Should the Canucks trade Cory Schneider? Should they? Could the Sabres shop Ryan Miller? What’s the latest on Zach Parise and Mikhail Grabovski? Read on for the latest!
SPORTSNET.CA: Mark Spector believes the Vancouver Canucks should shop Cory Schneider in a bold move by the trade deadline, or at least listen to offers for him.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ed Willes reports the Canucks will eventually have to consider moving Schneider, though that’s not expected to happen at the trade deadline, given Roberto Luongo’s uneven playoff record.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Other pundits have previously contacted the Canucks about the possibility of Schneider being dealt at the deadline, and each time were told that wasn’t going to happen. Sure, Schneider could probably fetch a nice return in a package deal, but given Luongo’s recent playoff meltdowns, it’s obvious they’re going to hang onto him for this year’s post-season, then shop him this summer.
NJ.COM: Rich Chere reports Devils captain Zach Parise said contract talks with the club have not started yet, but said he wasn’t concerned about it, adding he wants to remain with the Devils and believes there’ll be plenty of time after the season to get a deal done.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Folks shouldn’t read too much into this, as GM Lou Lamoriello usually doesn’t conduct contract talks with his pending free agents during the season. That being said, the current financial woes of the Devils ownership could be a factor in determining if they can afford to keep him.
TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby reports Mikhail Grabovski’s agent, Gary Greenstin, is in Toronto for what might be contract talks with Leafs GM Brian Burke. Grabovski is slated for UFA status this summer, which has fueled rumors he could be moved at the trade deadline, despite Burke’s claim Grabovski’s free agent status has no bearing on his trade plans.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I wouldn’t be surprised if the Leafs re-sign Grabovski, who has developed into a good, all-around, second line center.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Bucky Gleason reports the Sabres will have to decide between now and the trade deadline if they’ll trade goalie Ryan Miller, who has said he wants to stay with the Sabres, no matter how bad things get for the team, as he wants to honor his commitment to the club.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the Sabres get an incredible offer, they’ll likely wait until season’s end and decide what moves are needed to improve the club, and if Miller will be among the changes.