In today’s compilation of blogosphere-generated NHL trade rumors: Twelve players who could be dealt early in the season, trade speculation swirls about Blue Jackets center Derrick Brassard, a rumor about the Sabres having interest in Andrew Ladd, and one claiming the Leafs could have interest in David Booth. Enjoy!
THE BLEACHER REPORT: Tom Urtz Jr listed 12 players he believes “could be trade early before the deadline in February”. Among them: Toronto’s John-Michael Liles, New Jersey’s Zach Parise, Calgary’s Jarome Iginla, LA’s Dustin Penner, Nashville’s Shea Weber and Ryan Suter, and Washington’s Alex Semin and Mike Green.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nope, not happening. In fact, I’ll go so far as to say that, with the possible exception of Penner, none of these players will be dealt by the trade deadline.
CRISP BREAKOUT: “Stu” wonders if Columbus Blue Jackets center Derrick Brassard might be dealt at some point this season for some defensive help. He listed Toronto and Winnipeg as “leading candidates”, along with Calgary.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a fair question by “Stu”, and one I daresay could be raised further if the Jackets struggles continue over the next couple of weeks. For now, I doubt Brassard goes anywhere, as he’s been promoted up to the first line to replace the hobbled Jeff Carter. If he plays well there, it could make him a more attractive trade option, but then again, if he plays well enough to help the Blue Jackets reverse their current slide, it’ll further ensure he won’t be moved.
HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: “Eklund” claimed “three sources, including two in Winnipeg”, claimed the Buffalo Sabres had “serious interest” in Jets first line left winger Andrew Ladd, though he claims Winnipeg isn’t shopping Ladd. He also claimed the Jets had some interest in Buffalo’s Derek Roy…Eklund also claimed the Toronto Maple Leafs have Florida Panthers winger David Booth high on their list.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: OK, I call “no way” on the Sabres “interest” in Ladd, because, quite frankly, they have no reason to have any interest in Ladd. They’re off to a good start, and already have a first line left wing in Thomas Vanek, along with Nathan Gerbe and Tyler Ennis, plus rookie Luke Adams, though he’s currently being used as a center to replace the sidelined Jochen Hecht. Yes, Ennis is scoreless in his first four games, but he’s not going to stay off the score sheet for long. The Sabres certainly aren’t moving Roy, and the Jets aren’t about to move their top forward in Ladd. Sorry, “Eklund”, but your Winnipeg sources are out to lunch on this one. Such a move makes absolutely no sense at all for the Sabres…As for Booth, he’s off to a slow start for the Panthers, but they’re not about to ditch him, especially when they’re off to a good start so far tot he season.