A look at the trade value of Alexander Semin, addressing rumors of management changes in New Jersey and Carolina, possible moves by the Hurricanes, and more.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance recently examined the trade value of Washington Capitals winger Alexander Semin, who’s been a frequent subject of speculation. While Semin could be the most likely candidate to be dealt if the Capitals continue to struggle, his $6.7 million salary means they likely won’t get much back in return, certainly not enough to make them Cup contenders. Custance also touched on the possibilities of the Capitals trading Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, but considers them virtually untouchable, and believes the jury’s still out on a possible move of puck-moving defenseman Mike Green.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Semin may be a high-end scorer, but he’s shown very little of that this season, and he has a reputation for fading in the post-season clutch. While it’s possible Semin could be moved at the trade deadline, I’ll be surprised if the Capitals could find any takers, and if they do, as Custance noted, they won’t get much back.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman recently reported New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello and Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford have no plans to leave their jobs anytime soon. Rutherford meanwhile plans to make some moves, and Friedman suggests pending UFA forward Tuomo Ruutu and defenseman Tomas Kaberle could be trade candidates. Rutherford is confident he can move Kaberle later in the season if his performance should improve…Forget about the Anaheim Ducks trading Teemu Selanne at the trade deadline. Ducks GM Bob Murray told Friedman Selanne will retire a Duck…Friedman wondered what the Bruins, Blackhawks and Red Wings might do as the trade deadline approaches. All three have the cap space to make moves to bolster their lineups for the playoffs. The Blackhawks are believed seeking a “Brian Campbell-type” defenseman…Friedman also wondered if the Calgary Flames would consider moving goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, though he points out he’s only wondering and not trying to start rumors…The Florida Panthers were among the teams interested in Phoenix’s Kyle Turris, but Friedman wonders if they would risk upsetting team chemistry.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kaberle will have to significantly improve if the Hurricanes are to find any takers for his $4.25 million per season contract, which has two more seasons remaining after this one. Ruutu, on the other hand, should attract considerable interest, and one pundit has suggested he might be a good fit with the Red Wings…The Selanne trade speculation was based on wishful thinking he’d want to return to Winnipeg and finish his NHL career where it began…The Blackhawks could also be in the market for a second line center after moving Patrick Kane back to the wing…If the Flames aren’t moving Jarome Iginla, they definitely aren’t moving Kiprusoff unless he demands a trade. Without Kiprusoff, the Flames would be jockeying with the Columbus Blue Jackets for dead last in the West…I don’t believe the Panthers have any reason to make a move for Turris or anyone else at this time. They’re a budget team, meaning they’d have to dump salary to take on another player. Given how well they’re playing so far, GM Dale Tallon is probably reluctant to tinker. Of course, if the Panthers go into free fall by mid-season, that could change, but not while they’re playing well.