Now that the 2013 NHL draft has concluded, it’s time to get to business.
Trade business, that is.
Plenty of players are going to be on the move this summer, and we already saw some big names get dealt on draft day. No one saw Cory Schneider getting to dealt the New Jersey Devils, and a few other stars got moved as well, such as Tyler Kennedy, Michael Frolik and David Bolland, among others, per CBS Sports.
Sunday’s deals will definitely get the ball rolling on other potential trades. But which players are going to be on the move in the coming weeks before the 2013-14 season commences?
Well, here are the latest rumors surrounding Ryan Miller, Tyler Seguin and Alex Edler. All three could be with new organizations by the end of the summer, and below is everything you need to know about their current situations.
Miller on the Move?
All seven rounds of the NHL draft are now complete and Ryan Miller remains on the payroll for the Buffalo Sabres. Whether he’s still on the roster by the end of the summer is still up for debate. Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reports that Buffalo is definitely interested in moving Miller:
The Sabres remain intent on moving Ryan Miller but whether it happens this summer or at trade deadline next season remains to be seen...— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 1, 2013
The main reason why Miller could be on the move is because he’s entering the last year of his contract and re-signing him would cost the Sabres a bundle of cash. As John Vogl of The Buffalo News writes, Buffalo can’t let the goalie hit the market without getting something back in return.
Miller wasn’t very great this past season, going 17-17-5 in 39 starts and 40 games. He finished the year with a 2.81 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. Miller has been a solid goalie for most of his career, though, and the 2009-10 Vezina Trophy Winner will likely command a large deal in free agency.
If Miller does end up getting dealt this summer, expect Buffalo to try to snag another goaltender—probably someone younger, cheaper and under contract for a while—in exchange for him. The Sabres don’t really have the prototypical backup on the roster or a top goalie waiting in the wings.
Seguin In Boston, For Now…
While Tyler Seguin is still with the Boston Bruins, don’t be surprised if he’s moved by the end of the summer. Seguin was put on the trade market over the weekend because the Bruins haven’t been thrilled with his lack of maturity and focus, according to LeBrun.
One of the reasons why Seguin is still in Boston is because another top forward for the Bruins, Nathan Horton, opted to enter free agency instead of signing an extension immediately, according Fluto Shinzawa of The Boston Globe. If Horton doesn’t return, it would be tough for Boston to lose Seguin too.
But Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli was still shopping Seguin despite knowing that Horton wasn’t going to re-sign, per LeBrun. That shows that the Bruins are definitely serious about moving the 21-year-old center. He’s signed through the 2018-19 season but hasn’t really proved his worth yet.
Originally acquired in exchange for Phil Kessel, Seguin has been good at times and bad at times. He has 121 points in 203 career games, but has really failed to make much of an impact in the postseason, tallying 18 points in 42 games. For now, the Bruins remain the losers of the Kessel-Seguin trade. Maybe they'll be winners the next time Seguin gets dealt.
Canucks Miss Opportunity
Alex Edler was one of the most talked-about players throughout draft day, but he still remains under contract with the Vancouver Canucks entering Monday morning. LeBrun reports that four teams had interest in acquiring the defenseman, but nothing got serious.
Now it appears that Vancouver will be hanging onto Edler for the time being. Why, you ask? Because his no-trade clause kicked in at midnight on Sunday, and the Canucks would need him to waive that in order to deal him. Time just ran out for Vancouver, but that isn't a huge issue.
Edler is one of the league’s top defenseman, mainly because he’s strong on both ends of the ice. Besides doing his thing in order to prevent goals, he’s also pretty good at scoring them himself. This past season, Edler had eight goals and 14 assists in 45 games, in addition to a minus-five rating.
Edler is signed through the 2018-19 season and would definitely be a hot commodity without the no-trade clause attached. If he’d be willing to waive it, however, there’s no doubt that the Canucks could get a pretty penny in return. But whether he’ll be asked to waive it is the next question.