Latest on Andrej Meszaros, Nail Yakupov, Ryan Miller, John-Michael Liles, Jordin Tootoo and Dmitry Kulikov.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman reported defenseman Andrej Meszaros is in Flyers coach Craig Berube’s doghouse. The Flyers tried to trade Meszaros this summer, and Freidman wonders if he’s more value to them next season with his expiring contract…Two reasons the Oilers didn’t trade for a goalie: one, they didn’t believe what was available could resolve their goalie issues long terms. The Blues Brian Elliott and the Ducks Jonas Hiller, for example, are eligible for UFA status next summer. The other is Devan Dubnyk played better last week. The Oilers were believed to have spoken with the Ducks, Blues and Capitals. There were rumors the Oilers had interest in Jake Allen or Thomas Greiss, but Allen will be a key part of the Blues future while the Greiss rumors appeared “incorrect”…Friedman believes it’s too early for the Oilers to give up on Nail Yakupov, and noted some NHL GMs “really do have Russophobia”…The Flyers, Rangers and possibly the Devils could be exploring the trade market…Despite Ryan Miller’s limited no-trade clause, Friedman believes he’d accept a trade to anywhere he believes is a better situation…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I’ve said many times, Meszaros’ cap hit ($4 million) and injury-history means he’ll finish this season as a Flyer…Given the lack of viable options for goaltenders in the trade market, the Oilers have little choice but to stick with Dubnyk…I don’t believe the Oilers want to give up on Yakupov, but he could be the asking price if they decide they need a long-term goaltending upgrade…The Flyers, Rangers and Devils will discover what the Oilers recently found: there isn’t much of a trade market right now…If Miller gets a shot at moving to a playoff contender, regardless of where it is this season, I think he’ll take it. I don’t see him going to Edmonton because, quite frankly, they’re in little better shape than the Sabres right now.
TSN.CA: Darren Dreger reports the Detroit Red Wings are eager to free up some cap space and could make winger Jordin Tootoo ($1.9 million) available. ..The Toronto Maple Leafs are willing to absorb part of defenseman John-Michael Liles’ contract ($3.875 million per season) to encourage a trade.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wings reportedly talked to the Nashville Predators about dealing Tootoo back to Nashville but nothing came of it. Perhaps they revisit those talks. Tootoo’s salary was believed difficult to move during preseason, but with the NHL season now three weeks old some teams in need of more muscle at forward might be willing to take him on…I’ve said before the only way the Leafs move Liles’ contract is to absorb a chunk of it. They might have to eat half his cap hit to make him attractive to rival clubs.
TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox speculated the Maple Leafs could have an eye on Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitri Kulikov, though he’s due to become a restricted free agent next summer plus he’s a left-handed shot on a blueline in need of a right-handed shot.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson doubts the Panthers part with Kulikov…In response to a reader’s question about the availability of Buffalo’s Tyler Myers, he acknowledged the Sabres would probably trade the big blueliner but they aren’t actively shopping him. He also considers Myers big contract a major sticking point.