Updates on Zach Parise, Ales Hemsky,Derick Brassard and Ethan Moreau, plus the possibility Chris Pronger’s indefinite absence could push the Flyers into the trade market.
ESPN.COM: Pierre Lebrun reports New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello laughingly declined to discuss Zach Parise’s contract status. Parise will be eligible for UFA status next summer, and according to CBA rules, Lamoriello and Parise’s agent technically cannot begin contract talks until January 1st, owing to Parise being under a one-year contract for this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t expect the two sides to discuss with the media how contract talks are going once January 1st passes. The longer Parise goes unsigned, the more trade speculation about him will increase as the February trade deadline nears, but unless the Devils go into free-fall in the standings around that time, I don’t believe Lamoriello will shop him at that time.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio and Jay Greenberg wondered what the Flyers will do if Chris Pronger is sidelined for a lengthy period by his concussion symptoms, including the possibility of shopping a young forward for a good number two or three defenseman.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For now, we’ll assume Flyers GM Paul Holmgren will be patient and see how well the club performs in Pronger’s absence, as well as how long Pronger could be on the shelf. Holmgren does have depth in forwards to make a move if it becomes necessary, but he doesn’t have to act right away.
TSN.CA: Darren Dreger recently responded to reader e-mails regarding the trade status of Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky and Columbus’ Derick Brassard. He suggested the Oilers could shop Hemsky near the trade deadline if his salary demands are too expensive, or if he wishes to test the UFA market this summer, while the Blue Jackets could hang onto Brassard unless they get an offer too good to refuse, or they determine he’s simply not a fit with their roster.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I share Dreger’s analysis. Can’t add anything to what he’s said about those two.
LA KINGS INSIDER: Teams will have until 9 AM PT today to put in claims on forward Ethan Moreau, who was placed on waivers by the Kings yesterday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not a trade rumor, but I felt it was worthwhile noting here. Moreau was once highly regarded as a heart-and-soul physical leader and checker, but age and injuries have caught up with him in recent years. Should be interesting to see if a rival team picks him off the waiver wire today.