The latest on Tim Thomas and Zach Parise, and an update on the Vancouver Canucks and NY Rangers.
TSN.CA: Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli shot down the recent rumors suggesting Tim Thomas’ decision not to attend the White House ceremony honoring the team’s Stanley Cup championship could be the first step in moving the goalie.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The notion the Bruins would move their top goalie was ludicrous.
NEW YORK POST: Mark Everson reports sources are saying GMs inquiring into the availability of New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise are being told he’s not going to be dealt at the trade deadline. It’s believed if the Devils aren’t able to re-sign him by June, they’ll shop his rights to a team that wants a shot at signing him prior to July 1st, when he becomes eligible for UFA status.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Which I’ve been saying for months.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Gordon McIntyre believes the Canucks need another top-four defenseman and more grit up front, believing GM Mike Gillis will be looking to address those needs by the trade deadline. One target could be Montreal forward Travis Moen, while Phoenix defenseman Adrian Aucoin could be an insurance defenseman.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wait, what? You mean the Canucks aren’t trading for Corey Perry? Seriously, I could see the Canucks pursuing Moen if the Habs become sellers at the trade deadline, but I’m not sure the Coyotes will move Aucoin as long as they remain in the playoff chase.
NEW YORK TIMES: Chris Botta reports the Rangers have too many forwards, speculating Wojtek Wolski and Erik Christensen could be shopped, though they wouldn’t bring back much of a return. Botta also suggested forward Sean Avery, currently in the minors, could be shopped for a mid-round draft pick.