A look at potential deals which didn’t fell through and plans for teams which didn’t make significant moves at the trade deadline.
DENVER POST: Terry Frei reports Colorado Avalanche executive VP of hockey operations Joe Sakic claims he received inquiries from “a couple of teams” for pending UFA center Paul Stastny. Nothing came of it. Stastny is willing to accept a discount to re-sign with the Avalanche.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: How much of a discount could determine Stastny’s future in Denver beyond this season.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl reports Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray has stockpiled ” five first-round picks, plus a conditional first-rounder, along with a half-dozen second-round selections and a conditional choice in round two.” Murray intends to use some of them as ammunition to pursue players heading toward the NHL draft weekend in June.
CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis reports Flames GM Brian Burke said more than half-a-dozen potential suitors for Mike Cammalleri were also making pitches for Thomas Vanek, Marian Gaborik, Matt Moulson and Ryan Kesler. Burke explained he was willing to retain part of Cammalleri’s salary to move him. He also claims he didn’t get a return which would make a trade worthwhile. Cammalleri is a pending UFA this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unlike his NY Islanders’ counterpart, Burke wasn’t under pressure to move Cammalleri for any kind of face-saving return.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators GM Bryan Murray had a couple of teams call about Jason Spezza after reading about the trade rumors about his captain. Garrioch claims there was talk the Anaheim Ducks were interested in Spezza. The Sens GM claimed he didn’t get much action on Spezza.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators’ GM strongly denied a recent rumor suggesting Spezza was available.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs performance down the stretch and in the playoffs will determine what moves Nonis makes this summer. Don’t be surprised if James Reimer gets dealt during the NHL draft weekend in June.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports Oilers forward Ryan Smyth seriously thought he would be dealt at the deadline. He didn’t ask for a trade but GM Craig MacTavish asked him for several destinations he would prefer being dealt to, but there was little interest. “I appreciated MacT (GM Craig MacTavish) trying to make it happen,” said Smyth.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If this were five or ten years ago, there would’ve been serious interest in Smyth.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS/ WINNIPEG SUN: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff was willing to make moves to bolster his roster (especially after learning Mark Scheifele suffered a season-ending knee injury), but was unwilling to part with his top prospects.