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NHL Trade Rumors – 8 Jan 14

New York Rangers and Anaheim Ducks talking trade

Dan Giradi -1

According to The Fourth Period.com it appears the New York Rangers and the Anaheim Ducks would be discussing a trade involving defenseman Dan Girardi. Recently seen at each other’s games across the league were scouts from observing Girardi while the Rangers scouts were observing the Anaheim Ducks. General manager Gel Sather has not decided yet if he will move Girardi or resign him to a new contract. The Blue Shirt defenseman is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1st. The Rangers would be looking at a young defenseman and a young forward prospect in return for Girardi. As for the Ducks, although they haven’t made their intentions known, they would be willing to likely part with a defenseman like Sami Vatanen and forwards Kyle Palmieri, Patrick Maroon and/or Rickard Rakell who was drafted 30th overall in 2011. They are looking for a rugge defenseman to complete their blue line corps. Should Dan Girardi be in play for a trade, other teams in need of a solid defenseman will jump in the sweepstake and it would be wise for Sather to wait til the end of the trading deadline to get the most out of his trade.

Tim Murray the new Sabres GM?

It appears to be a formality at this point and a matter of a contract settlement. The two sides were not discussing contract at this point and no formal offer was made to Murray from the Sabres. According to TSN Insider Bob McKenzie, he reported via his Twitter account and on TSN.ca: “pending successful negotiation of (a) contract,” Murray will become the Sabres’ new GM. He also reiterated the fact that that a contract offer was not made and no acceptance was done by the Murray side. In the final candidate pool, four were still in the running: Murray, Jim Benning (who’s window of opportunity to talk to Sabres management expired yesterday), Mike Futa (Los Angeles’ co-director of amateur scouting) and Brad Treliving (Phoenix’s VP of Hockey Operations & Assistant GM). Buffalo Sabres President of hockey Operations Pat LaFontaine decided on Tim Murray, the Ottawa Senators Assistant GM. Murray became the Ottawa Senators Assistant General Manager to General Manager Bryan Murray on July 5, 2007. He also served as the General manager of the AHL affiliate team, the Binghamton Senators prior to his actual appointment with the Senators. His first stint in the NHL was as an amateur scout in 1993-94 and it was followed with administrative positions with the New York Rangers and the Anaheim Ducks.

Sam Gagner on the trading block

According to Darren Dreger of TSN Insider, the Edmonton Oilers and General Manager Craig Mctavish would be willing to trade forward Sam Gagner but the return would be a top-six forward, a top-four defenceman or a starting goalie. The Oilers who have an abundance of talent in the forward positions need to reinforce their blue line or obtain a true no.1 goalie to be competitive. Gagner who has 17 points in 33 games played is a minus -17. Lately he has been hot picking up 3 points in his last couple games. Sam Gagner was drafted 6th overall of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. His best season was his first season (2007-2008), where he obtained 49 points in 79 games.

Who will be the Flames new General Manager?

Well, if you ask TSN Insider Bob Mckenzie it will a long process. Brian Burke will start looking at prospects this season but finding a geneal manager during a season is never easy for an organization. McKenzie believes that Brian Burke will stay on as the General Manager this season but will not do the job long term. He want to make sure to get the right candidates and it is believed that the same candidates such as Mike Futa from the Los Angeles Kings and Brad Treliving of the Phoenix Coyotes who were looked at by the Buffalo Sabres will be get an interview plus the Sabres’ fired general manager Darcy Regier and former Flames Joe Nieuwendyk. He explained that due to the length of the Buffalo search, many teams granted their officials a window to interview and are not in position where they want to grant permission again and have their guys flapping in the breeze for another search. Therefore, this could drag out for quite some time.

New Jersey Devils claim Urbom

The New Jersey Devils claimed off waiver Alexander Urbom fro the Washington capitals. The forward had a goal and an assist in 20 games played this season with the Caps. This move is based on the recent loss of dainius Zubrus by the Devils.

Extra goalies in Washington

The Washington Capitals could be in a position to trade one of their three roster goalie in the near future. it is widely reported across the medias including social medias that the Capitals are looking to trade one of their goaltenders which are: Braden Holtby, Philipp Grubauer and Michal Neuvirth. The report came originally from Katie Carrera from the washington Post. The Capitals are not committed to one of their current goaltender as the goaltender of the the future. They have instead gone with whoever was available when one was injured or whoever had the hot hand. Last week Neuvirth’s agent publicly requested a trade from the Capitals managing staff for his client. Neuvirth hasn’t played since 22 Nov 13 and has been a healthy scratch for ten consecutive games.  that the Capitals trade his client, who hasn’t played since Nov. 22 and has been a healthy scratch for 10 consecutive games.

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