The latest on the Hurricanes, Senators, Jets, and Devils.
CBC.CA: Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford denied Cam Ward could be the goaltender he moves. It’s believed Rutheford is trying to move Justin Peters or Anton Khudobin.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Luke DeCock reports Justin Peters’ performance has Hurricanes management facing a difficult choice between moving him or Anton Khudobin. Of the pair, DeCock believes Peters has the most value. Peters was told he won’t be placed on waivers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whoever suggested the Hurricanes would shop Ward was engaging in wishful thinking. The Hurricanes could wait another couple of weeks to make a trade, as there’s a report suggesting they could send Khudobin to the minors on a conditioning stint.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports the Ottawa Senators may have found the answer to their search for a defenseman in call-up Cody Ceci. Their focus could shift to acquiring a top-six forward though LeBrun claims there’s nothing to report on that front.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ceci would be a nice story for the Senators if he can address their blueline needs.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe reports Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff understands the frustration felt by local fans and pundits over the club’s inconsistency this season, but says he won’t be pressured into making a trade or firing head coach Claude Noel.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cheveldayoff’s patience is commendable, but if the Jets lose more ground in the standings, he could reach his limit.
NJ.COM: Rich Chere reports Devils players believe a trade isn’t needed to improve the club. Chere noted Stephen Gionta, Bryce Salvador, Ryane Clowe, Ryan Carter and Adam Larsson should all soon return from injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My guess is Lamoriello will wait and see how his club performs once those injured players return to action before making any decisions on a trade.