The Vancouver Canucks stunned the hockey world during the 2013 NHL draft by trading goaltender Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils for the ninth overall pick, used to select London Knights center Bo Horvat.
For a year, GM Mike Gillis had unsuccessfully tried to trade veteran goalie Roberto Luongo, but his big contract and a declining salary cap made him impossible to move. With ownership unwilling to buy out Luongo's contract, Gillis had no choice but to move Schneider.
While the hockey world ponders Luongo's reaction, Gillis must free up more cap space. With more than $60.2 million invested in 16 players this season and only $4 million available, Gillis could be working on other deals.
Defenseman Alex Edler is rumored to be a trade candidate. His six-year, $30-million contract starts this season and contains a no-trade clause, but if Gillis still needs to shed salary, Edler might be asked to waive it.
SEGUIN, HORTON HEADLINED BRUINS DRAFT WEEKEND
The Boston Bruins raised eyebrows during draft weekend by entertaining offers for Tyler Seguin.
Seguin, 21, was the Bruins first round pick (second overall) in the 2010 draft and was projected to become a superstar. Having earned a Stanley Cup ring with the Bruins in his rookie season, Seguin's 29-goal, 67-point sophomore performance in 2011-12 netted him a six-year, $34.5-million contract extension.
But after returning from playing in Switzerland during the lockout, Seguin struggled during the regular season (32 point in 48 games) and playoffs (eight points in 22 games).
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli admitted to having trade talks involving Seguin with other clubs, but reconsidered after Nathan Horton announced he was heading for the free agent market.
Chiarelli criticized Seguin's professionalism, hoping the trade speculation would straighten him out. If anything, it could ensure the young forward remains a fixture in this summer's rumor mill.
As for replacing Horton, options include Jarome Iginla (who spurned the Bruins to accept a late-season trade to Pittsburgh), David Clarkson or Vincent Lecavalier, though the latter would have to shift from center to right wing.
It's also rumored veteran Rich Peverley ($3.25 million cap hit) could be moved to free up cap space to re-sign restricted free agent goaltender Tuukka Rask.
BLUE JACKETS AND BLUES FROZE ON TALKS
The Columbus Blue Jackets were reportedly interested in Seguin, as well as St. Louis Blues forward David Perron.
Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen spent several years in the Blues front office and knows Perron well.
Blues players came under some recent local media fire for having an unearned sense of entitlement, suggesting management should shake things up with a trade.
Moving Perron would certainly get the attention of the Blues roster.
FLYERS SEARCH FOR NEXT GOALIE
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn was among those mentioned in the draft weekend trade rumor mill.
Coburn, 28, has three more seasons on his contract at an annual cap hit of $4.5 million, with a modified no-trade clause. The Edmonton Oilers had the most interest, with GM Craig MacTavish swapping trade proposals with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren during the event before talks finally fell through.
Holmgren is also believed to be seeking a veteran replacement for the bought-out Ilya Bryzgalov, preferably one with only a season or two remaining on his contract.
CSNPhilly.com's Tim Panaccio reported the Flyers had interest in St. Louis Blues netminder Jaroslav Halak and Buffalo Sabres long-time starter Ryan Miller.
Holmgren is expected to continue shopping Coburn while maintaining his hunt for a short-term veteran goalie fix.
FLAMES KEEP PICK, SHOP CAMMALLERI
Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster fielded offers for his first round pick (sixth overall) and reportedly pitched it to the Flyers for Coburn, Matt Read and the 11th overall pick. Ultimately, Feaster used the pick to select Ottawa 67’s center Sean Monahan.
Feaster is also shopping Mike Cammalleri, but there won't be much interest in the veteran winger. Cammalleri, whose offensive numbers declined in recent years, has one year left on his contract at a cap hit of $6 million, while his actual salary is $7 million.
Barring a compliance buyout or Feaster picking up half his remaining salary in a trade, Cammalleri will play out this season with the Flames.
Rumor Roundup appears weekdays only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Eishockey News and The Guardian (P.E.I.).
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