NHL Trade Rumors: Examining Latest 2016 Offseason Reports

July 20th, 2016 by Joe Pantorno Leave a reply »

As the NHL's offseason winds deeper into July, things get quieter on both the free-agent and trade fronts. 

The New York Rangers and Ottawa Senators did add a spark to the transaction wire when Derick Brassard and a 2018 seventh-round pick were traded north of the border in exchange for 23-year-old Mika Zibanejad and a 2018 second-round draft pick.

With some big names and teams still looking to make moves, here is the latest on the rumors swirling around the league.


Radim Vrbata Unrestricted free agent Radim Vrbata is still in search of a deal after a down 2015-16 season. 

The 35-year-old went from scoring 31 goals in 2014-15 with the Vancouver Canucks to just 13 last year. The drop-off in play and his age haven't made him the most attractive free-agent target. 

However, much of that had to do with his removal from the Canucks' first line that featured Henrik and Daniel Sedin. The trio accounted for 69 goals two years ago, almost 30 percent of Vancouver's tallies that season:

With that line broken up, the Canucks ...

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