On the Vancouver Canucks, Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Ottawa Senators …
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet: Can see the Vancouver Canucks increasing their efforts to trade defenseman Erik Gudbranson. It’s doubtful that they are interested in re-signing him, so they might as well see what they can get on the trade market for him. The trade hasn’t worked out well for the Canucks or Gudbranson.
The Winnipeg Jets let teams know last week that forward Shawn Matthias is available. The pending unrestricted free agent has only played in two games in the past five weeks.
The Edmonton Oilers could move forward Anton Slepyshev.
Believe that teams have called the Montreal Canadiens about goaltender Charlie Lindgren, with the Florida Panthers likely one of the teams.
wonders if the Columbus Blue Jackets would consider re-acquiring center Derick Brassard. Brassard also played under coach John Tortorella in New York. When Brassard was with the Rangers, now Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan was an assistant coach. The Penguins are another team looking for a center.
doesn’t think the Ottawa Senators will trade Erik Karlsson in the near future.
Teams have asked the Senators about the availability of Mark Stone and have been told that he’s not available.
On the Ottawa Senators …
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Despite his efforts to make a move, Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion wasn’t able to make a trade before the holiday roster freeze. Dorion will continue to talk to teams, but any trade wouldn’t be made official until after 12:01 am December 28th.
Teams have shown interested in forwards Mike Hoffman, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, and Derick Brassard, and defenseman Cody Ceci.
There is some belief that the Senators want to see where they sit in January before deciding which route they are going to take.