Tyson Barrie. (Getty Images)
RFA defenseman Tyson Barrie was a hot topic in the trade rumor mill but according to Avalanche GM Joe Sakic, the 24-year-old isn't going anywhere.
In recent weeks, Colorado Avalanche restricted free agent defenseman Tyson Barrie was a hot topic in the trade rumor mill. But according to Avalanche GM Joe Sakic, the 24-year-old blueliner isn't going anywhere.
The Denver Post's Mike Chambers reports Sakic said he'll be meeting with Barrie's agents during the upcoming NHL draft in hopes of working out a new long-term contract.
Sakic tells Chambers that if they cannot work out a new agreement, it's expected Barrie will head to arbitration. “Either way, he'll be here,” said the Avs GM.
It's possible Sakic called his rival GMs to gauge their level of interest in Barrie and the type of return he might fetch. That could account for the recent speculation involving Barrie. Taking Sakic at his word, it's evident the Avs wish to keep Barrie in the fold for at least the immediate future.
Barrie isn't the only RFA blueliner who's become the subject of trade chatter. Winnipeg Jets rearguard Jacob Trouba was linked to the Avalanche, Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings.
However, Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff told the Winnipeg Sun's Paul Friesen he's not actively shopping the 22-year-old Trouba. Cheveldayoff said he's working on re-signing the young defenseman and center Mark Scheifele. “So trying to trade him? No,” the Jets GM said.
Unlike Barrie, who has arbitration rights, Trouba's coming off an entry-level contract. He has no leverage other than to threaten a contract holdout. That seems unlikely, as he's reportedly keen to re-sign with the Jets.
Speaking of defenseman, could the Buffalo Sabres make Zack Bogosian available heading into next weekend's NHL draft? That's the suggestion of WGR 550's Matthew Coller, who points out the Sabres have plenty of right-shooting blueliners and need more scoring punch at forward.
Noting the 25-year-old Bogosian's no-movement clause, Coller thinks that could be a problem for the Sabres in a possible expansion draft next June. Players with those clauses must be protected in that draft. If the Sabres protect Bogosian, it could leave another valuable player exposed.
Coller believes Bogosian could be a valuable trade chip for the Sabres, claiming the Edmonton Oilers expressed interest in him since 2014-15. He notes the Oilers depth in quality young forwards that could be available via trade this summer that could help the Sabres.
Bogosian, however, must agree to waive his no-movement clause. Having already been traded in 2015, he could be unwilling to be moved again. Sabres GM Tim Murray could also be unwilling to move Bogosian.
FLAMES A FIT FOR FLEURY?
With goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury facing an uncertain future with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Calgary Sun's Eric Francis believes he would make a good fit with the Calgary Flames.
Fleury, 31, lost his starter's job to rookie Matt Murray during the playoffs. With the cap-strapped Penguins needing to shed salary for 2016-17, they could attempt to move his annual $5.75-million cap hit this summer.
Francis claims Flames GM Brad Treliving contacted Penguins GM Jim Rutherford regarding Fleury's availability. He also thinks the Toronto Maple Leafs, Carolina Hurricanes and New York Islanders could be suitors.
Since Francis' report, the Hurricanes' re-signed Cam Ward on Thursday. That should take them out of the bidding.
Fleury has a modified no-trade clause listing 18 preferred destinations. It's unknown if the Flames are on that list.
Francis feels joining the Flames will give Fleury a chance to prove he's still a No. 1 goalie. He also considers the Penguins goalie the the Flames' best option. He considers Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop or Anaheim's Frederik Andersen to be too expensive to acquire, doubts the St. Louis Blues will part with Brian Elliott, and believes the jury's still out on San Jose Sharks pending UFA James Reimer as a reliable starter.
Moving Fleury is an obvious cost-cutting move, so the Penguins won't be seeking much (if any) salary in return. A package of a draft pick and either a top prospect or a promising (and affordable) young player could be Rutherford's asking price.
Rumor Roundup appears regularly only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Eishockey News and The Guardian (P.E.I.).
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