The latest from the Ottawa Sun, Buffalo News and Boston Globe.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports sources say some NHL GMs have asked the league to consider a one-time amnesty clause in the next CBA to allow teams to buy out one player without it counting against the salary cap…Sources say the NY Rangers have interest in Columbus Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash, but the asking price could be Brandon Dubinsky, prospect Chris Kreider and a first round pick…The Predators won’t trade Ryan Suter or Shea Weber at the trade deadline. They’re interested in adding a top-six forward but there’s not much available. Garrioch suggested GM David Poile might have interest in Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky…Don’t be surprised if the Islanders re-sign pending UFA forward P.A. Parenteau to a four-or-five year extension…It’s rumored the Blackhawks might have interest in Buffalo center Derek Roy…“Teams may be interested in Ottawa D Sergei Gonchar, but the Senators haven’t had any calls on him”…Source says Anaheim defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky is available…The Hurricanes are expected to make a decision on retaining or trading Tuomo Ruutu later this week. The asking price is a top prospect and first round pick…Sources say the Sabres are trying to move Paul Gaustad and Robyn Regehr…It’s up to Ryan Smyth if he wants to leave the Oilers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve been saying for months some teams could seek a one-time-only, penalty-free buyout period at the start of the next CBA…If Rick Nash wants out of Columbus, he’ll have to ask to be dealt. If (big “if”) that were to happen, I’ll be very surprised if it happens at the deadline. Players of his talent level and salary almost always get moved in the off-season, when teams have more cap space and willingness to spend it…It was reported several weeks ago Poile had no interest in Hemsky…I won’t be surprised when (not if) the Isles re-sign Parenteau. Heck, I wasn’t surprised when they re-signed Matt Moulson, Michael Grabner, John Tavares and Frans Nielsen, who were all rumored before their re-signings to be available….The Blackhawks need better goaltending and defense, not more offense. As for Roy, Gaustad and Regehr, if the Sabres continue to play well leading up to the deadline, Darcy Regier might stand pat…Nobody’s interested in Gonchar now…Expect that asking price for Ruutu to drop if the Hurricanes keep him on the trade block… I might be wrong, but I don’t think Ryan Smyth wants to leave Edmonton again.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Bucky Gleason lists several potential trade deadline candidate, including Phoenix’s Shane Doan, Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu and Bryan Allen, Buffalo’s Paul Gaustad, Edmonton’s Ryan Smyth, Columbus’ Rick Nash, Tampa Bay’s Ryan Malone, Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf, Montreal’s Hal Gill, and Calgary’s Cory Sarich…There’s speculation the LA Kings might make a pitch for Columbus’ Jeff Carter to reunite him with former Flyers teammate Mike Richards, but GM Dean Lombardi is said to have issues with his contract…The Blues are waiting for the right offer for pending UFA goalie Ben Bishop.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of the players noted above, I’d suggest Allen, Gaustad, Gill, Sarich and Bishop stand the best chance of being dealt, and even then, there’s no guarantee.
BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont examines some possible trade options for the Bruins, like Carolina’s Jaroslav Spacek or Tuomo Ruutu. He also suggested the Anaheim Ducks could be if the Anaheim Ducks, “who did not respond to the move to bring in new coach Bruce Boudreau, act on rumors to deal Bobby Ryan and/or Corey Perry. “…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Spacek or Ruutu could be realistic options for the Bruins. Dupont, however, should rethink his claim the Ducks “did not respond to the move to bring in new coach Bruce Boudreau”. Granted, they were terrible in his first month behind the bench, but are 11-3-3 in 2012. Ryan and/or Perry aren’t going anywhere, nor for that matter is Getzlaf.