The latest on the Leafs, Kings, Oilers, Red Wings, and Flames.
TORONTO STAR/TORONTO SUN: report Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke is feeling the pressure of finding a spark for his struggling club at the trade deadline. The Leafs have been linked to Columbus’ Rick Nash, Philadelphia’s James van Riemsdyk and Tampa Bay’s Ryan Malone. The club also needs help in goal, but there aren’t many options available.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Trading for any one of those three won’t improve the Leafs goaltending, which is their most dire need right now.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: TSN’s Bob McKenzie suggested Friday night the Kings could move Brown if they got a good deal for him by the deadline. We’ll have to wait and see if that possibility unfolds.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers have effectively taken Ales Hemsky off the trade market by re-signing him to a two-year, $10 million contract.
TSN.CA: reports the Oilers are in contract talks with winger Ryan Smyth.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t expect Smyth to be dealt if he’s unsigned by the deadline. He wants to stay and the Oilers want to keep him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Moen is reportedly unavailable, but Pahlsson or Gaustad could fit well with the Wings.