Chat with Scott Burnside
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, ESPN.com's Scott Burnside stops by just hours before the 2010 NHL draft gets underway.
Before joining ESPN in 2005, he was a reporter for the Windsor Star and Toronto Sun. Burnside has won numerous awards, including the 1990 National Newspaper Award, and also co-authored the best-selling true crime book "Deadly Innocence" in the mid-1990s. He is based in Atlanta.
Send your questions now and join Burnside Friday at 3 p.m. ET!
Scott Burnside (2:54 PM)
Hello all. Welcome to a special pre-draft chat. So, where were we?
Matthew (Alexandria, VA)
Where do you see Kaberle ending up when the dust settles? Would he be a good fit in Washington, if so how can GM GM get him here?
Scott Burnside (2:56 PM)
Matthew; I'm not sure he would work in Washington with Mike Green running the power play from the back end. Plus, the obvious player to go the other way would be Alexander Semin and I'm not sure he's a Brian Burke guy. Not enough jam for Mr. Burke. As for where he goes Los Angeles might be interested although they're looking for help up front, too. The Boston rumors persist although Burke isn't enamored with Marc Savard who would be the obvious return from the Bruins' standpoint.
Hi Scott! If you were the Flyers, would you sign Hamhuis and a cheaper goaltender or trade for a Tim Thomas and allow Hamhuis to walk? Thanks
Scott Burnside (2:57 PM)
John; I think this past year and the recent success of the Detroit Red Wings suggests you don't need to tie a lot of money up in goaltending. In fact look at the teams who do; New Jersey, San Jose, Vancouver and they've had little to no playoff success in spite of top dollars paid to guys like Brodeur, Nabokov and Luongo. I would sign Hamhuis and go cheap with perhaps a Dan Ellis. Of course with so many goalies on the market the dollar value is going to go down for a lot of them anyway.
Garrett Benoit (Greensboro, NC)
Wouldn't a Kaberle for Bobby Ryan make the most sense for everyone involved?
Scott Burnside (2:59 PM)
Garrett; In some ways yes. And of course there's a pretty strong tie between Brian Burke and Anaheim GM Bob Murray. But the Ducks would want to be sure they could tie Kaberle up long-term and Ryan is still so young I think they'll do all they can to bring him under contract and hope he develops into a top-flight forward.
Do people really wonder what's wrong with the Oilers mgt over the years? When their most glaring need is CENTER, and they make all indications to pick a WING with the #1 pick.... it's pretty easy to see.You are only as strong as your weakest link.
Scott Burnside (3:00 PM)
RJ; You're not just saying that so the Bruins can get Hall instead of Seguin who happens to be a center, the position at which the Bruins are stocked?But you are right although I think the mentality is in Edmonton that they have so many holes in their line-up it doesn't make sense to take Seguin unless they believe he will ultimately be a better player and I don't think that's the case. I think it will be Hall in Edmonton and Seguin to Boston.
Tallon from Florida seems to be wanting to pick up more picks. I don't know or want to understand why Dudley in Atlanta dumped their draft picks off to Chicago. My picks for most active traders on draft day to be Tallon, Bowman, and (detroit been too quiet lately) so I will throw HOlland's name in there. Who do you think will be the most active traders on draft day?
Scott Burnside (3:03 PM)
Mel; Agreed that Dale Tallon isn't quite done yet. He'd like to move a defenseman and he'd like to acquire some more picks. Look for Stephen Weiss to be in play and Keith Ballard perhaps. Detroit I think will be quiet as they get their own house in order before free agency. They rarely trade picks or prospects and are actually drafting higher than normal this year so expect they'll keep those picks.
At this point, what percent chance do you give the Bs making a deal to swap picks with Edmonton like what the Pens did in 2003 to get MA Fleury? Or has the time for that to happen definitely come and gone?
Scott Burnside (3:04 PM)
Matty; I think there's been lots of talk about the Bruins sweetening the pot to either swap picks with Edmonton or get an assurance they won't take Hall. Not sure if it'll happen though.
Hondo (New Jersey)
Do you see Jeff Carter being dealt to the Kings for a goalie (Bernier) and possibly a high pick?
Scott Burnside (3:05 PM)
Hondo; L.A. GM Dean Lombardi is on record saying he's not going to move Jonathan Quick, the incumbent and he sure won't move Bernier who has the makings of being the better of the two young netminders.
So now the word is that Kaberle might not be dealt today, as Toronto hasn't been wowed by any offers. This has turned into the Isner/Mahut of trade rumors. Has there ever been any player in NHL history rumored to be on the block so long and so often?
Scott Burnside (3:06 PM)
Donald; Very good. How about Eric Lindros? I covered the Leafs when he was rumored for about three years to be coming to Toronto and of course it didn't happen until Lindros's career was pretty much over and he signed as a free agent. But it is a long drawn out saga for Kaberle. He was part of the Muskoka Five a couple of years back that refused to give up their no-trade clauses at the deadline for then GM John Ferguson Jr.
What kind of return can be expected for Jason Spezza?
Scott Burnside (3:08 PM)
Kai; I don't think the Sens can afford to trade Spezza without getting a top-end defenseman back at least. The problem is that Spezza's contract is so onerous very few teams will have the appetite to take it on. The Leafs, looking for someone to play with Phil Kessel, might make sense especially since the Senators will lose Anton Volchenkov and the Leafs have a bevy of good blue liners. But don't think Burke likes the salary and the teams rarely do business together.
John (Plainfield, IL)
Do you think the Blackhawks will make any more trades this weekend? If so, who do you think will be on the move?
Scott Burnside (3:08 PM)
John; I think they are pretty much done now in terms of shedding salary.
Neil S. (NYC)
Scott: Dare I ask, what will/can the Rangers do this summer? Can they get in on Marc Savard? Any chance Slats can find a taker for Redden, Roszival?
Scott Burnside (3:10 PM)
Neil; Dare to ask but not sure how it will play out. They must send Redden to the minors to free up cap space and they desperately need a top center to play with Gaborik. Savard might make sense and his cap hit isn't all that onerous (the contract is front-loaded but the Rangers don't care about spending money). Interesting to watch what happens with Martin St. Louis who can become an unrestricted free agent a year from now. if Steve Yzerman can't lock him up long-term the Rangers would be hot and heavy to reunite St. Louis with coach John Tortorella.
Scott -- not sure I follow Dean Lombardi's logic re: not trading Quick OR Bernier. One's going to play (I assume Quick, since he's established and signed to a bigger contract), so why not move Bernier while he's highly touted and get a scoring threat to add balance to their team?
Scott Burnside (3:12 PM)
Wayne; The market for goaltenders, even young promising ones, will be pretty soft. And there is danger in trading one if you don't really know which is going to be the better NHLer. A little competition between the two this year will go a long way to telling the tale.
Do the Pens reup with Gonchar in the end, or do they go in a different direction?
Scott Burnside (3:14 PM)
Clint; I know GM Ray Shero was to talk to Gonchar's agents here in Los Angeles this weekend but unless Gonchar is willing to take a significant hometown discount (I'm guessing less than $5 million) the Pens will have trouble fitting him in. There is also the issue of term as they'll want to restrict the number of years given Gonchar's age and recent history of injuries. My guess is he's gone and signs a big contract for one or two years with another contender.
Do you think Montreal got a good package of players/prospects from STL for Halak? Did the Flyers have any interest in Halak
Scott Burnside (3:16 PM)
Claude; The kid Eller is supposed to be a keeper he was the 13th overall pick in 2007 and the Blues hated to give up on him. Plus Halak had arbitration rights and the Habs weren't sure where his number would come in at so the money they saved by moving him went to lock up Plekanec. All in all not a bad move unless of course Carey Price stinks up the Bell Center as he has been want to do and Halak wins a Vezina.
Hi Scott. Proverbial gun to your head, who will be the Flyers starting goalie in 2010-2011: Leighton; Turco; Ellis; someone else?
Scott Burnside (3:16 PM)
Keith; Gut feeling Turco at a bargain price.
Scott, who do you see Phoenix pursuing at 13th? They could use some help down the center, so Burmistrov or Skinner would fit the bill, but it is likely they would both be off the table by that time. Trade up?
Scott Burnside (3:17 PM)
Loup; Center would make sense. I'm actually doing a feature today on Austin Watson who is a big forward from Peterborough who is expected to go in the 10 to 15 range so that might be something to look for.
Assuming Taylor/Tyler go 1 and 2. What do you think the Panthers should do with the third pick?
Scott Burnside (3:19 PM)
Chris; I assume they'll go with one of the top-rated defensemen Cam Fowler, Erik Gudbranson or Brandon Gormley.
Do you see any deals made today or on the heels of the draft influencing where Kovalchuk will end up?
Scott Burnside (3:21 PM)
Ty; I think there is a very tiny market for Kovalchuk in that there are few teams that have the financial wherewithal and cap space to sign him. If Los Angeles dealt for a top six forward this weekend that would put them out of the Kovalchuk sweepstakes. New Jersey looks like the other potential suitor even though they added Jason Arnott.
What "top 6" forward can the Leafs realistically get if they trade Kaberle?
Scott Burnside (3:23 PM)
Kevin; The good thing for the Leafs is that they could take a player with a big contract like a Spezza who has indicated he wouldn't mind a trade out of Ottawa. The Oilers have a bunch of unweildy contracts they would like to move as well and again the price wouldn't be an issue so much as fit like a Dustin Penner whom Burke had in Anaheim.
Stu (Little Rock)
With Recchi and Boychuk now signed, does that make the Bs more or less inclined to look for deals today?
Scott Burnside (3:24 PM)
Stu; They'll still look at moving Tim Thomas although his contract makes that a difficult proposition with the glut of free agent goalies. And Savard if he ends up taking Seguin with the second pick.
I read an article on the Rangers' offseason plans. Glen Sather said he wants to add 2-3 more low price veterans and also bring up some young kids (i.e. Grachev and Sanguinetti). Do you really think that would be enough to put them in deep playoff conversation or should they start from scratch?
Scott Burnside (3:27 PM)
Kyal; Remember the Rangers were one shootout goal away from being in the playoffs so they don't have all that far to go. I agree it's time Sanguinetti gets a chance to prove himself. But it's going to take the Rangers' swallowing hard and burying Redden. There's also the issue of scoring depth up front and no front-line center for Gaborik. So it's going to take a lot more than a couple of low-priced veterans to correct those flaws and keep the Rangers from being a bubble team again.
Scoot, Do you see the Coyotes doing any draft day trades?
Scott Burnside (3:28 PM)
Alex; I doubt it. GM Don Maloney's budget as mandated by the league is pretty tight so he's not going to be adding any salary that's for sure.
kyle (mt vernon)
do you expect the blues to spend any money this offseason?
Scott Burnside (3:29 PM)
kyle; I doubt if they'll make a huge splash. It doesn't look like Paul Kariya's going to be back and with Keith Tkachuk retiring there's room for a veteran free agent forward but not a top-flight guy (not that there are all that many of them available). Maybe Lee Stempniak returns to St. Louis if the 'Yotes don't have enough money for him.
Jeff Carter (Limbo?)
Scott, Will I be playing in LA, Philly or somewhere else come opening night?
Scott Burnside (3:30 PM)
Jeff; I think you'll be back in Philly especially if GM Paul Holmgren can settle on a goaltender that doesn't break the bank and he should be able to do that.
do you think the thrashers are done on the trade market? or will they pick up a player or two at the draft or through free agency?
Scott Burnside (3:31 PM)
Nick; I think it depends on whether the Thrashers try and retain a guy like Pavel Kubina who had a good year but won't get the money he was making on his last contract. Like a lot of teams, the Thrashers will be looking to operate as close to the cap floor as possible so they won't be looking at adding any of the big names out there. The Chicago deal looks to be their big moment in terms of personnel changes.
What do you think the chances are of Kaberle signing with the sabres as well as a return to buffalo for marty biron
Scott Burnside (3:33 PM)
Connor; Not sure the Sabres have what Toronto wants plus being a Northeast Division foe don't like the chances of a deal being struck between the two teams. As for Biron, one of the good guys in the league, I think Buffalo would be a good fit again. But there's also a hole open in Montreal behind Carey Price so that might work for Biron too.
Do you see Calgary making any moves?
Scott Burnside (3:34 PM)
Cory; After making a hash of his team last year GM Darryl Sutter is still looking for a top center to play with Jarome Iginla. But he doesn't really have all that much to deal with having sent Jokinen and Phaneuf to New York and Toronto respectively. Doubt if they'll be really active on the trade front.
Where do you think Frolov lands? do you think LA will move his right?
Scott Burnside (3:35 PM)
Chris; He's an interesting guy in that he's got talent but has had issues with focus etc. Might not be a bad fit for the Penguins actually. He's probably not going to yield much in terms of trading his rights, though. Most teams will wait to July and not have to give up an asset to deal with him.
Will the 'Canes use some of their 3 second rounders to move up to try to get one of the top Defensemen picks?
Scott Burnside (3:36 PM)
Paul; GM Jim Rutherford is as shrewd as they come so that wouldn't surprise me.
Scott, do you think that Nathan Horton will have better success in Boston than he did in FL
Scott Burnside (3:38 PM)
Stan; That's the 64-dollar question. Great tools but declining production, issues with injury. He's going to play with talented players so there's no reason for him not to get back to the 35 to 40 goals level. It will be interesting to see how he responds playing in an Original Six market after not having much to be accountable for in Florida his whole career.
david (san jose)
who is in net for san jose next season?
Scott Burnside (3:39 PM)
david; Marty Turco (I know, I already have him signing in Philly) has a great record at the Shark Tank so I'm sure Doug Wilson will kick those tires come July 1. But watch for a guy like Dan Ellis who has played some good games for Nashville to maybe get a look. And don't forget Chris Mason who is now out of a job with the Halak deal to St. Louis.
Stephen (bellmawr, NJ)
The top 3 defensemen in the 2010 draft? Which one do you think is the best?
Scott Burnside (3:40 PM)
Stephen; I haven't seen the kids play but there sure is a lot of buzz about Cam Fowler. I expect he'll go third overall.
Hey Scott, have you heard anything about the Jackets moving back from 4 and/or using the pick to get a #1 C or 1st pair D?
Scott Burnside (3:42 PM)
Brian; I think it's pretty certain that Scott Howson is willing to move off their 4th pick but I'm not sure it's a big enough carrot pry a top center loose and I don't think they'll be interested in Spezza because of the contract (and the Sens will need something significant back for their everyday roster). Might be a tough nut for Howson to crack.
Alisa (Los Angeles, CA)
Do you think that the Ducks will trade away one, or both of their 1st round picks tonight? What could they get in return if they did?
Scott Burnside (3:43 PM)
Alisa; Well, with Scott Niedermayer retiring there's a pretty big hole on the Ducks' blue line which is why Kaberle rumors abound. And the Leafs are thin when it comes to draft picks. Is there a forward that Bob Murray would move to Toronto that would make it work? Joffrey Lupul maybe.
tim connolly (Buffalo)
any truth that i'm being shopped for a pair of dirty socks? any takers for me out there?
Scott Burnside (3:44 PM)
tim; not to be too harsh but your injury issues and disappearing act in the playoffs aren't going to help your market value but it wouldn't be a surprise to see you somewhere else come training camp.
Hear me out on this: even with Lundqvist, the Rangers are just a border-line playoff team, and probably don't win more than 1 round. Why not package him and a "bad contract" (say, Roszival), bring in a good defenseman or 2, then sign a FA like Nabakov or Turco?
Scott Burnside (3:45 PM)
Gordon; Hard to the best player you've got and a homegrown asset at that. Just don't see it happening even though I understand the logic. Again, the market for goalies probably prohibits such a move even if Sather had the stones to do it.
Sanchez (Portsmouth, NH)
Hey Scott -- Any chance of an expanded deal between Boston and Edmonton, comprising a swap of the top 2 picks and personnel, chiefly Savard for Souray? Or am I dreaming?
Scott Burnside (3:48 PM)
Sanchez; No, I don't think you're dreaming and I know there have been discussions about the two picks somehow ending up with one team. That would be pretty incredible. Souray is interesting because his cap hit is less than his actual dollar amount over the next couple of years. But he's injury prone. He'll be hard to move I suspect.
Mr. Burnside,Concerning the Minnesota Wild:What are the odds of them nabbing the "top 6" forward they desperately need to get out of this playoff-free funk they are in?Who do you see them targeting/getting?
Scott Burnside (3:50 PM)
Derek; The Wild need to do something. They don't really have help on the way from their farm system but last year's big addition, Martin Havlat, didn't really turn out well so GM Chuck Fletcher will have to make sure he gets it right this time around. Havlat and Spezza were teammates in Ottawa. Hmmmm.
What do you think the Canucks will get up to today/the off-season?
Scott Burnside (3:51 PM)
Tim; Well I think the Blackhawks exposed a pretty ordinary blue line during the playoffs and I think if Philly can't bring Hamhuis under contract they'll take a hard run at him. Maybe Paul Martin as a fall back plan.
What GM is most in spotlight this weekend?
Scott Burnside (3:53 PM)
Jason; I think there's a lot of pressure on Steve Tambellini not just because he has the first pick but because he's got so many awful contracts to try and get rid of (Horcoff, Souray, Nilsson). And when you're dead last in the league you should feel some pressure.
Scott Burnside (3:53 PM)
Okay folks, thanks for your time. Let's see how this all unfolds in a few hours.