Are the Ducks close to shaking things up with a major trade? Are the Senators eyeing Blue Jackets forward Derick Brassard? Does Ryan Miller want out of Buffalo? Read on to find out!
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Helene Elliott reports Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray has said he won’t fire Randy Carlyle as head coach or trade any of his big three forwards (Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Bobby Ryan), though he’s had offers.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Mark Whicker doubts any quick fixes are in store for the floundering Ducks, suggesting perhaps the answer rests with promising youngsters in their system, goalie Jonas Hiller and his defense trusting each other again, or the team simply working harder.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whatever the solution is, the Ducks better find it soon, because if they sink much further, they won’t be able to play their way out of their early season hole as they’ve done in previous season.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Senators are among four teams with interest in Columbus Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard, though his salary ($3.2 million per season for two more years) is a major stumbling block. Garrioch claims the Senators, and everyone else in the league, have closed the book on Phoenix’s Kyle Turris, who ended his contract holdout with the Coyotes last week.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Wayne Scanlan reports only Nikita Filatov can put an end to the speculation he could be loaned back to the KHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Brassard were earning half his current salary, I could see the Senators taking a chance on him. The problem is Brassard has not played up to his salary, and having an expensive bust on their payroll is something the Senators are trying to avoid. As for Filatov, it’s time to put up or shut up.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson yesterday claimed he keeps hearing sidelined Sabres goalie Ryan Miller wouldn’t mind a trade. Miller’s wife is an actress based in California, but Matheson doesn’t see a market for Miller with any of the California-based teams.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to the blog “3rd Man In”, as I overlooked this little nugget in yesterday’s rumor update. If Miller does indeed wish to be dealt, the Sabres wouldn’t have too much difficulty finding a market for him, but there’s been no indication he wants out, or at least that hasn’t been coming from the Buffalo media. Besides, the Sabres would want to ensure backup Jhonas Enroth is the real deal before seriously giving any consideration to trading Miller, who has a limited NTC where he can list eight teams he won’t accept a trade to. For now, this is little more than musing from a hockey reporter based in Edmonton, and until we hear something more notable from sources or media closer to the Sabres, we shouldn’t read too much into this.