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EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson wondered if the Hurricanes would ever consider trading Cam Ward, as they like Anton Khudobin and Justin Peters did well in relief when Ward and Khudobin were sidelined…There’s talk the Ducks have interest in Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi, suggesting assets they could move include Luca Sbisa and Sheldon Souray…Matheson speculates the Bruins could shop Adam McQuaid in a deal for “a top-four guy”…Speculation persists the Blues could try to acquire Sabres goalie Ryan Miller by offering up Jaroslav Halak and a prospect or young forward not named Dmitry Jaskin…Matheson also suggests the Oilers should try to get Matt Greene back from the Kings, as well as try to land Jordan Nolan. Matheson doesn’t expect they’ll be available during the season. He also claims the Kings are reportedly trying to move Colin Fraser to an Eastern Conference team…He also reports the Penguins like Jets’ winger Blake Wheeler but they won’t draft picks for core players. He believes the Pens would move defenseman Simon Despres but not Olli Maatta.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford won’t move Ward…Again, as long as the Rangers are playoff contenders they won’t move Girardi…I also doubt the Bruins move McQuaid. They’ll continue looking to within to address their needs. Given their position in the Eastern standings, they can afford to…The Blues could try to acquire Miller by the trade deadline but I think the asking price is too steep. They’ll likely stick with their current tandem for the rest of this season and decide after that if they need a goaltending upgrade…The Oilers need to try many things to improve…The recent Jets coaching change likely means they won’t engage in any significant roster moves for the rest of this season. If they fail to improve, significant roster changes will come during the off-season.
CALGARY SUN: Wes Gilbertson believes the recent poor play of Flames pending UFAs Mike Cammalleri, Matt Stajan and Lee Stempniak could adversely affect their trade value.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It would be in the Flames best interest to hang onto those players until the March 5 trade deadline, as clubs who miss out on the better talent could be willing to overpay, especially for Cammalleri, who’s a proven playoff performer.