The latest on Rick Nash, Ales Hemsky, Evgeni Nabokov,Lubomir Visnovsky, Sean Avery and more.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater reports the news out of Columbus is the Blue Jackets may be ready to blow up and rebuild their roster, meaning Rick Nash and Jeff Carter could be on the move, leading Dater to speculate what it might take for the Avalanche to land either guy, but especially Nash.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless Nash and Carter demand a trade, something they and their agents have previously denied, they won’t be going anywhere at the trade deadline.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Bucky Gleason suggested the Florida Panthers might be a better fit for Edmonton Oilers winger Ales Hemsky.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Panthers are rumored to be seeking second line scoring depth. Depending on the asking price, Hemsky might be a good fit there as a playoff rental.
CBC.CA: During the intermission “Hotstove” segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Elliotte Friedman reported teams have interest in Carolina defenseman Tim Gleason and Anaheim blueliner Lubomir Visnovsky, provided he’s willing to waive his “no-trade” clause. Visnovsky will earn $3 million next season, but his salary cap hit is $5.8 million. Eric Francis reports a Canucks executive said there’s no chance they’ll trade goaltender Cory Schneider, saying they need him if they hope to win a Stanley Cup this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gleason appears a certainty to be moved at the trade deadline. This is the first time I’ve heard Visnovsky mentioned as a defenseman teams would be interested in, but his cap hit and NTC could make him tough to move, provided the Ducks want to trade him, and he’s willing to go. Ignore all Schneider trade rumors. The Canucks aren’t moving him. Period. Full stop. End of story. Show’s over. Move along, nothing more to see here…
STARTELEGRAM.COM: Mac Engel reports the Dallas Stars are once again on the fringe, and calls for new owner Tom Gagliardi to give GM Joe Nieuwendyk the go-ahead to take on some salary by adding a player who can help the Stars clinch a playoff berth. Engel claims the Stars have been trying to move center Mike Ribeiro for years but apparently no one wants him. Engel also acknowledged there’s currently not many teams to deal with, as it could come down to the last second to get a deal done.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nieuwendyk has hinted he could be active near the trade deadline if he can find a deal which would help the Stars. Keep an eye on them in the coming weeks, for now that they finally have a new owner, the Stars should be buyer. As for Ribeiro, his $5 million per season salary and limited NTC are likely why they can’t move him.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Damian Cristodero reports on the possibility the Lightning might make another deal with the NY Islanders for a goaltender, this time for Evgeni Nabokov.
TBO.COM: Erik Erlendsson reports not to expect GM Steve Yzerman to go shopping for an enforcer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Lightning’s goaltending options appear slim as there’s not much available in the trade market at the present time. Yzerman could wait a few more weeks for the market to improve, but given how the club is performing, it could be too late by then to help them. If Yzerman’s to make a move to bolster his goaltending, it’ll have to be soon.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports Sean Avery’s NHL career appears to be over, as he cleared waivers yesterday, and could be headed to a KHL team for the remainder of the season.