The Blue Jackets are playing under the knowledge any of them could be dealt, while Teemu Selanne addresses the trade rumors swirling about him in recent weeks.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Shawn Mitchell reports those Blue Jackets without “no-trade” clauses face the possibility any of them could be traded in the coming weeks. Center Derick Brassard, who’s been a frequent target of trade speculation, acknowledged it “kind of plays in your head” but said it’s something he can’t control and tries to block it out of his mind. Veteran R.J. Umberger said the older players dread a trade because they don’t want to uproot their families.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson responded to a reader’s question over the possibility of the Oilers shipping Ales Hemsky, Nikolai Khabibulin and possibly Jeff Petry to the Blue Jackets for a shot at the first overall pick, saying he didn’t believe the two teams would make that move, as Hemsky won’t help the Blue Jackets because he’s essentially a playoff rental player due to his UFA status.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blue Jackets now has little to play for, and knowing that management intends to be busy in the trade market in the coming weeks gives them even less to play for, except perhaps to bolster their trade value in hopes of making themselves more attractive to potential playoff-bound suitors.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Eric Stephens reports Ducks forward Teemu Selanne isn’t ready to consider a trade, saying he hasn’t thought about it much and is more concerned with trying to help the Ducks make the playoffs. Ducks GM Bob Murray over two weeks ago said Selanne would retire a Duck, and reiterated that statement via a spokesman saying he’s shown no inclination to make such a move.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Selanne were to ask Murray for a trade, the Ducks GM would probably do it, but otherwise we’ll have to take Selanne at his word that he doesn’t want to leave, and Murray at his when he said he doesn’t want to move him.