Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – March 17, 2013.

The latest on Martin St. Louis, Marian Gaborik, Evander Kane, Jarome Iginla, Corey Perry and many more.

Could Martin St. Louis seek a trade?

Could Martin St. Louis seek a trade?

TAMPA BAY TIMES: Damian Cristodero wonders Martin St. Louis and Lightning GM Steve Yzerman might have a conversation about a possible move by the trade deadline. He speculates the possibility of moving St. Louis might not be far-fetched.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It can’t be ruled out, but it would certainly be surprising if Yzerman tried to shop St. Louis, or if he were to ask Yzerman for a trade. As Cristodero notes, it’s merely speculation on his part, and not an indication any such conversation has happened between the two.

 OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports league sources claim the Buffalo Sabres, counter to GM Darcy Regier denials, intend to ‘blow up’ their roster as pretty much every player is available by the trade deadline. He claims they’re not moving Thomas Vanek or top prospects Marcus Foligno, Cody Hodgson or Alexander Sulzer, and nobody will take on Tyler Myers’ contract. Jason Pominville is believed available and Garrioch believes Drew Stafford the most likely to be dealt…The asking price for Jarome Iginla is believed to be a No. 1 pick, a prospect and a roster player, and it’s believed the “Penguins, Predators, Sharks, Red Wings and Bruins” could have interest…Expect Capitals center Mike Ribeiro to be dealt. The Bruins, Canucks, Senators and Leafs may be looking for forward depth…Garrioch expects the Red Wings, “Habs, Leafs, Senators, Rangers and Flyers” could make pitches for Corey Perry, but Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray won’t move him unless he gets an irresistible offer…The Flyers and Kings have had talks with the Flames about defenseman Jay Bouwmeester…Mike Smith may be willing to re-sign with the Coyotes if they offer up $6 million per season…The Leafs are willing to pay half of Mike Komisarek’s $3.5 million salary if anyone’s interested in acquiring him…Sharks UFAs Ryane Clowe, Douglas Murray and Michal Handzus are believed available. “The Habs, Bruins and Penguins have interest in Clowe”…Garrioch doesn’t believe the Jets will trade Dustin Byfuglien, but suggests Evander Kane, Ron Hainsey and Alexander Burmistrov are “on the trade radar”…The Canadiens might have interest in Buffalo defenseman Robyn Regehr, and there’s “whispers” Brian Gionta could be moved in the off-season….The Stars could move Brenden Morrow and Derek Roy. Garrioch believes Boston would be a good fit for Morrow.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I also doubt the Sabres move their top prospects, though Sulzer (28) hardly qualifies as a “prospect”. For that matter, neither are Foligno and Hodgson, who are full-fledged young NHLers. They could keep Vanek for one more season, but it seems unlikely he’ll re-sign by next summer if the Sabres are still floundering. Pominville would certainly attract interest, but the struggling Stafford’s contract could scare off any interest, especially with the salary cap dropping next season…I think we can all agree the Flames won’t just give Iginla away. It’s still anyone’s guess if he’ll be dealt…Unless the Capitals shed salary elsewhere to re-sign Ribeiro, they have little choice but to shop him for the best return at the deadline…Corey Perry won’t be dealt. The Ducks are serious Cup contenders and need him to make a run this spring, even if they lose him to free agency…If the Flames are still in the playoff chase, they won’t move Bouwmeester, who has one year left on his contract…I think Smith is more concerned over the Coyotes ownership than what he’ll get from them for a contract, though $6 million per would be market value for a goalie of his caliber…If the Leafs are willing to pick up half of Komisarek’s contract, and no one’s jumped on that yet, it doesn’t say much for his trade value…If the Sharks slip out of playoff contention, I would expect them to start shopping some of their UFAs. They want to keep Clowe, but with $53 million invested in 13 players and the cap dropping to $64.3 million next season, I don’t see how they can do it without shedding salary elsewhere…If the Jets slide out of playoff contention, Hainsey and Burmistrov could be available, but not Kane, and certainly not Byfuglien…I would think the Habs would want a little more size up front. As for Gionta, with one season at $5 million left on his contract, I don’t see any takers via trade. They could buy him out, but I think they still value his leadership and experience.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Eric Duhatschek doesn’t believe Jarome Iginla is a good fit for the LA Kings, especially with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter in the lineup, and doesn’t believe they’ll part with backup Jonathan Bernier while starter Jon Quick is having an erratic season…He believes Toronto and Detroit could be contenders for Anaheim’s Corey Perry if he hits the free agent market. It’s believed Perry would prefer to move back to the East, preferably close to Ontario…There’s talk of Dallas’ Derek Roy ending up with the Vancouver Canucks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Excellent rebuttal about the “Iginla to Kings” rumors. Two years ago, that move would’ve made sense. Not now, and not with Bernier in the deal, given Quick’s play this season. Bernier will be dealt, but this summer, not during this season…If Perry truly wants to return to Ontario, or close to it, Toronto and Detroit would certainly be prime suitors. Ottawa might have interest, but I’m not convinced they could win a bidding war, as I don’t think owner Eugene Melnyk is prepared to pay him over $9 million per season. The NY Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers would certainly have interest, though they would have to free up cap space. I also wouldn’t rule out the Bruins…The Stars had preliminary contract talks with Roy recently, so he might not be available at the deadline.

BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont reports Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli will likely shop for depth for his third and fourth lines, especially with Chris Kelly out with a  broken leg…Rumors continue to link the Bruins with Jarome Iginla and Daniel Alfredsson, but “neither may be available”…

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect the Bruins will bolster their checking line depth. They could go after a “big fish” for their scoring lines, but the priority is addressing the weaknesses elsewhere in the lineup.

CBC.CA (via KUKLA’S KORNER): Elliotte Friedman reports the reason for so little trade activity is prices are “outrageous’ in the trade market, the standings remain tight (especially in the Western Conference), the salary cap is dropping next season, and many GMs don’t like what they see in the UFA market. The GMs are all chasing the same players…Kevin Weekes notes the Blues have four key RFAs in Chris Stewart, Patrik Berglund, Kevin Shattenkirk and Alex Pietrangelo, and it’ll be interesting to see what they do with them…Friedman spoke about a rumor linking the NY Rangers’ Marian Gaborik with the Vancouver Canucks, but he doesn’t believe those talks went anywhere. He suggested the Rangers might have to eat some of his salary to trade him, but doubts they’ll do that. He also believes they’d only move him if they could get back a return to replace the depth they’ve lost.

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Dave Molinari lists some prospective UFAs who could be moved by the trade deadline. Jarome Iginla, Mike Ribeiro, Robyn Regehr, Ryan Whitney, Jordan Leopold, Anton Babchuk, Ladislav Smid, Mark Fistric and Milan Hejduk are the notables.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t think the Oilers will move Smid, who leads the club in blocked shots and hits, and is among the league leaders in those categories. I also doubt Hejduk (no-movement clause) wants to be moved. As for the rest, some are possible (Iginla, Ribeiro) while the others are very likely to go, though Fistric remains on injured reserve with an elbow injury.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman is monitoring the trade market, but while he’d be interested in offers to improve his club, he likes the current makeup and won’t make big changes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Bowman does go shopping, it could be for depth at center.


  1. The Sabres have talent. Too much of that talent has been washed up under years of Lindy Ruff’s flawed playbook. The last thing the Sabres need to do is blow up the roster and do nothing to fix the team, i.e. 2007.

    Darcy Regier’s recent divestment of defenseman T.J. Brennan to Florida for a fifth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft and likelihood of not getting a better roster player increases the temperature of the hot seat. Regier is good about finding talent, but can be bad keeping bad talent over good talent.

    • Has Myers really dropped off that much? I know defensemen especially young ones seem to be inconsistent but I thought he was a lock for buffaloes core. If he is available I can’t believe no one would take a chance on him, what would be the return they’d want though?
      Buffalo does have some good pieces that may just need a change of scenery…

      • Meyers has looked confused on the ice, maybe it is trying to hard or too much. I don’t get it because you have James Patrick and Teppo Nemminen handling the D. I don’t think the problem with the Sabres was coaching, I think it is the complacency of some players – Pommer (who stinks as a captain), Stafford (who overachieved one year and has been a no show), and panic signings with Leino (because we weren’t in the game for Richards). Ott, Hodgeson, Sulzer were great additions – we need some gritty “down and dirty” players who can and are willing to go in the hard areas – Ryan,Perry, Burrows, Penner, Lupel, Clowe and also show some leadership. We have plenty to trade (Regehr, Leopod, Meyers, Stafford, Pomminville and Miller)and if needed assets to sweeten the pie (either draft picks or players like Luke Adam, Nathan Gerbe, Mike Weber, Adam Pardy). Trade Miller for Hiller or Neimi. SJ is looking to do a deal – give em Miller and Stafford for Neimi and Clowe.

        • ok first thing is first. how does anyone think hiller for miller is a good trade?he’s not even a starter no more. and niemi? are you freakin kiddin me? maybe if the other teams throough in a few draft picks including a first rounder.

          • With goaltending, call Vancouver about Roberto Luongo. Use that fifth-round pick in the 2013 NHL draft, Jordan Leopold and either Ryan Miller or Drew Stafford, and you have a done deal.

          • luongo’s getting waaaaay to old and his contract is huge. sabres are going younger. look for bernier in a sabres uniform.

          • Jes, have you looked at Hiller and Niemi’s stats – .911 and .925 sv % while Miller’s is .913%. Niemi has not been getting any scoring from his mates, but has kept the games close enough to win. Niemi is 11-6, Hiller 10-2 while Miller is 9-12. So tell me how lousy both Niemi and Hiller are? You need to do your homework before you spout off.

          • Would this work?

            To Buffalo: Hiller + Perry
            To Anaheim: Miller + Vanek

            Miller is worth more than Hiller, yet Perry is worth more than Vanek.

        • “I don’t think the problem with the Sabres was coaching, I think it is the complacency of some players…”

          Good players are non complacent with the the flawed playbook of Lindy Ruff that continues to be used for reasons beyond my control. Ron Rolston, no matter how long he will be coach, has an opportunity to throw that system out for basics that win. James Patrick and Teppo Numminen, both who played for Ruff, may need to go for the sake of eliminating any link to the flawed Ruff playbook.

          Do not trade away your better players and expect to win with your worst players.

          • Ice – you think Stafford and Pommer play their butts off? I don’t see them willing to pay the price to go in the dirty areas – sometimes there are glimpses with Stafford, but then he disappears. Oh…..that’s right we’re coming up on the trade deadlline in a few weeks – so Stafford nets 2. I don’t think Ruff’s playbook was flawed, I think some players on the team are flawed. Meyers – too much, too soon. Leino – panic signing. Regehr – Trade Deadline splash. I think Lindy’s problem…..sticking with Pommer and Stafford as key elements of your team. Yes, Pommer gets his 30 points a season, but he shows no leadership or heart. Rolston – he’s a teacher and what works in Olympic Development doesn’t necessarily translate into NHL Coaching. Buffalo needs to shake things up and hire a coach that brings in some new energy and excitment – someone not affiliated with the current organization.

          • “Ice – you think Stafford and Pommer play their butts off? I don’t see them willing to pay the price to go in the dirty areas – sometimes there are glimpses with Stafford, but then he disappears. Oh…..that’s right we’re coming up on the trade deadlline in a few weeks – so Stafford nets 2.”

            Drew Stafford goes into a cold streak too long not making the most of his chances with shots on goal. Benchings under Lindy Ruff were effective for Stafford.

            Jason Pominville can score and assist. Pominville needs to step up to expectations as a captain.

            “I don’t think Ruff’s playbook was flawed, I think some players on the team are flawed.”

            Show me how playing a zone defense wins you games. It does not. Skaters scatter around leaving the zone wide open. The goaltender is left hung out to dry and allows goals galore. That is how Ruff’s defense works.

            “Rolston – he’s a teacher and what works in Olympic Development doesn’t necessarily translate into NHL Coaching. Buffalo needs to shake things up and hire a coach that brings in some new energy and excitment – someone not affiliated with the current organization.”

            Ron Rolston is likely aware he is not the long term solution to the Sabres. Ditto for Darcy Regier. Two people who are capable of changing things around in Buffalo are Rick Dudley as General Manager and Craig Ramsey as Head Coach. Though their time in Atlanta was short lived, they know how a team should operate.

      • man i hope to god myers isnt traded. as a sabres fan he’s my fav nhl player playing for my fav nhl team.

        other than hodgson, ott, vanek, myers and of course top prospects i see everyone available.

      • Myers is a core player. Brennan would have been a core player for the Sabres. Leopold is not a core player and should have seen a change in scenery.

        • Meyers is not a core player at this point in his career as he has regressed. He needs to familiarize himself with the basics of playing D and start playing that way.

          • I respectfully disagree. Myers is in his fourth NHL season. Myers may have been playing below expectations last season and now, but he has several years ahead to contribute.

            Defensemen like Jordan Leopold, Alexander Sulzer and Robyn Regher are aging and not considered core players.

          • Ice, I never said Regher, Leopold, or Sulzer are core players – but we do have McNabb, Pysyk, Shiestel, Gauthier-LeDuc, Crawford and Biega in Rochester and ready to make the transition into the bigs any time. Meyers didn’t look so good last year, but this year it is like he is over thinking the position. Perhaps he needs to go back to Rochester and play for a bit – but your right Ice – he has several years ahead with his big contract to contribute.

  2. Horton,spooner and Caron for perry.
    Gives Anaheim Horton and caron for playoffs and a good prospect in Spooner.

    • Horton is one hit to the head away from drooling … not nearly enough for Perry …

    • Not even close…2 kinda fringe blue chip prospects and a rugged some what inconsistent winger not going to get it done maybe if you swap out 1 prospect with a first it may get the convo going….UFA or not Perry will fetch a boatload or the Ducks will keep him for the playoff run

      • I’m from Kingston seen alot of Spooner with the Fronts and others in the OHL I’m way more sold on Caron then Spooner he is a very small shifty center but not overly fast and tends to get injured (run over) alot…

        • Guys, your all dreaming. Perry is not going to be traded at the deadline as he is an integral part of the drive to the cup. He will be lost to Anaheim on July 5 because he wants to move back east. Tough decision by the ducks but at this point the only logical one they can make.

    • Guys you gotta remember Horton and perry are UFA.
      So at seasons end Bruins have nothing Anaheim has Caron and Spooner a potential second line center and wing. Agree Anaheim should just keep him for playoffs. As a Bruins fan that’s as much as I’m giving up for a rental.

      • I agree that the Ducks probably keep him even if he walks in the summer that being said I think a bunch of teams will probably make a call to see what it would take to land him even as a rental and if there was a real good offer (a top 6 forward good prospect and a first rounder) Murray would have no choice but to deal him…the Ducks would still be a good team and a force in the west depending on the level of the top 6 guy they get in return it would set them up for the next couple years with the pick and prospect, its not like Perry is carrying this team on his back there are some other guys having a pretty good year in Aniheim.

  3. 8-1 Loss ,it pains me as a Stars fan to see what this team has become, Newy step down and save some face .You were are a great player but your judgement as a GM is well (Neal,Ryder) says it all. Not to mention you let Riberio go when your team is goal starved hes one point out of the top ten in scoring. What has Cole done ,your coach is hopeless and the players dont respond to him for what ever reason. Ownership needs to step in and fix this sinking ship. There are alot good parts just dont give them away…

  4. Who ever thinks alfi us going anywhere has been drinking too much green beer. There, now no one needs to use the green beer bit for the rest of the day;)

  5. Dave…..That’s not bad, from a Bruins standpoint I like Horton, but you’ve got to give up something to get something and Horton is a UFA this summer, I wouldnt be upset about Caron leaving, but could see where teams see value in him ( decent size, hands, young, etc. ), would love to see Perry with the Bruins.

    re; jets……no way they trade Buff or Kane, I think Burmistrov’s days as a jet are numbered though two years in a row he’s fallen out of favour with Noel and he’s a frustrating player massive skill but just doesn’t produce thought he turned the corner by agreeing to go to AHL but I guess not. Jets will also likely move a d-man Meech is playing well, enstrom willl be back fairly soon, postma has shown he deserves to stay plus he can’t be sent to the AHL without being put on waivers my guess is either Postma or Hainsey gets dealt no matter where the Jets are in the standings.

    • I would love to see Buffalo get Kane – he is an in your face guy and we could probably get him for Pomminville – hell, even throw in a Leino for him.

      • The jets are not going to trade Kane. Your also nuts if you think the sabres could get Kane for Pominville and Mr. no-show Leino.

      • LOL keep going….2 bad contract no shows for a guy who if he isn’t already will be a superstar in the league very soon…

        • Shticky – I agree, but commentators and certain teams believe that Pommer is a a first line guy and rumor has it that there are certain contenders that want him. I guess it is similar to the reason why we got a first round draft pick for Gaustad.
          What brings down the value of Kane is his “mouth”. Yes, he’s young and hasn’t embraced Winnapeg as much as the City and Fans would like. He is quick to cry racism, which he does have a point, but after a while it just becomes good old fashion complaining and as a result of this and certain off ice incidents – there is a negative perception about him that overshadows all his talent. And, if you are a problem in the locker room or outside of hockey, no amount of scoring will help.

          There have been rumors for a while that Kane is on the trading block and I can see Winn doing a deal. My throw in of Leino is sarcasism – but the Sabres have a number of assets – trade picks, players and youngsters that they could sweeten a Pomminville trade pie. I think Kane would love Buffalo and could become a big fish in a small pond. Anyway, Just something to think about.

    • Thanks Bruinny from a Bruins standpoint I think that’s a good offer.
      I’m kinda high on Spooner maybe others aren’t.

    • Burmistrov would look pretty good on Datsyuk’s wing :)

      • That’s exactly the type of team Burmistrov needs to be on, where he has no choice but to tow the line and who better for him to learn from that Datsyuk. I wonder what detroit could offer up though? What about Burmistrov and Hainsey for Darren Helm, Ian White and maybe a pick? The Wings get a young guy with loads of talent for Datsyuk to mentor plus a veteran d-man in Hainsey, the Jets get a couple manitoba guys Helm has good speed and would fit in nicely with the jets perhaps with Jokinen and Kane

  6. Garrioch is just too moronic. I can’t believe this guy still has job. So basically he thinks everyone is getting traded. Does this guy actually think that people take him seriously anymore?

    I don’t think there will be significant trades at the deadline except for maybe a couple depending on where teams stand by then.

    • Agreed Garrioch is the worst in the biz, makes a certain anonymous blogger look like a genius…

  7. Komisarek and a 2nd to Montreal for Kaberle and Weber. Montreal takes on a little extra salary, Kaberle has been more (not by much) useful than Komisarek, both will be bought out, so basically Montreal is paying 250 000 and a player who will never get a shot here for a 2nd…..why not?

    • Sorry, make that a 3rd…Toronto would be paring an extra 1 million on K abs contract…..

    • Leafs arent’ taking Kaberle back. That ship has sailed.
      I think the Leafs want to keep Komi incase someone gets injured IF they make the playoffs. They already have Liles and Gardner as puck movers so they would rather have Komi and his tough style play then Kaberle for a run.

      • What gets me, not only did you think of this ludicrous trade, you had the sack to post it.

        • LOL drew

        • Who, you put the ass in class….

    • No. Just no.

      I’m a Habs fan, and even I know there’s no way Kaberle is getting moved. Picking him up was a panic move. And for Komisarek? No way.

      Here’s my take on what happens to Kaberle/Komi: compliance buy-outs.

      • Agreed, that is the point….only Weber has anything close to a shot at actually playing……..

  8. Perry will be dealt , he will be the player to watch along with Roy and Ribby from the Caps. Vancover will land one of them , Iggy or Morrow to the Bruins for what who knows…

    • Perry will not be dealt — with Anaheim having a very good season.. why would they lessen their chances in the playoffs by trading him now. They would not get enough back to help them during the playoff run.

      His rights may be traded before July 5th.. but that doesn’t guarantee that teams signs him. If he wants to be close to his home… then Detroit, Toronto, Mtl & Ottawa would have to fight it out to get him.. Each team has something to offer him..

    • Perry is as good as gone , someone like that has to much value and cant walk for nothing …

    • Perry is staying put.

      • Yeah right your crazy If you think that Anaheim will give Corey Perry $9 to $10 Million a year that he could get on the open market They at the most would offer him what they gave to Ryan Getzllaf and he can get way more on the open market there Is no way that Perry stays In Anaheim after the season.

  9. I would be stunned if Perry was moved during the season. I’d also be stunned if he re-signed with the Ducks.

  10. If perry won’t resign Anaheim would be nuts to not get something for him.
    They should try to find a playoff replacement and a few prospects and a pick.

    • They have no choice to lose him for nothing. And what team is going to give up a playoff replacement, a few prospects and a high pick for a guy who is a UFA come July 5. A sign and trade deal could happen, but if he was to be signed don’t you think it would have happened by now.

      • Lots of Gms make bad decisions this time of year (speaking from the experience of a Leaf fan)…not saying it’s going to happen just wouldn’t surprise me if it did…if the right deal comes along the Ducks will do it, if not they will keep him and lose him in the summer they are in a good spot and can afford to be picky, and again the Ducks are a good team with alot of their players having good years its not all due to Perry…

      • It will depend on how far they get in the playoffs. Have to wait and see what Duck Dynasty management have up their sleeves.

  11. A trade would also ruin any momentum the club has right now, not to mention the blow to moral.

    • With guys lime Koivu, Selanne and Beauchimin there are alot of vets on the team to provide leadership and understand the business side of the game I don’t think it would have as big an impact on the teams morale as one may think….

  12. I wonder why we keep hearing all these rumours about Daniel Alfredsson being moved? As long as the Sens are in a playoff spot, or close to it for the next couple weeks they’ll hold onto their long time captain.

  13. Please, everyone, take everything Garrioch says with a huge grain of salt. He’s as ridiculous as Eklund, enough said.

    • They are brothers aren’t they.

  14. I would love the Flyers to trade Simmonds for Meyers – that works for me.

    • Simmonds isn’t going anywhere, not even for Myers if that rumor had one ounce of truth to it.