The latest on Ryan Miller (what, again?), Michael Del Zotto (yes, again!), Jonas Hiller (and again!) and more, plus speculation over possible changes for the Jets.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Hurricanes are shopping goalie Justin Peters and the Oilers could be interested. Talk around the league is everyone on the Hurricanes except Eric and Jordan Staal, Jeff Skinner and Cam Ward could be available…The Blue Jackets could be seeking a forward…Canadiens are rumored shopping for a skilled finisher but don’t have much to offer in return. They have tried in the past to move captain Brian Gionta but he won’t land the return they need…The Blues, Blackhawks and Ducks could have interest in Sabres goalie Ryan Miller…The Blackhawks and Maple Leafs may be shopping for depth at center…The Avalanche are believes shopping for a top-four defenseman and have been linked to the Rangers’ Michael Del Zotto…Garrioch believes the Panthers will eventually move Dmitry Kulikov, Tom Gilbert, Shawn Matthias and Marcel Goc.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hurricanes could move a goalie before the Christmas trade freeze. As for the other Hurricanes, the team’s been on a roll of late so I doubt we’ll see a major shake-up…If the Habs want a skilled finisher they’ll have to move one of their promising youngsters to get one, and I don’t believe GM Marc Bergevin wants to do that…Blues are sticking with Halak, the Blackhawks have a promising backup in Antti Raanta and are happy with Corey Crawford so they have no need for Miller, while the Ducks seem content with their current goaltending…The Avs were also thought to have interest in Kulikov, who could be more affordable than Del Zotto.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports the play of goalie Martin Jones could make Ben Scrivens trade bait when Jonathan Quick returns from injury. He speculates Scrivens might get moved by the trade deadline. Jones can be sent back to the minors until then…He thinks the Ducks could try to re-sign Jonas Hiller if his salary demands aren’t excessive and instead shop Viktor Fasth…Matheson also speculates the Kings might move often-scratched forward Matt Frattin…He also wonders if the St. Louis Blues would “give up goalie Jake Allen, winger Ty Rattie and two draft picks for (Ryan) Miller?”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jones is waiver-exempt so I can see him being demoted upon Quick’s return…Despite Hiller’s UFA status at season’s end, he’s playing well so there’s no need to move him or bring in a replacement…Blues appear willing to stick with Halak for now.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Tim Campbell analyzed some potential moves the Jets could make to shake things up. Among them, of course, is a trade, as “Evander Kane and Dustin Byfuglien have been heard but nothing’s been verified.” Campbell cautions that trades are never easy to make, especially during a period of weakness is never a good policy. “Rarely does the team giving up the best player in a deal win a transaction.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think the best option could be a coaching change. Jets management have been loyal to a fault with Claude Noel, but this club is showing no signs of progress since they became the Jets in 2011. As I’ve frequently said this season, a team with the talent of the Jets shouldn’t be mired in mediocrity. Moving Kane could blow up in their faces, and I doubt they get a quality return for Byfuglien right now.