Ducks winger Teemu Selanne addresses trade rumor…Can the Leafs afford to re-sign Mikhail Grabovski?…Do the Leafs need a goaltending upgrade?
DETROIT FREE PRESS/MLIVE.COM: Detroit reporters asked Anaheim Ducks winger Teemu Selanne if he’d consider waiving his trade clause at the trade deadline, but he said he liked the chemistry he has with the Ducks and preferred to avoid the question. Both papers noted the Wings would be very interested in Selanne were he to become available.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Eric Stephens also reported Selanne was currently focused on helping the Ducks gain ground in the playoff race. Other teams which could have interest in him include the Kings, Sharks, Blackhawks, Penguins and Rangers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ducks management maintained they won’t trade Selanne, but it’s believed if he were to request one, they would honor it. If the Ducks can gain ground in the standings over the next couple of weeks, that could go a long way toward keeping him in Anaheim. They gained a point in last night’s shootout loss to the Red Wings.
SPORTSNET: Mike Brophy believes it’s might be better for the Leafs to pursue a goaltender rather than a center at the trade deadline.
NATIONAL POST: Michael Traikos believes it could be a very expensive proposition for the Leafs to re-sign center Mikhail Grabovski.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: GM Brian Burke has made it clear he’s not seeking a goalie at the deadline. Besides, there’s not really much available for goaltending upgrades. The Canucks aren’t moving Cory Schneider, the Kings won’t trade Jonathan Bernier, nor are the Isles moving Evgeni Nabokov. Josh Harding of the Wild could be available but they want a top six forward in return. As for Grabovski, the Leafs will obviously cross that bridge when they come to it after the playoffs.