Time to trade Ryan Getzlaf?…Sabres GM working the phones?…Updates on Tim Gleason, Lubomir Visnovsky, Rick Nash, and Brett Connolly.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Jeff Miller believes it’s time for the Anaheim Ducks to shop center Ryan Getzlaf if the right deal can be found, feeling things just aren’t working out for the center and the Ducks. Miller also noted Teemu Selanne has been mentioned in trade rumors, and acknowledged Selanne’s comments that he’s not considering a trade. Miller believes at this point, every Duck should be considered expendable.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think the worst thing the Ducks could do right now is blow up their core by shipping out Getzlaf, or Bobby Ryan, or Corey Perry, or young Cam Fowler. Yes, it’s been a bad season, and the Ducks have been in slow decline since winning the Cup in 2007, but their stars – other than Selanne – are still young, the kind of guys you want as your rebuilding foundation. Unless there’s a possibility of landing players or equal or greater caliber, the Ducks shouldn’t consider moving Getzlaf, Ryan, Perry or Fowler. As for Selanne, if he’s willing to accept a trade and there’s a good return to be had for his services, it should be done.
BUFFALO NEWS: Bucky Gleason recently reported comments from Sabres team president Ted Black regarding GM Darcy Regier sounded as though Regier is shopping players, which Gleason said was “about time”. Gleason noted Regier has trade bait “up and down his roster”, including amongst their core, singling out Derek Roy, Ryan Miller, Drew Stafford and Paul Gaustad.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt Miller will be going anywhere, and Stafford’s expensive new contract might be hard to move. Roy and Gaustad, along with Brad Boyes, could be trade bait in the coming weeks if the Sabres fail to reverse their fortunes.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman repeated his claim from his report on Saturday that Carolina’s Tim Gleason and Anaheim’s Lubomir Visnovsky could attract attention in the trade market…Columbus GM Scott Howson apparently isn’t interested in moving defensemen, though forwards are another matter, except for Rick Nash or Ryan Johansen…Friedman wondered if Tampa Bay’s Brett Connolly might be available, as the Lightning might have to give up a young player like Connolly if they hope to improve their roster now.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve already commented on Gleason and Visnovsky. The former will be dealt, the latter only if he agrees to go…Interesting that Friedman didn’t include Jeff Carter’s name among those players Howson wouldn’t trade…I think the Lighting would prefer not to part with Connolly for a quick fix to this season. The Lightning, however, are reaching the “make-or-break” point to the season, and if they want to bolster their goaltending, they might have to part with someone like Connolly.