Updates on Sam Gagner, Ryan Miller, Dan Girardi, Daniel Briere, Dustin Byfuglien and more, plus the latest on the Capitals and Oilers.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman reports Sam Gagner’s no-trade clause doesn’t kick in until next season. Though GM Craig MacTavish promised Gagner not to trade him this season, Friedman believes it sounds like both sides want a change. “Should a deal happen, no doubt MacTavish will try to make it a soft landing”…No contract talks yet between the Canucks and Mike Santorelli…Friedman wonders if the Sharks have interest in Rangers’ defenseman Michael Del Zotto…He also cites multiple sources claiming the Ducks have interest in Rangers’ blueliner Dan Girardi. The Bruins could also come calling…The toughest thing about moving Canadiens forward Daniel Briere is the second year of his contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I’ve previously noted, Gagner could fetch a good return if packaged with the Oilers first round pick in 2014…I expect the Canucks wait until season’s end to talk contract with Santorelli…If the Rangers hope to trade Del Zotto, they have to move off their rumored asking price of a top-four defenseman…I’m sure Girardi will attract considerable if he’s put on the trade block, but I still doubt that happens as long as the Rangers remain in playoff contention…If the Canadiens decide to shop Briere they’ll probably have to pick up part of his contract.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeff Gordon punches holes in the theory of the Blues acquiring Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller before the trade deadline. Among the points: The Blues do not have a goaltending emergency thanks to Brian Elliott’s strong play filling in for Jaroslav Halak, the Sabres high asking price (three top prospects and a first round pick) and Miller’s UFA status this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I still believe if the Blues decide to pursue Miller it could be this summer if he becomes a UFA, rather than via trade.
WINNIPEG SUN: Paul Friesen believes it’s time for the Jets to trade defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, who continues to make costly defensive errors. “If GM Kevin Cheveldayoff isn’t trying to trade No. 33, he’s not trying to make the Jets better”, writes Friesen.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Jets miss the playoffs this season changes could/should take place. Byfuglien could be among them. Moving a player of his caliber and usually takes place in the off-season when teams have the cap space to take on expensive contracts.
CSNWASHINGTON: Chuck Gormley reports Capitals coach Adam Oates is hopeful his club’s goaltending situation is rectified soon. They’re carrying three healthy goalies in Braden Holtby, Philipp Grubauer and Michal Neuvirth, with the latter’s agent recently requesting a trade.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: In a response to one of his readers, Jim Matheson lists Ales Hemsky, Nick Schultz, Ryan Jones and Ryan Smyth as possible candidates to be moved by the trade deadline. He also believes they could listen to offers for goalies Ilya Bryzgalov and Devan Dubnyk.