In today’s funhouse: Doughty for Stastny? Are there teams which could use Scott Gomez? Which three Wings could be candidate for a pre-season trade?
BLEACHER REPORT/HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: reported a “tweet” posted up by a fake account claiming to be Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos claimed there was a rumor the LA Kings and Colorado Avalanche were working on a trade which would ship Drew Doughty to the Avs in exchange for center Paul Stastny.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Neither blog gave the rumor any validity and merely mentioned it as a discussion point. “Eklund” asked if it was “insane or not”, discussing it from a theoretical standpoint. My answer: Yes, it’s insane, because the Kings are already deep at center (Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards, Jarret Stoll), so this move wouldn’t make any sense for them. That reason alone makes such a suggestion “insane”.
BLEACHER REPORT: Nicholas Goss suggested the Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators and Minnesota Wild as five teams which might be willing to “take a flier” on Montreal Canadiens center Scott Gomez.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Apart from the fact all but the Wild are hovering near the salary cap floor, there’s no reason for these teams to take a flier on Gomez. The Avs have Matt Duchene and Paul Stastny as their top two centers, the Stars have Jamie Benn and Mike Ribeiro, the Panthers Stephen Weiss and Tomas Fleischmann, and the Predators David Legwand and Mike Fisher. The Wild could use more depth beyond Mikko Koivu at center, but they’re certainly not about to invest in Gomez.
BLEACHER REPORT: Isaac Smith suggested Johan Franzen, Jonathan Ericsson and Jiri Hudler as pre-season trade bait candidates for the Red Wings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hudler could be, Franzen and Ericsson aren’t, and won’t be.