The latest from the Boston Globe, Calgary Sun, Edmonton Journal and The Buffalo News. Enjoy!
BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont reports a goaltender doesn’t have to be part of the return for Columbus’ Rick Nash. Dupont believes the Philadelphia Flyers could end up landing Nash, or could come the closest…Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli claims the trade market remains slow….”Murmurings in D.C. that the Capitals might consider unloading superstar winger Alex Ovechkin.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers reportedly had some interest, but balked at the high asking price. They could have interest this summer, if the Blue Jackets opt to shop him then in hopes of landing a better return…The Capitals won’t be moving Ovechkin.
CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis reports it’s been confirmed Flames center Olli Jokinen won’t be moved at the trade deadline…Sources claim the Toronto Maple Leafs have been offered a first round pick for center Mikhail Grabovski, but the club has no plans to trade him at the deadline…They also have no interest in Edmonton’s Nikolai Khabibulin or Washington’s Tomas Vokoun…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames would’ve been nuts to shop Jokinen, as he’s among the reasons they’re ever-so-close to a playoff spot…Ultimately, I think the Leafs and Grabovski will get a deal done.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports on the possibility of Rick Nash being moved by the deadline, with the Rangers the front-runners…Don’t expect the Avalanche to move Milan Hejduk or Paul Stastny at the deadline. “David Jones, an unrestricted free agent, tough winger Cody McLeod and T.J. Galiardi (a fast second-to-third-liner) are in play.”…He wondered if the St. Louis Blues might have interest in Washington’s Roman Hamrlik….He also wondered if the Blue Jackets might move R.J. Umberger…Sources say the Blue Jackets have an offer for Steve Mason…The Sabres would love to move Brad Boyes, but his $4 million salary for next season makes him tough to move…Matheson implies the Kings would love to give away Dustin Penner…The Bruins are in the market for a top-four defenseman…If the Stars don’t trade Sheldon Souray, they’d like to bring him back next season…Matheson also mused if the Capitals might try to move Alexander Ovechkin next summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jone, McLeod and Galiardi might be in play, but only if the Avs get a return which helps them clinch a playoff berth…Hamrlik’s on the outs in Washington, and with Kris Russell sidelined by a suspected concussion, maybe the Blues take a look…It’s believed there’s some interest in Umberger, but the Blue Jackets focus right now is on moving Nash…Don’t expect the Jackets to move Mason…A year ago, Boyes and Penner were hot properties in the trade market. How things can change in a year…Souray will probably re-sign with the Stars this summer even if they move him at the deadline…Again, Ovechkin isn’t being shopped, nor will he this summer.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Bucky Gleason looks at the NHL teams and their respective needs (and trade bait) heading into tomorrow’s trade deadline.