Should the Flyers make a major move soon? Will the Wings make room for Gustav Nyquist on their roster? Could the Maple Leafs move James Reimer this season?
PHILLY.COM: Mike Sielski noted the Flyers recent improvement under first-year coach Craig Berube, calling upon management to resist the temptation to make a major roster move.
TSN RADIO: Bob McKenzie believes the Flyers want a “really good” defenseman if the move Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree with Sielski. Indeed, I think one reason for the Flyers recent struggles is they’ve made too many moves involving notable talent, such as trading away Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, signing Ilya Bryzgalov, trading away Sergei Bobrovskiy, swapping James van Riemsdyk for Luke Schenn. The worst thing that could’ve happened to the Flyers was their surprising march to the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, as it made ownership and the front office believe the roster was just a couple of pieces away from a championship. What this team needs now is time to develop and gel.
If, however, they do decide to make another major move, it’ll likely be one of their promising young forwards for a good young defenseman with upside. Can they curb their impatience? Or will they make another blockbuster which could do more harm than good? Ultimately, it’s up to owner Ed Snider and GM Paul Holmgren.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James reports Gustav Nyquist scored twice lifting the Red Wings to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, snapping a seven-game winless skid. She notes if Nyquist plays one more NHL game he cannot be demoted without first going on waivers, and the Wings don’t want to risk that. GM Ken Holland is reportedly considering his options.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Among those options is probably a trade. The Wings preferred to have Nyquist in the lineup full time but salary and roster issues prevented them from doing so. They were able to recall him because Danny DeKeyser is on LTIR, plus Stephen Weiss and Daniel Alfredsson were sidelined. The Wings tried shopping Jordin Tootoo but couldn’t find any takers and were forced to demote him. Same with Patrick Eaves. The Wings lack secondary scoring this season and keeping Nyquist could help address that problem.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun examined the strong performance of Toronto Maple Leafs goalie tandem of Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer. With Reimer a restricted free agent next summer, Leafs GM Dave Nonis will likely make a decision in the off-season depending on his salary demands. There were calls earlier this season to ship Reimer to the Edmonton Oilers but Nonis considered the option of moving him “unlikely”, sounding as though he’d prefer to keep the tandem intact.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As long as the Leafs remain in playoff contention this season Nonis has no reason to shop Reimer. Unless a rival club pitches a skilled scoring center, the Leafs will hang onto Reimer and look toward the off-season to address his future.