With only the weekend to go before the trade deadline, we look at the latest trade rumors circling in the NHL.
In an interview published in the LA Times, Ducks general manager Bob Murray did confirm he was looking for a right winger and plan on acquiring one. He stated the price must make sense. The Ducks GM siad that he is not the type to unload first round pick and that it is not in his nature. Murray admitted he was looking at certain players that could make a difference. The Ducks have been linked to Montreal forward, Dale Weise, Buffalo Sabres Tyler McGinn, Boston Bruins Loui Eriksson, Vancouver Canucks Jannik Hansen and Radim Vrbata as well as Mikkel Boedker in Arizona. Murray has approximately $7.5M, in cap space for the end of this season. Anaheim who has their own internal cap may be grabbing an opportunity to sign a player like Boedker or Vrbata.
According to ESPN, the Coyotes have enough space under their cap to absorb a portion of Mikkel Boedker salary should it be needed. This may help a team like the Ducks who are looking at Boedker.
Since Peter Chiarelli recently declared that the only untouchables on his roster were Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse, more names were added to the rumors. The primary players Chiarelli wants to unload are forwward Teddy Purcell (a healthy scratch last night in LA), defenseman Justin Schultz (a;lso a healthy scratch in LA last night) and possibly Matt Hendricks. It is understood players such as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov could be traded as well but those are deals that would take place in the summer when the salary cap is clearer. On purcell, Sportsnet Insider tweeted this yesterday:
Re, Purcell: CHI, DAL, FLA, LA were are circling. Have to assume CHI is out. We’ll see where it goes
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 26, 2016
With regards to Justin Schultz, the Los Angeles Kings are also interested. It is believed Edmonton would need to absorb part of Schultz $3.9M salary. The Boston Bruins are also believed to be interested.
LAK one of a few teams with interest in Purcell. Kings also have had some interest in Justin Schultz but making $ work would be a challenge.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 26, 2016
Apparently the Bruins and Loui Eriksson are still trying to make deal prior to Monday’s trade deadline. Eriksson’s demand is a contract in the 6M range for six years and for the Boston Bruins, it may be too much. It is rumored both sides will try to work at it. Boston would like to keep Eriksson and for Boston who’s in the playoff, resigning Eriksson may limit their buying powers leading into Monday.
Eriksson talks expected to resume tmrw, but large gap remains. Bruins options: 1) close gap 2) trade 3) keep as own rental. #TradeCentre
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 26, 2016
The Boston bruins would like to add a defenceman and they have been scouting Justin Schultz with the Oilers.
The Penguins are not rumored to make a big splash by Monday. They are looking for a 3rd line forward and they were heard to be on Dale Weise from the Canadiens. Today they have resigned defenseman Olli Maatta. Maatta’s extension includes a limited NTC the last two years. He will get the chance to pick 8 teams he can’t be traded to.
UPDATE: @penguins sign D Olli Maatta to a six-year contract extension with AAV of $4.083 million #TSNHockey pic.twitter.com/3HEwNLJsfc
— SportsCentre (@SportsCentre) February 26, 2016
The Montreal Canadiens have lost one trade chip when Tom Gilbert was terminated due to a knee injury and went successfully knee surgery Wednesday. Two unrestricted free agent remains with the team: Dale Weise who apparently will play on Saturday against the Leafs and the other being Tomas Fleischmann. Weise declared this week, he’d like to stay in Montreal and he loves the organization.
Weise could possibly bring a 2nd round draft return to general manager Marc Bergevin. According to some NHL executives in the Western Conference, Bergevin is asking for a 2nd round draft pick and a third round draft pick or a second round draft pick and a prospect. Rumors yesterday came out that possible contract talks were underway between Weise and the Canadiens but nothing is firm.
Last night General Manager Marc Bergevin, along with Assistant General Manager Larry Carriere, V-P of Hockey Operations Rich Dudley and Director of Professional Scouting professional scout Vaughn Karpan attended the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers game in LA.
#Habs brass at LA/EDM;
GM; Marc Bergevin
Assistant GM; Larry Carriere
VP of hockey ops; Rick Dudley
Dir of pro scouting; Vaughn Karpan
— Christopher (@CHatzitoliosMTL) February 26, 2016
The Carolina are still in it but for how long. They lost last night and their playoffs hopes are diminishing. Eric Staal declared he would like to stay with the Hurricanes so that could take him him out of the rental pool. But as they say, you never know and a last minute change can happen. Staal was rumored to be a target for the New York Rangers. The LA Kings also had interest in Staal but after the cost of Andrew Ladd last night, it is almost confirmed, Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis will definitely seek a first round choice in 2016 and a prospect.
Tampa Bay Lightning
No update on the Jonathan Drouin but Steve Yzerman declared this week, he wants to trade Drouin by the trade deadline. Drouin has become Yzerman’s short term priority and has a line up of ten to fifteen players lining up for his services. Yzerman is looking for a defenceman in the top two or four in exchange Drouin. There are rumors Drouin could be part of a bigger deal where more players would be involved. Drouin has been linked with St-Louis and also the Colorado Avalnche and the Ottawa Senators.
On another front Steve Yzerman has extended defenseman Braydon Coburn to a three year extension. Coburn, 30, has played in 60 games with the Lightning this season, recording one goal and nine points to go along with 45 penalty minutes. He ranks tied for fourth on the club for plus/minus with a plus-8 rating. Coburn ranks third on the club for both hits (90) and blocked shots (69). Since being acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers in a trade last season, Coburn has skated in 64 regular season games with the Lightning, posting a goal and 11 points.
$3.7M AAV on Coburn’s three year extension in TB.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 26, 2016
It is believed Coburn will benefit from a full no-trade-clause starting immediately and for the first two year falling to a limited NTC.
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