Is Bobby Ryan still on the trade block? Will the Hurricanes trade Tomas Kaberle? Is Cory Schneider playing his way out of Vancouver?
SPORTSNET.CA: reports Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray has told forward Bobby Ryan he’s no longer on the trade block, and Ryan no longer wants to be moved from Anaheim.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports a source claimed the Rangers talks earlier this week with the Ducks regarding Ryan never reached the stage where the two teams exchanged proposals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As expected, the Ducks firing of Randy Carlyle as head coach and replacing him with former Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau has for now put the brakes on any trade possibilities involving Ryan or other members of the Ducks roster. Well, that was fun while it lasted…
TORONTO SUN: Mike Zeisberger recently reported Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford recently called out struggling defenseman Tomas Kaberle to improve his play or he wouldn’t be with the Hurricanes for long.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM’s Chip Alexander recently “tweeted” Rutherford said he’d spoken with other teams but has nothing new on the trade front.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s not surprising, because players Rutherford would like to move, like the overpaid, under-performing Kaberle, have little to no value around the league right now.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jim Jamieson recently examined the future options the Canucks could face with goaltender Cory Schneider. One of those is a trade, though Jamieson doubts that’ll happen during this season, unless the Canucks get an offer too good to refuse.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll take a real sweetheart deal, or the arse going out of the Canucks season by the trade deadline, for Schneider to be dealt this season. I can certainly see them dealing him in the off-season, likely around the June entry draft weekend. Not now, and not at the trade deadline. He’s simply too valuable right now to the Canucks.