TSN Hockey Insiders Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger gathered for the latest installment of Insider Trading and the topics discussed were the current trade market, the possibility of Martin Brodeur wiaving his no-trade clause trade and sanctions for future goalie fights.
There are roughly four months until TradeCentre but a lot of teams already have instant needs that they want to fill sooner rather than later. What's the talk?
Dreger: That's primarily because of injuries around the NHL and interest will often spark this type of dialogue between general managers. At the moment, the buyers appear to outnumber the sellers but there are a number of teams who are looking to fill specific needs.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are still in the market for a centre. The Edmonton Oilers need a lot of things, among them at the top of the list are defencemen and goaltending. The Winnipeg Jets would like to add a power forward but they'd also look at doing something defensively.
The Anaheim Ducks are looking to add a puck-moving defenceman and the Carolina Hurricanes likewise. The Florida Panthers, despite the talk that GM Dale Tallon is looking to do a full renovation or rebuild which he is not looking to do, would like to add some pieces.
LeBrun: Martin Brodeur, the game's all-time leader in wins, raised some eyebrows on Tuesday after an interview with the Newark Star-Ledger. He said he would possibly consider waiving his no-trade clause if the Devils were out of the playoffs and GM Lou Lamoriello asked him about a trade.
I spoke to Brodeur on Tuesday evening and he said "I'm not even thinking about a trade and it would have to be Lamoriello coming to me and asking about it. I would never go to him and ask for a trade at the end of the season." However, Brodeur would not completely rule out waiving his no-trade clause.
Fighting is down 12 per cent, but fighting talk is up again after Ray Emery's actions on Friday night. The GM's meet on Tuesday and with the agenda is not yet set, is it fair to say they will be talking about that?
LeBrun: Yes, there's a very good chance that will be part of the discussion on Tuesday. It's only a one-day meeting so they will not have a rule recommendation on fighting but they are going to start the discussion again because of what's transpired this season, most recently the brawl in Philadelphia last Friday.
I think you'll see a lot of exchange of ideas; should they ban goalie fights? Should there be an automatic suspension for a goalie going across the ice for a fight? Should the game misconduct threshold be changed within a game, instead of three fighting majors, possibly lower it to two. I think you're going to hear all sorts of ideas but it's more to plant the seed for March, when the three-day GM meetings take place.
Why didn't referee Francois St-Laurent step in and intervene during the Emery fight?
Dreger: There was a lot of internal discussion over why he didn't step in when there was opportunity for him to and he also very clearly indicated to the Capitals players to stay back. It's easy to analyze after the fact but he couldn't rely on the linesmen, who were tied up already because of the multiple fights taking place on the ice already. What I was told was St-Laurent was sitting back saying "I'm afraid the benches are going to clear if I don't manage this situation by watching the bigger picture."