Would the Blue Jackets part with their first round pick for Ales Hemsky and Sam Gagner?…Will Mikko Koivu’s injury push the Minnesota Wild into the trade market?…Are the Blackhawks still seeking a center?…Are the Senators planning any deals?…Is there a trade which could save the Sabres?…Are the Ducks shopping George Parros to Vancouver? Read on for the answers.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson, responding to a reader’s question, doesn’t believe the Columbus Blue Jackets would part with their first round pick (likely to be the first overall pick in the 2012 entry draft) for Ales Hemsky, Sam Gagner and the second overall pick. Matheson also thinks it’s probably other teams might have interest in Oilers fourth line forward Ben Eager.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports the recent shoulder injury suffered by Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu could throw the team into larger state of flux, leaving them with only 11 forwards. Russo said he’s been told GM Chuck Fletcher has been trying to make a trade before delving into the prospect pool. The only player who might net a top-six forward is goalie Josh Harding, noting the Tampa Bay Lightning might be looking for a goalie as long as it’s for the future. Russo noted Rangers Wojtek Wolski and Erik Christensen might be available, though it wouldn’t sufficiently address the Wild’s need. Columbus’ Derick Brassard has been taken off the market since Scott Arniel was fired as head coach. Hemsky, Tuomo Ruutu and Vinny Prospal might be available as rental players, but not as long-term options.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There doesn’t appear to be many options available to Fletcher, but he has shown the willingness to make bold moves, so we shouldn’t rule out that possibility.
SUNTIMES.COM: Adam L. Jahns reports Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman would like to add a second line center but finding one may be unlikely, as it could prove too costly. Adding a winger, as well as a defenseman, appears more likely.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hemsky, Prospal and Ruutu could be targets for the Blackhawks up front. If the Canadiens drop out of playoff contention soon, Hal Gill could be an option, as could Carolina defensemen Tim Gleason or Jaroslav Spacek.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: James Gordon interviewed Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, who said if his teams “continue on our road and we’re healthy, we’ll certainly look at doing something prior to the trade deadline and, at the very least, we’ll be looking at doing something.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t expect a major move by the Senators. At this stage, they would only wish to tweak the lineup.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres goalie Ryan Miller doesn’t agree with the premise management must make a move now if the season is to be saved, expressing doubt such a trade exists.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If there were a season-saving trade to be had, the Sabres would’ve made it by now. If they sink much lower in the coming weeks, the Sabres will become sellers.
TSN’S Bob McKenzie reports via Twitter the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks haven’t had a single discussion regarding Ducks enforcer George Parros.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Canucks critics have for some time claimed the team lacks a tough guy to match up against the Boston Bruins and other physical teams. Looks like some with over-active imaginations envisioned Parros as a good option.