A rumor of Rick Nash going to the Maple Leafs in a blockbuster move, Mikhail Grabovski shrugs off trade rumors, and the latest on Predators defenseman Ryan Suter.
TSN’s Darren Dreger yesterday “tweeted” Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke has never discussed a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets for Rick Nash “ever”. This came in response to a tweet by hockey analyst Bill Watters, which read “Here is one to smoke on.Please do not inhale .From CBJ,Nash & Huselius,From TORGrabovski, Schenn, Kadri and Komisarek.1st time Nash involved”.
NATIONAL POST: Sean Fitzgerald reported Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski shrugged off the recent trade rumors swirling about him. Grabovski’s an unrestricted free agent this summer, leading to speculation he could be shopped at the trade deadline, but he said he’d prefer to remain with the Leafs.
TORONTO SUN: Terry Koshan reports Grabovski and forward Clarke MacArthur have been “stalked” by trade rumors of late.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bear in mind, Watters also claimed back in December the Leafs may have had a deal in place with the Carolina Hurricanes for Eric Staal, which prompted a denial from Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford. I spoke with a Columbus hockey reporter yesterday, who told me as long as Scott Howson remained the GM of the Blue Jackets, Nash wouldn’t be going anywhere. It’s believed Howson won’t be fired at season’s end. Also, it seems far-fetched the Blue Jackets would move their franchise player when they’re hosting the ASG next year.
In conversing with several Leafs fans on this Nash rumor, I found it interesting most of them swatted aside my arguments against this move happening. They really believe Burke will land a superstar when he finally does pull the trigger on a trade. While I certainly don’t underestimate Burke’s management savvy, I sure hope those Leafs fans won’t be disappointed if he brings in someone of less than superstar quality.
PHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli reports a source told him during the All-Star weekend the consensus around the league is it’s unlikely Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter will be traded.
USA TODAY: Kevin Allen reports Suter’s contract talks isn’t just about money, as the reason he’s decided not to re-sign prior to the trade deadline is to see if Predators management are serious about making the team a Cup contender, now and in the near future. Allen suggested Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu might be a good fit for the Predators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been reported Predators GM David Poile could be a “buyer” at the trade deadline, plus has been given permission by ownership to spend toward the cap ceiling next season. That’ll go a long way toward not only re-signing Suter and Shea Weber, but also bolstering their roster into Cup contention. It’s understandable why Suter wants to play “wait-and-see”. While he and Weber love playing in Nashville, they want assurances the team is going to be a Cup contender.