Check out the latest on Shea Weber, Ryan Kesler, David Legwand, Tyler Myers, Ilya Bryzgalov, Ales Hemsky and more.
ESPN.COM: Prior to last night’s Ryan Miller trade, Pierre LeBrun reported there’s no contract extension in sight for David Legwand with the Nashville Predators. Legwand’s no-movement clause limits GM David Poile’s ability to explore the trade market. Poile also once again stated he’s not trading defenseman Shea Weber…The Anaheim Ducks won’t trade Jonas Hiller but could move another goalie, perhaps backup Viktor Fasth…The Capitals are trying to move Martin Erat…Contract talks between Andrei Markov and the Montreal Canadiens are ongoing. LeBrun doubts the Habs shop Markov if he’s unsigned by the trade deadline…The Flyers could have interest in Vancouver Canucks’ center Ryan Kesler and defenseman Alexander Edler. The Penguins also have interest in Kesler. LeBrun believes Detroit and Columbus are obvious fits for Kesler…Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers could be had for the right price…Oilers pending UFAs Ales Hemsky, Ryan Smyth and Nick Schultz could be on the move by deadline day…The Hurricanes are trying to find a taker for Tuomo Ruutu and could move one of their three goalies. LeBrun’s TSN colleague Darren Dreger reports via Twitter: “Tough decisions ahead for Hurricanes. Teams saying Carolina is open to trading any one of its 3 goaltenders, including Cam Ward.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Predators were to shop Weber it would be in the off-season. As for Legwand, it’s up to him if he wants to move and where…If the Ducks trade Fasth I expect they’ll want a roster player to help them in the playoffs…Markov’s not going anywhere at the trade deadline…I expect that “right price” for Myers is quite expensive. The Sabres won’t just give him away… If Kesler’s shopped it’ll be this summer. Ditto Edler. The Canucks won’t get good value for them right now…I expect the Oilers and Hurricanes will be busy by the trade deadline.
SPORTSNET.CA: Nick Kypreos reports the Flyers, Red Wings, Penguins and Rangers have interest in Ryan Kesler. If Kesler is traded it’s believed it would be to an American-based contender, while GM Mike Gillis would prefer not to move him to a Western Conference club. Kypreos claims the asking price for Kesler is ” a first-round pick, a player, plus a prospect.” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi claims the Penguins made a pitch for Kesler. He reported via Twitter: “Hearing Sutter, Pouliot part of those talks. That was before Letang situation”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Again, if Kesler is traded I expect it’ll be this summer when teams have more cap space and willingness to spend on a player like Kesler.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports the Minnesota Wild “has inquired about Cam Ward and Martin Brodeur and has had Ilya Bryzgalov offered to them. There’s also Tim Thomas.”
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples offers up his take on Russo’s report about Bryzgalov. “Either the Oilers aren’t that keen on Bryz or Bryz isn’t keen to stay here, or a bit of both.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wild rookie Darcy Kuemper continues playing well but with Josh Harding still battling multiple sclerosis and Niklas Backstrom now a shell of himself between the pipes they could use an experienced netminder in case Kuemper struggles or is sidelined after the trade deadline. I wouldn’t be surprised if they make a move for an affordable veteran goalie.