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OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports word is Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren would like to make a big move to shake up his roster. He need scoring, blueline and goaltending depth. Garrioch suggested Holmgren could contact the Flames about Jarome Iginla but Calgary GM Jay Feaster has maintained he wants to retain Iginla. Garrioch also claimed the Phoenix Coyotes wouldn’t mind shedding Keith Yandle’s $5.25 million salary, but he could prove too expensive for Holmgren. The Flyers were rumored to have made inquiries about Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, but it’s now believed they want a capable backup for Ilya Bryzgalov…Avalanche GM Greg Sherman has been offering Ryan O’Reilly around, as he apparently seeks more than the $3.5 million per season teammate Matt Duchene earns…The Maple Leafs have held talks with the LA Kings regarding goalie Jonathan Bernier, which Garrioch believes could make sense for Leafs GM Dave Nonis, though they’re not the only club interested in Bernier…Sharks GM Doug Wilson is shopping around for one more winger…Leafs GM Dave Nonis may consider moving Phil Kessel, who wouldn’t be easy to move given his $5.4 million salary and UFA status next summer…”Once the New York Islanders are officially out of the playoff picture, expect D Mark Streit to get dealt.”…The Ducks and Ryan Getzlaf were rumored close to a new deal prior to the lockout worth $6 million per season…With Roberto Luongo playing well in Vancouver, Garrioch wonders if teams might start calling about Cory Schneider.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One should never rule out Holmgren making a big move, but it might not be easy to swing one this early in the season, especially one which could fit under his salary cap and wouldn’t cost him too much young talent in return. Iginla would have to agree to be dealt, while the official word from the Coyotes is Yandle isn’t available, though it is believed if they do shop him, the asking price would be a scoring center. Finding a capable backup for Bryzgalov seems the easiest of the possible moves Holmgren could make, but there’s nothing of value remaining in the UFA market, and teams aren’t exactly going to give away a capable backup right now…The Avalanche still insist they’re not shopping O’Reilly…The Leafs have been linked to Bernier for months now, but nothing’s come of it. I don’t believe the Kings will move Bernier until this summer, when he’s a restricted free agent…Garrioch didn’t specify what kind of winger Wilson apparently seeks…If Kessel is shopped, I don’t see it happening until this summer at the earliest. A lot depends on how the Leafs perform this season, and where he sees his future beyond 2014…One shouldn’t automatically assume the Islanders won’t make the playoffs this season. So far, they’re off to a good start…I get the sense the Ducks could wait until season’s end to get into serious negotiations with Getzlaf…It wouldn’t surprise me if some teams are calling the Canucks about Schneider, but let’s face it, he’s not the goalie they’re shopping.
CBC.CA: During Saturday’s intermission “Hotstove” segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Elliotte Friedman reported there have been rumors the Florida Panthers would be willing to move center Stephen Weiss (a pending UFA with a “no-movement” clause) under the right circumstances, noting there’d been some talk linking Weiss to the Ottawa Senators after Jason Spezza was sidelined. Senators GM Bryan Murray claimed he hasn’t contacted Panthers GM Dale Tallon, who said all the rumors about Weiss were “ridiculous”, adding he wasn’t trading him and would try to sign him. Glenn Healy, however, claimed Weiss was on the market and other GMs were talking about the Panthers center…The panel also discussed Roberto Luongo’s improvement this season, with Friedman pointing out Luongo and Cory Schneider continue to get along well, leaving the Canucks in a position of strength…Healy also chided the Avalanche for their hardline stance with Ryan O’Reilly, accusing the organization of “cheating your fans”. He claimed the club was trying to address four of their top forwards being sidelined by shopping defenseman Shane O’Brien, who won’t bring back a player of the caliber of O’Reilly.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rival GMs might have interest in Weiss, but I don’t believe he’d be available until the trade deadline, and then only if the Panthers are out of the playoff race by then. I feel Tallon is sincere when he says he’s going to try to re-sign Weiss… It wouldn’t surprise me if the Canucks stick with Luongo for the remainder of this season, then revisit moving him in the off-season…As for O’Reilly, it appears his camp hopes the more the Avs struggle with some of their best players sidelined, the more leverage they’ll have. Remains to be seen.
PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi listed Anaheim’s Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, Dallas’ Brenden Morrow and Michael Ryder, Florida’s Stephen Weiss, Carolina’s Alexander Semin, New Jersey’s David Clarkson and Calgary’s Jarome Iginla as possible targets for the Flyers to address their struggling offense.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The problem I see with this list is the earliest any of those players could be available is mid-March, likely be too late in the season to help the Flyers. The Ducks want to re-sign Perry and Getzlaf, the Flames hope to re-up Iginla, while the Panthers hope to re-sign Weiss. The Devils won’t move Clarkson even if he’s not under contract by the trade deadline. Morrow, Ryder and Semin could be available by the trade deadline if the Stars and Hurricanes are out of the playoff race by then.