It’s a slow day for media-generated rumors, so let’s take a look at what rumor bloggers have been posting in recent weeks.
Looks like it’s been slow for rumor bloggers since mid-July. The only site with any consistent rumor updates over the past couple of weeks was HockeyBuzz. If anyone knows of a hockey rumors blog that’s been updating regularly for the past two-three weeks, send along their link. If it’s something notable, I’ll post it up here in a future “Rumors from the Blogosphere” update. Anyway, here’s what’s been reported by “Eklund” over the past week or so:
– A “source” claimed the Edmonton Oilers were making a late push for Mikhail Grabovski. “Eklund” claimed Carolina, Ottawa and Washington were also “in the mix”. He subsequently reported Washington was out of the Grabovski bidding, but “Ottawa, Carolina, Anaheim, and NJ remain”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators have plenty of cap space, but they’re under a self-imposed cap and still have Jared Cowen to re-sign, so I doubt they’re in the bidding for “Grabo”. The Hurricanes have been shopping for defensemen for months, so I’ll be very surprised if they sign Grabovski, especially since they’re already deep with top two line centers (The Staal brothers, Jeff Skinner).
The Ducks have limited cap space (roughly $4.3 million) and wish to leave room for Teemu Selanne if he decides to return next season. The Devils still have to re-sign Adam Henrique, but they have the cap space to add someone like Grabovski if they wish. Still, I’ve heard nothing in the MSM linking him to the Devils this summer. As for the Capitals, Grabovski seems like he’d be a perfect fit, but GM George McPhee last month expressed no interest in this summer’s free agent market.
– On August 3, “Eklund” suggested a Ryan Miller for Ales Hemsky swap wasn’t impossible.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Miller (who has a partial NTC in which he lists eight teams he won’t accept being dealt to) doesn’t want to be traded to the Oilers, then it is impossible. Sure, as a short-term move for one season for both clubs to move players which don’t fit into their long-term plans, it seems like a good idea, but if so, one would think it would’ve happened by now.
– Back on July 28, “Eklund” claimed the Devils were looking at Damien Brunner if a possible Thomas Vanek trade couldn’t be worked out. He also claimed there was “a lot of speculation” over a possible Canadiens-Canucks trade, in which the Habs were seeking a defenseman for “some power play insurance”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sabres GM Darcy Regier last month claimed teams he’d spoken to about Vanek and Ryan Miller wanted him to absorb part of their contracts, which doesn’t sound like something Regier wanted to do. I thought the Devils would pursue Brunner to add speed on the wing, but his rumored asking price ($3.5 million per season) is what’s dampened interest in him around the league.
Looking at the Canucks roster, the only d-men who’d provide “power play insurance” is Alex Edler and Kevin Bieksa. The Canucks aren’t moving the latter, while the former’s expensive contract is too much for the Canadiens to take on.