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Avs Sign Soderberg

Less than 24 hours after acquiring his negotiating rights from the Boston Bruins, the Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Carl Soderberg to a five-year, $23.75 million contract.

Soderberg, 29, was set to become a UFA on July 1st until Colorado dealt a 2016 sixth round draft pick for the exclusivity of negotiating with the Swedish forward, who posted 13 goals and 31 assists with the Bruins last season.

The deal could have further implications as this may lead to Ryan O’Reilly finally being traded.

Insider Trading: Sekera, Michalek, Kings, Wisniewski, Habs, O’Reilly

Image from Michael Miller via Wikimedia Commons

Image from Michael Miller via Wikimedia Commons

From February 24th’s edition of TSN’s Insider Trading:

Bob McKenzie says the Blackhawks are among the many teams that are interested in Carolina’s Andrej Sekera, as the Hawks have been extensively scouting the Canes’ defenseman. He says it sounds like Johnny Oduya is close to returning, but the team is looking to add to their blueline, regardless.

McKenzie says that Zbynek Michalek‘s concussion is concerning some suitors. He says even if Michalek isn’t in action by the trade deadline, he should still be traded, though the compensation would likely be heavily conditional.

Pierre Lebrun reports that the Los Angeles Kings are interested in both Sekera and Michalek, however the Kings are cautious about adding salary in case they need cap space should Slava Voynov be reinstated. He senses the Kings are leaning towards risking it, and taking on salary anyways. He says they would ideally like to add a top-four defenseman, and a forward due to Tanner Pearson being out of the lineup.

Darren Dreger says the Blue Jackets are testing the market for James Wisniewski, but his contract is “cumbersome”. He says Wisniewski has submitted a list of 10 teams he would not accept a trade to.

Bob McKenzie says the Habs’ trade of Jiri Sekac for Devante Smith-Pelly was fueled by head coach Michel Therrien’s lack of trust in Sekac. Pierre Lebrun reports that GM Marc Bergevin would like to add both a forward and a defenseman before Monday’s trade deadline, but he’s not going to mortgage the future to do so. He says he would be very surprised if the Habs were seriously interested in Joffrey Lupul.

Darren Dreger says that a deal involving Ryan O’Reilly is unlikely to happen before the trade deadline. He says there may be some discussion about the parameters of a contract extension, and if there’s no traction a draft day trade may be likely.

Quick Bite from Friedman on Vermette

According to Elliotte Friedman, Arizona Coyotes’ forward Antoine Vermette could end up playing for the Colorado Avalanche.

He believes that Vermette is a good fit on the team and he could offer a lot of value as a two-way forward.

“Vermette could replace what the Avalanche lost in Paul Stastny, at least in the short term,” he said.

Canucks Deny Rumors of Edler Being Available

Rumors have been floating around the NHL that the Vancouver Canucks were interested in the Colorado Avalanche’s Ryan O’Reilly and that the team was willing to part ways with defenseman Alex Edler.

Team president Trevor Linden denied the rumors, clarifying that Edler will not be leaving the team anytime soon.

“Alex is a foundational player for us. He’s a 25-minute, all-situation defenceman that every team is looking for. We haven’t had any trade discussion involving Alex. He’s going to be a cornerstone for our organization moving forward. Alex is having a real good season. He’s a big, strong, physical guy who can match up against anybody’s top line. He’s good in his own end, he’s a good puck-mover, has a big shot. That’s the type of guy you look for. Having him bounce back has been critical to our success this year.”

Leafs Interested in Richards, O’Reilly, and Eberle

According to discussion by Elliotte Friedman and The Fourth Period, the Toronto Maple Leafs are actively pursuing a trade involving Mike Richards. Dion Phaneuf seems like the most probable candidate to be traded, but the Leafs are also entertaining offers on Nazem Kadri, James Reimer, Jake Gardiner, Cody Franson, and Joffrey Lupul.

The team is also interested in obtaining Jordan Eberle and Ryan O’Reilly, and any trade involving those players will likely contain Phaneuf. However, it is unknown if he is willing to wave his limited no-trade clause.

If the Leafs continue to struggle, which is likely, a trade will occur soon.

Report: Stars Interested in Joffrey Lupul

Image from Lisa Gansky via WIkimedia Commons

Image from Lisa Gansky via WIkimedia Commons

Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Sun reports on trade chatter surrounding the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Amongst the chatter, the Dallas Stars are interested in Joffrey Lupul. Lupul, 31, is signed through 2017-18 at a cap hit of $5.25 million. Also, unidentified teams are interested in Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel.

Zwolinski also reports that Ryan O’Reilly would be available for Nazem Kadri and one of Cody Franson or Jake Gardiner, though Arizona is said to have offered Keith Yandle for the Avs’ centerman.

Kypreos: Sabres and Leafs Interested in O’Reilly

According to Nick Kypreos, the Colorado Avalanche are putting out feelers on Ryan O’Reilly as they search for help on defense. The Leafs and Sabres are reportedly two teams interested in the young center.

Colorado’s depth at center, as well as a couple of contentious negotiations, are the most likely reasons the Avalanche might view O’Reilly as the chip to use to address their weakness on the back-end.

O’Reilly, 23, is signed through next season at a cap-hit of $6 million, after which he would be UFA-eligible.

Friedman: Yandle for O’Reilly Being Discussed

According to Elliotte Friedman, the Arizona Coyotes are considering a trade with the Colorado Avalanche, which would send defenseman Keith Yandle to the Avalanche in return for Ryan O’Reilly.

O’Reilly has had contract disputes with the Avalanche in the past and his name frequently comes up in trade rumors. He has amassed 7 goals and 16 assists for 23 points on the season in a total of 42 games. However, he had 64 points last season in a major breakout year.

Yandle is having a respectable season, having put up 4 goals and 22 assists for 26 points. However he is a -15 on the season, which reflects on how poorly the Coyotes are playing.

Both teams are looking for change and both Yandle and O’Reilly are established players who bring a certain level of excellence to the ice.

The Avalanche are in desperate need of help on the back end, while the Coyotes could use an improvement at forward.


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