Updates on Zach Parise, Ales Hemsky, Evgeni Nabokov and Filip Kuba, plus the latest on the Washington Capitals.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Tom Gulitti reports Devils head coach Pete DeBoer isn’t concern about Zach Parise trade status, because he’s not going anywhere.
ESPN.COM: Scott Burnside looks at possible trade destinations for Edmonton Oilers winger Ales Hemsky if he doesn’t re-sign, listing the NY Rangers, Predators, Bruins, Kings and Red Wings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dan Tencer of 630 CHED in Edmonton raised a good point, noting if Kyle Quincey could net the Tampa Bay Lightning a first round pick, Hemsky should be able to fetch the same. I just wouldn’t expect him to fetch much else, maybe a player or prospect in return, but certainly not as much as I believe they could’ve received a year ago.
Chris Botto of the NEW YORK TIMES posted via Twitter earlier today the NY Islanders “offering Evgeni Nabokov choice of 1 or 2-year contract, hope to sign him for 2.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite Nabokov’s name still floating in the rumor mill, Isles GM Garth Snow has repeatedly said he’s not trading him. Don’t assume Nabokov won’t re-sign with the Isles. A lot of folks assumed they wouldn’t re-sign Moulson, Tavares, Grabner and Nielsen, and all are under contracts with the Isles.
CITYNEWS TORONTO: Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray shot down rumors defenseman Filip Kuba could be dealt at the trade deadline. “At this point in time – unless I got something awfully, awfully good – it wouldn’t do us any service to not keep him here”, said Murray, adding Kuba has” great respect on the team and I’m not sure why his name has ever come up.”
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley wonders what Capitals GM George McPhee will do to shake some life back into his shell-shocked players. “Unless McPhee is willing to deal either top prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov or one of their two first-round draft picks (theirs or Colorado’s)”, write Gormley, it’ll be difficult to find a player to turn things around.