Why Rick Nash isn’t a good fit for the Sharks…an update on Mikhail Grabovski…the latest on Pavel Kubina…Devils seeking a defenseman…Crosby’s status could hamper Penguins at the trade deadline..
CSNBAYAREA.COM: Kevin Kurz reports it’s doesn’t make sense for the San Jose Sharks to acquire Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Rick Nash, citing his expensive contract and the potential return. Kurz suggests if the Sharks have an abbreviated playoff run, GM Doug Wilson could consider pursuing Nash this summer if he’s still available, but now isn’t the right time.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to G.J. Berg for the link, and I concur with Kurz’s take.
TORONTO SUN: Mike Zeisberger reports Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski is more concerned over his sticks than the trade rumors swirling about him. It’s been reported the Leafs have received an offer from an unnamed team of a second round pick and a prospect for Grabovski, whose agent is in talks with the Leafs over a new contract. Zeisberger doubts the Leafs move Grabovski, their top-scoring center as well as a pending UFA, just for help for the future, believing he won’t be dealt unless the return is significant.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, it’ll take a lot more than a second round pick and a prospect to get him.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Damian Cristodero reports Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina could provide his list of acceptable trade destinations as early as today.
WINDSOR STAR columnist Bob Duff reported via Twitter an NHL source confirmed the Detroit Red Wings have made an offer for Kubina.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps that explains why GM Steve Yzerman asked Kubina for a list of preferred destinations? To see if the Red Wings would be of interest to him? Regardless, if Kubina gets a chance to go to the Wings, he’d be a fool not to take it.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Tom Gulitti reports the New Jersey Devils are looking to add a blueliner by the trade deadline. Options could include Minnesota’s Marek Zidlicky, Tampa Bay’s Pavel Kubina and Winnipeg’s Johnny Oduya, a former Devil.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like the Devils could have some options here, provided other clubs don’t beat them to the punch. Zidlicky wants out of Minnesota and apparently wants to join the Devils, but that could depend on whether or not the Wild get a better offer, and if he’s willing to accept going elsewhere.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Shelly Anderson reports the uncertainty over Sidney Crosby’s status could create a trade deadline problem for the Penguins. If they knew he’d be out for the rest of the regular season, they could exceed the salary cap up to use some of the cap space used to pay Crosby to invest in a playoff rental player.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given how the Penguins have been playing over the past month, I don’t think this is a significant concern for management. Sure, they’d like to tweak if they can, but ultimately their hope is for Crosby to return at some point down the stretch.