He's considered a cornerstone of the future for the New York Islanders. But does F Nino Niederreiter want out? Katie Strang of ESPN reports that Niederreiter has asked for a trade. The 20-year-old is still a prospect, having played just 55 NHL games last season. This season he's the leading scorer with the Islanders' AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
In his weekly "30 Thoughts" column, Elliotte Friedman at CBC.ca speculates on the contract disputes of the "Unsigned Three."
Friedman notes that PK Subban of the Montreal Canadiens, Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars, and Ryan O'Rielly of the Colorado Avalanche are all restricted free agents, which limits their bargaining power.
He speculates that Benn's contract with Dallas might get done first, while the Avalanche are tight-lipped about O'Rielly.
Friedman suggests that a Subban trade is an "absolute last resort" in Montreal. But he believes "something is seriously wrong between Subban and the Canadiens," pointing to rumors about the player's character. This will surely ramp up trade rumors if the Subban dispute drags on.
Will a deal for Canucks G Roberto Luongo happen quickly? Canucks GM Mike Gillis told the Vancouver Sun that the team has "a potential deal in place with one team that has to do something with another player that they have - and it's not who anybody thinks it is."
Media speculation has long held that only Toronto and Florida are interested, with the Florida interest lukewarm. Gillis confirmed that the Canucks have not been impressed by most Luongo offers so far.
Two losses in the first weekend of the season (one with Luongo in net, the other with Cory Schneider), does not help drum up business. But if Gillis goes with the "potential deal in place," Luongo could be moved at any time.
You can bet a 5-0 opening night shellacking at the hands of the St. Louis Blues will see Detroit at the centre of any rumors involving possible defenseman trades. Rumors from last summer had the Red Wings actively seeking a top-four defenseman like Jay Bouwmeester in Calgary or Keith Yandle in Phoenix. F Valtteri Filppula and F Johan Franzen were being touted as potential trading chips. Injuries on the blue line have forced the Red Wings to sign veteran free agent Kent Huskins.
Could the Red Wings be in the market for a goaltender as well, like Roberto Luongo or Bruins G Tim Thomas (under contract but sitting out the season)?
He's the captain and face of the franchise. But Calgary F Jarome Iginla is 35 years old and an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. If the Flames fall out of the playoff race and Iginla hasn't signed a new deal by the NHL trade deadline, rumors surrounding him will spread like wild fire.
Anaheim will be trade rumor central this season, with Ducks F Ryan Getzlaf and F Corey Perry set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1. Both currently make $5.3 million, and will be looking for substantial raises. Will the Ducks invest in both? Or sign one and deal the other? Could one or both be packaged in blockbuster trades designed to launch a rebuild in Anaheim?