In today’s NHL gossip, there are reports that Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson would welcome a trade, but his agent has denied it. Meanwhile, a writer covering the Montreal Canadiens spoke at length about how open they are to trades this offseason.
Tyson Barrie is likely to be transferred from the Edmonton Oilers, but which goals make the most sense? Will the Oilers eventually buy out Zack Kassian? Who else is a buyout candidate?
Gibson open for trade?
According to a report by Nick Alberga: “I heard Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson is open to the idea of being traded. He’s believed to have told the team that.” His report has been corroborated as accurate by a few other NHL insiders, including ESPN’s Kevin Weekes and The Fourth Period’s Dave Pagnotta.
Note other reports that, speaking to Gibson’s agent Kurt Overhardt, he denied that the two sides had any kind of discussion about a deal. They quote him as saying, “No discussion of[Gibson’s]desire to move. There is no truth in that.”
Regardless of who’s telling the truth here, this summer will now feature a lot of chatter about Gibson and its possible move. He has a pretty big hit ($6.4 million) for another five seasons. It won’t be an easy deal for some teams, especially considering last season’s struggles were not a one-off thing for the veteran goalkeeper.
Are Canadians Open to Trades?
Marc Antoine Godin was a guest on Oilers Now this week with Bob Stauffer and spoke about all things Montreal Canadiens. Among the questions Stauffer asked was whether the Canadians might consider a trade with Josh Anderson. Godin said anything was possible, but he didn’t believe it because Canadians know you don’t find wingers like that very often on the market.
Every trade Canadians make must have long-term benefit for Canadians. When someone like Tyson Barrie was mentioned – and whether he could replace someone like Jeff Petry – he found the defender intriguing but ultimately didn’t think it made sense because Barrie isn’t a long-term solution. Canadians want younger and longer term. For 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 of ever having formally solicited 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 they have to try and move up the draft. He believes this new management team will be more aggressive so it could become an active draft day.
Canucks and penguins possible for Tyson Barrie?
Speaking of Barrie, even if the Canadians aren’t a great fit, there are a couple of teams said to be potentially interested. Pittsburgh Hockey Now’s Dan Kingerski writes that Barrie could be a replacement for Kris Letang if he leaves via free agency this summer. It would fit in seamlessly and be a cheaper option for a shorter term.
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Meanwhile, Vancouver Hockey’s Rob Simpson suggested that Barrie could be a good fit with the Canucks. The Canucks will make some changes and Jim Rutherford is expected to make his mark on this team. The Canucks could use some depth on their blue line, but the Oilers wouldn’t take a salary back on the deal because Barrie would be more of a cap dump than anything.
Will Oilers buy Kassian?
Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli, who is still with the Oilers, has Zack Kassian at the top of his board of potential buyout candidates. He writes:
The Oilers are looking for salary cap flexibility this summer, and buying Kassian is probably the easiest way to get $2.5 million off the books for next season. Yes, there’s the following season’s $1.87 million hit, which makes it a little less palatable, but that feels like an issue to deal with then. Neither team wants “dead cap” monies on the books, but Kassian’s contract could prove difficult and Edmonton isn’t overflowing with assets to spend on it.
Rounding out the top five names listed on Seravalli’s buyout board: Matt Murray, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Marco Scandella and Jason Dickinson.
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