The latest on the Sabres and Flyers, plus a collection of rumors from the Ottawa Sun and Edmonton Journal.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators GM Bryan Murray expects to open contract talks with RFA defenseman Erik Karlsson later this week…Don’t expect the New Jersey Devils, who are in a playoff spot, to trade pending UFA winger Zach Parise. Los Angeles and Minnesota could make pitches for Parise if he tests the market this summer…The Senators could be among teams interested in Tampa Bay center Dominic Moore, who is being shopped by GM Steve Yzerman…The Maple Leafs “have been tossing around” the names of Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur in their trade talks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I’ve said for months, if the Devils are in the playoff race by the deadline, they won’t move Parise…Moore would certainly attract interest if he’s on the trade block by clubs seeking an experienced checking center…Burke claimed last week he wasn’t close to trading Grabovski, but of course, that doesn’t mean he’s not getting inquiries.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports the Blackhawks could use Carolina defenseman Tim Gleason, as could half-a-dozen other teams…The Blue Jackets want to deal goalie Steve Mason, but with one year at $3.2 million remaining on his contract, combined with his poor performance, makes that possibility unlikely…Red Wings defenseman Brad Stuart could return to California (San Jose? LA?) this summer if he’s not re-signed… The Montreal Canadiens won’t trade P.K. Subban…Tim Thomas’s “no-trade’ clause expires on July 1st, so theoretically the Bruins could trade him this summer if his performance declines in the coming months…”Most people” believe the Canucks could trade Mason Raymond for more size at forward or depth on defense…Matheson suggests Tuomo Ruutu’s former team, the Chicago Blackhawks, might have interest in him as a rental player, but so too could the Ottawa Senators…Matheson also wondered if the NY Rangers or Washington Capitals might have interest in Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow…The Blue Jackets could find it tough to move Jeff Carter’s contract if they should decide to shop him…Would the Oilers take Nashville defenseman Jonathan Blum in a package deal for Ales Hemsky?…Don’t be surprised if the Canucks show interest in Montreal Canadiens gritty forward Travis Moen.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Just because the Bruins “could” shop Thomas this summer, doesn’t mean they will, his snub of the White House aside…Elliotte Friedman last week reported the Predators aren’t interested in Ales Hemsky.
BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl reports Sabres team president Ted Black is hinting there could be changes to the club’s “core players”. Mike Harrington meanwhile reported it seems unlikely the Sabres would trade goalie Ryan Miller in the next month, but Miller’s status with the team could be a major off-season decision.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Sabres haven’t gained any ground in the standings within the next two-three weeks, they’ll likely become “sellers”, though I’ll be very surprised if Miller is among those moved. I agree with Harrington that Miller’s situation will likely be addressed in the off-season, though it remains to be seen if that means a trade.
PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi speculates on possible moves by Flyers GM Paul Holmgren leading up to the trade deadline. He cited “rumblings” Nashville might make Shea Weber or Ryan Suter available, while other options could be Carolina’s Tim Gleason, Toronto’s Luke Schenn, and Montreal’s Hal Gill.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Forget about Weber or Suter, they’re not available. Gleason or Gill could be the best bets, as the Leafs would want a top-six physical forward for Schenn.
BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont listed two recent “hot” rumors, in which Corey Perry were dealt to Vancouver, and Tim Thomas dealt to Chicago.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks and Blackhawks would also get unicorns in those deals…;)