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OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports “many league executives” view Flames winger Mike Cammalleri among the most available options in this year’s trade market. The Kings, Canucks and Red Wings are rumored to be interested…The Jets are believed listening to offers for Dustin Byfuglien. There’s also rumors about Evander Kane but a league executive believes they would be nuts to give up on a young player like Kane…The Sabres much reach a decision soon on pending UFA Ryan Miller. Garrioch still links Miller with the Blues, claiming they weren’t happy with their current tandem of Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott…The Sharks won’t be shopping Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, whom they intend to re-sign. They will listen to offers for Dan Boyle (the Rangers could be interested) but he’s not expected to be moved…It’s believed the Leafs management isn’t shopping Nazem Kadri or Jake Gardiner. If they do move them the Flames (whose president of hockey operations is former Leafs GM Brian Burke) could have interest…It’s rumored the Predators are listening to offers for pending UFA center David Legwand…It’s believed the Coyotes have called the Stars about trying to bring back winger Ray Whitney…The Panthers “have been trying to move bodies all year” and might find a taker for Tomas Fleischmann, who has one year at $4.5 million left on his contract…The Blue Jackets reportedly have interest in Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu. It’s rumored the only untouchables on the Hurricanes are the Staal brothers (Eric and Jordan) and Jeff Skinner.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect Cammalleri will be moved by the March 5 trade deadline, when most of his remaining salary has been paid out…I could see the Jets moving Byfuglien but not Kane, who’s still young and has room for improvement…In my opinion it would be too costly for the Blues to acquire Miller via trade. Best to pursue him as a UFA this summer, when they’re not having to part with players or draft picks to get him. I believe the Blues will stick with their current tandem for the rest of the season…Burke would be very interested in Kadri and/or Gardiner if the Leafs decide to shop them…Legwand would be a good rental player for clubs seeking depth at center…If the Stars are out of playoff contention by early March they’ll shop pending UFAs like Whitney…Fleischmann has a modified no-trade clause so it won’t be easy to move him. Given the willingness of Panthers ownership to spend next season, we shouldn’t be too quick to assume the Panthers will dump salary at the deadline…The Hurricanes could listen to offers for Cam Ward, but not while they’re in the midst of the playoff chase in the Eastern Conference.
TBO.COM: Erik Erlendsson dismisses the notion Lightning star Steven Stamkos will bolt for the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent in 2016. Erlendsson is fully confident (99.91 percent) Stamkos will never reach the free agent market, as the Bolts will re-sign him long before his eligibility in two years time.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg for the link. I completely agree with Erlendsson. Some pundits in Toronto are engaging in the same wishful thinking pundits in Montreal used to do with Vincent Lecavalier: dreaming of the hometown boy signing with their club and leading them to glory. It’s a pretty dream, except it rarely happens, and won’t in this case.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks wondered if Rangers GM Glen Sather would shop one of his speedy wingers (like Carl Hagelin) for a “size and strength” asset like Jets captain Andrew Ladd, though he noted Ladd has two years remaining (at $4.4 million per) on his contract with a modified no-trade clause…Olli Jokinen could be among the most sought-after assets near the trade deadline…Cup contenders interested in Sabres captain Steve Ott could be forced to overpay for his services…Brooks suggests the Rangers could pursue Stars forward Ryan Garbutt as a playoff rental…He believes the Rangers must either re-sign Dan Girardi or deal him by the trade deadline, rather than risk losing him for nothing to free agency.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless Ladd demands a trade, the Jets don’t appear keen to move him…For those of you wondering who Garbutt is, follow this link. Maybe Brooks hopes he’ll become a poor man’s version of Brandon Prust for the Blueshirts…Regardless of Girardi’s contract status, the Rangers won’t trade him while in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race.
CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis reports Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke says he doesn’t see any scenario in which his club parts with their first round pick in this year’s draft. As for shopping pending UFAs Mike Cammalleri, Matt Stajan, Lee Stempniak and Chris Butler, Burke could wait until following the Olympic break in hopes of increasing their trade value leading up to the March 5 trade deadline. He could also entertain offers for Dennis Wideman and David Jones.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames would be nuts to trade that pick as it could end up being first overall. At the very least, it should be in the top five. Cammalleri, once he recovers from a recent concussion, could be their best trade asset.