With the NHL trade deadline now two weeks away, check out the latest on Dan Boyle, Martin Havlat, Jaromir Jagr, Niklas Backstrom, and more.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports sources claiming San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson has been listening to trade offers for some of his players, with Dan Boyle and Martin Havlat among those being bandied about. LeBrun believes Boyle could be a good fit with the NY Rangers, who seek a right-handed, top-four blueliner. The Sharks must also decide what to do with pending UFAs Ryane Clowe and Douglas Murray.
LeBrun still links the Boston Bruins with Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson and Calgary’s Jarome Iginla, depending upon the asking price for the latter. They’re also believed interested in Dallas Stars captain Brenden Morrow, while the Stars remain undecided over what to do with Jaromir Jagr. Derek Roy could be moved as his contract talks apparently haven’t gone anywhere…LeBrun cited one NHL executive wondering if the Philadelphia Flyers might make a pitch to bring back Jagr…the Anaheim Ducks have no intention of shopping Bobby Ryan and his $5.1 million per season salary, feeling they can carry his salary into next season…TSN’s Bob McKenzie believes the ball is now rolling between Iginla and the Flames over a possible trade, but Iginla controls the situation. LeBrun believes Boston, Pittsburgh, LA and Detroit make the most sense for the Flames captain…The Flames won’t move Jay Bouwmeester unless they’re blown away by an offer. St. Louis and Detroit are among the clubs who have interest in him…The Ottawa Senators had considered moving Sergei Gonchar by the trade deadline if they had fallen out of the playoff race by then, but their strong play and his improved performance may have changed their minds.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There was a rumor last summer claiming the Sharks and Rangers nearly did a “Boyle-for-Marian Gaborik” swap. It could be revisited, but if the Sharks intend to shed salary, moving out Boyle’s $6.6 million for Gaborik’s $7.5 million doesn’t make sense. As for Havlat, his injury history is as much a deal-breaker as his no-movement clause and $5 million per season salary…Morrow seems most likely of the Stars pending UFAs to be dealt, but depending on where they are in the standings, they could hang onto Jagr and Roy…Sure, the Ducks can carry Ryan and his salary next season, provided they can re-sign or replace Teemu Selanne, Saku Koivu, Toni Lydman and Kyle Palmieri (among others) with the $10.8 million they have remaining to fill seven roster spots…The Flames won’t just give Iginla away, and he’ll have to agree to be moved…Interest in Bouwmeester, who has $6.8 million and one year left on his contract, could be affected by the decline in the salary cap next season…The Senators aren’t moving Gonchar, who has stepped up with Erik Karlsson out for the season.
TORONTO STAR: Bob Mitchell has a very lengthy list of players who might be available by the trade deadline. The usual suspects are there (Iginla, Ribeiro, Alfredsson, Clowe, Jagr, Morrow, etc), but Mitchell also includes Tampa Bay’s Martin St. Louis, Phoenix’s Mike Smith, New Jersey’s David Clarkson, NY Rangers Marian Gaborik, Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, and LA’s Dustin Penner.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt the Lightning shop St. Louis, or that he wants to leave. The Coyotes aren’t trading Smith, as they need him to clinch a playoff berth, plus they still hope to re-sign him. Forget about the Canucks moving Luongo, that won’t happen until this summer…if at all. The Devils intend to re-sign Clarkson. Gaborik could be moved, but his $7.5 million salary and modified no-trade clause makes him tough to move. I don’t think there’s much interest in Penner.
SPORTSNET.CA: Jeff Simmons reports Toronto Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis believes there’s more value in retaining pending UFAs Clarke MacArthur and Tyler Bozak than in trading them. As for making acquisitions before the deadline, Nonis said that would depend on who’s available. One area Nonis is keeping an eye on is goaltending.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite their recent five-game losing skid, word around the league is Nonis remains committed to making the playoffs with his current roster. Obviously, he’ll look for ways to improve it, but he’s not expected to become a seller by the deadline.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has no intention of moving pending UFAs Niklas Backstrom and Matt Cullen by the trade deadline. Fletcher also sounds reluctant about adding experience to his lineup, preferring to allow his young players the opportunity to gain valuable experience.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wild are first in the Northwest Division and have won seven of their last 10 games. No need for any major shakeups there.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis believes the Oilers should trade defenseman Ryan Whitney, even if they stay in the playoff race.
RDS.CA: Renaud Lavoie reports the Montreal Canadiens have been in contract talks with the agent for defenseman Francis Bouillon for a week now. Bouillon’s on a one-year contract and slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect Bouillon will be re-signed to an affordable two-year extension.
**UPDATE** The Canadiens today announced the re-signing of Bouillon to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million. It’s similar to his current contract.