Updates on Ales Hemsky, James van Riemsdyk, Andrei Kostitsyn, and Steve Ott, plus the latest on the Senators, Flames and Bruins.
EDMONTON SUN’s Terry Jones reports via Twitter today could be decision day for Ales Hemsky if he’ll re-sign with the Oilers, claiming it’s up to Hemsky and not his agent to make that call.
TSN’s Darren Dreger reports via Twitter a two-year, $10 million offer might keep Hemsky in Edmonton, or not. Claims the Oilers are considering their options.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg. Understandable that today could be “D-Day” for Hemsky. Oilers will want to know if he’s unwilling to re-sign in order to have sufficient time to weigh the best offers for him before Monday.
PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi reports Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk can’t help but hear his name in the trade rumors.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the Flyers are being offered a playoff proven starting goaltender, they shouldn’t even dream of trading van Riemsdyk.
CANOE.CA: Montreal Canadiens forward Andrei Kostitsyn continues to insist his preference is to remain a Hab. VAT Sports reported Wednesday Kostitsyn could be dealt to Nashville for the rights for Alexander Radulov, but Andrei doesn’t seemed thrilled by that prospect, despite the fact it would reunite him with brother Sergei.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Even if the Habs could pull that off – and I have my doubts – Radulov won’t help them make the playoffs this season. The Canadiens would also have to re-sign him to a long-term extension. Radulov would be an improvement over Kostitsyn, but again, I doubt this could happen. As a Habs fan, the player I’d love to see the Canadiens land is Kings captain Dustin Brown. TSN’s Darren Dreger believes a good secondary scorer and a promising young defenseman could land Brown. I playfully suggested Kostitsyn and Yannick Weber for Brown, but of course, I’m merely dreaming. The only way Brown comes to Montreal is as a member of the visiting team.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika reports Stars forward Steve Ott considers the rumors claiming rival clubs have interest in him flattering, but also unnerving. GM Joe Nieuwendyk, meanwhile, said he’s listening to offers but that doesn’t mean he’s a seller.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Stars are now only two points out of a playoff berth. I don’t see them being sellers now.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators goalie Craig Anderson could be sidelined up to eight weeks after cutting his right hand preparing a meal yesterday. The club has called up Robin Lehner to back up Alex Auld, and this situation could force GM Bryan Murray into the trade market, though the market is very thin for goalies.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ottawa Citizen reported Anderson could be gone 10-14 days. Even if he’s out eight weeks, I’m guessing Murray will stick with Auld and Lehner. This could be the latter’s big opportunity to prove he’s NHL-ready.
CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis believes Flames GM Jay Feaster’s trade suggestions following his club’s shootout loss to Phoenix rang hollow.” The Flames have simply come too far and shown a tremendous resiliency against all odds for the GM to wrangle with a roster that just got significant help from returning players like Curtis Glencross and Derek Smith. David Moss will also be back soon”, writes Francis.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree. Feaster is undoubtedly frustrated over his team blowing a chance to tighten its grip on a playoff berth, but getting back those three players are as good as trading for similar players.
CSNNE.COM: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli won’t rule out making a big deadline deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t rule it out, but I think if Chiarelli makes a move, it’ll be a minor one. He’s shown an unwillingness earlier this season to shake things up with a major deal when the club was struggling and everyone and their dog was screaming at him to make a big move. I doubt he’ll bend to such pressure now.