Garrioch Rumor Roundup …
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Jets have gotten some calls on Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien, and the thought is that only one of them will be traded. Three executives think that Ladd will be the one they move. There are some indications that Ladd had turned down a six-year, $36 million contract before the season started. One of his comparables will be Ryan Kesler’s seven-year, $42.5 million contract.
“There won’t be any shortage of interest in Ladd if they decide to move him,” said a league executive Saturday.
The Jets will make a serious attempt to re-sign Byfuglien before the deadline. One league executive thinks it could take a six-year deal in the $7.5 million per year range.
Contract talks between the Jets and pending RFA Jacob Trouba haven’t gone smoothly. The two sides have lots of work to do.
Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has been working the phones. They don’t have a for sale sign up, but they are listening to offers on pending UFAs Tomas Fleischmann, Dale Weise and Tom Gilbert. Those trade talks could increase if Carey Price doesn’t return soon.
Canucks GM Jim Benning will have decisions to make with pending UFA defenseman Dan Hamhuis. Hamhuis would like to remain with the Canucks, but he’d have to take less than his current $4.5 million to remain. The Capitals are a team that could be interested.
The Sharks are looking to make a roster change or two before the deadline. GM Doug Wilson is telling teams he’d like to add a defenseman.
The Oilers could looking to move pending RFA Justin Schultz. Teams would be interested as many are looking to upgrade their blueline.
Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello is on the phones trying to get ahead of other teams that are selling.
Word is the Hurricanes and Eric Staal are not close to a deal, and despite them being in the playoff hunt, they could trade him.