NHL Rumors: Red Wings open for business, Rod Brind’Amour extension, and Sabres shopping Brandon Montour

Some may have scratched their heads when GM Steve Yzerman acquired aging veteran Marc Staal in a trade or signing Bobby Ryan to a one year deal. However, Yzerman is going to have a field day at this trade deadline and acquire assets to expedite his rebuilding plans.

NHL Rumors: Red Wings open for business

On the latest Insider Trading, they dove into the Detroit Red Wings and three assets in particular Yzerman could move.

“I think teams are beginning to look at three potential targets from the Detroit Red Wings,” Frank Seravalli began. “All veteran presences, including Bobby Ryan, Luke Glendening and, on the backend, Marc Staal.”

As for why teams would be interested he explained. “Glendening leads the league in faceoff percentage. Bobby Ryan is scoring on a contract that every team could fit and Staal would certainly provide that experience on the backend that teams crave come playoff time.”

We noted Marc Staal in our Central Division trade targets yesterday.

NHL Rumors: Hurricanes looking to extend Brind’Amour

Pierre LeBrun provided an update on one pending free agent coach that has at least had some discussions about an extension. He was talking about Hurricanes bench boss, Rod Brind’Amour.

I think there’s been back and forth, yes, but not close to a deal quite yet. They’ve got lots of time. Tom Dundon, the owner, has told me a few months ago that he will absolutely get Brind’Amour signed. He’s one of the lower-paid coaches in the NHL but a lot of people around the league are keeping an eye on this. You can bet Seattle and his old pal Ron Francis are keeping an eye on it just in case it doesn’t come to fruition. And I can think of a few teams that would make a vacancy where there isn’t one now if Rod Brind’Amour gets to market.

LeBrun via TSN

This is a no-brainer for me. Expect Brind’Amour to re-up with Carolina soon.

NHL Rumors: Sabres shopping Brandon Montour

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Feb 22, 2021; Uniondale, New York, USA; New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) makes a glove save as Buffalo Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour (62) looks for the rebound during the third period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

According to Elliotte Friedman, the Sabres are ready to deal and they’ve made defenseman, Brandon Montour available. He will turn 27 next month and has three assists in 14 games this season.

He will be a UFA this summer and is coming off a deal worth $3.85 million AAV. Last season, Montour scored 18 points in 54 games and was a plus 13, which is quite an accomplishment in Buffalo.

The Sabres are likely having some very deep and important conversations internally. Where are we now, where do we go from here, and how do we get there? The question the entire hockey world is asking revolved around Jack Eichel.

Does anyone else find it odd that neither he or his agent haven’t commented on the rampant speculation? Sidney Crosby did when his name came out and put all that noise to rest.

Makes you wonder.