Does Ryan Miller want out of Buffalo? Could Drew Stafford be a good fit with the Oilers? Could the Oilers shop Ryan Smyth? Will the Winnipeg Jets be buyers or sellers by the trade deadline? Read on for the latest!
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Mike Harrington reports a coaching change isn’t on the horizon for the struggling Sabres, while GM Darcy Regier said last week a shakeup via a big trade isn’t coming either. Harrington also reported “an internet rumor site” caused a buzz (SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can you guess from the clue the name of that site, dear reader?) late Tuesday with an unsubstantiated report Sabres goalie Ryan Miller requested a trade. Miller put that to rest with a text to TSN last night: “”I have not and will not ask for a trade. I will fall on the ‘Sabre’ before that. Please no one ask me again.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It appears the Sabres will be slowly shifting from “buyers” to “sellers”, but Miller won’t be among those “sold”.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples offers up reasons why Sabres winger Drew Stafford might be a good fit on the Oilers.
630 CHED’s Dan Tencer reported via Twitter Pierre McGuire informed him “one Eastern Conference playoff team with “significant” interest in Ryan Smyth”. Tencer added “If there are teams willing to make a good deal for Smyth, the Oilers could easily move him at the deadline and then re-sign him on July 1.”, and believes such a move would be up to Smyth.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Oilers are seriously interested in Stafford, the Sabres will likely listen, though they’ll probably want a decent return. As for Smyth, he’ll definitely want assurances he’ll be re-signed by the Oilers this summer, as I daresay he wants to finish his career as an Oiler.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS/WINNIPEG SUN: believe the Jets, 2-6 over their last eight games, will likely become sellers at the trade deadline. Team co-owner Mark Chipman dismissed speculation of bringing back Teemu Selanne, saying management isn’t going to mortgage their future for a quick fix. The roster has too many holes offensively (24th in goals-scored) and defense (20th in goals-against), and if they do become sellers, it’ll be veteran players, especially their pending UFAs, who could be shopped, like Johnny Oduya, Kyle Wellwood, and Randy Jones.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This should also slam the door on those stupid “Shane Doan for Evander Kane” rumors. The Jets are a better team than they were a year ago, but it remains to be seen if they can overcome their current mid-season slump and avoid the same decline that cost them a playoff berth last season. If the Jets do make moves, it’ll be close to the trade deadline, as management obviously wants more time to evaluate the roster’s performance.