Should the Red Wings deal some youth for an established star? Will the Stars shop for a right-handed defenseman? Can the Oilers find a suitable deal for a center?
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan, responding to a reader’s question, reports Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland had interest earlier this summer in Buffalo Sabres blueliner Tyler Myers and Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green. Holland also inquired into some players, like Ryan Kesler, but either didn’t have the assets or was unwilling to part with what it would take to land them. Khan believes the Wings should pursue an impact player but it depends upon the return. “Should they package someone like Tatar, Jurco or Smith with a prospect or two for a star player? Again, it depends on the return,” writes Khan. He also doesn’t consider free-agent winger Dustin Penner as a viable option, and believes RFA defenseman Danny DeKeyser will be re-signed before training camp opens.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Holland could still pursue a top-four defenseman with a right-handed shot, but as Khan suggests, it’ll depend upon the return. It could also depend upon the club’s performance in training camp and in early-season play. I also expect DeKeyser will be re-signed in time for training camp.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika, responding to a reader’s trade suggestions, doubts the Stars shop Devin Shore or Jason Dickinson. Heika also believes Sergei Gonchar, Erik Cole and Shawn Horcoff currently have little trade value, and doesn’t believe the Stars are interested in trading Alex Goligoski, Trevor Daley or Vern Fiddler, though that could change depending on who’s available in the trade market. He also doesn’t believe the Stars, who need a right-handed shot on their blueline, are pursuing Buffalo’s Tyler Myers or Washington’s Mike Green.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree with Heika that the Stars probably aren’t pursuing a big trade right now. Like most NHL general managers, the Stars’ Jim Nill will take the time to assess his club’s performance during training camp and preseason play to determine if any significant moves should be made.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis noted Oilers GM Craig MacTavish’s recent comments about a lack of quality centers currently available in the trade market. Willis cites Andrei Loktionov, currently sidelined until mid-September following offseason shoulder surgery, as the best center still available in the UFA market but doesn’t see him as an upgrade over Mark Arcobello.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the trade market opens up for centers during training camp and preseason, the Oilers will be forced to look to within to bolster their depth at center.