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- TSN Insider Trading: Darren Dreger on the Senators pending free agent Chris Phillips.
In terms of Phillips, there’s a negotiation that’s ongoing between the Ottawa Senators and Phillips to keep him a lifer in Ottawa. If that doesn’t go well, if Phillips doesn’t like the offer that has been presented, then Bryan Murray may have to make a very difficult decision. There would be interest in Chris Phillips, a veteran player, very sound defensively, maybe he’s a good fit with the Boston Bruins.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators GM Bryan Murray continues to work the phones for a scoring winger. The asking price for Thomas Vanek and Matt Moulson remains high, which the Senators will want no part of. The Senators remain interested in Chris Stewart. Murray has players in the system to offer up in deals, but hasn’t found a fit yet. There has been interest in a couple of Senators pending UFAs: Chris Phillips and Milan Michalek. Both players would like to stay in Ottawa, but it’s not known if there have been any talks.
- Scott Burnside of ESPN: 10 players who could be traded and a guess as to what will end up happening with them.
1. Martin St. Louis: “St. Louis remains a Bolt until at least the draft.”2. Ryan Kesler: “Kesler stays in Vancouver, for the time being.”
3. Ryan Miller: “Miller in a Bluenote jersey strikes the right chord for us.”
4. Thomas Vanek: “Vanek is a King by week’s end.”
5. Ryan Callahan: “Yes, he stands as a straight rental and there are suggestions the Buffalo Sabres will push hard to sign Callahan come July (he’s from nearby Rochester), but a long run in the sun this spring could change all that, no?”
6. Matt Moulson: “Moulson joins the Penguins’ mighty arsenal.”
7. Mike Cammalleri: “If the Bolts move Martin St. Louis, would Cammalleri be a nice fit with Steven Stamkos? Yes.”
8. Ales Hemsky: “Hemsky had a nice Olympic tournament with three goals and an assist in five games, and a change of scenery could make him a nice deadline steal, assuming the Oilers don’t price themselves out of the marketplace.”
9. David Legwand: “Detroit. And there would also be a chance for the Wings to keep Legwand beyond this season at a modest salary given his connection to the community.”
10. Martin Brodeur: “And what about Chicago, which rode Corey Crawford all the way to the Stanley Cup last spring but had Ray Emery as a Plan B? Not sure Antti Raanta is the same kind of safety net yet, so perhaps Brodeur would fit.”
- Darren Dreger: Flames GM Brian Burke said there is no chance that he’ll be the GM next season.
- Darren Dreger: Based on the trade chatter that is going on, Burke expects league wide activity leading up to next Wednesday.
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Edmonton needs 2-3 20-25 minute defenseman” … ”Edmonton also needs a goalie and size up front. There are a lot of pieces needed there”
- Adam Vingan: Vingan would prefer the Capitals to stand pat at the trade deadline, but if they are to bring someone in, Canucks defenseman Alex Edler would be a big upgrade.
- Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Alex Edler to the Leafs makes a lot of sense”
- Randy Miller of NJ.com: Scouting the Devils – Blue Jackets game last night include: Blackhawks (2 - director of player personnel Pierre Gauthier and pro scout Dennis Bonvie) and the Wild’s assistant GM Jim Mill. Both the Blackhawks and Wild have reportedly had some interest in Martin Brodeur. Corey Schneider was in net for the Devils. Other scouts attending: Lightning, Flyers, Penguins, Stars, Sharks and Islanders.
- David Pollak: The Canadiens scouted the Sharks – Flyers game last night. The Sharks had a scout watching the Canadiens last night.
- Scott Cruickshank: Scouting the Flames – Kings game last night: Stars, Blackhawks, Maple Leafs, Oilers, Panthers, Senators, Devils and Rangers. Randy Sportak: Devils No. 2 guy, David Conte, was at the game.
- Patrick Kearns: Scouting the Rangers – Blackhawks game last night: Coyotes, Canucks, Predators, Hurricanes, Blue Jackets and Stars.
- Rick Ralph: Among the scouts at the Jets – Coyotes game last night: Lightning (2), Maple Leafs and Canadiens.
Written by Taylor Giffin, who can be followed on twitter at @TOGiffin
Any Blackhawks fan will tell you the only real need for the team come the NHL Trade Deadline on March 5 is a second line centre. That’s the simple part. Just how the organization goes about making that happen is the tough part. A simple question but not a simple answer.
You can bet, however, GM Stan Bowman is trying hard to crack the case. He would love to be able to concoct a deal that would bring a defensively capable, yet offensively gifted centreman to the Blackhawks (as every team does).
Although the team is pushed right up against the salary cap, and has very little wiggle room, Bowman has been able to work some magic twice in the trade department already this year.
- Flutuo Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Predators are only four points out of eighth spot. Pending UFA David Legwand has a no-movement clause and could be a good addition for the Blues or Blackhawks if the Predators look to move him. The Blues are missing Vladimir Sobotka and the Blackhawks could use a No. 2 center. The Panthers have plenty of forwards that could be traded. With so many teams having salary cap issues this year and possible next, they might have to eat some salary like they did with Kris Versteeg. Players that have contracts running through next season: Tomas Fleischmann, Tomas Kopecky, Sean Bergenheim, Scottie Upshall, and Shawn Matthias.
- Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top 5 Defenseman who are rumored to be available. 1. Dustin Byfuglien – some think the Bruins could be a landing spot, though GM Peter Chiarelli said they weren’t looking to make a deal like that. 2. Andrew MacDonald 3. Christian Ehrhoff 4. Trevor Daley 5. Jake Gardiner.
- George Richards: Finnish doctors saying that Panthers Aleksander Barkov will be out for four to six weeks with a knee injury.
- Tim Kavanagh of ESPN: Top five center trade targets: 1. David Legwand – The Blackhawks and Red Wings could inquire. 2. Steve Ott 3. Sam Gagner 4. Olli Jokinen 5. Nazem Kadri
- The Fourth Period: The Ducks are looking for a stay-at-home defenseman. Talks could heat up next week. The Ducks have talked to the Rangers about Dan Girardi. The Rangers are still trying to re-sign him, but if they can’t get a deal done, they will likely look to trade him. They could also look at Andrew MacDonald, Henrik Tallinder, Dmitry Kulikov and Nick Schultz. The Bruins, Avalanche and Red Wings also have some interest in Girardi.
- Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic: Coyotes GM Don Maloney on the inconsistent Coyotes:
“I really look at it and say it comes back to the leadership in your locker room,” Maloney said. “This is not a condemnation of (captain) Shane (Doan). I’m not pointing a finger at Shane whatsoever. This is the collective group … this group that’s been here for the last four, five years, that knows how we have to play and the focus we have to put in to have that group drag along the rest of the players. And that’s what has me doing a lot of soul searching right now.”
Maloney may be looking to increase their offense but …
“I don’t expect any massive changes with us,” Maloney said.
- Hope Smoke: James Mirtle on TSN Radio: ”If the Leafs were being outshot by 2 a game then that’s ok. This is an extreme. They’re getting outshout by 8-9 a night” … ”This is a problem that is ingrained in this team and that’s the main thing they need to fix to become a top 10 team in the league” … ”I think the problem is three pronged: the blueline needs an upgrade, the system is a problem & they lack two way forwards”
- Hope Smoke: James Mirtle: ”I don’t expect Reimer to be here next year. They’re going to lose good players this summer. Maybe Kulemin too”
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Linus Omark has not yet reported to the AHL after being waived by the Sabres last week. Omark has said in the past that he would rather play in Sweden than in the minors.
“I’m not really sure what the exact next steps are,” Epp said, “just trying to figure out where he can go, where they can reassign him, where they want to have him, where he’s going to be best-suited for them and their situation.”
The Sabres could assign him to a Swedish team.
“There’s a chance they could assign him there,” said Epp, who hopes to have a resolution in the next few days. “There’s a chance he’ll still report to Rochester and a chance they’ll have him back in Buffalo. Who knows right now? It’s kind of up in the air.”
The Chicago Blackhawks have traded for center/winger Pierre-Marc Bouchard and center Peter Regin from the New York Islanders for a 2014 4th round draft pick. The Islanders retain half of their cap hits and salaries.
The 29-year old Bouchard was drafted 8th overall in 2002 by the Wild.
The 27-year old Regin was draft 87th overall in the 3rd round of the 2004 draft by the Senators.
Morning Rumors: Vanek, Callahan, Girardi, Stuart, Scouting the Oilers-Sabres, Hawks-Kings … And A Dreger Video
- Chris Nichols: Thomas Vanek’s agent: ”I understand we’re getting close to the time where Garth may feel he needs to act.”
- Dennis Bernstein: Vanek would be a costly rental and his salary cap number doesn’t really work for the Kings.
- Jason Brough: Vanek to the Kings makes sense. Brough is not sure though what the Kings would, or could, give up for Vanek though.
- Chris Botta: The Islanders may have to consider benching Vanek until a trade is made, and to get it done before the Olympics. He’s a player that doesn’t need to be showcased.
- Katie Strang: Vanek has never had the opportunity to test the free agent market. Hard to blame him for wanting have the opportunity too.
- Katie Strang of ESPN: Ryan Callahan is reportedly looking for a seven-year deal in the $42 million range, and the Rangers reportedly offered a five-year deal worth $30 million.
“I’m going to circle back with the Rangers this week,” Callahan’s agent Steve Bartlett told ESPNNewYork.com when reached by phone Monday morning.
The Rangers gave them permission to talk with multiple teams, but there has been ”Nothing in the last couple of days,” he said.
Bartlett plans to talk with Callahan on Tuesday. The Rangers have three games before the Olympic break and head coach Alain Vigneault expects him to be in the lineup Tuesday.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: “Status quo” from Ryan Callahan’s agent. One source on Callahan’s asking price: “On the open market, he’ll get it.”
- Custance on the Rangers allowing Callahan’s agent to talk to teams,
The move to allow dialogue between Bartlett and other teams is one that comes with risk for the Rangers and GM Glen Sather. If teams that might have been interested in trading for him sour at the potential price tag, that could eliminate one possible trade partner the Rangers would have had otherwise.
And if it’s strictly a negotiating ploy by the Rangers to lower the asking price, there’s risk there too. Pierre LeBrun reported that Callahan’s camp is seeking a seven-year deal worth $6 million per season. It’s a steep price for a winger with a history of injuries and a skill set that typically doesn’t age well. Even so, with a rising salary cap and talent at a premium, the expectation is that it’s a contract demand in line with what he could land.
Callahan’s talks with the Rangers have stalled. Dan Girardi’s camp may be looking at the open market this summer.
One veteran agent:
“You have to consider cost of living in New York — 55 percent of every dollar isn’t theirs.”
“You pay strangers and then ask family to take less,” said the agent. “It’s not acceptable.”
- Dan Rosen: “Re. Callahan, I get the point of getting assets in a trade if NYR won’t sign him, but trading him would be a gutpunch to an improving team.”
- Gary Lawless: Jets pending UFA defenseman Mark Stuart said he wants to stay with the team beyond trade deadline day and into the future.
- Mike Harrington: Scouting the Oilers – Sabres: Red Wings, Canadiens, Blackhawks, Flyers, Avalanche, Bruins, Penguins, Ducks, Jets, Blues, Sharks, Predators, Stars and Maple Leafs.
- Dennis Bernstein: Non-regular scouts at the Blackhawks – Kings game: Lightning, Stars, Jets, Hurricanes and Wild.
Darren Dreger on NHL Live: Vanek, Kings, Stamkos, Callahan and Girardi
- John Shannon: The Olympic trade freeze is on Friday February the 7th at 3:00 PM ET.
- Corey Masisak of NHL.com: Top teams shopping list:
St. Louis Blues Projected cap space: $1,545,246 - goaltending. Little cap room, would have to move a goalie in a deal. They could look at adding another forward for insurance.
Chicago Blackhawks Projected cap space: $495,822 - a No. 2 center.
Anaheim Ducks Projected cap space: $7,174,986 - they could look for depth down the middle. They have plenty of cap space.
San Jose Sharks Projected cap space: $1,055,000 - have health concerns up front, so could look for some cheap help. Not a lot salary cap space.
Pittsburgh Penguins Projected cap space: $560,000 - scoring depth.
Boston Bruins Projected cap space: $1,615,833 - a 17-18 minutes defenseman to help with the loss of Dennis Seidenberg.
Los Angeles Kings Projected cap space: $1,359,523 - scoring forward.
Tampa Bay Lightning Projected cap space: $4,515,916 - GM Steve Yzerman might make a minor addition. Organization has a lot of depth.
Colorado Avalanche Projected cap space: $31,850,985 - puck possession players, a second pairing defenseman. Uncertainty surrounding Paul Stastny, Ryan O’Reilly and P.A. Parenteau.
Minnesota Wild Projected cap space: $2,722,636 - speculation of Ryan Miller, help up front. Forward and defensive depth.
Vancouver Canucks Projected cap space: $2,155,232 - help up front, depth.
New York Rangers Projected cap space: $4,582,303- an offensive defenseman could help them.
Detroit Red Wings Projected cap space: $1,111,833 - not a lot of cap space and have plenty of injuries. Lots of trade chips if they want to make a trade.
Columbus Blue Jackets Projected cap space: $561,425 - little cap room. Could they add and move Marian Gaborik?
Dallas Stars Projected cap space: $7,121,177 - could use another defenseman. They could be buyers and sellers. Ray Whitney and Vern Fiddler could be moved as rentals.
Winnipeg Jets Projected cap space: $1,525,188 - won’t likely be looking for short-term fixes. They could move one of their core players. Could use some depth up front and another top-four defenseman. Ondrej Pavalec is their biggest question mark.
- TSN Insider Trading: Bob McKenzie: The Kings desperately need scoring. Matt Moulson would be a good fit, but the cost is high, a 1st and a prospect. Mike Cammalleri could be a fit, but he’s still talking with the Flames about a contract. The Islanders have to decide what they will do with Thomas Vanek. Oilers Sam Gagnercould be an option, but he has two years left at $4.8 million.
Pierre LeBrun: The Canucks will not be in on the rental market. They are not giving up, but may need a retool. Alexander Edlerwill get lots of interest.
Darren Dreger: The Leafs have told teams they would be willing to trade Nikolai Kulemin, but it wouldn’t just be to get rid of his salary. They need player in return, but there have been no offers that have made sense.
- John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Matt Moulson’sagent said that there haven’t really been any substantial contract talks with the Sabres. There is no concern about his injury affecting his trade status.
“It’s something that we can’t control anyway, so to that end we’re not overly concerned about it,” Arnott told The News by phone. “Obviously, we’re fully aware that we have a standard trade deadline on March 5, but we also have a trade freeze for the upcoming Olympic break before that. I am aware that managers have been talking and are maybe trying to do something prior to this freeze, but in Matt’s case I’m not sure anything was or would get done anyway.”
- James Mirtle: The Maple Leafs said that they can sign Teemu Hartikainen and if he doesn’t make the team next year, they can loan him back to the KHL.
- Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Trade talk is picking up.
“There’s definitely more talking going on,” one team executive told ESPN.com Monday night. ”Some of the bubble/lower teams have begun to share their lists of players they might move if they fall out of it.”
Salary cap will play a big part this year.
“Because of that, I still think most of the action, like 90 percent of it, happens after the Olympics, closer to March,” said one player agent who has a player or two who likely will be on the move.
Contract talks between the Rangers and Ryan Callahan have not gone well and he could be moved. GM Glen Sather called some teams over the weekend to say Callahan could be available.
Talks between the Sharks and Dan Boyle are ongoing, but a deal may not be close. The Sharks could be worried about the 35+ rule. Boyle may be looking for a two year deal.
Teams have called Maple Leafs about Nazem Kadri.
The Penguins will have some decisions to make on their blueline with pending UFAs Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen. They have prospects Simon Despres, Brian Dumoulin, Philip Samuelsson and Derrick Pouliot. It wouldn’t be surprising if they moved someone for a winger. LeBrun wonders if any team will calling the Penguins about Kris Letang before the draft. His big contract kicks in next season.
Ray Whitney may welcome a trade if the Stars fall out of the race.
- TSN Insider Trading: Dreger: the Rangers are gauging interest on Ryan Callahan, and less so on Dan Girardi. The Rangers may be more confident in re-signing Girardi, though he’s getting a lot of interest. Bob McKenzie: If the Rangers don’t re-sign one or both, they could trade one or both. Even though they are in the playoff race, the Rangers realize they are not a contender and don’t want to let them walk for nothing. Girardi may be looking for a seven year deal in the Jay Bouwmeester ranger, $5.4 million. Callahan is looking for a seven year deal in the $6 million range.
Bob McKenzie: there has been some interest in Ryan Miller. The Wild haven’t made an offer. They are waiting to see what happens with Josh Harding. The Blues have lukewarm interest in Miller.
Some bubble teams have started sending out lists of players who might be available and to say ”If we pull the plug right before the Olympic break, here is the list of players that we’re willing to move.” Those teams are also using the next 10 days to see if they are buyers or sellers.
Dreger thinks there will be at least two outdoor games (Winter and Heritage Classic) next year, maybe four.
- Elliotte Friedman: A $5 million player will cost about $410,000 during the Olympic break. Some owners won’t care about the extra salary to pay out in a pre-Olympic trade, but some might.
Blackhawks Brandon Pirri will lose his waiver exception next season. The Ducks and Peter Holland were in a similar situation and they decided to trade him before they could have lost him for nothing.
Oilers president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe offered to step away from the team, owner Daryl Katz refused.
The Blues were interested in Thomas Vanek in October, Friedman doesn’t see why they would be interested now.
Erik Cole’s agent is denying his client wants out of Dallas.
Interest in Ray Whitney will likely pick up.
Coyotes Derek Morris‘ name has come up recently. He’s a pending UFA and the Coyotes would like some scoring. One problem would that it would leave only Zbynek Michalek as their only veteran right-handed shot.
The Canadiens and Penguins are looking for size.
Many don’t think Sam Gagner is suited to play the wing. There was talk of the Penguins possibly interested.
Anyone that signed post-lockout is not eligible for compliance buyouts.
- Helene Elliott: The Ducks-Kings outdoor game drew a 2.38 rating for NBC, the highest ratings for regular season game in LA on NBCSN. The game peaked between 10:30-11:00 PM at 712,000 viewers. The top markets were the LA, Buffalo, Phoenix, Chicago and Pittsburgh.
- Mark Lazerus: The Blackhawks recall Brandon Pirri from the AHL.
- Bill Roose: The Red Wings have sent Petr Mrazek to the AHL.
- Kristen Odland: Reto Berra will start in net for the Flames against the Blackhawks.
Morning Rumors: Bruins, Oilers, Sens, Sabres, Blues, Preds, Capitals, Stars, Lightning, Flames and Panthers
- Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish and president Kevin Lowe watched the Flyers-Bruins game on Saturday. Nick Schultz might be one of the veteran, left-handed stay-at-home defenseman the Bruins are looking at. The Bruins aren’t looking for a defenseman who has term left on his deal. Some fans may be dreaming of a Andrew Ference return. Ference has three years left at $3.25 million. Other D targets could be Chris Phillips, Dan Girardi and Andrew MacDonald.
“The pickings are slim,” said one Bruins source when asked about the trade market for veteran defensemen.
- Kevin Paul Dupont: Dupont wonders if Bruins fans would be fine with trading Malcolm Subban for a No. 2-3 defenseman. The key for the Bruins is finding a defenseman that can play 20 minutes and ease the burden on Zdeno Chara.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators will likely wait until after the Olympic break to see if they will look add a rental before the trade deadline. GM Bryan Murray will continue to work the phones, but it’s unlikely that he’ll do anything before the deadline. They had six days of scouting meetings, covering from the trade deadline, draft and free agency.
“We identified what our team is right now and possible targets for possible trades,” said Dorion.
“Not that we’re going to make any trades but we always have to be ready for that possibility (with) players who we feel could help us in the short-or-long term.”
- Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Sabres GM Tim Murray would like to re-sign Ryan Miller, but trade speculation continues in St. Louis. Both Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott will be UFAs in St. Louis. Both have put up good numbers, but they’ve seemed vulnerable at times. The Blues would need to send some salary back to Buffalo if they decide to make a move, they can’t just send the Sabres draft picks.
- Craig Custance of ESPN: The Predators haven’t asked David Legwand to waive his no-trade clause. If they are to look at trading him, the Ducks could make a pitch for him. Legwand may prefer to stay closer to home, so the Red Wings or Blackhawks could interest him if they are interested. The Blackhawks are looking for a 2nd line center, and he could be a good fit there. Custance thinks he could get the Predators a 1st round pick. The Capitals could use a top-four defenseman, someone like Stars Trevor Daley could help them, and they wouldn’t have to give Mike Green.
- Brian Lawton: Lawton would be surprised if teams aren’t looking at Ryan Malone. He hasn’t been playing much since coming back from injury.
- Randy Sportak: The Flames may have to eat some of Shane O’Brien’s contract if they want to trade him.
- George Richards: Talk from Edmonton surrounding Panthers Erik Gudbranson being scratched yesterday. He’s not going anywhere as the Panthers seen him as part of their future.
- Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: There is increasing talk that the Sabres will trade goalie Ryan Miller, and it could happen before the Olympic Break. The goalie market is limited though. The Blues are mentioned, but GM Doug Armstrong continually backs Jaroslav Halak. The Wild could be another landing spot as Josh Harding is out indefinitely due to MS complications. If the Sabres are asking for a Miller is reasonable, they might be interested. The asking price could be a player, prospect and pick.
Capitals GM George McPhee may be feeling the heat and has been calling GMs to see if he can make a deal to turn his team around. He doesn’t have a contract beyond this season. Martin Erat and Michal Neuvirth have asked for trades.
Coyotes GM Don Maloney is getting calls on Radim Vrbata. The Coyotes won’t know what they want to do with him until they find out if he wants to re-sign or if they are out of the playoff race by the trade deadline.
The Canadiens have been putting Brian Gionta’s name out there.
The Flames have talked with Mike Cammalleri to see if he wants to re-sign.
The Olympic roster freeze is Friday February 7th at 11:59 pm:
“A lot of teams are nervous,” a league executive told Insider Trading. “I really think there are some teams that are in playoff races that want to make changes. You have to think there’s going to be some trades before players going to the Olympics because teams aren’t going to want to wait until March 5 to position themselves.”
The Penguins, Kings and Sharks want to be active.
The Islanders want to keep Thomas Vanek, but if he doesn’t want to re-sign, they’ll move him. Teams have called, but GM Garth Snow has shot down all offers so far.
Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has been working the phones. The Jets are playing better under Paul Maurice, but they are still talking to teams about potential deals. Jets trade options include: Andrew Ladd, Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien. The Jets may only move one of those players.
The Coyotes, Kings and Canucks have called the Stars about Ray Whitney. Vernon Fiddler could also be dealt.
Rangers Dan Girardi isn’t close to re-signing and could be on his way out.
Maple Leafs Nazem Kadri’s name continues to be in the rumor mill with the emergence of Peter Holland.
- Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News: Sabres GM Tim Murray wouldn’t say what will happen with any of their pending UFAs, but did say that he’s casually talked with Ryan Miller, Matt Moulson and Steve Ott. Murray did make it clear that they won’t be moved unless they get a significant return.
“I told them not to believe everything they read or everything they’ve heard on the sports channels. But certainly their names are in play and we’ll see what happens but it doesn’t guarantee they’ll be moved at all. For me, it’s all about return. These are good players. So if the return was up to a certain point and not great and we then decide we want to talk to them about staying, then that’s an option too.”
Murray said teams have contacted him to see what his plans are for the Sabres.
“There’s been lots of interaction, a lot of early talking,” he said. “There’s been no real specifics. I think teams are just trying to feel us out, feel me out on what we want to do. There’s certainly been discussions. I’m not sure there’s any artificial deadline. I think people are in a wait-and-see mode, to tell you the truth.
“People are concerned about injuries this far out. If a contending team makes their one big move and that guy is not available when he needs to be, there’s concern there from those teams. I’m really not sure a lot of teams want to pull off the big trade this far out. It could happen, but it doesn’t seem to me there’s any urgency right now.”
- Jonas Siegel of TSN: Maple Leafs James Reimer wants to fight to get his No. 1 status back and has no intention of asking for a trade. Reimer will be a RFA at the end of the season and has arbitration rights. He could receive a raise and more than likely will be traded by next fall, if not sooner.
- Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Penguins are tight up against the salary cap ceiling, so any deal will have to be money in, money out. Three defenseman trade targets for the Bruins could be Andrew MacDonald, Chris Phillips and Henrik Tallinder. It could be a quiet trade period as so many teams are up against the cap and have their own players re-sign this summer. Prices for rentals will be “stupid high” according to one executive. If Sabres GM Tim Murray is able to get another 1st round pick by trading any of Tallinder, Ryan Miller, Matt Moulson and Steve Ott, they could look to move one their current ones (their own, the new pick or the Islanders conditional 1st) for NHL ready player(s).
- Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: There was talk that the Penguins may look to move Simon Despres, but it sounds like they still think he has the potential to be an impact player.
“Where he is right now, in terms of his career, he’s in a good spot,” Shero said. “In terms of the progression he’s made and his maturity, on and off the ice, I think that’s coming.
“Even though he’s not [in the NHL now], we still believe he’s a very good prospect for us and will be an NHL player, for sure.”
“In terms of our long-range plans, we’ve got some pretty good players here , and some good young players coming,” Shero said. “The good news is, he’s one of them.”
- Adrian Dater via Sulia: Scouting the Avalanche and Lightning: Red Wings (2), Blue Jackets (GM Jarmo Kekalainen), Blackhawks, Penguins and Rangers. Dater has also heard John Mitchell’s name pop up in the rumor mill of late.