Wednesday, February 5, 2014

NHL Trade Talk: Whitney, Coyotes, Seguin, Sabres, Bolland, Miller

Would Ray Whitney be a good fit with the Phoenix Coyotes? That's the suggestion in a recent USA Today article. Whitney came to the Dallas Stars after a couple years with the Coyotes.  The 41 year-old forward had 77 points in his most recent season in the desert, a mere season and a half ago.  Phoenix sits four points behind the Los Angeles Kings, fighting for that third playoff spot in the Pacific Division.  In further updated NHL movement news and notes:

  • Tyler Seguin was almost a Buffalo Sabre?  That was the case, per the Dallas Morning News.  There was apparently a deal on the table to swap Thomas Vanek to the Boston Bruins, in exchange for Seguin.  Obviously that deal fell through and Seguin wound up with the Dallas Stars, where he has produced successfully. 
  • A recent article in the Toronto Sun asks whether the Toronto Maple Leafs would consider trading Dave Bolland?  The 27 year-old center who was a member of the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks last season, has been limited to 15 games in 2013-14 due to an injury suffered in early November.  He played well in those 15 games however, scoring 10 points (6 goals, 4 assists).  The question comes down to contract status, and the fact that he will become a UFA after this season.  If Toronto doesn't think they can sign him to an extension, do they trade him?  Then again, it would be very difficult to trade a player who is currently injured.   
  • There has been no contract or trade talk recently between Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres management team, according to a recent report by the Buffalo News.  Miller is set to face his Team USA coach on Wednesday evening taking to the net against Dan Bylsma and the Pittsburgh Penguins.  He may also play against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday evening, the Sabres last game before the Olympic break.  

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