Could the St. Louis Blues trade T.J. Oshie? Will Bryan McCabe return with the Rangers? When will Canadiens management start talks with Andrei Markov?
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH: Jeremy Rutherford recently conducted a live chat with Blues fans, one of whom asked him if there were any basis of truth in trade rumors connected to Blues forward T.J. Oshie. Rutherford acknowledged the possibility of Oshie being shopped but doesn’t think his name is in the rumor mill because the Blues are shopping him, but rather fans of other teams – and perhaps some rival GMs – think Oshie might be available because of his off-ice issues last season thinking he could be had cheap. Rutherford said he has no information indicating the Blues are actively shopping Oshie.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Oshie is a restricted free agent, which is also likely adding fuel to the fire, but while I also acknowledge it’s possible Oshie could be dealt, I wouldn’t assume it’s going to happen. Much will depend on his contract talks with the club as well as the Blues ownership status, and of course what kind of offers the Blues might get.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Jesse Spector reports defenseman Bryan McCabe failed to fully address the Rangers power-play woes down the stretch and in the playoffs, noting head coach John Tortorella pointed out McCabe was more of a shooter and not the PP quarterback the Rangers needed. Spector also noted McCabe was “adequate” as a third-pairing defenseman but his lack of speed was glaring. Spector believes for McCabe to even have a chance at returning with the Rangers he’d have to accept a significant pay cut, and then only if the Rangers miss out on signing Brad Richards.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think it’s safe to say McCabe won’t be returning to the Rangers.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Pat Hickey reports Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier is expected to begin contract negotiations with pending UFA defenseman Andrei Markov next week.