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Toronto Trades Jokinen to Blues


As expected, Olli Jokinen’s stay in Toronto was a short one. The Maple Leafs traded the forward to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a conditional sixth round draft pick in 2016.

The Blues will be the 36-year-old’s 10th NHL team of his career and third this season after the Leafs acquired him from the Winnipeg Jets.

Canes Trade Tlusty to Jets

The Hurricanes have traded Jiri Tlusty to the Jets for a 2016 3rd round pick and a 2015 6th.

With Blake Wheeler and Mathieu Perreault out of action, the Jets could use the help up front. Tlusty has 13 goals and 10 assists in 52 games this season.

Evander Kane Traded to Buffalo in Blockbuster Deal

Evander Kane has been traded to the Sabres in a blockbuster deal. Kane, along with Zach Bogosian and goalie prospect Jason Kasdorf go to Buffalo for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Brendan Lemieux, Joel Armia and a 2015 first-round draft pick.

The first round pick is conditional — it will be whichever of the Islanders and Blues picks that ends up being the later pick.

The Sabres will retain half of Stafford’s $4 million salary this season.

Pierre Lebrun reports that he doesn’t believe the Canucks were willing to part with either Bo Horvat or Jake Virtanen to get Kane.

Sabres, Canucks Pushing for Evander Kane

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Image from Resolute via Wikimedia Commons

Bob McKenzie reports (via Nichols on Hockey) that the Sabres are interested in Evander Kane of the Jets. He said on Insider Trading that the Jets and Sabres have previously discussed Tyler Myers, so he may be a part of potential Kane trade. He says the Sabres could also part with either the Islanders or Blues first round pick.

Pierre Lebrun reports that the Canucks are also interest in Kane, the former Vancouver Giant star. The Canucks, still in the playoff hunt, would likely have mixed feelings about trading a roster piece for a player who can’t play this season, but if they are beaten to the punch Kane would be off the market entirely.

Insider Trading: Kane, Franson, Winnik, Santorelli

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Image from Lisa Gansky via WIkimedia Commons

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.

Jets Projected to be Buyers at Deadline

The Winnipeg Jets entered the All-Star break with a 26-14-8 record, good enough to secure a playoff spot with 34 regular season games remaining.

Should the team choose to make a trade to bolster their depth before the deadline, a rental might be the best option according to the Winnipeg Sun’s Ken Wiebe.

Wiebe believes the Jets’ priority at the deadline is to improve their bottom-six forwards by possibly adding the likes of Matt Calvert, Mike Santorelli, Matt Hendricks, Daniel Winnik, and Torrey Mitchell.

Insider Trading: Brodeur, Coyotes, Jets, Mike Richards, Sens

From January 15th’s edition of TSN’s Insider Trading:

Darren Dreger reports that Blues goalie Martin Brodeur will take some time to evaluate his options, two of which include returning to be the Blues’ number three goaltender behind Brian Elliott and Jake Allen and accepting a front office job with the Blues.

Pierre Lebrun reports the message coming from the Coyotes is clear: they are going to blow things up. He says Antoine Vermette will be dealt, Keith Yandle will likely be dealt, if not now then in the summer. He also suggests they are open for business on defenseman Zbynek Michalek.

Darren Dreger reports that Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff is after a third line right wing and is willing to trade a defenseman to get it, once Jacob Trouba and others get healthy.

Pierre Lebrun reports that the Los Angeles Kings have had talks with both the Jets and the Leafs, seeing if there is someone who might take on Mike Richards and his mega-contract. SPOILERS: There isn’t.

Lebrun reports that the Canucks are looking for a top-six forward, but aren’t interested in a rental. He also notes that sooner is better for the Canucks, as the trade deadline might be too late.

Lebrun also says that Marc Methot, with a new agent handling his file, will take another crack at contract negotiations with the Senators. Failing an extension, it seems inevitable that the Sens will move him at the deadline.

Jets Acquire Jay Harrison

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Image from Benjamin Reed via Wikimedia Commons

The Jets have acquired defenseman Jay Harrison from Carolina in exchange for a 2015 6th round draft pick.

The Hurricanes are retaining $450,000 of Harrison’s $1.5 million annual cap hit. Harrison is signed through next season.

The Jets need on defense was amplified this morning, as it was announced that Mark Stuart would be out at least a month, joining Toby Enstrom, Zach Bogosian, and Jacob Trouba as Jets’ defensemen on the injured list.


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