With the NHL trade deadline only two days away, here’s the latest on Thomas Vanek, Marian Gaborik, Christian Ehrhoff, Andrew MacDonald, Chris Stewart and more.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports the big question in the wake of the St. Louis Blues acquisition of Ryan Miller is what the Blues’ Western Conference rivals – Anaheim, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Jose – will do. He wonders if the Kings pursue Thomas Vanek or Matt Moulson, if the Ducks pursue Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers, if the Sharks might pursue Christian Ehrhoff and if the Blackhawks add either David Legwand or Ilya Bryzgalov…Matheson also noted the Nashville Predators aren’t shopping Shea Weber…He suspects the Oilers are on Christian Ehrhoff’s “do not trade” list, suggesting the Sharks, Flyers and Avalanche are better bets. He suggests the Flyers could “give” the Sabres Sean Couturier while the Avalanche could offer P.A. Parenteau…Matheson speculates the Oilers could trade Ales Hemsky to the Coyotes…He wonders if the Sharks could have interest in Ryan Smyth…He claims the Bruins are seriously looking at “Oilers’ Nick Schultz, the Philadelphia Flyers’ Andrej Meszaros, the New York Islanders’ Andrew MacDonald and the Senators’ Chris Phillips.”…Matheson doubts the Blue Jackets trade Marian Gaborik at the deadline…He wonders if it’s possible for the Red Wings to acquired Rangers’ captain Ryan Callahan…Matheson doubts Devils GM Lou Lamoriello trades Martin Brodeur…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It will be interesting to see what moves, if any, the Blues’ rivals make leading up to deadline day. The Kings could pursue Vanek or Moulson. I doubt the Ducks will pay what will surely be a high asking price for Myers. I don’t believe the Sharks or Blackhawks have any significant moves planned…The Flyers might have interest in Ehrhoff but they’re not parting with Couturier, while Alex Tanguay’s season-ending hip injury probably means Parenteau isn’t going anywhere…Bruins will certainly acquire a defenseman by the deadline. Schultz could be an affordable option…Gaborik could indeed stay in Columbus for the rest of the season…The Red Wings won’t acquire Callahan via trade. They might, however, pursue him if he becomes a UFA this summer… I think it’s ultimately up to Lamoriello if Brodeur gets dealt. Brodeur claims he hasn’t requested a trade but seems to be waiting for Lamoriello to approach him about it.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl reports it’s possible Jaroslav Halak and Chris Stewart might not be with the Buffalo Sabres for long. There’s speculation the Minnesota Wild are interested in Halak while the Ottawa Senators could be pursuing Stewart.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s rare that a player is traded to another club within a week of being acquired via trade. Still, one can’t rule out the possibility.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators owner Eugene Melnyk claims his club is a buyer, “definitely not a seller”. It’s believed the Senators still have interest in Chris Stewart.
PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi reports time is running out for Flyers GM Paul Holmgren to upgrade his defense. “Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien, the Islanders’ Andrew MacDonald, Buffalo’s Christian Ehrhoff, and Dallas’ Trevor Daley are among the defensemen reportedly available”, writes Carchidi.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets are challenging for a playoff spot in the Western Conference so they’re not trading Byfuglien now. The Stars are also jockeying for a playoff berth so I doubt they trade Daley. MacDonald and Ehrhoff are definitely available but the asking prices could be steep.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty reports the recent setback in Adam McQuaid’s recovery from a hip/groin injury could force GM Peter Chiarelli’s hand in his search for a defenseman.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas (broken leg) hasn’t played since November but there’s speculation teams could be interested in him.