Is it time for the Oilers to dump Devan Dubnyk? Is Jake Gardiner bothered by trade rumors? Will Martin Erat seek a trade?
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples acknowledged Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk has struggled early this season, but doesn’t believe it’s time for the club to start seeking a replacement. A number of Oilers observers still believe Dubnyk is capable of providing the Oilers “solid, if unspectacular” goaltending this season. Staples also noted there’s not much available in the trade or UFA markets which would be an upgrade over Dubnyk right now.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Though Jonathan Bernier appears to be taking over as the Maple Leafs starting goalie, I don’t see the Leafs moving James Reimer right now. The Blues are off to a hot start and currently have no reason to shop Jaroslav Halak (who’s been among the reasons for the Blues hot start), Brian Elliott or Jake Allen. The Sabres asking price will be steep for Ryan Miller, who carries a partial no-trade clause, carries a $6.25 million salary and will likely test next summer’s UFA market. The best free agent option is Ilya Bryzgalov. So, the Oilers appear to have little choice but to stick with Dubnyk for the time being and hope he improves.
TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby reports struggling Maple Leafs blueliner Jake Gardiner claims to be unconcerned over the trade rumors swirling about him, blaming the speculation on the media. ““You are aware of it a bit. You remember Luke Schenn a couple of years ago? It seemed he was talked about every single day to be traded and nothing happened for the longest time.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some rumormongers are trying to link Gardiner with the Oilers, who are reportedly sniffing around for blueline help, but the asking price is reportedly a first-line forward. Unless the Oilers are willing to part with one of their top young forwards, don’t expect to see Gardiner donning the copper and blue anytime soon. And no, the Leafs won’t be interested in Ales Hemsky.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley recently asked Capitals winger Martin Erat if he’s considering a trade after being limited to fourth-line minutes. “No, not yet”, replied Erat, adding he wants to see what happens as the season unfolds. Gormley noted the two years and $9 million remaining on Erat’s contract doesn’t make him trade-friendly.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The decline in Erat’s play also doesn’t help.