The latest on Michael Del Zotto, Ryan Callahan, Mike Cammalleri and Tim Gleason, plus updates on the Oilers and Senators.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports Rangers captain Ryan Callahan said there’s nothing going on regarding contract talks with the club but he isn’t concerned about it. The Senators (who spoke with the Rangers about defenseman Michael Del Zotto) and Blackhawks also scouted the game.
LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL’s Renaud Lavoie reports via Twitter he’s heard Del Zotto won’t be traded soon, as it could take more time than expected to move him.
ESPN.COM: Katie Strang noted the Rangers seem to be taking a hard line stance in their negotiations with Henrik Lundqvist. While it seems inconceivable they would trade him, she wonders what could happen if they continue playing hardball with him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rookie Cam Talbot has played well so far for the Rangers, but I don’t believe they would favor him over Lundqvist in the long run. I also don’t see them moving Callahan or Dan Girardi, who’s also a UFA next summer. GM Glen Sather will take his time with the trio and see how this season plays out. As for Del Zotto, the Rangers want to move him but there’s not much of a market for his services right now. They could end up waiting until the trade deadline to find a suitable deal.
THE GLOBE & MAIL: Eric Duhatschek reports Calgary Flames forward Mike Cammalleri’s strong play could make him attractive trade bait later in the season, but speculates the possibility the club could offer him a contract extension to see if he’s interested in staying.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cammalleri has received positive reviews for his leadership as well as his strong play this season. At the start of this season he didn’t rule out re-signing with the Flames. I believe they’ll test the trade waters before the March 5 deadline to see if he’ll fetch a good return, especially if he intends to become a UFA next summer.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson believes the Oilers will eventually shop either Devan Dubnyk or Ilya Bryzgalov later this season. Both are UFAs and they’d rather not lose both next summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’ve stuck by Dubnyk but he could be the one to be shopped if Bryzgalov outplays him and is willing to stay beyond this season.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Ken Warren reports Senators GM Bryan Murray’s hands are tied trade-wise by the club’s self-imposed salary cap but owner Eugene Melnyk is willing to add more more if he believes it would make a significant difference.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t see him opening his wallet for Michael Del Zotto.
TSN’s Darren Dreger recently reported via Twitter a trade could materialize for Carolina Hurricanes’ defenseman Tim Gleason upon his return mid-week from injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If so it’ll be interesting to see who’s willing to take on his $4 million cap hit on a contract which runs through 2015-16.