Updates on Andrei Kostitsyn, Hal Gill, Marek Zidlicky, and the Lightning’s plans for the trade deadline. All 100 percent Rick Nash free!
LA PRESSE: Marc Antoine Godin reports Montreal Canadiens winger Andrei Kostitsyn has not asked the Habs to be dealt. “Not yet, said Kostitsyn. I have not spoken to my agent, but we’ll see based on next two games. ” He recently said his preference was to re-sign with the Canadiens for less than market value, but his situation with the club has deteriorated in recent games.
BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont reports current Habs defenseman (and former Bruin) Hal Gill is believed on the Bruins shopping list as the deadline approaches.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll be surprised if Kostitsyn, Gill, Travis Moen and Chris Campoli are still on the Canadiens roster following the trade deadline.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky’s agent said his client waived his NTC to go to the New Jersey Devils, but Wild GM Chuck Fletcher claims he was not approached about it. Fletcher won’t be boxed in by only having one team to trade Zidlicky to, claiming there are other teams (possibly Chicago, Philadelphia, Florida and the NY Rangers) who’ve expressed interest. He could also decide to retain Zidlicky beyond the trade deadline to this summer, when his NTC becomes limited and Fletcher would have more options.
NEW YORK POST: Mark Everson reports the Devils might not be able to acquire Zidlicky unless they can find some way to balance their budget, possibly by moving some salary. Sources also say the Devils might have interest in former Devil and current Winnipeg Jets blueliner Johnny Oduya.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like the Zidlicky camp may have stepped in it with Fletcher, especially if he decides to hold only the disgruntled defenseman and try to move him this summer, when he’ll have more options. Should be interesting to see how this unfolds in the coming days.
TAMPA TRIBUNE/TAMPA BAY TIMES: reports Lightning GM Steve Yzerman could be a seller at the trade deadline, as the club has failed to gain ground in the standings, going 1-3-1 in their last five games, sitting 13th overall in the Eastern Conference. “Players such as Dominic Moore, Pavel Kubina, Brett Clark, Adam Hall or Matt Gilroy – all scheduled to become unrestricted free agents at the end of the season – could be used as trade bait for a team looking to add depth for a playoff run, as well as Ryan Malone and Steve Downie”, writes the Tribune’s Erik Erlendsson. Damian Cristodero of the Times, however, reports the Lightning would prefer to retain Malone. It’s believed Yzerman is in the market for draft picks and prospects.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Yzerman doesn’t want to part with Malone, he won’t be going anywhere, as there won’t be an realistic offer big enough at the deadline (unless, say, Vancouver lost their minds and offered up Cory Schneider) to get him.