The latest on Ryan Suter, Cory Schneider, Evgeni Nabokov, Zach Parise, Ales Hemsky and more.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman believes it’s time for the Nashville Predators to add an offensive piece or two, even if it costs them prime prospects, to put the onus on the players, like UFA defenseman Ryan Suter, to deliver…No response from Devils GM Lou Lamoriello regarding a report he won’t move Zach Parise at the trade deadline…The Blues had scouts at this weekend’s Winnipeg-Montreal game. They’re believed looking for a left-side defenseman, and Winnipeg’s Johnny Oduya or Montreal’s Hal Gill could be a fit…If the Blue Jackets hope to move Jeff Carter, interested teams might try to get them to take a big contract back in return…Friedman gets the impression the Oilers would like to re-sign Ales Hemsky to a one-year deal as his trade value isn’t very high…He also believes the Blue Jackets won’t trade franchise player Rick Nash, as they’re hosting next season’s All-Star game, and need him to get the hometown fans excited…
SPORTSNET.CA: Predators GM David Poile won’t fully close the door on a trade but doesn’t see his team being successful in the playoffs without Suter…Canucks GM Mike Gillis has no intention of trading goalie Cory Schneider by the trade deadline unless he’s blown away by a trade offer.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch, in a discussion with fellow Sun sports reporters about the Senators backup goaltending, believe NY Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov goes to Chicago as a starter.
USA TODAY: Kevin Allen reports NHL general managers interested in improving their rosters, like Minnesota’s Chuck Fletcher and Toronto’s Brian Burke are more troubled by the trade market than intrigued by it, citing a lack of depth and the high asking prices for those players believed available.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In recent days I’ve noticed a change in the MSM rumor reports, pointing out the lack of quality talent available, the high asking prices and the small number of teams which could be considered “sellers”. Of course, things could change between now and the trade deadline, but the possibility exists the next couple of weeks, and deadline day itself, could be quieter than usual. We’ll see what unfolds between now and then…I think the Blues biggest need is for scoring depth, not defense…If the Oilers re-sign Hemsky to a one-year deal, don’t expect him to get a raise over the $4.1 million cap hit of his current deal. In fact, I could see them re-signing him for less…Unless Rick Nash demands a trade, I don’t see the Blue Jackets shopping him…Schneider and Suter won’t be moved at the deadline…Isles GM Garth Snow might not be inclined to move Nabokov, as his team has won six of their last ten games. If we take Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman at his word, he’s not shopping for a goalie.