Will the Flyers re-sign Matt Carle? Could Luke Schenn be dealt to the Flyers? What is Mikhail Grabovski worth? What moves could the Islanders make at the trade deadline?
PHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli reports it’s unclear if the Flyers have had serious contract negotiations with pending UFA defenseman Matt Carle, who claims his preference is to remain with the Flyers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite the uncertainty over his contract status, I don’t believe the Flyers will move Carle at the trade deadline.
TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby reports on the lingering speculation Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn might be dealt to the Flyers at the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Only if the Flyers are willing to part with a top-six forward. It was rumored last month of a possible ‘Schenn for James van Riemsdyk” swap, but as Hornby noted, the latter remains sidelined by post-concussion symptoms. I doubt Brian Burke would have interest in a player who is questionable to return to action in the near future.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle recently examined the value of Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski, suggesting it could cost between $4.5-$5.5 million for the Leafs to re-sign him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s led to suggestions Grabovski could be moved at the trade deadline, but I don’t believe that’ll happen. Given how well he’s played, the Leafs need him if they’re to make the playoffs, unless they can somehow parlay him into a move for a superstar center.
LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Jean-Francois Chaumont reports NY Islanders forward P-A Parenteau hopes to follow in the footsteps of teammates John Tavares, Matt Moulson and Frans Nielsen by re-signing a long-term contract extension. Parenteau is an unrestricted free agent this summer, but would prefer to remain with the Islanders.
NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple reports Parenteau’s agent and Isles GM Garth Snow have had some preliminary talks but so far aren’t close to a new deal. Goalie Evgeni Nabokov meanwhile said he’s not predicting the future but said he likes the direction the team is going in, and hasn’t been asked to waive his “no-movement” clause. If the Isles remain in the playoff picture by the trade deadline, Snow might not move either player.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen what happens with Nabokov, but I believe Parenteau won’t be moved, and the Isles could get him re-signed. Don’t underestimate their ability to retain their key free agent players.