Check out the latest from the Edmonton Journal and Calgary Sun on Rick Nash, Dustin Penner, Paul Stastny, Evgeni Nabokov and Rene Bourque.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson wondered if Columbus Blue Jackets winger Rick Nash, who’s got a “no-trade” clause, wants to stick with the floundering club any longer, and how much Nash could fetch if he were shopped, noting his star isn’t burning very brightly right now, but suggested the Flyers and Kings might be possible trade destinations, envisioning possible trade packages that could entice the Jackets…Matheson also claimed the LA Kings want to move winger Dustin Penner, but he’s slated for UFA status next summer “and the Blue Jackets don’t want him”…He also claimed there were “few whispers” the Colorado Avalanche are shopping Paul Stastny and his $6.6 million per season contract with Matt Duchene ready to step into the first line center role, wondering if the Nashville Predators “go Statsny for UFA-to-be Ryan Suter” but doubted that would happen…Matheson also believed there would be more interest in Niklas Hagman on the waiver wire if his salary were $1.5 million, instead of $3 million…The Islanders are definitely showcasing Evgeni Nabokov, and Matheson suggested the Toronto Maple Leafs could be interested if James Reimer doesn’t soon return from injury. He noted Nabokov’s “no-trade” clause but believes he’ll waive it.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So far, there’s no indication Nash wants out of Columbus, or that the Jackets want to shop him. While Nash’s star might not be burning too brightly right now, I believe he’d fetch a strong return of young players, prospects and/or high draft picks if the Jackets put him on the block…The Kings might want to move Penner, but his $4.25 million salary and two points in 14 games thus far means there’s no market for him…Prior to Matheson’s report, I’d heard nothing about the Avs shopping Stastny, and as for Duchene being ready for first line minutes, he’s currently off to a slow start, and was demoted at one point to their fourth line. Stastny won’t be dealt, for Suter or anyone else this season…Hagman’s on re-entry waivers so we’ll find out later today if teams are interested in taking him at $1.5 million…Nabokov won’t waive his clause for just any team. He might do it for the Leafs, if they’re indeed interested.
CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis reports, “contrary to endless reports suggesting the Flames are being swamped with offers” for winger Rene Bourque, a team source claims “such talk is manufactured”, likely due to a combination of his inconsistent play and $3.33 million per season cap hit. Flames GM Jay Feaster didn’t address Bourque, but admitted finding trade partners was getting harder and harder.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise there, Bourque hasn’t scored since October 26th, which was around the time rumored interest in him was at its height.