Updates on Brad Richards and Mike Commodore, plus suggested changes for the St. Louis Blues.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika responded to a reader’s question regarding Brad Richards’ future, saying it’s difficult to figure out right now what Richards intentions might be, suggesting if the Stars win the Stanley Cup despite not having a new owner he might stay but if they get bounced in the first round and lack a new owner he might go.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The one certainty is Richards won’t be dealt at the trade deadline. Too many variables to consider beyond that, although a new team owner willing to spend to retain Richards could keep him in Dallas.
MIAMI HERALD: George Richards reports Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon could be busy at the trade deadline either as a buyer or a seller. Tallon won’t sit still at the deadline, leading Richards to suggest big moves could be coming, and if he decides they’re a non-contender it could involve moving Tomas Vokoun, Bryan McCabe, Cory Stillman, Chris Higgins, Radek Dvorak and more. Richards even suggested Stephen Weiss and David Booth might be dealt for the right price.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Richards noted Tallon will be patient for a few more weeks. One way or the other he could be amongst the busiest general managers at the trade deadline.
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH: Jeff Gordon reports changes are needed for the reeling Blues, noting injuries, poor results from their best players, and lack of offensive firepower as the key issues hurting the club. Gordon suggests dealing from their defensive surplus for depth at forward (and believes even promising blueliner Erik Johnson should be in play), spend money for impact offensive talent and continue to improve from within if the club is to improve.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen what the Blues will do but it’s clear by their failed efforts to sign marginal talent this season they either can’t or won’t spend to bring in impact talent this season and probably don’t want to deal away promising players like Johnson. At some point however they’re going to have to do something, but whether that happens before the trade deadline or in the off-season remains to be seen.