Could the Oilers shop Jordan Eberle or their first-round pick? Is Cam Ward’s time in Carolina over? Will the Coyotes try to re-sign Antoine Vermette?
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Bruce McCurdy reports on speculation suggesting the Oilers should shop winger Jordan Eberle for a top-two defenseman or a big second-line center. Citing Eberle’s contributions to the Oilers, McCurdy believes Eberle will remain a a key cog of the Oilers core for several years to come. Jonathan Willis, meanwhile, doesn’t believe there’s a case to be made for the Oilers to shop their first-round pick (third overall) in this year’s draft.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers will be among the clubs garnering considerable attention heading into the draft weekend. It remains to be seen what significant moves (if any) Oilers GM Craig MacTavish makes this summer. If he does trade Eberle, it will have to be for a substantial return, which I doubt is out there. Ditto their first-round pick.
YAHOO! SPORTS: Dmitry Chesnokov reports Carolina Hurricanes netminder Anton Khudobin gave his opinion of teammate and fellow goalie Cam Ward at a recent Russian National Team press conference. Khudobin respects Ward, but wonders if the Hurricanes might shop him this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It appears Khudobin is primed to take over as the Hurricanes’ starter from Ward next season. There’s been considerable speculation Ward could be shopped this summer.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Sarah McLellan recently reported Phoenix Coyotes forward Antoine Vermette was pleased with his offensive output (24 goals, 45 points) this season. He’s entering the final season of his contract ($3.75 million annual cap hit). Coyotes GM Don Maloney admitted he’s interested in re-signing Vermette, but it remains to be seen if a deal can be reached.