Updates on Teemu Selanne, Josh Harding, and Paul Gaustad. Once again, Rick Nash-free for your protection. Enjoy!
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks winger Teemu Selanne continues to play coy with the press regarding the possibility he could waive his “no-trade” clause by the trade deadline. “When asked directly if he plans to be with the Ducks for the remainder of the season, Selanne coyly said, “Right now, yeah.” Selanne also went on to say he really believes the Ducks will make the playoffs, saying it would be selfish to think of other options now, though he did acknowledge their recent road trip could be a factor.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Get the feeling Selanne has no intention of seeking a trade, and is merely having some fun with the media? That’s how it seems to me.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance recently suggested Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding might be the Toronto Maple Leafs best option if GM Brian Burke decides to go shopping for a goalie.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After stubbornly sticking by his tandem of Josh Reimer and Jonas Gustavsson, Burke today admitted his goaltending is one area he and his staff will have to look at, adding if he were to trade for a goalie, it would have to be one which could help them right now. Harding could fit that bill, but Burke might have some competition on his hands, from perhaps the Flyers or Blackhawks, though the respective GMs of those team deny they’re looking for goaltending help.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun speculated over possible destinations for Buffalo Sabres center Paul Gaustad. “He’s a strapping third-line center who can kill penalties, provide lots of grit and physicality — which becomes a paramount element come playoff time — and is terrific in the faceoff dot”, reports LeBrun. ” You’d want him on the ice with a minute left in a playoff game your team was leading”. He listed the Red Wing, Canucks, Penguins, Rangers, and Sharks as possible destinations.