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KUKLA’S KORNER: Dave Davis cited a report by TSN’s Pierre LeBrun claiming the Buffalo Sabres are looking to change the makeup of their top two forward lines via trade, with Derek Roy, Drew Stafford and Brad Boyes among those believed in play, as GM Darcy Regier is trying to move one of his top six forwards for a top six forward.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports the Red Wings management and scouting will be discussing their trade options during an upcoming three-day pro and amateur scouting meetings in Las Vegas. “We’ll go over all the teams, we’ll go over our team, the real emphasis is on the trade deadline,” general manager Ken Holland said. “But there’s also free agency on July 1. We’ll go over what we think we need and what might be out there for the trade deadline and also free agency.” The Red Wings are in the market for a goal-scoring winger and/or a gritty third-fourth line winger. They have over $5.7 million in available cap space, and are said to have interest in Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu and Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky. Khan also suggested the Wings might have interest if Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne were to agree to be dealt, and believes the Wings are more apt to chase a big name player like New Jersey’s Zach Parise this summer via free agency.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One not combine both needs in one and pursue Ruutu? I think he’d be a good fit with the Wings. As for Hemsky, given the decline in his offensive production and his lengthy injury history, I’d look at other options, but if there nothing better available, I wouldn’t give up much to get him. Selanne would also be a good fit with the Wings, provided he’s willing to accept a trade.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Bob Hunter speculates on what the Blue Jackets might do with goaltender Curtis Sanford, who has been arguably their MVP this season and exceeded expectations. Sanford is eligible for UFA this summer.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman yesterday “there’s a suspicion that if Ilya Bryzgalov or Sergei Bobrovsky doesn’t grab a stranglehold on the net, Philadelphia may look at someone else (on a short-term contract) to calm the position.”…Several teams (Anaheim is one) is believed interested in Toronto AHL defenceman Korbinian Holzer…It’s believed the Blackhawks have interest in Columbus center Derick Brassard, but Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said he won’t be traded after all…No truth to a rumor the Montreal Canadiens had interest in Sean Avery…
SPECTOR’S NOTE:Most of what Friedman’s reported here has appeared elsewhere… The Flyers primary need right now appears to be defense, but if they were to pursue a “short-term” goalie, there really aren’t many options available. No, they won’t get Cory Schneider from Vancouver or Jonathan Bernier from the Kings! Right now, the best option might be Minnesota’s Josh Harding, but the Wild are in dire need of offensive depth, and they’re not selling any players right now.