Does a recent call-up of a defenseman mean the Lightning are poised to deal? What’s the latest on Canadiens defenseman Hal Gill and winger Travis Moen? Read on to find out!
TBO.COM: Erik Erlendsson reports the Lightning’s recent call-up of defenseman Evan Oberg gave rise to speculation they might be about to make a trade, but head coach Guy Boucher and GM Steve Yzerman dismissed this, with Boucher suggesting some of his defensemen may be playing through injuries (“boo-boos”, as he called it) and Oberg’s call-up was merely as insurance. Yzerman, meanwhile, has spoken with Dominic Moore’s camp about a possible contract extension. Moore is eligible for UFA status this summer.
TAMPABAY.COM: Damian Cristodero reports Yzerman isn’t in any rush to make trades, pointing out the team has been on a roll of late.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yzerman will likely wait until deadline day before deciding if he should sell or stand pat. His club has played its way back into view of a playoff berth, and if they should gain significant ground over the next couple of weeks, he could decide not to make moves that could disrupt team chemistry.
LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Jonathan Bernier reports Canadiens Hal Gill and Travis Moen are aware of the possibility they could be moved by the trade deadline.
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: reports the San Jose Sharks are the front-runners to acquire Moen, who played for the Sharks briefly in the 2008-09 season.