The latest on the Rangers, Flyers, Bruins, Sharks and Lightning.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the Rangers are “monitoring the situation” regarding the status of Ryan Suter and Shea Weber in Nashville and Shane Doan in Phoenix, though it’s unknown if the latter has any interest in moving or if he did, moving to Manhattan.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Once again, as long as the Predators and Coyotes remain in playoff contention, Suter, Weber and Doan won’t be going anywhere.
TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby wonders if a recent concussion injury to Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk ends speculation he could be coming to Toronto.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes.
BOSTON HERALD: Steve Conroy reports Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has the cap space to add a forward and defenseman, but doesn’t want to upset his team chemistry. He’s willing to move his first round pick and” any prospect presumably not named Dougie Hamilton”. Tim Gleason could be available if Chiarelli seeks a defenseman, while Conroy suggests Coyotes forward Ray Whitney would be a good fit up front.
BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa reports Gleason could be on Chiarelli’s radar.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gleason could probably be had for a second round pick. As for Whitney, see above for what I wrote about Doan.
MERCURYNEWS.COM: David Pollak reports Sharks goalie Antero Niittymaki continues to be frustrated that he’s yet to get in a game, even as a backup. GM Doug Wilson and head coach Todd McLellan dismissed the idea of Niittymaki getting a start if only to showcase him for a trade. Pollak also noted via Twitter several teams were scouting last night’s Sharks-Blue Jackets game.
TBO.COM: Erik Erlendsson reports it’s not time for the Lightning to make a deal for a goaltender.
“Some want a trade now to help fix the leakiest hole on a sinking ship. Bring in Evgeni Nabokov, Antero Niittymaki or any other available player with an expiring contract to stabilize the position, much the way Roloson did last season after coming over from the New York Islanders.
But the playoffs seem like a long shot at this point, so ask yourself if it would be worthwhile to give up an asset, such as a draft pick or prospect, for a rental player when reaching the postseason would take a near historic second half run.”
Erlendsson also doesn’t believe this is the right time to call up Dustin Tokarski, while the off-season would be the better time to either pursue a long-term solution like Vancouver’s Cory Schneider or LA’s Jonathan Bernier (though such a move could cost a valuable asset in return), or pursue a free agent option like the Wild’s Josh Harding or the Blues Brian Elliott.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Lightning were going to make a move for a goaltending upgrade, it would’ve happened by now. With their playoff hopes fading for this season, waiting for the off-season to address the goalie issue is the best bet, where there will be better options available.