The top sniper trade targets, an update on Martin Brodeur, and the latest on the Senators and Sharks.
ESPN.COM: Tim Kavanagh lists NY Islanders’ Thomas Vanek, Columbus’ Marian Gaborik, Calgary’s Mike Cammalleri, Buffalo’s Matt Moulson and Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky as his top five trade deadline targets for scorers. He notes the Minnesota Wild could be in the mix, Gaborik could be “Plan B” for teams which miss out on Vanek, the LA Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins could have interest in Cammalleri, 12 teams could have interest in Moulson while the Montreal Canadiens, San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins have been linked to Hemsky.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Expect considerable interest in these five leading up to March 5, though where they end up is anyone’s guess. Feel free to make yours in the comments section.
NJ.COM: Randy Miller predicts the Devils could trade Martin Brodeur before the trade deadline. Rumored destinations could include Chicago, Minnesota, Washington and St. Louis. If the Devils fall out of playoff contention, Miller doubts they’ll clean house, but suggests defenseman Marek Zidlicky could be shopped to a contender for a draft pick or a young winger with scoring upside. Rich Chere reports Brodeur hasn’t spoken with GM Lou Lamoriello and hasn’t decided if he’ll waive his no-trade clause if asked to do so.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Regardless of potential destinations for Brodeur, nothing happens unless he waives his NTC. Brodeur seems to be waiting to be asked to do so, while Lamoriello seems to be waiting for the goalie to ask him. Until one of them makes the first move, nothing happens.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators president Eugene Melnyk doesn’t expect his club to make a move until right up to the trade deadline, owing to the limited number of sellers in the trade market.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: David Pollak reports not to rule out a trade deadline move by the San Jose Sharks, but with everyone except Tomas Hertl healthy, they could regard the return of Raffi Torres as the equivalent of a late trade acquisition.