Thursday Afternoon Rumor Update – July 19, 2012.

The latest from CBC.CA, projecting the fate of the NHL UFA class of 2013, and picking a trade target for the Dallas Stars.


Blackhawks not shopping Kane.

CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman recently reported the following in an expanded version of his final “30 Thoughts” column for 2011-12: The NY Islanders have no intention of trading defenseman Mark Streit, who was recently linked to the Edmonton Oilers in the rumor mill…One of the sticking points in talks between the Vancouver Canucks and Florida Panthers regarding Roberto Luongo could be the former has interest in some of the latter’s promising prospects as part of the return. Friedman feels if nothing can be worked out with the Panthers, the Canucks will ask him for more destinations. No timetable on getting a trade done…Friedman was also prophetic regarding an offer sheet for Shea Weber…He thinks the Coyotes, who need offensive help, might have interest in Boston’s David Krejci, but isn’t sure the Bruins want to part with Krejci. “That’s probably where all the Keith Yandle rumors come from”…Alexander Semin always seems to look “unhappy”, which might be affecting his free agent value…Patrick Kane isn’t going anywhere…Teams are calling about San Jose’s 36-year-old blueliner Dan Boyle.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I was planning on posting Friedman’s report earlier today, but the Shea Weber offer sheet news pushed it to the back-burner. No surprise the Isles don’t want to move Streit, as he’s their best defenseman (as well as team captain), and would be difficult to replace…While the Panthers are undoubtedly interested in bringing back Luongo, they’ve also got Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen under contract, and Jacob Markstrom in the minors. They aren’t desperate to make a deal…A recent report out of Boston claimed Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli doesn’t want to move Krejci…Whatever the reason, Semin (justifiably or not) has a bad rep among NHL GMs, and that’s why he’s still unsigned…Of course Kane isn’t being dealt…Teams might have interest in Boyle, but no guarantee they’ll get him. Boyle may be ageing but he’d be tough to replace right now.

SPORTSNET.CA: Luke Fox speculated over the potential fates of the NHL’s Class of 2013 Unrestricted Free Agents, guessing which ones might be re-signed, traded or allowed to walk.  It’s an impressive list, including such notables as Anaheim’s Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Teemu Selanne, Calgary’s Jarome Iginla, Boston’s Nathan Horton, Philadelphia’s Scott Hartnell, Nashville’s Mike Fisher, Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom,  Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul, and Winnipeg’s Tobias Enstrom.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Up until today’s report of the Flyers signing Shea Weber to an offer sheet, there was little to discuss regarding trades and free agency except for Shane Doan wanting to wait for the Coyotes ownership to be sorted out, and a whole lotta reports about a whole lotta nothing about Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan, Roberto Luongo and Alexander Semin. So no harm in musing over next summer’s UFA class. Somebody should save this list and revisit it in a year to see how well Fox’s guesses pan out.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika , responding to readers questions during a recent live chat, suggested if the Stars want a number one defenseman, a good trade target would be Calgary’s Jay Bouwmeester, provided he’s available.


  1. Malkin’s and Gonchar’s RUS agent says he has started looking for options in Europe (inc. KHL) for both in case of a lockout. ‪#Pens‬ ‪#Sens‬

    -Dmitry Chesnokov

    My views on this:


  2. I wonder how long Iginla is going to waste away in Calgary. Might he want to stay no matter what, like Doan or will he have enough. A great player but no GM has been able to get that team over the hump yet.

    • 1 blown call in game 6 from a stanley cup. Pretty sure he doesn’t have a cup ring because of some bad luck.

      I’m sure that is getting over the hump. Now since then they haven’t done anything.

  3. Well Calgary made it to final in 2004…..thats considered getting over the hump. If it not, then most teams and a lot of star players are in the “not getting over the hump” phase.

    • Getting there is one thing. Getting your name on the cup is another. Granted they got to the finals back then, but since? That was what, 8 years ago? I mean no disrespect to Calgary or their fans.

      My point being they play the game to win the cup. Not to come in second once in your career and be mediocre the rest. I understand loyalty and liking where you are. This is a great player who could be the missing piece to another team and ultimately win the cup. He could have that opportunity soon. Will he take it though?

  4. Don’t ever believe what Friedman says. He thinks he is a hot shot as everyone left Hockey night in Canada. Only listen to TSN. They will be the ones who will be taking over for Hockey night as CBC contract is comming up.

  5. florida would be crazy to give up promising prospects for luongo. if they can get him for little to nothing, then maybe tallon gives it a try but if gillis insists on getting something good for luongo simply walk away and wait for markstrom to fully develop.

  6. Elloitt Friedman is the only decent one of HNIC.

    With Gonchar gone this next season.. I wouldn’t mind Murray going after Dan Boyle. The Sens will still need some veteran help on defense with the young guys back there.

    Both Luongo & Nash may have to increase the number of teams they would be traded to.

    Luongo had Florida & Toronto (I believe).

    Nash had Rangers, Detroit, Philly, Pitts, SJ, Boston. Rangers won’t part with Kreider.. SJ won’t part with Couture.. Philly now will have no room.. Detroit is within the division so he’s not going there.. That leaves Pitts and Boston..

    They increase their lists or stay where they are.

    • And Pittsburgh and Boston won’t pay the price either.

      Basically the asking price has to come down. These guys don’t have the value they once had. Especially when teams know they want out. Nash I believe will sit out if he isn’t traded. Luongo might have to wait into the season to get moved.

    • Honestly, I would rather SJ pass on Nash this year, then pick up Iginla next summer as a UFA. Iggy with Marleu as his center would be really fun to watch