James Wisniewski has been traded to the Anaheim Ducks, reports Aaron Portzline.
The Blue Jackets acquire Rene Bourque, William Karlsson and a 2015 2nd round pick.
Wisniewski has 2 seasons left on his contract at a cap hit of $5.5 million annually. Rene Bourque, signed through next season at a cap hit of $2.563 million, will offset some of that.
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From February 5th’s edition of TSN’s Insider Trading:
Bob McKenzie reports that any team interested in acquiring Evander Kane from the Jets will have some concerns about his health, as a team can’t make a player their top deadline priority if he will eventually have his season cut short.
Darren Dreger says that most playoff contenders would be interested in acquiring Kane, including the Penguins, Bruins, Ducks, Canucks and Canadiens. He says that any trade of Kane would require the Jets getting both immediate help and young assets that make a long-term impact.
Dreger says there has been “a ton of interest” in Cody Franson, Mike Santorelli and Daniel Winnik, with speculation that the Predators may be among those interested. He says the offers on those players will likely happen within days.
Dreger reports that the Coyotes might consider making a change with their head coach Dave Tippett, who is believed to be making $2 million per season for the next three seasons.
Pierre Lebrun reports that Senators general manager Bryan Murray has been calling around the league looking to upgrade his offensive personnel. Lebrun says that any talks would be very time sensitive. The Senators are currently eight points out of a playoff spot, and it would obviously be much easier to secure a playoff spot if they were to chip away on the deficit in advance of the March 2 deadline, so the sooner the better for outside help.
The Fourth Period reports that if the Senators are unable to make up much ground before the trading deadline, Marc Methot would likely be on the move. The Ducks and Wings are two teams interested in Methot, says the report.
According to Bob McKenzie, Dany Heatley, Magnus Paajarvi, Matt Hackett and Steve Pinizzotto have been placed on waivers.
Derek Roy cleared waivers. The Oilers claimed Matt Fraser off waivers from the Bruins.
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Although many believe Coyotes’ defenseman Keith Yandle will be moved sometime this season, The Fourth Period suggests it won’t be cheap. The report suggests the Yotes would move Yandle for a package including “a young, NHL-proven top-six forward, a prospect and a high draft pick”.
It is noted that the Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars and Los Angeles Kings have all made inquiries on Yandle over the past year.
Yandle has one more season left on his contract with a cap hit of $5.25 million.
According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, several players from the Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers, and Edmonton Oilers are actively being shopped before the Dec. 19 roster freeze.
The Sabres want to deal Chris Stewart, and rumors suggest that the Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, Calgary Flames, and Pittsburgh Penguins are all interested in the power forward’s services.
There is also discussion that Tyler Myers could be moved to the Anaheim Ducks, Detroit Redwings or the Edmonton Oilers in the right package.
The Flyers want to find a buyer for aging center Vincent Lecavalier, but the market is slim, and his value isn’t high at the moment. Instead, teams are more interested in Luke Schenn, Braydon Coburn, and Nicklas Grossmann, all of whom are available.
The Oilers are looking to move David Perron and there is a possibility that Jordan Eberle is available. However, teams are more interested in acquiring Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, but the team has deemed him untouchable.
The Ducks have signed goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, according to the club.