The latest on the Panthers, Ducks and Penguins. Enjoy!
SUNSENTINEL.COM: Harvey Fialkov reported Panthers management are getting lots of interest from other clubs and assistant GM Mike Santos said they’ll make trades to improve their roster regardless of where they are in the playoff race. The contracts of David Booth and Rostislav Olesz make them nearly untradeable, and while Stephen Weiss is getting interest neither he or the Panthers want to part company. Bryan McCabe wants to stay but he could provide a rival team invaluable leadership. Tomas Vokoun is being shopped but his $5.75 million cap hit makes him tough to move. Marty Reasoner could be dealt but then re-sign with the Panthers this summer. Dennis Wideman, Cory Stillman and Radek Dvorak could also be available.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Panthers will be making moves by deadline day, it’s just a question of who agrees to move and what they might get in return.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Eric Stephens reported Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray currently has no plans to seek another goaltender in light of starter Jonas Hiller’s concussion-like symptoms which have sidelined him in recent games. Recalling Ray Emery isn’t an option at this time. Murray hasn’t ruled out however shopping for a goalie if Hiller fails to improve. Veteran goalies Evgeni Nabokov, Mike Smith and Martin Gerber appear to be available while Toronto could be quietly shopping JS Giguere. Colorado’s Peter Budaj and St. Louis’ Ty Conklin have expiring contracts.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nabokov isn’t available as he’d have to pass through waivers first. Smith and Gerber could be. The Leafs will likely retain Giguere for the rest o fthis season, and I doubt the Avs move Budaj unless they’re getting another goalie in return or in a separate deal. Ditto Conklin with the Blues.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Rob Rossi reports some sources suggest the Ottawa Senators could hold onto Alex Kovalev up until the trade deadline in hopes of attracting other teams and driving up his value in the trade market. Another option for the Penguins could be Florida’s Cory Stillman.