The Wild could have interest in Tuomo Ruutu, Zach Parise refuses to discuss his contract status, Flames GM (again) denies he’ll move Iginla or Kiprusoff, Mike Knuble’s days in Washington could be numbered, and the latest on the Senators and Blues.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo recently reported he believes the Wild have interest in Hurricanes winger Tuomo Ruutu but GM Jim Rutherford told Russo his asking price was “high”. Rutherford is also talking to Ruutu about a contract extension and should reach a decision next week. Unless the asking price goes down, however, Russo doesn’t believe the Wild would part with any of their top prospects to get Ruutu.
NEW YORK POST: Mark Everson reports Zach Parise will no longer discuss his contract status, and he currently wishes to focus on hockey rather than allow negotiations over a new contract distract him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s ok, since the Devils apparently hadn’t opened contract talks with him anyway. And no, the Devils won’t trade him at the deadline, and certainly not for Columbus’ Jeff Carter.
SPORTSNET.CA: Mark Spector (No relation) reports Calgary Flames GM Jay Feaster (for the umpteeth time) claimed he’s not trading Jarome Iginla or Miikka Kiprusoff.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m going to avoid the summer rush and say he won’t move them in the off-season either, regardless of where the Flames finish the season. You’re welcome.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley wondered if veteran winger Mike Knuble being a healthy scratch in a recent game could mean he might be moved at the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals have been spinning their wheels since Dale Hunter took over as head coach. A roster shakeup could be coming, so I wouldn’t dismiss the possibility of Knuble being shopped, though given how much his production has fallen off this season, the Caps wouldn’t get anything good back in return which could improve their playoff hopes. He’d have to be part of a package deal as Gormley suggested.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators GM Bryan Murray isn’t willing to overpay to bring him some help at the trade deadline. The Senators are believed among several teams with interest in Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As intoxicating as it’s been for Senators fans that their team has exceed expectations this season, it must be remembered they’re still in rebuilding mode. It would be foolish to part with quality assets for a quick fix, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Murray were to stand pat at the deadline.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeff Gordon commented on the recent rumors the Blues could be seeking depth on their blueline, pointing out they have sufficient depth on defense.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Blues are shopping for anything, it’s for scoring depth.