The latest on Martin Brodeur, P.K. Subban, Nail Yakupov, Luke Schenn, and more.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman reports he’s never had any conversations about trading Martin Brodeur and wasn’t wasting time discussing the matter…If P.K. Subban seeks a two-year deal taking him up to UFA status in his upcoming contract talks it could signal his unhappiness with the Habs…The Maple Leafs have an “on again/off again” search for a right-shooting defenseman. At one time they had “poked around” Carolina’s Mike Weaver. The Ottawa Senators are also believed seeking a defensemen. The Stars were also thought in the market until their recent improvement…The Leafs are expected to keep their goalie tandem of Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer intact (barring a significant offer) for the rest of the season. Ditto the Senators with Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner…The Florida Panthers have too many players with unpalatable deals, making it tough for them to trade them. Friedman believes Marcel Goc ($1.7 million) and Shawn Matthias ($1.75 million) could be of interest to other teams…Before the Oilers signed Ilya Bryzgalov they inquired about Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller but it’s believed Ducks GM Bob Murray won’t trade within his division…The Flyers trading Wayne Simmonds would be an unexpected move.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Brodeur is traded it won’t happen until near the trade deadline and Lamoriello would have to approach the goalie. Doesn’t sound like he’s keen to do that…Lots of speculation about Subban’s relationship with coach Michel Therrien and the blueliner’s reduced ice time earlier in the month. I believe the Habs will offer Subban an eight-year deal, but if he only wants a two-year deal, this could blow up in GM Marc Bergevin’s face…The Ottawa Sun recently speculated the Senators might shop a defenseman…It’ll take a significant offer to pry Reimer out of Toronto or Anderson out of Ottawa…Barring a major turnaround in the Panthers fortunes, I expect their fire sale of veterans begins following the Olympic break…Given Hiller’s playoff experience, I don’t believe the Ducks will trade him this season…I agree the Flyers moving Simmonds would be an unexpected move.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance reports Nail Yakupov’s agent, Igor Larionov, is concerned over his client’s limited playing time this season, adding if the Oilers are unhappy with Yakupov, Larionov is open to a trade. Larionov is heading to Edmonton to question Oilers management about Yakupov’s role and to watch a couple of games.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples offers up his take on the situation, believing it would be bad news for the Oilers if Yakupov wants out, as well as reflecting poorly on the young player.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Kukla’s Korner’s George Malik recently noted, Larionov has a reputation for being fiercely loyal toward his clients. His speaking to the media about Yakupov is an indication of his frustration over his client’s limited ice time this season. When the Yakupov trade rumors popped up last week, GM Craig MacTavis and coach Dallas Eakins claimed the young winger wasn’t going anywhere. Obviously the Oilers want to retain the kid, but they’ll have to alleviate Larionov’s concerns. We shouldn’t leap to conclusions and assume Larionov will demand a trade.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports the Philadelphia Flyers are “vigorously shopping” defenseman Luke Schenn, who’s been a healthy scratch in three games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If true, the Flyers should find more interest in him than in the oft-injured Andrej Meszaros, but they won’t get as much for him as the Leafs did when they shipped him to Philadelphia for James van Riemsdyk.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH’s Aaron Portzline recently reported the following on Twitter: “Despite chatter, interest from (Vinny)Prospal camp, see no chance #CBJ try to sign him. Plan is to get healthy, let young players figure it out.”