Top Priority for the Oilers Ryan Rishaug: Have to believe the top priority for the Edmonton Oilers heading into the trade deadline still has to be a third-line center. Ottawa Senators Jean-Gabriel Pageau would be a great fit for the Oilers but is not sure they’ll want to give up their first-round pick for him.
With the NHL’s Feb. 24th NHL trade deadline less than three weeks away, only a handful of clubs can be considered sellers. That includes those mired at the bottom of the standings, such as the Anaheim Ducks, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, and San Jose Sharks. That number could
Trade deadline notes on the Blackhawks, Penguins, rentals, Senators, and Rangers Emily Kaplan of ESPN: If the Chicago Blackhawks are in a good position at the trade deadline, don’t expect them to do much. GM Stan Bowman would likely hold onto both Robin Lehner and Corey Crawford. Bowman could listen to offers on Erik Gustafsson.
The Stars could use some scoring help Mike Heika of NHL.com: (mailbag) The Dallas Stars could look at adding some offense at the NHL trade deadline. Though the prices would be the highest, three options could be Tyler Toffoli (UFA), Chris Kreider (UFA), and Brandon Saad (one-year left). The Stars don’t have a lot of
Teams may not be willing to move first-round picks for rentals Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic: More teams are looking at a make the playoffs for longer-run as opposed to trying to go “all-in” for two or three years – wanting to hold on to picks and high prospects instead of trying to win now.
31 Thoughts this week Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet: A few notes have popped up this week including Kyle Dubas “investigating every good defenseman on the market”. One player noted was Mathew Dumba from Minnesota, who has three years left on his current deal. Dumba underperformed so far this year but a change of scenery may
Coming out of the 2020 NHL All-Star break, the Boston Bruins are among this season’s top teams. With 70 points, they’re first in the Atlantic Division and second in the overall standings behind the Washington Capitals. With a solid goaltending tandem in Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak, a solid defense corps featuring Torey Krug, Charlie
Toffoli’s return is key for the Kings Dennis Bernstein: (answering questions) The success of the Los Angeles Kings deadline comes down to what return they get for Tyler Toffoli. Their other pending unrestricted free agents won’t get them a big return – a low round or conditional draft pick. There may be a concern right
Avs rumored need for a defenseman doesn’t make sense unless… AJ Haefele: “All due respect to the reporting work others are doing but it simply makes no sense for the Avs to add a defender at the trade deadline unless it’s a major upgrade. Not sure that guy is available this year on D. Avs
Kreider on trade rumors Dennis Bernstein: New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider on trade rumors: ”I have no preference (on destination if I was traded), I’m a Ranger until they tell me I’m not.” Laura Albanese: Kreider added that he’s not thinking about trade opportunities as he still believes the Rangers have a playoff chance.
Chris Kreider still high on the Boston Bruins’ radar Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston: This feels like a broken record but Chris Kreider will be highly sought after by the Boston Bruins. Sometimes the more modest fish turns out to be the best. However, Kreider provides power to the top-six in Boston’s forward core.
The NHL trade deadline is just over a month away. That means we will soon see a flurry of activity from general managers trying to bolster their clubs in hopes of an extended playoff run. There are already a ton of names regularly popping up in rumors. Today, we’re going to look at three that
Anaheim in a selling mood and Josh Manson? Eric Stephens of The Athletic (Mailbag): The Anaheim Ducks have lots of questions to resolve. The defense suffered greatly this season and even Josh Manson’s play has faltered considerably. Even among prospects, they have progressed far more slowly than expected. It is clear that the Ducks need
The injury-ravaged Pittsburgh Penguins recently suffered another blow when Jake Guentzel underwent surgery for an injured shoulder. With the 25-year-old left-winger sidelined four-to-six months, his absence robs the Penguins of one of their leading scorers. Throughout this season, the Penguins have coped with an unusually high number of injuries. Guentzel joins Sidney Crosby, Brian Dumoulin,
Scouting the Boston Bruins and Winnipeg Jets Jimmy Murphy: Scouts listed to attend last night’s Bruins-Jets game: Anaheim Ducks (2 – assistant GM Dave Nonis and their director of pro scouting Rick Patterson), Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning, and the New Jersey Devils. Palmieri would be good fit for the Bruins
Scouting the Los Angeles Kings and Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday Dennis Bernstein: Scouts listed to attend Monday’s Kings-Blue Jackets game: Regulars – Buffalo Sabres and the St. Louis Blues. Not Regulars – Colorado Avalanche (2), New Jersey Devils (2), Carolina Hurricanes (Senior VP Rick Dudley), Minnesota Wild, Vancouver Canucks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Montreal Canadiens,
Canadian teams not on Kreider’s no-trade list? Larry Brooks of the New York Post: New York Rangers pending UFA and potential trade deadline chip Chris Kreider has a no-trade list that basically blocks him from being traded to a Canadian team. It may be one of the reasons the Montreal Canadiens signed Ilya Kovalchuk. Rick
Notes on the Predators, Sabres, Penguins, Bruins, and Senators Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Nashville Predators GM David Poile has been trying to trade Kyle Turris for the past year. Coach Peter Laviolette could eventually take the fall but Poile said it doesn’t appear to be an option at this time. Former New Jersey