Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area discusses the possibility of the Sharks attempting to acquire Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
During a recent press conference, Sharks owner Hasso Plattner stated the team could not buy the Stanley Cup, and mentioned Malkin as someone they couldn’t just go out and spend to acquire. These comments along with Malkin’s supposed unhappiness in Pittsburgh have fueled trade speculation.
Most likely there is very little validity to the speculation, but Malkin’s name may remain linked to the Sharks considering both Pittsburgh and San Jose are in need of changes and the Sharks are one of the few teams in the league that could accommodate the Russian superstar’s hefty contract .
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Mike Babcock is the new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The deal is reportedly worth an astounding $50 million over eight years.
Babcock’s future was in limbo since Detroit was eliminated during the first round of the playoffs, and had been linked to the San Jose Sharks and Buffalo Sabres.
According to the Detroit Free-Press, the Red Wings offered Babcock a four-year, $13 million contract, which would have made Babcock the NHL’s highest paid coach.
Tyler Kennedy has been traded to the Islanders, reports Pierre Lebrun.
Darren Dreger reports that the Islanders gave up a conditional 3rd round pick.
Elliotte Friedman reports Ben Smith is going to the Sharks.
Smith is signed through 2015-16 at a cap hit of $1.5 million.
Mark Spector reports the Sharks have traded Andrew Desjardins back to the Hawks.
Image from Tom Gromak via Wikimedia Commons
From January 6th edition of TSN’s Insider Trading:
Darren Dreger says there’s a chance that Mike Babcock becomes the next coach of the Leafs, but says it’s mostly wishful thinking. He says Babcock isn’t looking for another project, which the Leafs would be. He also suggests that Babcock feels a responsibility to move the coaching pay scale forward, and wonders if the Leafs would be willing to pay a coach upwards of $4 million annually. Pierre Lebrun doesn’t think that the big movement from Mike Babcock or Ken Holland and ownership in contract negotiations will happen until later in the year.
A graphic lists Ken Holland, Claude Julien, Todd McLellan, Peter DeBoer, Paul MacLean, Dan Bylsma, Peter Horacek, Steve Spott, and Kevin Dineen as potential coaching candidates. Pierre Lebrun says Julien and McLellan might be on short leashes in Boston and San Jose respectively, and are potentially on Toronto’s shortlist.
Dreger says the Leafs are “open for business”, and may re-visit interest in Dion Phaneuf from a Western Conference team this past summer. He also suggests the Leafs will listen on Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner, and even Phil Kessel.
The Sharks have placed Adam Burish on waivers.
The Sharks signed Burish to a $7.4 million / 4 year deal [$1.85M per] in the summer of 2012. I want to say you’d have to expect he clears, but looking at the contracts given to Deryk Engelland and Tanner Glass (among others) this past summer, one cannot be sure.
The internet speculation involving Sharks veteran forward Patrick Marleau and the Montreal Canadiens continues.
The Sharks are supposedly seeking two roster players and a top prospect in return. There’s no proof to the validity of the rumors, but any deal involving Marleau would require him to waive his no-trade clause, which he has repeatedly said he’s not willing to do.
Unless he has a change of heart, there will be no deal to Montreal or any team for that matter. The only way I envision Marleau agreeing to a trade is if the Sharks struggle during the season and the player’s relationship with the team deteriorates further.
According to ESPN’s Pierre Lebrun, goaltender Martin Brodeur’s agent claims six teams are interested in his client.
Lebrun reports the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, and Pittsburgh Penguins as four of the six possible teams.
Aside from all four of those teams having established starters, both the Blackhawks and Bruins are under a cap crunch and unless Brodeur is willing to accept a huge pay cut, those teams don’t seem like a fit. Also, Chicago recently re-signed their backup goalie Antti Raanta.
As far as Pittsburgh and Toronto are concerned, it’s safe to say the Penguins are no longer a fit as they signed UFA goaltender Thomas Greiss who served as San Jose’s backup last season, and Toronto may be a fit under the cap, but the team has more pressing needs at other positions that should be addressed first.