Could Alexander Ovechkin request a trade? Can the Oilers acquire a top-two defenseman via trade this summer? What moves could be in store for the Jets?
WASHINGTON POST: Katie Carrera reports Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin said he would never ask for a trade (his limited no-trade clause goes into effect in July in which he lists ten teams to which he’d accept a trade) and there’s no indication team owner Ted Leonsis intends to move him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite some recent media speculation, it’s clear the Capitals still intend to build around their franchise player. If the Capitals continue to struggle over the next two-three seasons, however, the Ovechkin trade rumors could ramp up in earnest.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis wonders if Oilers GM Craig MacTavish can replicate the magic of last summer’s David Perron trade on defense. Willis speculates if Martin Marincin and a second round pick might be enough to land the equivalent of Perron on defense.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If MacTavish were to target a team pressed for cap space in need of shedding salary before next season it’s a possibility, but I wouldn’t get my hopes up. At the end of the day, it’s still going to take quality to get quality.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Gary Lawless noted Jets GM Ken Cheveldayoff suggests a trade to bolster his club’s offense this summer is a possibility. While Cheveldayoff insists Ondrej Pavelec remains the Jets’ starting goalie, Lawless believes he’ll have to look at trade or free agent options in the crease.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If a trade is coming to bolster the offense, I doubt they deal away Evander Kane. Maybe Dustin Byfuglien, who moved up to forward this season but says he prefers playing on the blueline. As for Pavelec, if it wasn’t for his contract maybe Cheveldayoff would have different ideas. It’s obvious to most Pavelec isn’t getting it done as their starter. This June is the last opportunity for teams to exercise compliance buyouts. That contract is very difficult to move, especially given Pavelec’s performance.