The latest on Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi, Ryan Miller, Martin St. Louis and Mike Weaver, plus updates on the Red Wings and Coyotes.
TSN.CA: Bob McKenzie reports multiple teams are interested in Vancouver’s Ryan Kesler and Alex Edler but it remains to be seen if they’re available and if so, what the asking price will be. Both have no-trade clauses…Darren Dreger reports he’s been told it’s 99 percent guaranteed the NY Rangers move Ryan Callahan before the trade deadline. Callahan’s been linked to St. Louis and Tampa Bay. If the Rangers can’t re-sign defenseman Dan Girardi by the deadline he could also be moved…Dreger also reports negotiations between the Maple Leafs and Dave Bolland continue. He apparently seeks $5 million per season. They’ll have to decide if they want to retain him and still hope to re-sign him before this summer. If they do move him it’ll have to be for a player and not draft picks or prospects. They need a top-four defenseman and a top-nine forward. They’re not interested in a rental player…McKenzie claims there’s reports Buffalo is trying to re-sign goalie Ryan Miller but it’s believed their intent is to move him. Same for the NY Islanders with Thomas Vanek and Andrew MacDonald. Dreger claims there’s a rumor about a three-way trade involving the Sabres, Blues and Wild where Jaroslav Halak and Jake Allen would be part of it…McKenzie noted a report of Calgary making a contract offer to Mike Cammalleri but he believes the winger could be shopped by the deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think the Canucks retain Kesler but could try to move Edler, provided he’s willing to waive his no-trade clause…Sure sounds like Callahan and Girardi could be gone by the trade deadline. If so, it could be a serious blow to the Rangers playoff hopes as I doubt they’ll get returns which bolster their chances…I think the Leafs will hang onto Bolland and try to re-sign him before his eligibility for UFA status in July…Miller, Vanek and MacDonald could be traded by the deadline but given the market there might not be much there in terms of quality returns for those guys…Three-way trades are rare but they can happen. That being said, I don’t see how a three-way trade shipping Miller to St. Louis benefits the Wild. Why would they want Halak when Darcy Kuemper is out-playing him? Experience? Sure, but that isn’t helping Halak right now, while Kuemper has so far saved the Wild’s season… I also believe Cammalleri will move on.
NEW YORK POST: Zach Braziller reports Ryan Callahan says he wants to remain with the Rangers, but says the trade rumors swirling around won’t distract him. It’s believed GM Glen Sather prefers to trade Callahan and teammate Dan Girardi if he can’t get them re-signed before the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless Callahan reduces his asking price (believed to be seven years at around $6.75 million per season) he could be playing elsewhere by the March trade deadline.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl reports Sabres GM Tim Murray said the goal for he and Ryan Miller is to seek a proper trade. Miller’s first choice isn’t to re-sign with the Sabres and Murray isn’t holding contract talks with his pending UFAs. Those include Steve Ott, Matt Moulson and Henrik Tallinder. Murray claims he’s received considerable interest on Ott.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like a fire sale is coming for the Sabres. How many of those pending UFAs get move, or if others could be dealt, remains to be seen.
TAMPA TRIBUNE: Erik Erlendsson reports Lightning superstar Steven Stamkos isn’t putting much stock into recent trade rumors involving teammate Martin St. Louis. “They are rumors, but I don’t really know where that stuff comes from,’’ Stamkos said. Lightning coach Jon Cooper said he was more worried about St. Louis not making Canada’s Olympic team than in him being traded.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: St. Louis or GM Steve Yzerman will have to address these rumors if they truly want to put the kibosh on them.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Andrew Irvins reports Florida Panthers defenseman Mike Weaver is aware he could be moved by the trade deadline but is trying not to think about it.
DETROIT NEWS: John Niyo reports Red Wings GM Ken Holland isn’t interested in acquiring an expensive rental player. Niyo suggests a hockey deal which can help the Wings now and in the future, like a top-four defenseman (like Vancouver’s Alex Edler) would make more sense.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Wings want Edler it could cost them a young forward like Tomas Tatar or Gustav Nyquist.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Sarah McLellan reports GM Don Maloney says there’s nothing imminent on the trade front for the Phoenix Coyotes. Maloney said the club has maxed out their self-imposed budget so any deal would have to be dollar-for-dollar.