Check out the latest trade rumors involving the Flames, Oilers, Senators, Canucks and Jets.
CALGARY HERALD: George Johnson reports Flames winger Mike Cammalleri dodged questions about his future amid reports the Flames made him an offer. Cammalleri only admitted he’s been talking with Flames management and credited president of hockey operations Brian Burke for the respectful, professional tone of the conversatons.
CALGARY HERALD/CALGARY SUN: Flames GM Brian Burke expects a flurry of activity leading up to this year’s trade deadline. Cammalleri and other pending Flames UFAs (Lee Stempniak, Chris Butler, Reto Berra) could become trade targets. Burke also said he’s open to hockey deals as well.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pending UFAs are usually the players moved by the deadline. I expect Cammalleri will be moved for draft picks and/or prospects.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports Oilers GM Craig MacTavish intends to be aggressive in the trade market leading up to the deadline. He expects to be subtracting rather than adding, meaning pending free agent players like Ales Hemsky could be on the move.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Kings, Penguins, Devils and Senators could have interest in Hemsky at the trade deadline.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Wayne Scanlan reports Senators GM Bryan Murray continues to shop for the right deal. He admitted speaking with his nephew, Sabre GM Tim Murray, about a possible deal. It’s believed the Senators GM prefers to retain his veteran players as his club pushes for playoff contention. Ken Warren reports Senators pending UFA winger Milan Michalek is unconcerned over recent trade speculation involving him.
OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan reports Senators defenseman Chris Phillips acknowledged the possibility he could be moved at the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As long as the Senators gain ground in the standings between now and next Wednesday I believe they’ll be buyers, not sellers.
VANCOUVER SUN: Iain MacIntyre reports on speculation suggesting the Canucks could trade Ryan Kesler, whose recent hand injury could hurt his trade value. MacIntyre also reports GM Mike Gillis says none of his core players have given an indication they want a trade. The recent speculation about Kesler and defenseman Alex Edler could merely be the result of other clubs “circling the floundering Canucks like sharks”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I daresay that’s largely the reason behind the Canucks rumors. Even if they were to shop Kesler or Edler, they won’t get a good return at the trade deadline. The off-season is the best time for such moves, if that’s the route the Canucks wish to take, and if either guy waives their no-trade clauses.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe reports the Jets have to decide if they’ll buy, sell or stand pat by the trade deadline. If they become sellers, pending UFAs like Olli Jokinen, Mark Stuart, Devin Setoguchi and Al Montoya could be available.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’ll depend on where the Jets are in the standings by deadline day. They’re currently four points out of a playoff berth but were among the hottest teams in the league heading into the Olympic break.