On Team Needs and Potential Fits …
Frank Seravalli: On TSN Hockey Tuesday night looking at some team needs and potential fits.
Los Angeles Kings – Need: Scoring winger. Potential fit: Gabriel Landeskog
Minnesota Wild – Need: No. 3 center. Potential fit: Martin Hanzal.
Nashville Predators – Need: High skill forward. Potential fit: Matt Duchene.
Montreal Canadiens – Need: Impact center. Potential fit: Duchene/Hanzal.
New York Rangers – Need: Offensive defenseman. Potential fit: Kevin Shattenkirk.
On the Calgary Flames …
Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun: Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving on their trade deadline plan.
“You’re always staying in touch with everyone and getting a sense of where everybody is at and what they’re looking for or potentially could be doing, so you have a pretty good sense of what is going on out there,” Treliving said of his approach as the March 1 trade deadline nears. “But we’re probably like a lot of teams — you take your cue from your team. So you continue to watch and monitor and watch the games and go from there.
“You have to look at where you’re at. You’re looking at obviously the next two weeks to the deadline and the rest of this season, but to me, you’re also continuing to look into the future. Are there things that may be able to help you now that also help you in the future? That’s the process. What we are or aren’t going to do, I think that’s going to be determined a lot more between now and the deadline.”
[Gilbertson] notes the Flames could use a mobile defensive partner for T.J. Brodie. There is also the question of who is there future goaltender. They also have to think about the expansion draft.
Treliving isn’t a fan of rental trades.
“You’ve got short-term view, you’ve got long-term view,” Treliving said. “To think we’re going to go rushing out and start shipping young players and all these types of things out the door for a six-week fix, it’s not going to happen.”