A look at some of the notable rumors at the NHL’s quarter-mark, plus the latest on Jay Pandolfo.
TORONTO STAR: Mark Zwolinski listed several rumors among 25 trends which have emerged at the NHL’s quarter-season mark, as well as potential issues for some teams which could result in trades. Among them: The Toronto Maple Leafs lack of a number one center, the Ottawa Senators are expected to make a trade to fill in for the injured Jason Spezza, the Dallas Stars may deal their veterans, Robert Luongo is likely to stay with the Canucks rather than be dealt, and rumors will heat up on pending UFAs Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Jarome Iginla and Stephen Weiss (but the Ducks have looked good this season with Getzlaf and Perry).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see how much the lack of a first line center affects the Leafs this season, and if it pushes management into the trade market for help. The Sens will remain patient for now, but if they continue to struggle in Spezza’s absence, they could go shopping for help. The Stars won’t move their veterans unless they’re out of the playoff race by the trade deadline. It’s quite possible Luongo finishes this season with the Cnaucks. If the Ducks are in the playoff race by the trade deadline, Getzlaf and Perry won’t be dealt, regardless of their contract statuses. Iginla and Weiss could be available if their respective clubs are out of the playoff chase by the deadline, but it’s not a certainty.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggarty reports free agent left wing Jay Pandolfo, who’s currently on a PTO contract with the Bruins, traveled with the club on its recent road trip, which could be an indicator he’ll get a full contract for the remainder of the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been reported the Bruins want to add more depth on left wing, which is where Pandolfo could fit. He’d be an affordable signing, and having clear Tim Thomas’ $5 million cap hit from their books, would leave enough room to add more depth later in the season if required.