Could the Flames move Miikka Kiprusoff today? Will the Maple Leafs land him? Should they? Will the Oilers make a move? Are the Canucks still shopping? What about the Red Wings? Read on for the latest!
ESPN.COM/CALGARY HERALD: Trade rumors continue to swirl around Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, who refuses to address the rampant speculation. The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to be mentioned as a possible destination, though ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports the Leafs also touched base again with the Canucks regarding Roberto Luongo. With the Canucks landing Derek Roy, their needs shift to a scoring winger.
TORONTO STAR: If the Leafs are to pursue a goalie upgrade, Damien Cox believes Kiprusoff would be the only sensible choice over Roberto Luongo. Bob Mitchell, however, warns of the dangers of messing around with team chemistry as the deadline nears.
TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby doesn’t believe the Leafs will make any dumb moves today.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: We’ll know by 3 PM ET today what the Leafs plans are. They can afford to pass on Kiprusoff and Luongo because their current tandem of James Reimer and Ben Scrivens have played well enough to put the club into playoff contention. GM Dave Nonis could be seriously pursuing Kiprusoff, who would be a more logical choice than Luongo, but it’s also possible he’s talking to Kiprusoff to put pressure on Canucks management to drop their asking price for Luongo. I don’t expect that’ll happen.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: John McKinnon believes it’ll be a big surprise if the Oilers trade away someone like Ryan Whitney as it could be potentially damaging to team chemistry at a time when the Oilers are surging into playoff contention. Jim Matheson, however, suggests there could still be interest in Whitney, especially from the Carolina Hurricanes, who just lost blueliner Joni Pitkanen for the rest of the season to a leg injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A week ago, I would’ve expected the Oilers to be sellers. Now that they’re a point out of playoff contention, I don’t see it happening. Indeed, they could be buyers now. The Hurricanes could certainly have interest in Whitney now, but the Oilers could decide to keep him, even though they could lose him to free agency, if they feel he’ll help them clinch a post-season spot. Speaking of the Hurricanes, they put Jamie McBain on the trade block this week, but with Pitkanen’s injury, McBain might not be available now.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Having acquired Derek Roy, the Canucks aren’t done dealing, as they’re now seeking a winger to play on Ryan Kesler’s line. Kesler is expected to return from injury within the next ten days.
MLIVE.COM/DETROIT NEWS: Ansar Khan reports the trade options for Red Wings GM Ken Holland are dwindling but he continues to shop around. Ted Kulfan reports Holland says Red Wings fans shouldn’t get their hopes up over a trade.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Khan and Kulfan listed several options (Derek Morris, Jason Pominville, Mark Streit, Drew Stafford, Tomas Fleischmann), but Holland isn’t willing to part with roster players or top prospects.