On the Toronto Maple Leafs …
Kristen Shilton: Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello on their potential trade deadline plans: “I think you always know what you’d like to improve in. But it’s easier said that done. You need a partner to do it with, and then whatever the price is, it can’t be something going to put a hole in your team.”
On the Los Angeles Kings …
Dennis Bernstein: If the LA Kings can acquire a top-four defenseman with term left on his deal, would include Paul LaDue in the deal if need be. LaDue will be 26-years old at the start of next year.
On the Vancouver Canucks …
The Florida Panthers seem more of an offseason move than at the deadline. Pierre LeBrun said the Washington Capitals could be looking for a veteran defenseman. The Pittsburgh Penguins could be another option.
Luke Fox of Sportsnet: Defenseman Erik Gudbranson on the trade rumors.
“ are part of it. I’ve been traded once, so if it was to happen again, I think I’d know how to deal with it,” Gudbranson told Sportsnet Saturday, motioning to the nameplates around the Vancouver dressing room.
“We’re together every single day. There’s a much bigger picture I’m worried about, and that’s winning hockey games. I’m able to compartmentalize it.”
The Canucks will likely look to move Gudbranson for draft picks and/or prospects.
The Toronto Maple Leafs could be in the market for a defenseman.
Vancouver Province writer Patrick Johnston wrote last week that the Maple Leafs have offered prospect Andrew Nielson and a draft pick for a few months.