Updates on Teemu Selanne, Josh Harding, and Paul Gaustad. Once again, Rick Nash-free for your protection. Enjoy!

 

Will Selanne stay or go?

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks winger Teemu Selanne continues to play coy with the press regarding the possibility he could waive his “no-trade” clause by the trade deadline. “When asked directly if he plans to be with the Ducks for the remainder of the season, Selanne coyly said, “Right now, yeah.” Selanne also went on to say he really believes the Ducks will make the playoffs, saying it would be selfish to think of other options now, though he did acknowledge their recent road trip could be a factor.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Get the feeling Selanne has no intention of seeking a trade, and is merely having some fun with the media? That’s how it seems to me.

ESPN.COM: Craig Custance recently suggested Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding might be the Toronto Maple Leafs best option if GM Brian Burke decides to go shopping for a goalie.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After stubbornly sticking by his tandem of Josh Reimer and Jonas Gustavsson, Burke today admitted his goaltending is one area he and his staff will have to look at, adding if he were to trade for a goalie, it would have to be one which could help them right now. Harding could fit that bill, but Burke might have some competition on his hands, from perhaps the Flyers or Blackhawks, though the respective GMs of those team deny they’re looking for goaltending help.

ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun speculated over possible destinations for Buffalo Sabres center Paul Gaustad. “He’s a strapping third-line center who can kill penalties, provide lots of grit and physicality — which becomes a paramount element come playoff time — and is terrific in the faceoff dot”, reports LeBrun. ” You’d want him on the ice with a minute left in a playoff game your team was leading”. He listed the Red Wing, Canucks, Penguins, Rangers, and Sharks as possible destinations.

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20 Responses to Wednesday Evening NHL Rumor Update – February 22, 2012.

  1. Jrd18 says:

    If burke could land Harding at a decent price I would be impressed

  2. Dan says:

    Interesting rumor I heard today that Rick Dudley was in line for regier’s job.

  3. moegillknee says:

    playing gm sather here: nyr trade stepan .sauer erixon jt miller ,and McIlrath for rick nash
    colombus can build around stepan (21yrs old ) erixon next yr miller and McIlrath later on

    then nyr trade dubinsky anisimov wolski(dump) for toronto s grabovski lombardi armstrong franson and 1 rd pic or 2nd if grabo resigns
    leafs add sum toughness with dubbie and size with anisimov and can wait for wolski to fully recover from abdominal surgery and try and sign him at a bit of a discount long term or let him go ufa .
    rangers add a speedy center to play with gaborik . lombardi is just getting back to form and by playoff time can add depth and speed and pk and armstrong could play with boyle and prust and franson adds depth to the d.
    these two huge trades would vault the rangers as favorites to win cup this year and they could move armstrong or lombardi in the of season to clear space if need be , but not after they had at least a deep run in the playoffs increasing their value a bit .
    i feel the rangers time is now while the king is in his prime and they have a good mix of youth and veterans

  4. barbarian666 says:

    moegillknee | Thursday, 23 February 2012 at 2:11 am
    playing gm sather here: nyr trade stepan .sauer erixon jt miller ,and McIlrath for rick nash
    colombus can build around stepan (21yrs old ) erixon next yr miller and McIlrath later on

    then nyr trade dubinsky anisimov wolski(dump) for toronto s grabovski lombardi armstrong franson and 1 rd pic or 2nd if grabo resigns
    leafs add sum toughness with dubbie and size with anisimov and can wait for wolski to fully recover from abdominal surgery and try and sign him at a bit of a discount long term or let him go ufa .
    rangers add a speedy center to play with gaborik . lombardi is just getting back to form and by playoff time can add depth and speed and pk and armstrong could play with boyle and prust and franson adds depth to the d.
    these two huge trades would vault the rangers as favorites to win cup this year and they could move armstrong or lombardi in the of season to clear space if need be , but not after they had at least a deep run in the playoffs increasing their value a bit .
    i feel the rangers time is now while the king is in his prime and they have a good mix of youth and veterans

    Good one cant stop laughing keep the jokes coming you are one funny guy or gal.Sather would never get ripped off like that

  5. ryan says:

    and to think turco was FREE!

  6. JDBGiGC says:

    I think Rick Nash won’t be traded until the draft. I’m just throwing that in there because it would be wrong to have a Nash-free zone.

  7. Mikey G says:

    Moe- That is an awful Nash trade for the Rangers and will never happen – never in a million years would it ever be contemplated. Nash’s contract is a big impediment to any trade but beyond that, Stepan is a budding mid-level star, Sauer (assuming he is healthy) is one of the most underrated D men in the league and Miller has immense potential.

    I am a Ranger fan and I am no fan of Sather but I give him credit in that he has done well in trades in recent years (unloading his Gomez mistake & unloading his Kotalik mess) so I cannot fathom him offering anything close to what you have suggested. I think a more realistic ‘take it or leave it’ offer would be:

    Dubinsky, Staal or Sauer and Thomas.

    To me, the Rangers biggest need is Sergei Zubov or Leetch to man the point on the PP. Slim pickings out there for that though.

  8. med says:

    @moegillknee :

    why would NYR want to blow up their roster when they are first in the east by almost 10 points, and vying for first in the league?
    Your trades would not make any sense for them.

  9. moegillknee says:

    mikey g – columbus wants to dump salary but at the same time find a player to replace nash for the future so a young gun like stepan with just prospects added acomplishes that . also a ranger fan and dont want to add more than one current roster player in the deal . i agree stepan is going to be a real good one but you have to trade some future to get a player of nash s quality. ultimate goal is to win the cup and as you wait for future to develop your core guys get older and past the best .
    i would rather go for this year as the east is there for the taking other than the bruins .
    will be interesting to see who boston might add for the playoff s with the cap space they have

  10. FireWilson says:

    Harding to the Leafs doesn’t seem like an upgrade to me. Harding has played about 100 NHL games to Reimers 60 games. They have similar save percentages and GAA’s. How is this an upgrade?

  11. hejduk198 says:

    @moegillknee. So you just gutted the Rangers current roster and farm system for Nash, albeit a stud power forward, but clearly not a guy who has demonstrated he can put a team on his back and carry them even top a playoff berth,

    Then, you want to get rid of Dubi who is as hard a worker as anyone in the league. I’m die hard ranger fan who watches everyt game and live just north of the city, trust me, we’ve waited forever for a hard working team and the last thing we want to see happen is all of our hard working players shipped for another huge contract and a pending UFA.

    Anisimov is a very dependable defensive center who’s offensive game is starting to round into form. In a few years her will probably be a steady 2nd line center who gathers 60 points a year and is on the ice during the tough minutes.

    We have a solid young defensive but in these deals you want us to part with three very promising young D men in Sauer, Erixon, and Mcgilrath (hopefully a orpik type of player). Sauer has already proven to fit as a 3rd pair in our system and Erixon as the potential to be a solid 2 way dman w/ that swedish poise. McGilrath needs work but he’s the one gritty dman we need.

    JT Miller is the exact hard hat guy we want on roadway. He plays al facets of the game very well. Probably a true 2nd line and the type of guy you win with. Can’t wait for Miller and Kreider to make an impact in the near future.

    I want nothing to do with Lombardi. Are you serious? Armstrong and Franson do nothing to upgrade or team and system.

    The Rangers have a solid team that are better served adding some secondary scoring and a 3rd pair Dman rather then gutting their farm team and roster for another huge contract and a pending UFA.

    I wish we added a guy like Vermette but I’d love to pry a guy like Stewart out of St. Louis who has fallen out of favor and could be the net crashing power forward we need without mortgaging the farm.

  12. Gabby says:

    I can’t even see Staal going in a trade. I know he hasn’t been the same since his head injury, but he’s coming around slowly. This is a guy who owned every top player in the league. He was able to shut down every top player in the league majority of the time.

  13. AgingGoalie says:

    Why are Rangers fans so eager to perform a midseason, fundamental overhaul on a team that’s (finally) doing this well?!?!? “Wow…we’re in the #1 spot in the East…playing pretty consistently…getting great goaltending…the team seems to be buying in to the coaches’ vision…what can we do to mess that up on a fundamental level?” Seriously, guys…”most glamorous or highly touted player available” does NOT mean “best player we could add in any and all situations.”

    For a team like NY to even seriously consider Nash, I would personally say that they should bet on him not being traded by the end of Monday, and pursue him in the offseason if they really want to go that way. If someone else gets him before that, so what? At that point, you can look in the mirror and say that you didn’t perform a major experiment on a Cup contender two months before the end of the season…and sometimes that’s more valuable than any number of goals that the new guy would score.

    Bottom line for me…if the Rangers give up what they would have to for Nash, they instantaneously convert themselves from serious contender to question mark. And while I’m all for that (I have a longstanding and deep rooted dislike of the Rangers)…I cannot for the life of me see why Rangers fans would be. Particularly when you’re looking at the possibility of having to play a very dangerous Boston team…or perhaps a healthy (and thus extraordinarily dangerous) Pittsburgh team…or an exceedingly difficult Philly team…or an experienced and skilled NJ team…or some combination thereof…just to get out of the Conference.

  14. Jay says:

    I am just curious….when was the last time there was a trade rumor that Lyle thought would actually happen. I understand and respect his opinion, but they are “rumors” for a reason.

  15. Sukh says:

    Moe, why would the Rangers gut their team when they are in first place in their conference by 7 points? They would need a pre season just to get to know everyone’s names!

  16. Jay: Yes, they are “rumors” for a reason, because most of them are baseless or have no possibility of occurring. My role is to analyze these rumors and determine if they make sense or have any reasonable chance of coming true. A few of them do, and I assess them accordingly. Most don’t.

  17. aces_hive says:

    @moegillknee- does your family know about your drug problem? you’re sure your a rangers fan? those trades are insanely bad. can i join your fantasy hockey league?

    @hejduk198- i like stewart as well and would love the rangers to get him. i also agree that the pp needs help and would benefit from strong pp qb, as would del zotto to play with a player like that.

  18. Mikey G says:

    All the comments about how wrong it would be for the Rangers to do a big shake up are on the money but I am a die hard and am convinced that if they do not get the power play fixed we will have an early exit from the playoffs.

    Nash would obviously help but the cost to get him is way too high and his cap numbers are a yolk for any team…including Columbus which is why I think if they do trade him it will be for less than what people think is an even trade.

    It is clear that Richards has been a flop in terms of the PP (and his contact will be a yolk too but that will be another story) and I am not sure if there is a quick fix out there but they are 27th in the league! It is a testement to how well Henrik and their team D have been playing for them to be leading the East but the failing PP will come back to haunt them in the playoffs if it is not addressed.

  19. adambuffalo says:

    I’m don’t think the Rangers need to make any major moves at this time. I would see if they would be interested in trading with the Sabres for Gaustad and either Leopold or Sekera. What do you think the return would be for the pair?

  20. MJR I says:

    Rick Dudley? lol I wouldn’t let him anywhere near my phone if I were Buffalo’s owner.

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