The latest on Ryan Miller, Tomas Fleischmann, Ryan Whitney, Jarome Iginla, Corey Perry, Ryane Clowe and more.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited a report by Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos speculating goaltender Ryan Miller’s days with the Buffalo Sabres “could be numbered”, though a weak trade market could force the Sabres to wait until this summer or next season to move him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s not the first time Miller’s name has popped up in the rumor mill, but there could be more to it this time, though there’s been nothing out of Buffalo yet to substantiate this. As Kypreos pointed out, Miller’s got one season left on his contract, and it’s unlikely he’ll be re-signed by the Sabres. For that matter, I don’t believe he wants to re-sign. That’s not a knock against him, merely pointing out the Sabres are going nowhere fast, and it’s very apparent this season he’s frustrated over the club’s poor performance. I doubt he’s moved at the deadline, but I certainly expect they’ll field offers for him this summer.
USA TODAY: Kevin Allen examined the trade buzz surrounding ten NHL teams. He doubts the Anaheim Ducks trade Corey Perry at the deadline, believes the Boston Bruins have the cap space to add a scorer, suggested Robyn Regehr, Jordan Leopold and Jochen Hecht of the Buffalo Sabres could be trade candidates, speculated over the Calgary Flames moving Jarome Iginla, reports the Carolina Hurricanes are in the market for a defenseman, believes Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney will be moved, suggests Florida Panthers forwards Tomas Fleischmann and Kris Versteeg could become trade bait, believes the Nashville Predators could shop a defenseman for a scoring forward, thinks NY Islanders pending UFA blueliners Mark Streit and Lubomir Visnovsky could attract interest in the trade market, while the Philadelphia Flyers continue to seek a premium puck-moving defenseman.
TSN.CA: Darren Dreger reports the pending UFA status of San Jose Sharks winger Ryane Clowe has made him the subject of trade speculation. The Sharks would like to re-sign him, but could be hampered by next season’s declining salary cap. Dreger claims they’re not shopping Clowe, but are listening to offers…The Edmonton Oilers want to trade Ryan Whitney, and are hoping his improved play of late will bolster his trade value….Pierre LeBrun reports the Florida Panthers could try to move players under contract beyond this season (Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg, Filip Kuba).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tough decision for the Sharks regarding Clowe. Much will depend on what he’s seeking for a new contract, and what offers the Sharks get for him in the trade market… Whitney’s improved play will certainly improve his trade value, but it could take another two weeks before the Oilers start getting serious offers…I believe Fleischmann will attract lots of interest if the Panthers are willing to move him.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Joanne Ireland reports Oilers GM Steve Tambellini won’t sacrifice his young players for a quick-fix acquisition by the trade deadline. Jonathan Willis reports the Minnesota Wild may be close to signing defenseman Brett Clark, who’s currently playing for the Oilers AHL farm team in Oklahoma City on a minor league contract.