Possible trade targets for the Bruins…Five key contract negotiations…The Avalanche could be buyers at the deadline…A potential trade target for the Flyers.
ESPN.COM: James Murphy recently responded to a reader’s question over potential trade targets for the Bruins near the trade deadline by suggesting to keep an eye on potential UFAs like Jaroslav Spacek and Kurtis Foster, and also suggested NY Islanders captain Mark Streit could be available if the Isles continue to falter. Murphy doubts the Bruins could afford to pursue Nashville defensemen Ryan Suter or Shea Weber.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Spacek certainly would be available. I doubt the Devils, who recently acquired Foster from the Ducks, will shop him as long as they’re in the playoff chase. I don’t believe the Isles will shop Streit unless he demands to be dealt. Don’t expect to see Suter or Weber on the move by the deadline as long as the Predators remain in the playoff chase. For that matter, I doubt they’ll be shopped at all, regardless of where the Preds are in the standings.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance listed five key contract negotiations – Nashville’s Shea Weber, St. Louis’ Brian Elliott and T.J. Oshie, Dallas’ Sheldon Souray and Edmonton’s Corey Potter – could begin on January 1st.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Elliott, Potter and Souray are eligible for UFA status this summer. Their respective teams have to be careful, as it remains to be seen if they’re capable of carrying forward their surprising performances this season. I don’t see how the Blues can afford to re-sign Elliott when they’ve already committed big bucks to Jaroslav Halak as their starter, and another club will likely overpay for Elliott’s services if he hits the open market. Souray might be willing to accept a one-year extension as a gesture of gratitude toward the Stars for taking a chance on him when no one else would, though he’ll likely seek a raise over the $1.65 million he’s making this season. Potter was off to a great start to this season until he got hurt, and what he gets from the Oilers will depend on his performance over the rest of the season.
Oshie, like Weber, is a restricted free agent this summer, and if he continues his solid performance throughout this season, will net himself a lucrative extension with the Blues. As for Weber, the Preds want to re-sign him, but I don’t know how they’ll do it without a significant increase in payroll, especially considering they’ve also got to re-sign Suter, and need to bolster their offensive production.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater recently replied to a reader’s question about the Avalanche’s potential plans for this season’s NHL trade deadline, believing the Avs will be buyers if they’re still in the playoff race by then, pointing to their available cap space.
PHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli recently suggested Carolina Hurricanes blueliner Tim Gleason could be worth watching should the Flyers go shopping for defensive depth.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to “Marc” for the link. I also think the Flyers could have an eye on Gleason if they decide to dive into the trade pool in the coming weeks.