Ryan Suter won’t re-sign with Predators before the trade deadline, rumors of Corey Perry and Travis Moen to Vancouver, shooting down a “P.K. Subban to San Jose” rumor, and more.
ESPN.COM/CSNPHILLY.COM: report Nashville Predators pending UFA defenseman Ryan Suter said he won’t re-sign a new contract with the club prior to the NHL trade deadline, sparking speculation Predators management will have to decide if they’ll retain him in hopes of re-signing him prior to July 1st, or trade him at the deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I realize that news has rumormongers salivating over Suter getting shopped at the deadline, but while they dream up potential destinations, bear in mind the Predators don’t have to trade him by February 27th. They still have until July 1st to get him under contract. Also, Suter stated he loves playing in Nashville and wants to stay, but prefers to negotiate a new deal after the season. You know, that sort of thing has happened before with other notable UFAs, who wound up re-signing with their teams.
All this talk of “the Predators won’t get as much in return if they trade him at the June Entry Draft” is nonsense. Teams would be falling all over themselves bidding for Suter’s services, be it at the entry draft, or the trade deadline. Given the Predators current position in the standings, even if GM Davild Poile believes he can’t re-sign Suter, I don’t think he’d trade the blueliner at the deadline. If they were well out of the playoffs, yes, I could see it, but not with them jockeying for playoff positioning, hoping to build on last year’s playoff success. Their odds of doing that are better with Suter in the lineup. Maybe Poile will surprise me and trade Suter at the deadline, but I doubt it.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: reports one recent Canucks trade rumor has them shipping goalie Cory Schneider, defenseman Keith Ballard, and winger Mason Raymond to the Anaheim Ducks for Corey Perry. Another has the Canucks possibly interested in Montreal Canadiens winger Travis Moen.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: OK, kids, see if you can guess what rumored deal stands a realistic chance of happening, and which one is pure fantasy.
TVASPORTS: Louis-Andre Lariviere recently spoke with
San Jose Sharks LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi, who said rumors linking his team to Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban were “ridiculous”.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch also reported on Suter’s decision not to talk contract with the Predators until season’s end…The Buffalo Sabres could get plenty of interest in Derek Roy if they decide to shop him. Garrioch suggested the Blackhawks and Sharks could be among them…The Panthers could be shopping for a defenseman, leading Garrioch to speculate they might have interest in Carolina’s Jaroslav Spacek as he “fits the mould of what GM Dale Tallon is trying to add”…Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford might go for a total rebuild. Eric Staal won’t be available but some NHL insiders wonder if goalie Cam Ward is part of the solution…Garrioch claims all the NY Islanders UFAs (P.A. Parenteau, Steve Staios, Frans Nielsen and Mark Eaton) are available…The Canadiens would shop winger Andrei Kostitsyn in a heartbeat.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve already said my piece about the Suter situation…The Blackhawks appear to have addressed their depth at center by acquiring Brendan Morrison last night…Rutherford stated last month Staal and Ward weren’t available, so I doubt he’s changed his mind about Ward since then.
TSN.CA: Darren Dreger, responding to reader’s e-mails, has heard “rumblings” the Canucks and Red Wings could have interest in Canadiens winger Travis Moen…The Canadiens need a big center and a top four defenseman. GM Pierre Gauthier may be willing to move expiring contracts, like Moen, Kostitsyn, Hal Gill and Chris Campoli. There was “a suggestion” a couple of weeks ago the Canadiens might have interest in Buffalo’s Derek Roy, but it’s hard to get a read on how substantive that was…