The latest on Daniel Alfredsson, Ryan O’Reilly, Ryan Whitney, Stephen Weiss and more.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun speculates there could be plenty of interest in Daniel Alfredsson if the Ottawa Senators were to put him on the trade block. One of those clubs could be the Boston Bruins, given that Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli was a former assistant GM with the Senators. LeBrun doesn’t believe Senators GM Bryan Murray has any desire to move Alfredsson, and it’ll be up to the Senators captain to decide if he wants to leave….San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson didn’t say it, but LeBrun believes it would make sense for Wilson to seek depth at forward by dealing from his depth on defense…Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon could focus on rebuilding with youth if his club doesn’t turn things around soon. It remains to be seen what becomes of pending UFA center Stephen Weiss.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This isn’t the first time we’ve heard speculation over Alfredsson’s future. Two years ago, when the Senators were floundering and management decided to blow up the roster and rebuild, there was talk they might shop “Alfie”, but nothing came of it. Unless Alfredsson requests a trade, Murray won’t move him. Indeed, as LeBrun suggested, it’s possible Alfredsson could return for another season…Wilson recently said it was up to the current Sharks roster to snap out of its current funk, but he’s also a GM unafraid to make moves when the right opportunity arises. I expect he’ll make a trade sometime in March…Tallon keeps insisting he wants to re-sign Weiss, but if the Panthers don’t turn things around soon, the rumors about Weiss will increase.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman reports he wouldn’t be surprised if the Colorado Avalanche approached the Florida Panthers regarding center Ryan O’Reilly, who remains embroiled in a contract dispute with the Avs…Friedman also doubts defenseman Ryan Whitney will be with the Edmonton Oilers much longer. He believed the Detroit Red Wings might be a good fit for Whitney, but “it doesn’t sound like the Red Wings want to go in that direction.” He also wondered what the Oilers will do with fading forward Ryan Smyth, who has one year left on his over-35 deal…Friedman noted Penguins GM Ray Shero took in last week’s Colorado Avalanche-Minnesota Wild game, suggesting Wild forward Matt Cullen might be a good fit with the Penguins…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting bit of speculation regarding the Avalanche and Panthers. How about an O’Reilly for Weiss swap?…Whitney’s decline has “buyer beware” written all over him in the trade market. I still think he’ll be dealt in the coming weeks, but the Oilers might not get much of a return. The Oilers could use an amnesty buyout on Smyth, depending upon the rules of the new CBA. We’ll see…As for Cullen, he’s a center, and the Penguins are rumored shopping for a scoring winger.
NBC PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited a recent interview by TSN’s Dave Naylor with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis, who admitted he’s seeking an experienced goaltender to work with his young netminders. Nonis cautioned, however, that if he can’t find what he seeks at a reasonable price, he’ll stick with James Reimer and Ben Scrivens.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s not much of a market for available goalies right now, though that might change later in the season. Nonis can afford to be patient. And no, I don’t believe Roberto Luongo will be headed to Toronto this season.
TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox suggests the Maple Leafs could buy out the final year of defenseman Mike Komisarek’s contract, but blueliner John-Michael Liles three-year, $3.875 million per season wouldn’t be easy to move.
TORONTO SUN’s Steve Simmons reported via Twitter: “Strange: The Avalanche haven’t told GMs what the price is for Ryan O’Reilly. They’re saying: Make an offer. Most GMs are puzzled by this.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could explain the conflicting reports over the Avs asking price for O’Reilly.