Ducks hoping management won’t be sellers…Giguere trade bait?…Latest on the Senators and Jets…
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Eric Stephens reports Anaheim Ducks players are hoping management won’t be sellers at the trade deadline. The Ducks are currently among the league’s hottest teams (14-2-3 so far in 2012) since GM Bob Murray suggested the only untradeables on his team were Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu because of their “no-trade” clauses. Murray to date hasn’t tipped his hand as to his plans.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I realize there are teams hungrily looking at Selanne as the trade deadline nears, but unless he demands a trade – which I don’t expect at this point – Murray won’t move him. Indeed, given how well the Ducks have played, and how much ground they’ve gained in the standings, I’d argue Murray owes it to his players to reward their hard work by keeping the roster intact and give them a chance to try and make the playoffs.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater reports on the possibility Avalanche goalie J.S. Giguere could become trade bait if the team loses more ground in the standings by next weekend. Dater also suggested Paul Stastny might be of interest to clubs seeking scoring depth.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dater is merely speculating and not saying the Avs are actively shopping Giguere, or even considering it, but one has to wonder if they might get some interest in “Giggy” from teams in need of goaltending depth (Toronto? Chicago? Heck, maybe even Philadelphia?) by the deadline. If the Avs do become sellers, and if there were legitimate interest in Stastny, it’s certainly possible he could be moved for the right price. That being said, it would be surprising if that happened.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators GM Bryan Murray is looking for roster depth, but won’t overpay or risk upsetting team chemistry. The Senators are thought to have interest in Carolina Hurricanes winger Tuomo Ruutu, who might not be off the market, according to a league executive, but acquiring him could prove costly. Garrioch also believes “the Senators will certainly look at Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky, but also not at any cost. If the Isles’ P.A. Parenteau is available, he’ll be a candidate, as will Colorado’s T.J Galiardi”. He claims there’s interest in Senators defenseman Filip Kuba , though he doubts Kuba will be moved. Garrioch also reports the Senators won’t be in the bidding for Rick Nash.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kuba’s been in the Ottawa rumor mill for two years now. He’s not going anywhere. Ruutu could be re-signed by the Hurricanes, but if not, he could be shopped, and might be a better short-term pickup than Hemsky. I doubt Parenteau is available, but Galiardi might be.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe reports only Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff knows if he’ll be a buyer or a seller. The Jets are currently only two point outside the playoff race.