The latest on the Bruins, Flyers, and Ducks.
ESPN.COM: James Murphy replied to readers questions regarding possible moves by the Boston Bruins. Murphy doesn’t believe they’ll trade backup Tuukka Rask, seeing him as their future between the pipes, noted David Krejci has been the subject of trade rumors but doesn’t expect the Bruins will give up on him just yet, has no confirmation if the Bruins have open contract talks with forward Chris Kelly, but guesses GM Peter Chiarelli may have opened talks with Kelly’s agent, and considers it too early for the Bruins to pursue a big trade for a player like Rick Nash or Jarome Iginla.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A lot would have to go wrong for a lengthy period to convince Chiarelli to pursue a big trade or move Rask, unless the latter demands to be dealt, which I don’t see happening. They’ll remain patient with the struggling Krejci, but if he doesn’t pick it up by the trade deadline, it’s possible he could be shopped. I expect Chiarelli would like to retain Kelly. I also agree it’s too early in the season for the Bruins to make a “big trade”. If they keep playing as well as they have in November, they’ll have no need to make a big trade.
PHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli suggests Chris Pronger’s recent knee surgery could push the Flyers into the trade market in search of long-term depth solutions on their blueline. Veteran Andreas Lilja is also sidelined, and experienced d-men like Oskars Bartoulis and Matt Walker would have to pass through re-entry waivers, where they’ll likely be claimed by rival clubs. Placing Pronger and Liljas on LTIR frees up around $4.28 million for the Flyers to add a player or two, which could jump to $5 million if forward Andreas Nodl is claimed off waivers or demoted.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers, however, would have to clear sufficient cap space once Pronger and/or Lilja return, unless they shed additional salary in a trade or further demotions.
SPORTSNET’s Darren Millard last night “tweeted” his colleague Nick Kypreos had been told by an NHL executive the Anaheim Ducks are shopping winger Bobby Ryan.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ducks GM Bob Murray admitted he’s received offers for players like Ryan but has resisted moving them. Ryan is considered by some observers as the player the Ducks would most likely move if they needed to make a shake-up deal. No word or reaction yet by the Ducks on this. Ryan would certainly attract interest if he is indeed being shopped, but his $5.1 million per season salary won’t make him easy to move at this point in the season.