Bruins could make deadline moves, the Canucks might shop Mason Raymond, suggesting a “Miller for Hiller” swap, and much more.
BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa reports the Bruins could be in the market for roster depth near the trade deadline – likely for defensive depth, like a left-shot blueliner – without giving up roster players in return. Carolina’s Tim Gleason would be a good fit, but the Hurricanes will have multiple bidders for him, which could drive up the asking price. The Bruins could also use bottom-six depth forwards, suggesting Phoenix’s Ray Whitney and Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu as possibilities.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As with Gleason, Whitney (provided he’s available, as he won’t be if the Coyotes remain in the playoff race) and Ruutu will attract considerable interest on the trade block, which could make it difficult for the Bruins to land either guy. Not impossible, but difficult.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford reported Canucks forward Mason Raymond’s lack of production could make him trade bait, perhaps for a physical checking forward or defensive depth.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite his scoring struggles, Raymond’s youth (26) and speed could prove enticing for rival clubs willing to take a chance on him improving with a change of scenery.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Leafs are believed interested in San Jose Sharks forward Ryane Clowe, though it might take more than the Leafs are willing to part with to land him. The Leafs could also have interest in Tuomo Ruutu…It’s rumored the reason the Hurricanes haven’t made more moves of late is GM Jim Rutherford is apparently seeking either two first round picks or a first round pick and a top prospect for UFA blueliners Tim Gleason, Bryan Allen and Jaroslav Spacek. The price will drop by the deadline…The Blue Jackets wouldn’t mind trading center Antoine Vermette…The Senators haven’t had serious contract talks with defenseman Erik Karlsson’s representatives yet, and they might not occur until season’s end…It’s believed there’s interest in Oilers defensemen Theo Peckham and Andy Sutton…The Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning all have goalie issues and might be interested if the Buffalo Sabres decide to trade Ryan Miller. Garrioch suggests we shouldn’t rule out a “Miller for Jonas Hiller” swap.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sharks also value Clowe’s grit and leadership. That’s not to suggest they wouldn’t trade him, but it would take a significant offer to convince them to part with him. Ruutu might not be a bad addition for the Leafs, as it wouldn’t cost them a roster player to get him, though he wouldn’t be the star player Leafs fans are hoping Brian Burke will land them…I don’t doubt Rutherford has set a high price for those defensemen, but I have difficulty believing he’s seeking that much…I have my doubt the Blue Jackets could move Vermette, as many teams would be reluctant to take on his contract…The Karlsson contract talks will take place at seson’s end…If anyone wants Peckham and Sutton, the Oilers would likely be happy to part with them….Hiller for Miller? I don’t see that as an improvement for the Sabres.