On the Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers …
TSN: TSN’s Insider Trading the night before the NHL trade deadline …
Pierre LeBrun: Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin will continue to try and make a deal. His offer for Martin Hanzal wasn’t good enough. He tried for Brian Boyle and offered the Lightning a second round pick. He checked in on Alex Burrows, as well as Jannik Hansen. The Canadiens are not on Hansen’s list of teams he’d accept a trade to.
Darren Dreger: The Ottawa Senators have a deal on the table for Curtis Lazar, a second round pick, which isn’t enough. They still see him as a good young developing player. GM Pierre Dorion will want a top draft pick or a top prospect to move him.
Bob McKenzie: The Toronto Maple Leafs have extra cap space to be creative. They could use around $13 million in LTIR space. They can take on a bad contract to get a premium asset. Can’t say absolutely that they make big waves at the deadline, but they won’t be sitting around. The extra space gives them a big opportunity to do something.
Pierre LeBrun: The Calgary Flames have talked internally about Radim Vrbata. They may not make a move in net, but it’s something to keep an eye on. The Flames could also look to improve their blueline.
Darren Dreger: It could be relatively quiet in Winnipeg. There is interest in pending free agent Drew Stafford, and he’s going to be traded tonight or tomorrow. The Jets are interested in adding a defenseman, but that market has gone cold. They had some interest in Kyle Quincey, but there doesn’t seem to be a fit there.
Bob McKenzie: The Edmonton Oilers have two needs – a veteran backup goalie like Jaroslav Halak or Michal Neuvirth, and a depth/third line center. Getting another center would allow them to play Leon Draisaitl as a winger with Connor McDavid.