NHL Rumors: Latest Trade and Offseason Buzz
Most of the major NHL moves have already been made, as teams are now mostly focused on making small signings and seeing how the new acqusitions fit on the squad.
Still, there are a number of quality players who are on the market, guys who can bring production and experience to their new teams.
What's some of the latest trade and offseason buzz surrounding the NHL?
Read on to find out.
According to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer, the Carolina Hurricanes have expressed interest in Brenden Morrow:
Rutherford said Canes are close to signing Zac Dalpe. Confirmed Canes have talked to agent of UFA Brenden Morrow.— Chip Alexander (@ice_chip) July 19, 2013
Morrow is still a hard-charging, heart-and-soul winger who can play in every situation. Last season, with the Dallas Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins, Morrow scored 12 goals and had 13 assists.
In the playoffs, he struggled, scoring just two goals in 14 games. However, that had more to do with an injury, as Pierre LeBrun of ESPN explained:
Morrow camp patiently taking calls... wants to play on a contender. Played with a split knee cap in playoffs which hurt his productivity— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 5, 2013
If he is healthy, then Morrow could easily contribute 20 goals while playing on the penalty kill and adding veteran leadership to a young team.
The Canes had the 28th-ranked penalty kill last season. Morrow excels shorthanded and will instantly improve the unit.
It's a good fit for both sides, and it would not be surprising if a deal eventually gets done.
Could Jaromir Jagr end up with the New Jersey Devils?
It depends on who you ask. Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record broke down the situation:
I’ve been reluctant to write anything about it because I have no solid information that’s come from anyone in North America that the Devils are involved. But there is certainly a decent amount of smoke coming from Jagr’s native Czech Republic. There were reports from Czech that the 41-year-old future Hall of Famer was in New Jersey on Thursday and close to signing with the Devils. But isport.cz, which has reported a few different things on Jagr, went from saying Saturday that Jagr was within hours of signing with the Devils to now saying that the Philadelphia Flyers are trying to bring back Jagr, who played for them in 2011-12.
Jagr's agent, Petr Svoboda, did not comment on the Devils rumors, only telling Yahoo! Sports that a decision could be nearing: “I don’t want to put a time frame on it. It’s up to him. Fairly soon."
Jagr would make sense for the Devils. After losing Ilya Kovalchuk to Russia, the Devils are desperate for scoring. Despite being 41 years old, Jagr can still produce. He scored 16 goals and had 19 assists last season with the Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins. And while he did not score a goal in the postseason, he did post an impressive 58 shots on goal in 16 games.
He's still a threat, but he would make the Devils much more plodding on the ice. Jagr has clearly lost a step or two, and free-agent acquisitions Ryane Clowe and Michael Ryder are not much faster.
But he's still an offensive threat, especially on the power play, and the Devils need all the help they can get.
According to George Richards of the Miami Herald, the Florida Panthers have explored trading Tomas Fleischmann:
Fleischmann has long been a consistent scorer. He scored 12 this past season, as well as a career high of 27 in 2011-12.
On a contender, Fleischmann could easily play a top-six role and participate on the power-play. Last season, he had 13 power-play points.
At his best, Fleischmann is a 25-plus goal scorer who will add scoring depth to a contender. The Panthers, who are still rebuilding, could probably net a draft pick and a young prospect in return for the Czech forward.
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