Ducks, Canadians, Oilers, Penguins, Canucks

In today’s NHL Rumor Roundup, there are reports that the Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson would appreciate a trade, but his agent has denied it. Meanwhile, a scribe who covers the Montreal Canadiens spoke about how open they are to making trades this offseason.

Morning Skate Newsletter Click to Subscribe

The Edmonton Oilers are likely to move Tyson Barrie, but which destinations make the most sense? Finally, will the Oilers buy Zack Kassian? Who else is a buying candidate?

Gibson open to being traded?

According to a report from Nick Hosts: “I heard that Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson is open to the idea of ​​being traded. He is believed to have told the team that.” His report has been verified as accurate by a few other NHL insiders, including ESPN’s Kevin Weekes and The Fourth Period’s Dave Pagnotta.

John Gibson Anaheim Ducks
John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks (Amy Irvin / The hockey writers)

Note from other reports that in speaking with Gibson’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, he has denied that the two sides had any kind of discussion about a trade. He is quoted as saying, “there is no discussion about (Gibson’s) desire to move. There is no truth in it.”

Regardless of who’s telling the truth here, this summer will now include plenty of talk about Gibson and the possibility of him being moved. He has a pretty big top hit ($6.4 million) for another five seasons. That won’t be an easy contract for some teams to accept, especially if there is a belief that the veteran goalkeeper’s minimal season struggles weren’t a one-time thing.

Are Canadians open to making exchanges?

Marc Antoine Godin was invited to Oilers now with Bob Stauffer this week and talked about all things Montreal Canadians. Among the questions Stauffer raised was whether Canadians might be considering a jose anderson trade. Godin said anything was possible, but he didn’t believe it because Canadians know you don’t find extremes like that on the market very often.

Josh Anderson Montreal Canadiens
Josh Anderson, Montreal Canadiens (Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images)

Any trade that Canadians make will have to be of long-term benefit to Canadians. When someone like Tyson Barrie was mentioned, and if he could replace someone like Jeff Petry, he thought the defense was intriguing, but ultimately didn’t think it made sense because Barrie isn’t a long-term solution. Canadians want younger and longer term. It’s the same reason he didn’t think the club would be interested in bringing Brett Kulak back. He also says that Petry has denied reports that he ever officially requested a trade.

Godin thought the Canadians would be active in this year’s NHL Entry Draft. He notes that they will look for high-end prospects because they have a lot of depth in the system and that means trying to move up in the draft. He believes this new management team will be more aggressive, so it could be an active draft day.

Canucks and Penguins possible for Tyson Barrie?

Speaking of Barrie, even if the Canadiens aren’t a great fit, there are a few teams that are said to be potentially interested. Dan Kingerski from Pittsburgh hockey now writes that Barrie could be a replacement for kris letang if he leaves this summer through free agency. It would fit perfectly and would be a less expensive option in a shorter timeframe.

Related: Tanker News & Rumors: Keith, Smith, Koskinen, Gibson, McDavid

Meanwhile, Rob Simpson of Vancouver Hockey suggested that Barrie might be a good fit for the Canucks. The Canucks are going to make some changes and Jim Rutherford is expected to put his stamp on this team. The Canucks could use some depth on their blue line, but the Oilers wouldn’t get any salary back in the deal, as Barrie would be more of a capital dump than anything else.

Will the tankers buy Kassian?

Still with the Oilers, Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff has Zack Kassian at the top of his board of potential buyout candidates. He writes:

The Oilers are on the hunt for salary-cap flexibility this summer, and buying Kassian probably represents the easiest way to clear $2.5 million off the books for next season. Yes, there’s the $1.87 million hit the following season that makes it a little less palatable, but that feels like an issue to deal with at the time. Neither team wants ‘dead cap’ money on the books, but Kassian’s contract could prove difficult to move and Edmonton isn’t flush with assets to spend to do so.

Rounding out the top five names listed on Seravalli’s acquisition board: Matt Murray, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Marco Scandella and Jason Dickinson.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.