The latest on Brayden Schenn, Michael Del Zotto, Alex Steen, Paul Stastny, Mike Cammalleri, Martin Havlat and more.
TSN.CA: Heading toward next week’s US Thanksgiving, Darren Dreger claims Philadelphia Flyers center Brayden Schenn and New York Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto have surfaced in the rumor mill. Dreger claims the Flyers aren’t trying to push out Schenn (they’d prefer to move Luke Schenn) but could consider moving him for the right deal, while five or six teams have inquired about Del Zotto. Pierre LeBrun believes the Ottawa Senators are among those teams, as one of their priorities is landing a puck-moving defenseman. LeBrun also noted the Calgary Flames have “massive cap space” (sitting 27th in payroll this season) which could attract the interest of some cap-strung contenders.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering Brayden Schenn’s improved performance this season, the Flyers won’t just give him away. Sure, they’ll field inquiries but unless they get a great offer they won’t move him…Considering the Senators defensive struggles I’m surprised they would seek a puck-moving defenseman.
SPORTSNET.CA (VIA KUKLA’S KORNER): Chris Johnston noted the St. Louis Blues tried to re-sign Alex Steen over the summer but he preferred to wait until the end of the season to examine his options…Nick Kypreos speculates Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason could be on his way out but he has a couple of seasons left on his contract at $4 million per season. It’s believed the Hurricanes scouted John-Michael Liles….Johnston claims there’s no truth to rumors the Montreal Canadiens were interested in Colorado’s Paul Stastny…Kypreos also noted the Brayden Schenn rumors but doubts the Flyers are actively shopping him. He claims the Maple Leafs could be among the interested clubs but feels the Leafs would have to include defenseman Jake Gardiner in the deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Steen continues his torrid scoring pace throughout this season the Blues will have to pay big bucks to retain him…Gleason is more of a shutdown defenseman while Liles is a puck-moving blueliner. The Hurricanes could use Liles, but the Leafs probably don’t want to take on Gleason’s contract. If the ‘Canes want Liles, the Leafs won’t want to take back much salary.
NBC SPORTS: Jason Brough also noted LeBrun’s comments about the Flames cap space, as well as TSN’s Craig Button wondering if the Vancouver Canucks might have interest in Flames winger Mike Cammalleri. Brough pointed out Cammalleri’s $6 million cap hit would be tough to move, though the Flames could agree to pick up half of it.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks are struggling to score and would probably love to have Cammalleri right about now, but they also have around $2.8 million in cap space. I think they’d also like the Flames to take back a salaried player (hello there, David Booth) plus absorb part of Cammalleri’s contract to make it work.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Bucky Gleason believes the Sabres recent demotion of several of their young players is only the beginning of other moves to come this season for the club. The biggest, of course, will be determining if Ryan Miller still has a future with the Sabres. If not, Gleason believes they should move Miller ASAP or risk his trade value declining, though he acknowledged the difficulty of trading him at this point in the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s just not much of a market for Miller right now. That could change if the Nashville Predators get bad news later this month about Pekka Rinne’s hip injury, but even then the Sabres would have to pick up part of Miller’s salary to make it work.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Chip Alexander reports Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford is considering his options regarding his goaltending. With Cam Ward back in the lineup and Anton Khudobin soon to return, Rutherford will have to figure out what to do with Justin Peters, who played well while Ward and Khudobin were sidelined. Among the options is carrying three goalies, demote Peters and risk losing him to waivers, or trade a goalie. In the short term, he didn’t rule out sending Khudobin to the minors on a two-week conditioning stint.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect Khudobin will go on a conditioning stint (he doesn’t have to clear waivers to do so) to buy Rutherford some time to find a trade partner for Peters.
CSNBAYAREA.COM: Kevin Kurz reports San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson compared Martin Havlat’s role with the Sharks to that of Michal Handzus, who had a diminished role with the club and was dealt last season to the Chicago Blackhawks. Havlat’s agent Allan Walsh, meanwhile, took to Twitter noting his client’s no-movement clause and happiness playing in San Jose, adding he hasn’t been approached about a trade.