Could the Panthers stage a fire sale? Could James Reimer get dealt to Edmonton? Are the Rangers shopping for help? Is Jake Gardiner available? Where could Paul Stastny end up? All this and more in today’s collection of hockey rumors.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Florida Panthers could soon stage a fire sale of their veterans. “Forwards Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg, Scottie Upshall, Shawn Matthias, Brad Boyes and Marcel Goc are among those available along with Tom Gilbert and Dmitry Kulikov”, writes Garrioch, claiming the Panthers won’t part with youngsters “Jonathan Huberdeau, Jacob Markstrom, Erik Gudbranson and Aleksander Barkov.”…The Oilers were working the phones for a goalie without success. Garrioch cites two league executives believing the Oilers options are “Washington’s Michal Neuvirth, Toronto’s James Reimer and St. Louis’ Brian Elliott.” He also claimed the Oilers were “sniffing around” Ottawa’s Craig Anderson and Carolina’s Cam Ward” but the sense is neither are going anywhere. The Oilers also aren’t believed interested in Ilya Bryzgalov…The NY Rangers are looking for a top-six forward and are shopping winger Chris Kreider…”The word is” Thomas Vanek won’t stay in Buffalo after this season. Garrioch speculates the Rangers could take a run at Vanek if they buy out Brad Richards next summer. Ryan Miller’s expected to head to a West Coast team as a UFA…It’s rumored the Rangers have tabled a long-term, $6 million per season contract offer to Henrik Lundqvist, but Garrioch believes Lundqvist will eventually get an eight-year deal worth between $7.5-$8 million per…The Flyers would like to move Andrej Meszaros and Nicklas Grossman.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fleischmann’s the Panthers leading scorer and would attract some interest but he’s also got another season at $4.5 million with a no-movement/modified NTC clause. Upshall’s $3.5 million salary for this season and next along with his NMC/modified NTC is also problematic. Versteeg’s contract ($4.4 million to 2015-16) and recent injury history makes him tough to move. Boyes might attract some interest later in the season. I’m not convinced the Panthers would part with Kulikov just yet…Recent speculation suggests the Oilers were shopping around but only to see what’s available in the trade market. They want to give Devan Dubnyk a chance to turn things around. Forget about Anderson or Ward being available. Ain’t happenin’…Not surprised to see Kreider’s name pop up in the rumor mill. He’s been a big disappointment…Richards has been among the few bright spots for the Rangers so far. If he keeps playing well, I don’t believe the Rangers will buy him out…Regardless of Lundqvist’s or the Rangers performance this season, he will get a big contract from the Blueshirts. They won’t let him go, and he doesn’t want to leave…Flyers are stuck with Meszaros and Grossman.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons reports Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis said he hasn’t considered trading Jake Gardiner and doesn’t believe in trading away young defensemen. Simmons also believes if the Leafs decide to trade James Reimer and the Oilers are still seeking a goalie he’d be a good fit in Edmonton, bringing the Leafs one of their young stars.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Gardiner rumors have died down of late. Unless the Leafs end up on a lengthy losing skid prompting fan and media calls for a trade, we won’t hear of them again this season. Reimer would indeed be a good fit with the Oilers, but of their young stars the only one I see them parting with is Yakupov, simply because they’ve invested long-term in Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Sam Gagner, and they won’t part with Justin Schultz.
CBC.CA (via KUKLA’S KORNER): Elliotte Friedman reports the Oilers looked at the overall situation and could stick with their current goaltending. He believes the teams they had the most serious discussions with were Anaheim, St. Louis and Washington but the talks didn’t go far enough or happily enough for the Oilers. He also doesn’t believe the Oilers will part with Nail Yakupov.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Anaheim has Jonas Hiller or Viktor Fasth, the Blues Brian Elliott (because they won’t part with Jaroslav Halak or Jake Allen) and the Capitals Michal Neuvirth (they won’t part with Braden Holtby). The Ducks aren’t willing to part with Hiller or Fasth right now, the Blues aren’t in any rush to move Elliott while the Capitals don’t want to move Neuvirth right now. So, there’s nothing really available for the Oilers, forcing them to stick with their current tandem.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater, responding to some readers’ e-mails, suggests Toronto, Boston and Nashville could be destinations for Paul Stastny if the Avalanche decide to shop him later this season. He also believes the Avs won’t have any problem re-sign Ryan O’Reilly.