Given the lack of mainstream media NHL rumors, here’s my take on a few kicking around the NHL blogosphere. Enjoy!
The Vancouver Canucks offered a package of Alex Burrows, Jacob Markstrom, Hunter Shinkaruk and a first round pick for Winnipeg’s Evander Kane.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After which they wound up listening to a dial tone. If the Canucks were serious about Kane, they would have to offer up more than that. Burrows is ageing and brittle, Markstrom has yet to prove himself at the NHL level and Shinkaruk has yet to prove he can establish himself as an NHL star.
The Arizona Coyotes, Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators are pursuing Michael Del Zotto.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Why would the Coyotes want another puck-moving defenseman? Unless they trade Keith Yandle for a scoring forward this makes no sense. The Senators need a skilled shutdown defenseman and already have one of the top offensive blueliners in the league in Erik Karlsson, so I don’t see why they would pursue Del Zotto. He’s a left-handed shot, which doesn’t make him a fit with the Red Wings, who seek a right-handed shot.
The Washington Capitals are on Martin Brodeur’s list of possible destinations.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unfortunately for Brodeur the Capitals have no reason to sign him. They’ve already got Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer in their system, plus they added Justin Peters.
The Calgary Flames, Detroit Red Wings and Winnipeg Jets are interested in Dustin Penner.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames already have Curtis Glencross, Mason Raymond and Brandon Bollig, plus they’ll give Johnny Gaudreau a long look during training camp and preseason. I believe the Wings are content to stick with their young forwards, plus their priority is finding a right-shooting defenseman. The Jets could probably use Penner as a third-line left wing but management seems to have made all the additions they want to make for now. That could change during preseason.
The Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers could talk trade. The Oilers seek depth at center while the Canadiens need to make room for Alex Galchenyuk at center.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Habs were to move a center it could be David Desharnais. The Oilers might prefer Tomas Plekanec but he has a modified no-trade clause and would probably reject a trade to Edmonton. For now, however, I think the Canadiens will go into training camp with their current roster to better evaluate their needs.