Rumor Roundup

Eastern trade winds

Eastern trade winds

by Lyle Richardson - January 31, 2013 3:00 PM EST

With these five teams off to poor or mediocre starts, there has been growing trade speculation involving each of them.
The NHL season is barely two weeks old, but several teams are already struggling to keep up. Ordinarily, a slow start within the opening two weeks isn’t cause for alarm.


O'Reilly no closer to deal with Avalanche

O'Reilly no closer to deal with Avalanche

by Lyle Richardson - January 30, 2013 2:09 PM EST

The last of the holdout three still appears from from a deal, while Bobby Ryan's name pops up again.
Defenseman P.K. Subban's recent re-signing with the Montreal Canadiens leaves Colorado Avalanche center Ryan O'Reilly the last notable unsigned restricted free agent.


Weiss on the way out?

Weiss on the way out?

by Lyle Richardson - January 29, 2013 2:45 PM EST

Will the Panthers finally move the player they picked fourth overall in the 2001 draft?
The Florida Panthers poor start (1-4 in their opening five games) has sparked trade talk involving center and alternate captain Stephen Weiss.


Leafs need upgrade in goal or on defense

Leafs need upgrade in goal or on defense

by Lyle Richardson - January 28, 2013 11:03 AM EST

If the price for a No. 1 goalie is too high, Toronto needs to start looking to bolster its blueline instead.
The Toronto Maple Leafs blowing two-goals leads in consecutive games to the New York Islanders and New York Rangers has some observers questioning their goaltending.


Subban and O'Reilly no closer to deals

Subban and O'Reilly no closer to deals

by Lyle Richardson - January 25, 2013 3:30 PM EST

Two high-end RFAs are still without a contract, while a Washington Capitals depth player clarifies his comments.
The contract standoff between defenseman P.K. Subban and the Montreal Canadiens has prompted Internet-based rumors envisioning offer sheet and trade scenarios.


Oil looking for net gain

Oil looking for net gain

by Lyle Richardson - January 24, 2013 11:28 AM EST

Is Bishop Alberta bound?; Niederreiter shortening wait for Long Island call-up
The Edmonton Oilers are among the teams believed to have interest in Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo, but there's speculation their focus could be elsewhere.


New life to Luongo rumors

New life to Luongo rumors

by Lyle Richardson - January 23, 2013 12:25 PM EST

Cryptic comments from Vancouver GM Mike Gillis have reignited Roberto Luongo trade talk.
Just when it seemed the Roberto Luongo trade rumors were fading, Vancouver anuck Canucks GM Mike Gillis revived them by suggesting a deal might be close.


Ducks in a row on rumor mill

Ducks in a row on rumor mill

by Lyle Richardson - January 22, 2013 11:06 AM EST

Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan lead the way in early season trade speculation.
Contract negotiations between the Anaheim Ducks and center Ryan Getzlaf and right winger Corey Perry will dominate the NHL rumor mill this season as much as the Nashville Predators efforts last year to re-sign defensemen Shea Weber and Ryan Suter.


Luongo rumors go lukewarm

Luongo rumors go lukewarm

by Lyle Richardson - January 21, 2013 2:50 PM EST

The Leafs back off on a Luongo deal; Subban, Benn and O'Reilly remain unsigned.
The pre-season rumors linking Vancouver Canucks goaltender Robert Luongo to the Toronto Maple Leafs are wilting in the heat of regular season reality.


RFAs, buyouts and trade talk

RFAs, buyouts and trade talk

by Lyle Richardson - January 18, 2013 10:09 AM EST

The latest on Subban, Benn, Gomez, Redden and other business around the hockey world on the eve of the start of the season.
As the shortened NHL season fast approaches, three notable players remain unsigned. The ongoing contract talks of Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.


Judgment season for Kessel?

Judgment season for Kessel?

by Lyle Richardson - January 17, 2013 1:03 PM EST

Phil Kessel will be up for UFA status in 2014, so how far will this season go towards determining his future in Toronto?
In the aftermath of the Toronto Maple Leafs firing GM Brian Burke, some pundits are looking ahead at potential moves by the new management.


The defensemen market

The defensemen market

by Lyle Richardson - January 16, 2013 3:07 PM EST

Looking at the defensemen who may be available and the teams who are seeking upgrades on the blueline.
NHL teams interested in adding some blueline depth should contact the New Jersey Devils, Phoenix Coyotes or Buffalo Sabres. These clubs have a surplus of defensemen and are willing to move some for the right deal.


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