Updates on Rick Nash, Patrick Kane, Pavel Kubina, plus the latest on the Florida Panthers.
PHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli considers Rick Nash a long-shot for the Flyers, believing they have the depth in young talent to acquire him, but believing that move “would seem to go against the exact nature of the Flyers’ moves last summer, in which they traded away a few big name pieces – and saddled Columbus with one of them – to try and get younger.” He also points out the Flyers don’t need more offense, as they’re currently second in the league in that category, but rather it’s their defense and goaltending which are the problem areas.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whoever coined the expression, “the best defense in a good offense”, never played NHL hockey. Acquiring Nash would do NOTHING to address the Flyers need to bolster their defense and improve their goaltending. It would be the wrong move, at the wrong time, for the wrong player.
CSNCHICAGO.COM: Chris Boden reports not to expect the Blackhawks to trade forward Patrick Kane. “It’s not impossible, just don’t hold your breath for those anxious to ship the guy who scored your Stanley Cup-clinching goal out of town for the sake of doing something and immediate gratification. Stan Bowman’s not in line with J.R.’s thinking. Of course, he’d always listen. Just don’t believe Kane will be aggressively shopped.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, it would be a bold move, but if the Blackhawks want to improve their goaltending, they won’t find much now to address that need, and Buffalo’s Ryan Miller insists he doesn’t want to leave the Sabres.
TAMPA BAY TIMES’ Damian Cristodero tweeted earlier today “Lightning D (Pavel) Kubina has been asked to provide a list of teams to whom he would accept trade.”
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Harvey Fialkov reports Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon won’t be a seller at this year’s deadline, and could be a buyer if he can find something suitable to improve his team.