Updates on the Coyotes and Senators, plus the latest on James Reimer, Dan Girardi, Ryan Callahan and more.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson speculates on James Reimer’s future with the Maple Leafs and wondered if the Oilers might be interested in acquiring him this summer…It’s believes the Penguins could shop defenseman Simon Despres because they’ve got promising Derrick Pouliot and Brian Dumoulin…Given Philipp Grubauer’s performance it’s increasingly likely the Capitals will trade backup Michal Neuvirth…Matheson also reports Avalanche defensemen Tyson Barrie and Ryan Wilson could be available…The Jets could try to move pending UFAs Devin Setoguchi, Olli Jokinen and Mark Stuart but teams are more interested in Evander Kane and Blake Wheeler.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs probably won’t move Reimer during this season but he’s a restricted free agent this summer. With Jonathan Bernier now the established starter, he could be shipped off in the off-season. If he’s available the Oilers should have interest…Despres’ often mentioned in Penguins trade rumors so it remains to be seen if they’ll actually move him. Depends on what’s available near the trade deadline. Penguins GM Ray Shero says he’s not interested in acquiring a rental player, so if he makes a move it’ll be for the long term…Moving Neuvirth won’t be easy as he’s seen limited action this season and is earning $2.5 million per season…The Avs need to bolster their defense, not deplete it…Interest in Setoguchi, Jokinen and Stuart could increase closer to the March trade deadline. I don’t believe the Jets wish to part with Kane or Wheeler.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks wonders if defenseman Dan Girardi and winger Ryan Callahan might be more valuable to the Rangers as trade chips. “Would the Rangers be closer to the Stanley Cup with Girardi and Callahan signed to long-term contracts or with the four high-end prospects obtained in their places through lend-lease?” Both are unrestricted free agents in July and will be expensive re-signings. Brooks assumes the Bruins, who recently lost defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to a season-ending knee injury, could put in a call about Girardi, though they’ve yet to do so.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll be very surprised if Sather trades these two and still expect they’ll be re-signed. They could trade one or both and then re-sign them this summer but that’s a risky proposition.
FOX SPORTS ARIZONA: Craig Morgan speculates it may be time for Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney to shake up his struggling roster. He wonders if they’ll try to acquire a physical shutdown defenseman or depth at left wing. ”We’re not shy about spending some money,” co-owner George Gosbee said on New Year’s Eve. “We’re in a very, very good position to seize on some opportunities if they come up.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Coyotes currently have over $4 million in cap space, which will increase to $10 million by the trade deadline.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch praised Senators GM Bryan Murray for his patience with his roster, which has improved in recent games. He claims the Senators are still willing to move players but not any of their core players.