Could the Flyers ship Vincent Lecavalier to the Senators? How will the Oilers address their need for a center? Could the Capitals trade Mike Green?
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio reports Flyers GM Ron Hextall, unable to interest the Nashville Predators in Vincent Lecavalier, has turned his attention to the Ottawa Senators, who recently traded away center Jason Spezza. Panaccio cites league sources claiming the Senators want the Flyers to pick up a hefty portion of Lecavalier’s salary (Hextall is reportedly willing to pick up $1 million annually) plus include something else (likely a player or draft pick) in the return.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports his sources claim the Senators have inquired about Lecavalier but the chances of a trade aren’t good. The Senators are exploring their options at center and have contacted UFA David Legwand. Garrioch also reports the Senators, with eight defensemen under one-way contracts, could try to move one of them (possibly little-used Patrick Wiercioch) in the coming days. They’re also rumored to have revisited last season’s interest in Buffalo Sabres winger Chris Stewart, while wingers Colin Greening and Erik Condra could be available for a reasonable return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Flyers want to move Lecavalier, who has four years at $4.5 million annually, they’ll have to pick up between $2 – $2.25 million annually. They’re in no position to quibble. Teams know Hextall is trying to move the center and will squeeze him.
**UPDATE** As one of my readers noted (see below in the comments section), the Flyers cannot pick up $2 million annually of Lecavalier’s contract owing to the bonuses in his contract. They can retain up to 50 percent of actual salary, so by my estimate that would be $1.5 million annually. Stick tap to “Shane”.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis cites a report from TSN’s Ryan Rishaug that a deal between the Oilers and UFA center David Legwand isn’t likely to happen, meaning the Oilers are more likely to turn to the trade market to add a center. It’s possible they could use defenseman Jeff Petry as trade bait. Willis believes such a move could hurt the Oilers blueline without finding a suitable replacement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Petry is a restricted free agent coming off a two-year, $3.5 million contract and has arbitration rights. Perhaps the Oilers anticipate contentious contract talks? It’s been suggested the Oilers could target Blues center Patrik Berglund.
WASHINGTON POST: Alex Prewitt reports Capitals GM Brian MacLellan continues to back defenseman Mike Green, who’s become the subject of trade rumors following the Capitals’ additions of Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik via free agency. Prewitt suggests Green, who will be eligible for UFA status next summer, could become a possible trade-deadline bargaining chip.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals don’t have to move Green now, but you can bet questions about his future will dog him and the Capitals throughout 2014-15.