Bob McKenzie : I am told that the Oilers had trade talks regarding Ryan Nugent-Hopkins today. A young top 6 center has to be part of any trade. Basically, RNH could be traded for a lesser / different type of center as long as the other asset(s) involved make sense for the team.
New Cooke in the Kitchen; Leafs Acquire Cooke from Wild
The Toronto Maple Leafs are definitely working towards getting more difficult to play against.
That move took a big step forward today as the club acquired Matt Cooke fro the Minnesota Wild. In exchange, the club sent prospect and Minnesota native Tony Cameranesi to the Wild.
"We're thrilled to add Matt Cooke to this club, and really feel like Matt can add grit and physical play to our lineup. We know of his past, and we've discussed that with him directly. We feel he has realized that this won't be tolerated on our hockey club, and that he's changed his ways. We wish Tony all the success in the world playing in his home state of Minnesota."
Getting rid of Weiss was probably the top priority for this offseason. We wish him all the luck in Montreal and are very pleased to add more size on our wings. Rene Bourque really showed his true ability in this years playoffs and we feel with the right opportunity and proper coaching he could have a huge turn around year.
Still looking to move Kindl and could move Moen for a late pick.
Looking for a 1B goalie or could potentially package Howard+Kindl or Howard+Frazen for an upgrade in nets.
D Matthew Dumba
G Josh Harding
C Zach Phillips
2015 2nd round pick
Jets felt it was time to move. Dumba is good prospect and Harding can be capable 1B goalie next season for team. Phillips though showing signs of struggle for prospect is still young and the pick in 2015 2nd is solid asset going forward
Rights to Dan Boyle - Looking for a more competitive club to sign with.
Josh Bailey - Looking for a swap involving Bailey and a player in a similar "change of scenery" situation. Would add for the right player. No.. you won't get him for your compliance buyout player.
Brock Nelson/Ryan Strome - Unlikely to be moved, but these guys could be a part of a trade that brings in a Top 4 LH blueliner to the team. Ideally a puckmover.
Michael Grabner - A former 30 goal scorer, and one of the league's better PKers due to his immense speed. At 26 Grabner is still a talent with room for development and we would consider moving him to free up a spot for some youth.
Visnovsky/Strait/Hickey/Donovan - We'd consider adding these 2nd/3rd pairing guys to a forward like McDonald, Bailey, Grabner, maybe even Nelson for an upgrade at F or D.
35th OVR/Prospects such as Pokka, Collberg, Kabanov, etc.. - All sweeteners that could be added to roster players for upgrades.
At this point it looks like I'll be taking the 1st overall pick off the trading block. Some decent offers but nothing that has wow'ed me. Unless things change we will be making the first selection in the draft.
Dmitri Kulikov/Erik Gudbranson are on the block for a similarly aged(25 and under), top 6 forward. Willing to add where needed.