Coburn on the block

March, 1, 2015
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If GM Ron Hextall gets his way, Braydon Coburn’s ninth season with the Philadelphia Flyers will be cut short. Tim Panaccio of Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia:

"Flyers hoping to move Braydon Coburn by Monday. Teams are calling."

We’ve no doubt several clubs will be speaking to Hextall about acquiring Coburn -- who’s current contract expires after 2015-16, with a cap hit of $4.5 million. Now whether the Flyers general manager is able to wrangle a desired first-round draft pick for the 30-year-old left-handed shot is another story.

Jokinen’s pre-deadline dream

March, 1, 2015
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You know Olli Jokinen is just dying for his phone to ring before the clock strikes 3 p.m. ET on Monday. After getting the boot from the contending Nashville Predators as part of a recent trade package, the veteran forward is stuck in a situation with which he’s all too familiar: Playing for a team with little (read: zero) aspiration of making the postseason. Having participated in only six playoff games in his entire NHL career, the 36-year-old can only hope his stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs is exceptionally brief.

Fortunately, everyone’s on the same page same page in Toronto. With little use for a UFA-to-be in the twilight of his career, the rebuilding Leafs are doing their best to showcase Jokinen in hopes of getting something -- anything, really -- in return. And while the veteran won’t top most contenders’ trade wish lists, he could fill a hole somewhere, once other -- more sought-after -- assets are spoken for.

Coyotes could move Yandle

March, 1, 2015
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The Keith Yandle era may be nearing an end in the desert. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun suggests Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney may move the defenseman now, as opposed to later in the offseason.

"Maloney was evasive when asked on media call last night about Yandle ... no doubt there's a team or two trying. Does he wait for summer or not?"

If not, the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars are believed to be interested in one of the league’s better offensive defensemen. But the Coyotes will want a fair amount in return for Yandle: A high draft pick and quality prospect at minimum.

Petry’s suitors

March, 1, 2015
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One of the most talked-about trade targets this season, defenseman Jeff Petry has likely played his last game for the Edmonton Oilers. Unwilling to risk injury, the Oilers even went as far as sitting the sought-after asset as a healthy scratch Saturday night. So the pressing question isn’t if Petry will be dealt out of Edmonton before Monday’s deadline, but to where?

In addition to the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings -- thought to be in the mix for Petry for some time -- we can add two other clubs to the discussion. As discussed Saturday on a CBC broadcast, Elliotte Friedman proposed the Montreal Canadiens and St. Louis Blues were also keen to add the right-shooting D-man.

And we may be able to yank one of the aforementioned teams from the list of Petry’s suitors. Detroit journalist Helene St. James tweeted the following Saturday:

"Lots of trade talk swirling around EDM D Jeff Petry, but hearing he's not joining #RedWings."

Interest in Stewart

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After months of chatter and speculation, we may finally see Chris Stewart join a new club. Hours ahead of Monday’s trade deadline, ESPN Insider Craig Custance reports the Buffalo Sabres are still getting calls -- including some new ones -- in regards to the power forward.

“A couple new teams have called on Chris Stewart in last 48 hours to check price. Boston continues to be in the mix. Nothing close now.”

While a trade may not be imminent, ESPN’s Scott Burnside suggests Stewart has enough upside to attract an offer acceptable to the Sabres before the deadline passes.

"He has shown in pretty small sample that he has an 'A' game, which means crashing the net, scoring and generally banging around in the offensive zone. One executive told us he doesn't care that Stewart isn't probable to be a long-term option given the wild fluctuations in his game, but playing for a contract over a short period of time, like the playoffs, he would be interested in his services.”


Red Wings’ wish list

March, 1, 2015
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Although a deal (or two) is far from a sure thing, the Detroit Red Wings are entertaining options of adding a piece (or two) ahead of Monday’s trade deadline. Ideally, GM Ken Holland would like to acquire "a skilled right-handed shooting defenseman or a big, gritty winger." For a reasonable price, of course.

Ansar Khan of MLive.com suggests veteran forward Erik Cole of the Dallas Stars is a suitable option. On the blue-line front, Jeff Petry (Edmonton Oilers), Zbynek Michalek (Arizona Coyotes) and Marek Zidlicky (New Jersey Devils) are potential targets. Outside of those possibilities, Buffalo Sabres forward Chris Stewart might be a good fit.

Holland says he’s willing to part ways a second-round draft pick for the right piece, but hedges at offering much more.

Rangers might deal Zuccarello

March, 1, 2015
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Forward Mats Zuccarello might not be a member of the New York Rangers for much longer. According to Newsday, negotiations regarding a new contract for the pending unrestricted free agent aren’t going well. Before Saturday’s loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault suggested GM Glen Sather wouldn’t hesitate to move the diminutive winger.

"History, since I've been here in this organization, would dictate that if Glen doesn't think that he's getting a deal that will satisfy both the organization and the player, he won't hesitate to move anybody … I would say that if somebody thinks Glen is bluffing, that he traded his captain last year a couple minutes before the deadline. So it has to be something that he thinks is fair."

Earning $3.5 million on a one-year deal, Zuccarello is apparently after a long-term contract paying out about $5.5 million per season. The 27-year-old has 12 goals and 23 assists (and is a plus-13) in 59 games this season.

Sharp trade talk

March, 1, 2015
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Even before the Chicago Blackhawks acquired forward Antoine Vermette from the Arizona Coyotes, rumors regarding a potential trade involving Patrick Sharp didn’t linger long. After speaking to Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman earlier this week, Sharp’s own agent quickly put that babbling to bed.

“He’s got no intentions of trading Patrick Sharp,” Rick Curran said, referencing Bowman.

According to the Sun-Times, the Washington Capitals and Detroit Red Wings have had interest in trading for Sharp. If so, both clubs will have to wait until the summer – at least – before taking another stab at the top-six forward. After trading for Vermette Saturday and snagging defenseman Kimmo Timonen from the Philadelphia Flyers Friday, the Blackhawks are likely done dealing in 2014-15.
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Semin on the move?

March, 1, 2015
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According to The Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta, the Carolina Hurricanes continue to shop Alexander Semin. And the team is willing to retain a "significant portion" of the 30-year-old’s salary.

In the second season of a five-year, $35-million deal, Semin is universally considered a colossal underachiever. However, that’s not to say that a contending club wouldn’t be willing to take a flier on the gifted -- if perpetually uninspired -- winger, for a significant discount. Teams looking to fill a hole within their corps of top-six forwards might want to gamble that a change in scenery might suffice in stimulating the former 40-goal scorer.

Semin’s former club, the Washington Capitals, are looking to add a top-six winger. As outrageous as that strikes, stranger moves have happened.
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Links from around the rink - Feb. 23 

February, 23, 2015
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A record 37 players were traded last Thursday at the NBA trade deadline. Will there be a similar flurry of activity by their NHL counterparts next week?

Links from around the rink - Feb. 9 

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Back in September, ESPN.com’s Craig Custance wrote about how the new wave of analytics has gone well beyond roster construction and is having a big impact on in-game strategy.

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Links from around the rink - Jan. 26 

January, 26, 2015
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Even the most passionate of hockey fans has trouble generating serious interest in the NHL All-Star Game, a goalies’ nightmare that saw John Tavares of the Islanders score four goals as Team Toews beat Team Foligno 17-12 on Sunday in Columbus.

ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside counters that the All-Star festivities are about more than the actual game, calling the weekend a “pleasant respite” in the middle of the season.

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Links from around the rink - Jan. 12 

January, 12, 2015
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With the playoffs a long shot at best for the Philadelphia Flyers, general manager Ron Hextall may be looking to deal.

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports the Flyers would like to move defenseman Nick Schultz, Carlo Colaiacovo and Michael Del Zotto, but the guy teams really want is Braydon Coburn. “With a $4.5-million cap hit through 2016-17, Coburn is highly regarded and could bring a good return,” writes Garrioch.

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Fantasy Grapevine for Week 12 

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Jaromir JagrJim McIsaac/Getty ImagesIt's possible we could see Jaromir Jagr wearing a different sweater before the end of this season.
“In the last 25 years, I've never been in this situation," Jaromir Jagr told reporters before Monday's game. "I've never been on a team that was almost the worst in the NHL. It's new to me.”

New, and probably not a whole heckuva lotta fun. If that statement doesn’t go far enough in suggesting Jagr is open to a trade from the New Jersey Devils, the veteran NHLer confirmed as much with this nugget.

“I have no problem with anything,” Jagr said. “It's up to (Devils general manager) Lou (Lamoriello). He knows me. I know him. I've got no problem with (being traded). If he wants to move me, he will. If he doesn't, he doesn't. He knows I like it here, but it's all about whatever is best for the team.”

There you have it. Now, the only determining factor is whatever is best for the Devils, and that will be determined in the next couple of months (if not sooner).

The club sits 14th in the Eastern Conference, 11 points out of eighth position and just a hair above the 15th-place Buffalo Sabres. Barring a miraculously successful run under the new coaching trio through January/February -- which Jagr still won’t rule out -- the Devils will be looking to cut their losses ahead of the Mar. 2 trade deadline. There would be little point in holding on to a soon-to-be 43-year-old free agent, particularly since there would be plenty of interest Jagr.

Sure, the veteran forward may have lost a step in recent seasons, as he reminded us Tuesday while delightfully referring to himself in the third-person -- “I always forget I’m not the Jaromir Jagr of 20 years ago. I wanted to deke everybody. I’ve got to remind myself: ‘Hey, slow down. Just shoot.’ I cannot deke anymore.” -- but he’s still capable of contributing every night. There’s already talk of interest in (re)-acquiring the future Hall-of-Famer on behalf of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, and Boston Bruins. The reasonable $3.5-million salary cap hit only renders him more attractive.

Which brings us to the potential fantasy ramifications of such a move

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Links from around the rink - December 29 

December, 29, 2014
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Changing head coaches is nothing new to Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello. Over the past 15 seasons, New Jersey has shuffled the deck 13 times, four more than any other NHL club.

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