Should the Senators trade for scoring depth?…Predators GM discusses Ryan Suter contract status…Frustrated Antero Niittymaki wants to play.
OTTAWA SUN: Columnists Tim Baines, Aedan Hemler and Bruce Garrioch discussed how worthwhile it would be if the Senators were to shop for scoring depth near the trade deadline, suggesting perhaps shopping one of the prospects selected with last year’s three first round picks, other than Mika Zibanejad. They agree it would take Erik Karlsson to land someone like Corey Perry, Bobby Ryan or Rick Nash.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators obviously won’t move Karlsson, who’s emerging as one of the best defensemen in the league. It’s possible Murray could move a prospect to land an additional scorer, but only if that player is on a multi-year contract, and not a fading star. He could opt to move perhaps a second or third round pick for a “quick fix”, but that’ll depend on how the Senators are doing in the standings in a month’s time.
THE TENNESSEAN: Josh Cooper reports Predators GM David Poile remains committed to re-signing UFA defenseman Ryan Suter. Cooper believes Poile won’t trade Suter if the Predators remain in the playoff chase by the trade deadline, even if Suter remains unsigned.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So, rumormongers, if you want to see the Predators shop Ryan Suter and/or Shea Weber, start praying they plummet in the standings between now and February 27th. Otherwise, they won’t be dealt at the deadline.
CSNBAYAREA.COM: Kevin Kurz reports a frustrated Antero Niittymaki has yet to suit up with the Sharks even as a backup since returning to the lineup from a conditioning stint on December 23.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg. The Sharks will trade Niittymaki at some point, but they will need to get him into a couple of games in order to interest rival teams.