Updates on Ryan Smyth, Sam Gagner, Tuomo Ruutu, Travis Moen and Hal Gill.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson doubts Oilers winger Ryan Smyth will waive his no-trade clause because of family reasons.
SPORTSNET.CA: Nick Kypreos reports Oilers center Sam Gagner, who’s on the cusp of his fifth-straight 40-plus point season, could be in line for a raise of between $4 – $5 million per season as a restricted free agent this summer with arbitration rights, and with young stars Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall due for next contracts next year, the Oilers management will have to ask themselves if Gagner is worth it.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I also doubt Smyth will waive his NTC, for as he recently noted, he returned to Edmonton for a reason, that being he wants to finish his career back home in Edmonton. I disagree Gagner will get that much money, though I can see him getting up to $3.25 million per, which would still perhaps make Oilers management consider if he’s worth it. I don’t believe the Oilers will move him at the deadline, unless a rival team should offer up a top two defenseman, which I don’t see happening.
TSN.CA: Bob McKenzie reports the Hurricanes are seeking “a significant draft pick and a solid prospect or a top prospect alone” for winger Tuomo Ruutu, and it’s also possible they could re-sign him. Once they get Ruutu’s situation sorted out, it’s believed they’ll shop defensemen Jaroslav Spacek and Bryan Allen.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Chip Alexander reports Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford will be holding “an important meeting” with Ruutu this week to discuss his future.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Having already re-signed defenseman Tim Gleason to a four-year extension, it’s possible Rutherford could re-sign Ruutu if he cannot find a good return, depending upon the winger’s future plans.
TORONTO SUN: recently reported Montreal Canadiens gritty winger Travis Moen had been receiving considerable interest in the trade market prior to his recent injury.
LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Jonathan Bernier reports Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma would welcome back current Canadien and former Penguin blueliner Hal Gill with open arms if the club were to acquire him before the trade deadline. Gill was a key component on the Penguins blueline during their 2009 Stanley Cup run.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Moen is currently on IR with an upper body injury and it remains to be seen how long he’ll be sidelined, which could affect his availability and trade value. It remains to be seen if the Penguins have interest in Gill and if they’re willing to deal for him.