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Dater’s Daily: NHL trade chatter – Dallas trying to move Klingberg, Canucks may be ready to deal soon



John Klingberg
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A good Sunday morning to you all. It’ll be sunny and in the 50s today in the Mile High City. In the little towns where I grew up in New Hampshire – Keene, Enfield, Hanover – temps are in the single digits, with a winter storm advisory. Is that something of a clue as to why I moved to Denver in 1991? Well, weather really had nothing to do with it, but the older I get, the more I appreciate the climate in Denver as opposed to NH in winter. Let’s do some NHL links/news/observations, starting with rumors from Dallas that the Stars are trying to move talented defenseman John Klingberg:

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  • Sportsnet ace hockey guys Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek report that the Stars are definitely trying to move Klingberg before the March 21 NHL trade deadline. Klingberg voiced displeasure about his contract/talks toward a new one, and that doesn’t go over well with old-school GMs like Jim Nill (Sportsnet)
  • I think there are going to be a lot of moves made by Dallas if they don’t get things turned around soon.
  • Vancouver: Here’s the team to watch for a big shakeup. And we know Jim Rutherford is not shy. Our Rob Simpson reports that if the Canucks fall out of the playoff race, some big names such as J.T. Miller and Brock Boeser will be available on the NHL trade market. 
  • Boston: Head coach Bruce Cassidy praised Jake DeBrusk but admitted the potential power forward still wants to be traded away from the Boston Bruins.
  • I binge-watched the Netflix series “Cheer”, season 2, the other night. The athleticism is phenomenal. Those kids work hard.
  • Detroit: Coach Jeff Blashill busted up the top line, Alex Nedeljkovic was good enough, and the Detroit Red Wings stayed in the wild-card race with a 4-3 win over Buffalo.
  • Washington: Tom Wilson, certified goal scorer. The Washington Capitals beat the Islanders 2-0.
  • NYI: With the win, the Capitals dug the New York Islanders playoff hole just a bit deeper.
  • A look back at NHL trades in which both teams lost (Hockey News)
  • A Russian coach was fired after kicking a player on the bench (Hockey News)
  • My appearance on the 104.3 The Fan Avalanche postgame show last night (I’m on after every Avs game): (104.3 The Fan)
  • And, the night before that with the great Sandy Clough (104.3 The Fan)
  • Sam Carchidi, the guy covering the Flyers now for Philly Hockey Now, on whether Mike Yeo is a fit long-term, or whether Rick Tocchet should get the coaching job (Philly Hockey Now)
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Adrian Dater - Kiss and Larry Bird fan. Writer with @Gambling and @Bookies, Avs Insider with 104.3 The Fan. Denver Post, SI, Bleacher Report alum, author of seven books.

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If only the Canucks would part with Petterson… Others in response to previous two articles have noted it before me, but I have frequently had the same thought and it bears repeating: the Ave seem to weather the absence of every other player, including MacK and the Moose, but Landy seems to be the key…when he’s in the lineup, being that rare ‘name’ player who does the dirty no-name puck possession types of things (can’t cite any statistics and won’t argue with anyone who disagrees, just a perception)…regardless of the number of shots faced, great for Kuemper to have a… Read more »

Svein Lister

I have made the same observation, although I would probably add Toews in the same category. Are MacK, Moose, and Makar the better players? Sure they are. But Landy and Toews seem to be required in order for the other three to really shine.


I was saying this in the off-season as the Avs and Landy contract talks stalled.. He is the glue of this team and the unquestionable leader.. The Avs have a sub .500 record historically when Landeskog is not in the lineup.. He is huge irreplaceable part of this team..

Bob Neal

That’s a very good observation that people seem to miss.


Obviously a coincidence, but I’d like partial credit for Pettersson’s two goals today against the Caps! I probably overvalue him, but when I went to Avs-Canucks in Vancouver three years ago, he made passes that seemed as if he mentally saw the game unfolding from a birds eye view…


If Kuemper comes around and our need for a goalie dissipates… Klingberg would be a nice addition.

Yan Girard

We will can only to see in playoffs if Kuemper delivers the merchandise. It’s too risky to wait in playoffs to see if it will be. Then, the Avs cann’t to screw up another chance to win Stanley Cup. It takes an experienced goalie in playoffs who was already successful. Klingberg is a defenseman that it will cost too expensive in terms of prospects and picks. The Avs must use prospects and picks to acquire an experienced goalie. Klingberg is free agent at next summer and the Avs don’t have the cap hit to keep him. It would be only… Read more »

Last edited 8 months ago by Alexander A

It’s only speculation. Realistically, the player we should get is Ben Chiarot.

Bob Neal

That would be the guy I’d like to pick up. Him and Shea Weber did quite a job on Vegas last year but Yan will give the credit to Mr. Price who BTW did play remarkably well through the playoffs..

Yan Girard

It’s a good option. The problem is probably the price even if Chariot is free agent. The price is probably one first pick and the Avs don’t have his first pick for this year.

Last edited 8 months ago by Alexander A

I think he could be had for Jost plus a late pick from one of the next two drafts.

Bob Neal

AD, Thanks for putting these together. It’s good to get some outside the Av’s hockey news. It will be interesting to see if and where Tocchet shows up again as a coach.

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