st.

        The only trade that might be accepted is your trade for Eberle and that is if the Sabres are giving up their 2014 1st. The Oilers would have no issue adding depth and getting the top two draft picks in this years draft … give your head a shake friend.

        • You really think Tim Murray is looking for a James Neal or Ryan O’Rielly for those players? Lol ya ok give your head a shake my friend…

          He’s looking for up and coming players who can grow with the team.

    • All i am going to say is…. WOW! Apparently Moulson, Ott and Miller are the best UFA’s in the history of the NHL.

    • doncos – you Crazy yesterday and today too!!!

      • ill be even crazier tommorow lol. i really appreciate everyones comments . everyone has their own opinions. those were just mine. but some people do agree that todays gm’s make crazier trades then that.

        • I think any GM making any of those trades is unemployed shortly thereafter!

    • I’d like to apologize to JJB didn’t read doncos post before I replied to yours.

      @ Doncos

      Man what are your smoking? I’m a Sabres fan and even I know most of those trades are so delusional.

      Moulson – The Simmonds one and Tofoli one makes sense needs a little tinkering on the Sabres part though.

      Ott – The only one that seems to make sense is the Eberle one. Sabres will probably just sign Callahan in the offseason.

      Miller – To Isles doesn’t make sense, he’s going out west to be closer to his wife but it does make sense on return wise. And the Isles will not be giving up that much for a guy who isn’t going to resign.

      To Colorado for O’Reilly a 1st and Gigure? Your smoking some of the real messed up stuff on that one my friend.

      The St. Louis one makes a little sense if you minus Oshie from the trade.

      • well they werent all that bad . but what if the sabres were to land eberle ? he has 4 yrs left and he so talented as well. the rebuild wouldnt take that much longer.

      • What makes you thinking that “the Sabres will probably sign Ryan Callahan in the offseason”?

    • Doncos…just stop…..please just stop. You post the absolute trade proposals of all time!!

    • Nice to see not only Leaf fans overvalue their players! LOL
      I’ll try those trades in NHL 14 at my ps…. 😉

  10. A couple of notes on the Habs: I really think Diaz is done regardless of their playoff aspirations. He can move the puck and has decent first-pass vision from his own zone, but he plays too soft which is an unfortunate pattern of a couple Habs defensemen. His shot from the point is notoriously inaccurate. Trading him won’t net much since he’s been a healthy scratch from a batch of blueliners that leave much, much to be desired.

    With regard to Gionta, I can actually see him getting moved to improve the team. He still possesses some sniper skill, but not nearly as much as they need. It’s not unheard of to move a captain, but if the return is right or it opens up a wing on Plekanec’s line for someone younger, faster, and with better hands, I see Bergevin making that move.

    To chime in on Letang: I agree with Lyle in the regard that teams will always take the long look on a player with a massively expensive contract and an injury history. One day I’d like to visit Bizzaro World to see some of these arm chair GMs try to run a hockey team for a season or two and see what results are. Could you imagine?

  11. I’m not sure why it’s so tough to get a decent return for a goalie but that seems to be the way things have evolved. Perhaps its because they are so unpredictable or that there seem to be so many young up and coming goalies in the league now. Buffalo just isn’t going to get anything near what they hoped for in return for Miller. He’s a solid tender but it’s hard to know if he’s elite anymore given where he’s been playing and how the Sabres have been doing this year. I suspect that Molson gets them a pick and a solid prospect or two mid level prospects.

    Buffalo will be interesting to watch over the next few years. They have some good young talent on D and more on the way with a lot of picks in the next two years. It’s a dream situation for a GM to rebuild a franchise.

    • When a team is looking to move a good forward or d-man, 20 teams are in the discussions, a goalie 2-3. The market is always weak for a goalie, even a top guy. Teams are just not willing to upgrade or change things up in net if they don’t have to, even for an upgrade at the position. Not sure any rebuild is a dream situation to any GM. I would imagine most Gm’s find it a nightmare because when the spotlight is off the players, it may be a little too bright on a GM.

  12. The emergence of Peter Holland???? The guy is a waste of time.He’s soft.Not even remotely as offensively gifted as Kadri.The Leafs would be fools to let Naz go.

  13. Please send letang packing over rated over paid let the leafs have him

    • lol. Pen’s fans seem to be the only fans who think that Letang is overrated. This guy is one of the best defenders in the league and you want to run him out of town? What’s the matter with you guys? Craving for an early round exit from the SC again?

  14. Shouldn’t McPhee been fired when he traded Forseberg for Erat?

    • In my opinion, yes! He has Ovechkin and Backstrom to build a team around since they were drafted. And look what he has done? How far in the play-offs did the Caps go? 2nd round?

  15. In response to the Letang trade possibility, I can’t see why Pittsburgh can’t trade Letang for cap space. His contract is cap friendly for an elite puck moving defenseman with Stanley Cup experience. You’re right though, they don’t really need anything as they hurdle adversity at every corner. Bylsma is a great coach. What did Therien do with Pittsburgh’s stacked roster ? Got them to the dance but they didn’t get a ring out of it. I’m more interested in knowing what Pittsburgh might do with Vokoun. I thought they brought him in as insurance for Fleury or to provide Fleury with some competition, but Fleury is playing pretty good with the younger and cap friendlier Zatkoff playing behind him. Do they need Vokoun and if not, who could Pittsburgh unload him to and for who in return?

  16. @ DJP

    Some good points on Miller but I disagree on waiting until that window before free agency to trade exclusive negotiating rights. The Sabres, regardless of who they might trade with before the deadline will get a much better return than if they use that season end strategy. In addition, every game the Sabres win reduces the chances of them receiving the #1 pick overall due to weighting in the draft lottery. Also trading exclusive negotiating rights before the Free Agency period starts may force the Sabres to end up dealing with a team whose first overall pick ( if they sign Miller) is 30th overall, whereas right now they can ensure that any picks they receive in addition to roster players or prospects are where they want and need them including next years draft (2015).