Find out which moves fell through, why some players weren’t dealt, and what could be ahead for some clubs and players when this season is over.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Capitals received offers for Mike Ribeiro but continue to talk contract with him and could get a four-year extension worked out…Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle’s name was “floated to the Flyers” early on deadline day but he didn’t move. Blueliner Derek Morris submitted his list of 8 teams to which he’d accept a trade but didn’t move…Before the Blue Jackets landed Marian Gaborik, they pursued Tomas Fleischmann but the Panthers weren’t interested…The Sabres tried to move Drew Stafford, with the Devils, Canucks, Jets and Blue Jackets apparently having some interest…The Jets tried to move young forward Alexander Burmistov. The Sabres had some interest…The Flyers were interested in Ben Bishop but the Senators may have asked for Sean Couturier. Bishop was dealt to Tampa Bay for Cory Conacher and a pick…The Canucks tried and failed to land Raffi Torres…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ribeiro reportedly rejected a three-year offer from the Capitals in search of a five-year deal…Probably the reason Yandle wasn’t moved was the rumored asking price started with two top forwards. Morris’ agent claimed his client submitted his list at the start of the season as per the terms of his contract…No surprise the Panthers kept Fleischmann, as he’s been their most consistent forward this season…I expect the Sabres will shop Stafford in the off-season, as could the Jets with Burmistrov. Maybe there’s a swap with the Sabres there?…The Flyer weren’t willing to part with Couturier for Ben Bishop, but what about for Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan this summer? Anticipation is the Ducks could move Ryan this summer to free up cap space and the Flyers would be keen to get him. We’ll see what transpires.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports sources claiming the Canucks, in the final minutes leading up to the trade deadline, were willing to ship Roberto Luongo to Toronto for Ben Scrivens and a couple of second round draft picks but the Maple Leafs said no, believing no other club was interested in Luongo and the Canucks should be giving him away.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was thought the Canucks believe they can get a better return for Luongo in the off-season. It’s going to be interesting to see if that happens, because if they were willing to part with Luongo for Scrivens and a couple of picks, their asking price is dropping and could fall even more this summer.
CALGARY SUN: Wes Gilbertson reports Curtis Glencross was on Flames GM Jay Feaster’s short list of untouchable. “We were not and are not trading Curtis Glencross”, said Feaster. Other untouchables include Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie and Sven Baertschi.
PHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli wonders if the Flyers acquisition of Steve Mason from Columbus spells the beginning of the end of Ilya Bryzgalov’s tenure as the Flyers starting goalie. Seravalli believes Bryzgalov could become an amnesty buyout candidate this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe the Flyers will buy out Bryzgalov, but if they’re counting on Steve Mason being their starter next season, it perpetuates the maddening blind spot the Flyers front office has for goaltenders.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl reports the Sabres trade yesterday of Jason Pominville to Minnesota could be the first of other significant moves involving key Sabres players (Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek) in the off-season. GM Darcy Regier claimed “it will continue in the off-season”, adding“To what extent has yet to be determined.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, expect Miller and Vanek to be prominently featured in the off-season rumor mill. Drew Stafford is another who could be moved.
EDMONTON SUN: Derek Van Diest reports there was believed to be interest in Ryan Whitney, Ales Hemsky and Nikolai Khabibulin from rival clubs leading up to the deadline. The Oilers were also interested in Ben Bishop before he was dealt to Tampa Bay.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports the Red Wings made an offer for Jaromir Jagr and had interest in Jason Pominville, but lost out in the bidding. They also considered Raffi Torres but passed. They had made a pitch for Jay Bouwmeester before he was dealt to the Blues and for the Panthers’ Dmitri Kulikov.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I wonder if the Wings might revisit their interest in Kulikov this summer?