Wild GM Chuck Fletcher weighs his options…The Sabres face some decisions by the trade deadline…Potential trade targets for the Bruins…What it would take for the Devils to re-sign Zach Parise.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reported Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is facing the pressure of trying to make the playoffs, but he doesn’t want to part with promising young talent for a quick fix to achieve that goal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I realize how frustrating this season has become for Wild fans, but Fletcher would be wise to avoid giving in to temptation and stay focused on the long-term. There’s not much quality talent available in this year’s trade market heading toward the deadline, so don’t waste good assets on rental players who probably won’t help your team make the playoffs this season.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Mike Harrington reports Sabres GM Darcy Regier has several items on his docket to address approaching the deadline. Among them: whether or not to shop pending UFAs like Paul Gaustad, Brad Boyes, and Jochen Hecht, what to do with Derek Roy, Jordan Leopold and Robyn Regehr, who each have a year remaining on their respective contracts, and if he should try to shed some salary by shopping Drew Stafford or Andrej Sekera, who both have three years remaining on their contracts.
SPECTOR’S NOTE:Much will depend on where the Sabres are in the standings two weeks from today.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty listed some potential trade targets for the Boston Bruins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of those listed, the only ones I believe the Bruins would have a legitimate shot at acquiring are Tuomo Ruutu (provided the Hurricanes don’t re-sign him this week), Colorado’s David Jones, Montreal’s Hal Gill, Winnipeg’s Johnny Oduya, and perhaps Anaheim’s Lubomir Visnovksy.
NJ.COM: Rich Chere looks at what it could take for the Devils to re-sign team captain Zach Parise, suggesting it comes down to “dollars and sense”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At least Devils fans don’t have to worry about the Devils trading Parise at the trade deadline. Re-signing him next summer, however, is another matter, though a lengthy playoff run this spring could go a long way toward keeping him in the fold. Ultimately, it could come down to ownership willing to pay what it takes to retain him.