TSN’s “trade deadline playbook” for all thirty NHL teams, plus updates on the Avalanche and Blackhawks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprises on these lists, which features players (Thomas Vanek, Martin Brodeur, Ryan Miller, Marian Gaborik, Ryan Callahan,Matt Moulson, Mike Cammalleri, Dan Girardi, David Legwand, Sam Gagner, Alex Hemsky, Chris Stewart), who’ve been frequently mentioned for weeks in the rumor mill.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater doesn’t expect the Colorado Avalanche to make a major move before the March trade deadline. He also notes the Avalanche have indicated they want to open contract talks with Ryan O’Reilly this summer. Dater also reports Alex Tanguay’s season-ending hip surgery means they won’t be moving P.A. Parenteau, who was recently mentioned in trade rumors involving the Montreal Canadiens.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to Shawn L. for the first link. Given the Avs’ position in the Western Conference standings they don’t need to make a big trade. If they do make a move, as Dater suggests, it’ll be for an affordable (in salary and return) rental defenseman.
CSNCHICAGO.COM: Tracey Myers reports not to expect the Blackhawks to make a big move by the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blackhawks could use a proven second-line center, but they recently acquired center Peter Regin and winger Pierre-Marc Bouchard (who can also play center) from the NY Islanders. Granted, I wouldn’t consider them “proven second-line” centers, but they will provide depth at that position.