The latest on P.K. Subban, Teemu Selanne, Mikhail Grabovski, Ryan Suter and more.
LA PRESSE/RDS.CA: Mathias Brunet and Luc Gelinas believe it would be a huge mistake if the Canadiens were to trade defenseman P.K. Subban, pointing out his value by how many minutes he’s logged and being thrust into a role of increased responsibility at such a young age.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the Canadiens were to get a player of equal or greater value in return, they absolutely should not trade Subban. For those calling on the Canadiens to give up on Subban and trade him, remember this name: John LeClair. Remember how well that worked out, Habs fans? Do you really want to see history repeat itself again? There’s an old saying about not knowing what you’ve got until it’s gone. Those calling for Subban to be traded would be wise to remember that. Unless the return is a top first line center like Evgeni Malkin or Ryan Getzlaf, or a defenseman like Shea Weber or Ryan Suter, Subban should not be traded.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Helene Elliott reports Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray once again insists he won’t trade Teemu Selanne. He’s also still contemplating if it makes sense to trade one of his core players for another core player, a move which will be determined by the players performances.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Selanne were to ask to be dealt, Murray would do it; otherwise, he won’t. It’s also apparent he’s not shopping his core players for draft picks and prospects, but would only consider it if he were to get another core player in return.
TORONTO SUN: Terry Koshan reports the pending UFA status of Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski could see his name surface in the rumor mill leading up to the trade deadline. Koshan claimed Leafs GM Brian Burke is getting calls about Grabovski, but he’s developed into a solid performer and it would be tough to part with him, especially as it could further erode the confidence of Grabovski’s struggling friend and linemate, Nikolai Kulemin.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s believed Burke isn’t shopping Grabovski, and I doubt he moves him unless he can find a suitable replacement in return or in a separate deal.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman reports GMs say the St. Louis Blues could get better value now if they shopped goalie Brian Elliott now that he’s under contract. It’s believed, however, they’ll instead shop Ben Bishop, who’ll be eligible for UFA status this summer if he doesn’t play 30 minutes in 15 NHL games this season…Lightning GM Steve Yzerman is “pulling back” from his search for a goaltender and defensemen, as he’s not in position to move draft picks or young players for rentals…Friedman hopes Wild GM Chuck Fletcher isn’t getting pressure from above to shop any of his promising young talent for quick fixes…Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard is off the market, but it’ll be interesting to see what interest winger R.J. Umberger, just off IR, might attract…A couple of teams have heard Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter is off the market as the club is firmly in the playoff race and they’re still trying to re-sign him. A source also said Predators GM David Poile isn’t interested in giving up defenseman Jonathan Blum/first round pick for Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky….”A couple of teams” think Buffalo’s Paul Gaustad might be a good fit with the San Jose Sharks. Another could be Minnesota defenseman Marek Zidlicky.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t see the Blues inking Elliott as a “sign and trade”. If they trade a goalie, it’ll be Bishop…Good move by Yzerman to be patient, since there’s nothing in the market right now that can help his team…Same goes for the Wild, but it’ll be interesting to see what Fletcher does…The Jackets might be reluctant to move Umberger, who wants to remain with the team…No surprise Suter’s off the market, I’ve said for months if the Preds are in the playoff chase, he won’t be moved…Hemsky at this point in his career isn’t worth a first round pick…The Sharks are likely to be active at the trade deadline, but it remains to be seen which players they target.
STLTODAY.COM: Bernie Miklasz reports Blues GM Doug Armstrong recognizes his team needs scoring punch, but he’ll wait until Alex Steen and Andy McDonald return from injury, then he’ll re-evaluate.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A wise decision by Armstrong. If those two return with no lasting effects from their concussions and regain their scoring touch, there’ll be no need to part with assets for additional scoring.