In today’s accumulation of notable trade and free agent rumors from the blogosphere: 10 teams that will be shopping for goalies at the trade deadline, 9 teams that will shop for defensemen at the trade deadline, wondering if Miikka Kiprusoff could make the Blue Jackets Cup contenders, and more Maple Leafs speculation. Enjoy!
BLEACHER REPORT: listed ten teams “that will be shopping for some help in net when February rolls around”, which includes the New Jersey Devils, NY Islanders and Ottawa Senators, nine teams that “will be shopping for a defenseman at the deadline”, including the Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues, as well as posing the question of whether or not a Miikka Kiprusoff trade could make the Columbus Blue Jackets Cup contenders.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Injuries and poor performance can of course force teams which being the season with seemingly plenty of depth on their blueline or in goal to seek depth by the trade deadline. That being said, the Devils have a solid backup in Johan Hedberg if Martin Brodeur gets hurt (as we saw last season and earlier this week), the Isles have sufficient depth with Al Montoya and Evgeni Nabokov, while the Senators could call up Robin Lehner if needed. The Wings, Leafs and Blues have plenty of blueline depth so they’ve no need to seek any upgrades. As for Kiprusoff, he’s not going anywhere, but if he were dealt to the Blue Jackets, they’ll still lack suitable depth at center and on defense to be consider “Cup contenders”.
HOCKEYBUZZ: “Eklund” claimed the Toronto Maple Leafs “possibly” have interest in Columbus Blue Jackets center Derrick Brassard (whom Eklund claimed earlier in the week had two teams with “huge interest” in, though the Blue Jackets aren’t shopping him), plus they also had interest in Flyers rookie center Brayden Schenn.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Leafs are reportedly in the market for a top six, “impact” forward, which Brassard and Schenn clearly aren’t at this stage in their careers.
GATHER.COM: Larry Seely claimed the “latest rumor” had the Nashville Predators shipping Shea Weber to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Predators won’t trade Weber as long as they’re in the playoff hunt, while the Leafs have plenty of blueline depth and are more interested in an impact forward.