NHL News: NHL Trade Rumors 3/4/14
NHL Trade Updates: Potential Moves and Hot Topic Players Involved in Trade Talks Right Now
March 4, 2014
With the NHL trade deadline looming tomorrow, the rumor mill is working at full speed. Who will stay and who will go is anyone’s guess, so let’s try to cut through the clutter a bit and examine some of the noteworthy names out there who have been involved in trade rumors lately. We’ll see if we can get a feel for what’s going to happen in the next day or so.
Matt Moulson, LW, Buffalo Sabres: With Moulson absent during yesterday’s morning skate, speculation was running rampant that a move was imminent. He ended up playing against Dallas, but that hasn’t done much to curtail the talk about a potential trade.
Given the situation with the Sabres right now--they’re unloading just about anything that’s not nailed down in an effort to stockpile future picks and assets--we wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see Moulson get dealt. The only questions that remain are where he might be going, and which team is willing to give up the most.
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Jason Spezza, C, Ottawa Senators: Another very noteworthy name that was getting a lot of lip service in trade rumors yesterday is Spezza. Though the no trade clause would be a major hurdle to overcome, the Senators are said to be quietly exploring the potential trade market here.
Ottawa probably wouldn’t get the optimal return on Spezza unless they came across a great situation. His numbers have begun to fall off, and though he remains a high-level NHL player (15 goals, 31 assists in 56 games), we’ve probably seen the last of the 10-year veteran’s ceiling years. Still, he’d bring in a hefty return, so he’s a name to watch today and tomorrow.
Ryan Callahan, RW, New York Rangers: We can’t very well put together a collection of thoughts on the NHL trade deadline and not mention Callahan, can we? Here’s the latest on him. A trade seemed imminent after he reportedly asked for a $49 million, seven-year contract extension, but he’s now relaxed his asking price. The captain reportedly now wants $39 million for six years, which is very close to the Rangers’ alleged ceiling of six years and $36 million.
It seems like the two sides are playing nice now, so we’d guess an extension is more likely than a trade. Still, anything can happen between now and the deadline, so Callahan remains in play as a potential asset for the Rangers to unload.
Canucks Possible Moves: There are a couple of names up in Vancouver who have been getting tossed around as potential trade chips. One is Alex Edler, the team’s seven-year veteran defenseman. The asking price here is going to be high, though, as he’s got a lot of time (and money) left on his deal. A trade package likely would have to include a first-round pick as well as a couple of current players. That’s a lot for a team to give up, even for a solid D name like Edler.
Then there’s Ryan Kesler, whose name has been floating around out there as a potential trade candidate for quite some time. He would also take quite a package to pry from the Canucks’ grasp, and his price tag would reportedly have to include a young center, a prospect and a first-round draft selection. Interested parties are said to include the Red Wings, Flyers, Blue Jackets and Penguins. We’d imagine Vancouver is simply sitting back and listening to offers at this point.
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