Latest on P.A. Parenteau and Ryan Miller, plus the latest on the Devils, Flyers and Ducks.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater yesterday reported the Avalanche making P.A. Parenteau a healthy scratch for last night’s game against Dallas sparked speculation he was on the trade block. Parenteau only recently returned from a knee injury and coach Patrick Roy claimed the move was done to avoid overplaying him. Dater cited a “tweet” from TVASports’ Renaud Lavoie claiming a few teams (the Canadiens among them) had inquired about Parenteau.
TVASPORTS’ Louis Jean later “tweeted” the Canadiens had turned down a deal which would’ve shipped Parenteau to Montreal in exchange for winger Rene Bourque.
RDS.CA: Francois Gagnon reports it was the other way round, that the Avs rejected the offer from the Canadiens.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Regardless of who rejected the deal, a swap of Parenteau-for-Bourque isn’t happening. The Avs have depth up front so it’s only natural to assume Parenteau, who’s making $4 million per season through 2015-16 and lacks a no-trade clause, could be available. If we go by Gagnon’s report, they obviously don’t want another forward in return. The Avs could use experienced depth on the blueliner heading toward the playoffs. If they shop a forward, I would think they’ll want a defenseman in return.
NHL LIVE (VIA KUKLA’S KORNER): TSN’s Bob McKenzie acknowledged the trade rumors swirling about Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, believing they are prepared to move him but he doesn’t think anything’s imminent. He noted rumors tying Miller to the Minnesota Wild but says his best information is the Wild aren’t close to making any deal, believing they’ll stick with Darcy Kuemper up to the Olympic break. He does feel the St. Louis Blues are interested in Miller but doesn’t think they’ll pay a lot for him, nor is acquiring Miller a necessity for them…McKenzie doubts the struggling Montreal Canadiens will fire coach Michael Therrien…He believes the struggling LA Kings are in the market for a rental goal-scorer like Buffalo’s Matt Moulson or Calgary’s Mike Cammalleri.
TWINCITIES.COM: Chad Graff reports Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is monitoring the trade market but are less likely to get involved in deals which they part with any of their top young prospects. Barring injuries to Darcy Kuemper and Niklas Backstrom, Graff doubts the Wild will pursue Sabres goalie Ryan Miller. They expect goalie Josh Harding to rejoin them following the Olympic break, while Mikko Koivu and Jared Spurgeon should be back before the Olympics.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe the Wild will wait until after the Olympic break, assess their needs and if required make a move by the trade deadline. Don’t expect another big move like their acquisition last season of Jason Pominville. If they do make a move it’ll be for an affordable rental forward where they don’t have to give up a good young player. Given the Sabres will seek a big return for Miller, that should put the Wild out of the bidding.
NJ.COM: Rich Chere reports New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello could seek a left winger for his first line. No word on who Lamoriello could pursue or what he’ll offer as trade bait.
PHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli reports Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has a small window of opportunity to improve his struggling club. They need a legitimate number one defenseman but none are available. Blueliners who could be available (like Florida’s Mike Weaver or Colorado’s Ryan Wilson) are considered stopgap measures.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Working against Holmgren is his limited cap space brought about by the lowered salary cap for this season, which has stagnated the trade market.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Anaheim Ducks could be in the market for depth players by the March trade deadline.