Friedman’s 30 Thoughts roundup …
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet: Vancouver Canucks president of hockey operations Trevor Linden met with the Sedin’s this week and laid out the Canucks plans. The Sedin’s have a year left on their contracts and are eligible for an extension after July 1st.
“They have told us they will decide year-to-year. Everyone knows we want them here as long as they want to play.”
When asked if they considered trading defensemen Alex Edler and/or Chris Tanev.
“We considered all our options, looked at everything we could, put everything on the table. At the end of the day, with the youth we have on our defence, we decided we must have people who can steady the ship. We placed a high priority on that. Don’t put players into situations they are not ready for.”
[Friedman] isn’t sure what Edmonton Oilers were trying to do that would have required them to move Andrew Ference‘s contract. They Oilers and Islanders may have discussed a Jaroslav Halak – Mark Fayne trade.
10 teams may have been interested in Red Wings Riley Sheahan.
The LA Kings may not have been looking at Thomas Vanek. The NY Islanders looked at Vanek.
The Carolina Hurricanes weren’t willing to pay the price for two years of Matt Duchene. If they were able to talk contact extension, they might have been willing to do something.
The Nashville Predators may have looked at Evander Kane, but talks may not have went far.
Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray shot down rumor that Alex Nylander was available.
A couple teams talked to the Bruins about Matt Beleskey, who has three years left at $11 million. He could be moved in the spring, with maybe the Ducks interested depending on their playoffs.
The Arizona Coyotes may have been looking for 2nd round pick for Radim Vrbata.
Valtteri Filppula didn’t have the Toronto Maple Leafs on his trade list. Veterans may see the Leafs sending players to the AHL and think that is where they might be headed. The Maple Leafs were linked to Jason Garrison and Cody Franson.
Last offseason the Calgary Flames may have been willing to offer Ben Bishop a six-year deal at $36 million.
The New York Rangers may not have offered more than a 2nd round pick and a B/C level prospect for Kevin Shattenkirk.
The Flames may have checked in with the Penguins a couple weeks ago about Marc-Andre Fleury but they may not have been remotely close with anything.