Wednesday, February 5, 2014

NHL Trade Notes: Oilers, Kings, Gagner, Predators, Legwand, Vanek and Diaz

It's been surprisingly quiet as we approach the roster freeze imposed by the 2014 Olympic break.  Will there be a flurry of trades and transactions prior to Friday at 3 p.m.?  In advance of any deal announcements, here is the hearsay going on around the NHL.

  • According to the Edmonton Journal, the Edmonton Oilers and the Los Angeles Kings have had very serious talks of a trade involving Sam Gagner.  The 24 year-old pivot has notched 23 points in 45 games this season, and has tallied more than 40 points in each full regular season (he had 38 in 2012-13) since joining the Oilers as an 18 year-old in 2007-08.  As noted in the Journal article, the Kings sit 29th in the NHL in goals-scored, so they could certainly use the offense that Gagner would provide.  Gagner is in the first year of a three year deal carrying a $4.8 million cap hit.  
  • Given the recent slump that the Kings have been in, the Los Angeles Daily News suggests that it's a matter of time before a trade is made by GM Dean Lombardi: "The Kings have so lacked offensive chemistry in recent weeks, it’s becoming less a question of if general manager Dean Lombardi will seek outside help but when. More specifically: Will the trade come before or after the Olympic-sized moratorium beginning at noon Friday and ending at 8:59 p.m. on Feb. 23?"  made Lombardi made some shrewd moves in recent years, acquiring Dustin Penner, and more famously, Jeff Carter in February of 2012, which led to the Kings hoisting the Stanley Cup.
  • If the Nashville Predators are indeed trying to acquire a first or second round pick for the services of David Legwand as has been suggsted, Legwand would need to sign off on the deal as he holds a no-movement clause, as noted by nbcsports.com.  The 33 year-old pivot is in the final year of a six-year contract, carrying a cap hit of $4.5 million.  He has been a strong set-up man for Nashville in 2013-14 with 29 assists in 57 games. 
  • While it was widely reported that Thomas Vanek had turned down a contract offer from the New York Islanders, there is much speculation that whether or not he is traded this season, he would like to end up with the Minnesota Wild.  Vanek played collegiately in Minnesota for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, as a key piece of the team that won the 2003 NCAA Championship.  
  • Raphael Diaz scored a goal in his first game with the Vancouver Canucks, after a trade from the Montreal Canadiens.  He will face his old team in Montreal on Thursday, Feb. 6.  

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