The latest on the Penguins, Red Wings, Predators and Hurricanes, plus updates on Kyle Turris, Cory Schneider, Sergei Bobrovsky and Bryan McCabe.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance recently asked Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland if he would consider making a trade to reverse his club’s current skid, but Holland believes it’s too soon for such a move. He does hope to be in a position where he can be aggressive at the trade deadline, leading Custance to speculate over the possibility of the Wings first round pick being in play at that point, as Holland currently believes they’re deep in prospects, which leaves him positioned to be flexible if need be.
Pierre LeBrun recently suggested if the Nashville Predators don’t have Ryan Suter re-signed by the trade deadline, and if they’re out of the playoff race by then, they should consider moving Suter and maximize his asset value, but if they’re still in the playoff race by then, it could be white knuckle time…A source told LeBrun the Carolina Hurricanes might need to open up room for promising blueliners Justin Faulk or Derek Joslin by moving another defenseman.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For Holland, much will depend on where his team is sitting in the standings as the deadline nears…I may be wrong, but I suspect the Predators would prefer to re-sign Suter over team captain Shea Weber…The Hurricanes have been considered a team which could shop a defenseman since early in the season, but it doesn’t appear that they’ll move Joni Pitkanen, and I doubt they shop Tomas Kaberle. LeBrun suggested Bryan Allen, who’ll be eligible for UFA status this summer, could be a possibility, though he admits it is unclear which defenseman they could move.
TRUE HOCKEY: Andy Strickland recently reported sources saying the Pittsburgh Penguins, already very deep at center, have had talks with other clubs about moving center Mark Letestu.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins will have to make room for Sidney Crosby’s eventual return. They probably won’t get much of a return for Letestu, who has only one point in ten games.
TSN.CA: Darren Dreger recently responded to readers e-mail questions about Kyle Turris and Cory Schneider. Regarding Turris, it could come down to the center accepting a one-or two-year deal, or Coyotes GM Don Maloney getting an offer he can’t refuse, or Turris sits out the season. He suggested Columbus and New Jersey may be two teams willing to pay a premium for Schneider but doesn’t believe the Canucks are willing to move him at this time.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dreger also responded to questions on the Oilers possible need for another defenseman and the Flames shopping Rene Bourque, but it’s nothing we haven’t already heard before, as the Oilers aren’t in any hurry to make additions right now, while the Flames could consider moving Bourque if the right deal came along, and if the need to shake up the roster is required. Come to think of it, there’s nothing really new here regarding Turris or Schneider.
YAHOO! SPORTS: Kelly Friesen recently reported on Twitter an NHL scout told him the Blue Jackets had interest in Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, but a Flyers reporter told him Bobrovsky wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It wouldn’t be wise for the Flyers to move Bobrovsky. Yes, they have Ilya Bryzgalov, but they still need a capable backup in case Bryzgalov struggles or gets hurt.
SPORTSNET: Jeff Marek wonders if UFA defenseman Bryan McCabe’s NHL career may be over.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There was some interest in McCabe this summer and in preseason, but he rejected every team which expressed interest in him. It’s believed he’d prefer to play for a team close to his Florida home, which really narrows his options.