The latest on Zach Parise, Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Miller, Mark Streit, Sam Gagner, Alexander Semin and more. Enjoy!
BLEACHER REPORT: Suggesting an offer from the Pittsburgh Penguins of defenseman Ben Lovejoy, minor league goalie Brad Thiessen and a mid-range draft pick to New Jersey for Zach Parise “might actually work”, while another countered with the Red Wings offering winger Jiri Hudler, a first in 2012 and a third in 2013. Beyond the world of one-sided fantasy trades, Parise finishes this season with the Devils…Possible trade deadline moves for the Anaheim Ducks? How about Lubomir Visnovky to Calgary for Olli Jokinen or Mark Giordano and draft picks? No? How about the Flyers, with concerns on their blueline, shipping either Andrej Meszaros or Braydon Coburn and draft picks for Teemu Selanne? Ryan Getzlaf to Pittsburgh for Jordan Staal AND Kris Letang, plus draft picks? The mind reels at the possibilities!...Can Chicago’s Stan Bowman trade for Ryan Miller? No, he can’t, unless Miller demands a trade, which he hasn’t. Bowman’s stated needs are a second line center and a sixth defenseman. He’s gone with unheralded goaltending before and won a Stanley Cup…Mark Streit would be a perfect fit for the New Jersey Devils, and every other NHL team, including the one he’s currently playing for. Unless he demands a trade, he’s staying on the Island. Is Ryan Getzlaf the answer the Maple Leafs need at center? Sure, but landing him is another matter, and the Ducks want a comparable talent in return, not Tyler Bozak or Mikhail Grabovski or Joe Colborne, or for that matter Nazim Kadri, or Nikolai Kulemin.
HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: “Eklund” wonders if the “Alexander Semin to Detroit” rumors are merely a plant to force Edmonton’s hand and land Ales Hemsky. Is he talking about forcing the Oilers to trade Hemsky to Detroit? or Washington?…He cites a source suggesting the Maple Leafs have an eye on Jeff Carter…Iginla to Philly? Washington? Pittsburgh? My money’s on “Calgary”…Kings want Parise or Nash. Don’t hold your breath…Ryan Malone back to Pittsburgh? Sure, if Marc-Andre Fleury’s heading the other way…Josh Harding and Jonathan Bernier have been mentioned regarding the Maple Leafs search for a goalie. Bernier’s not moving, and with Niklas Backstrom struggling of late, Harding might not be available.
DAILY CHICAGO SPORTS TAB: Tab Bamford recently wondered about the possibility of the Chicago Blackhawks landing Sam Gagner from the Edmonton Oilers. Gagner might be a good fit for the ‘Hawks second line, but I’m not so sure the Oilers intend to move him now.