Here are your NHL trade rumors for Monday, June 16:
The Calgary Flames have made a bid for Jason Spezza, who recently requested a trade from the Ottawa Senators. The Flames are believed to have offered a package including Jiri Hudler, Mikael Backlund, and Dennis Wideman, along with a 2nd or 3rd round draft choice. A deal is unlikely to be made though, as Spezza has a limited no-trade clause and the Flames are one of 10 teams that he doesn’t want to be traded to. The Flames are looking for a top-tier player like Spezza because their current marquee forward Mike Cammalleri is likely to leave Calgary this summer through free-agency.
Spezza isn’t the only top center to request a trade this summer, as Ryan Kesler has also requested a trade from the Vancouver Canucks. Kesler has been the subject of much speculation over the past few years, and it looks like he could finally be on the move after spending the entirety of his career to date with the Canucks. One team that is interested is the St. Louis Blues, who are lacking in depth at the center position. Talks have just begun between the two teams, but one player that the Canucks have asked about is Ty Rattie, who is currently playing for St. Louis’ AHL affiliate in Chicago. One thing that might prevent Kesler from going to St. Louis is the fact that the Canucks might not want to trade him to any teams in the Western Conference.
After another disappointing showing in the playoffs for the San Jose Sharks, the team is looking to shake up their core. Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau have both been on the team for a long time, but neither of them has been able to bring the Stanley Cup to San Jose. The Sharks are listening to offers for the pair, and they are looking to trade both of them to the Eastern Conference. A rumor had surfaced up about a deal that would send Marleau to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Brad Marchand, but Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has denied these rumors and said that he has no desire to trade Marchand. The New York Rangers might be buying out Brad Richards this offseason, and could be in the market for Thornton. Another team that is in need of a first-line center like Joe Thornton is the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall has had talks with Kent Hughes, Vincent Lecavalier‘s agent. Former Flyers GM Paul Holmgren signed Lecavalier to a 5-year, $22.5 million deal last summer, but the former Tampa Bay Lightning captain has underwhelmed in the City Of Brotherly Love, and is now on the trading block. Lecavalier has a full no-movement clause, but he can submit a list of teams that he would like to be traded to if it comes to that.
As more NHL trade rumors pop up we will continue to continue to give you our thoughts.