Could the Senators have interest in Blue Jackets forward Derick Brassard? Are there other options for the Senators? With Niklas Hagman claimed off waivers yesterday by the Ducks, who could be the next Calgary Flame to move?
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators GM Bryan Murray would like to add another top-six forward, possibly a second line center, and could have “mild interest” in Columbus Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard. Garrioch claimed the only Blue Jacket not being shopped is Rick Nash, with “pretty much” everyone else being available, with the objective being to shed salary. Brassard’s salary however could be of concern. Garrioch claimed the NY Islanders are also believed to have interest in Brassard, and they could alleviate the Blue Jackets goaltending needs with Evgeni Nabokov. Another possibility, though it’s considered a long-shot, is Phoenix holdout center Kyle Turris. While GM Don Maloney insists he won’t trade Turris, Garrioch believes “there’s always the chance” he could listen to offers as the December 1st deadline for Turris to be under contract approaches. The Calgary Flames are also trying to move forward Matt Stajan. Garrioch claims the Senators have a surplus of defenseman but there’s been little interest so far in Filip Kuba or Brian Lee.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While “pretty much everyone else” could be available on the Blue Jackets, I don’t believe that applies to Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski, (this summer’s recent acquisitions) or rookie Ryan Johansen. Yes, the Islanders could help the Blue Jackets goaltending by shipping them Nabokov, but his “no-trade” clause ensures he’s probably not going there. If Nabokov gets dealt, I’m guessing it’ll only be to a playoff contender. I believe Maloney’s claim that “under no circumstances” will be move Kyle Turris rules out any possibility he’ll entertain trade offers before December 1st. The Flames would probably love to move Stajan, but his expensive contract will probably keep him in Calgary. If the Senators move Kuba, it probably won’t happen until close to the NHL trade deadline, as no team wants to pick up the bulk of his $3.7 million cap hit for this season. Lee’s been a fixture in the Senators rumor mill since last season but there’s been no interest in him.
CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak reports yesterday’s waiver claim of forward Niklas Hagman by the Anaheim Ducks leads to the question of which current Flame could be next to leave. Matt Stajan has been a healthy scratch of late but it may be tough to find any takers for his $3.5 million per season cap hit, while Rene Bourque’s name has been a fixture in the rumor mill.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of the two, Bourque would be the easiest to move, but his salary and inconsistent performance makes him a tough sell. Forget about trading Stajan, I don’t see any team having much interest in him, especially with that cap hit.