Updates on Dmitry Kulikov, Ryan Callahan, Tim Thomas, Evander Kane and more.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman reports it is believed the Florida Panthers and Colorado Avalanche had some serious talks about defenseman Dmitry Kulikov and could do so again. Friedman also wondered if Panthers goalie Tim Thomas would agree to be moved near the trade deadline. He’s got a no-move clause and when he signed with the Panthers for this season said he wanted to stay…Predators GM David Poile denied he was getting ready to gauge the trade value of some of his players, believing all his club needs is to start winning some games. Friedman claimed a couple of names which came up (from other clubs, not the Predators) were Matt Cullen and David Legwand, who’s a UFA at season’s end…He believes there’s little point in the Islanders shopping any more of their future, and they’re not a team which adds salary. He believes it could take until the summer for the Isles to address their needs…He facetiously wondered how many teams inquired about the availability of Canucks defenseman Alex Edler after he was the target of coach John Tortorella’s wrath during a recent game in New York…The Jets are getting queries about Evander Kane, whose contract makes him valuable. He’s got four more years at $5.25 million per season left on his deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At some point this season I expect Kulikov to be traded, with the Avalanche among the potential destinations…If the Panthers get a decent offer for Thomas they could ask him to waive his clause. Whether he does is another question…If the Predators are well out of playoff contention by the trade deadline I could see Poile fielding offers for Cullen and Legwand…The Islanders are totally screwed this season. I’m not saying they shouldn’t try to improve, but they definitely shouldn’t part with any piece of their future for a quick fix. If they’re to improve, owner Charles Wang must give GM Garth Snow more financing to do it…Doubt Edler gets moved just because Torts chewed him out on the bench during a game…The Jets may be getting calls about Kane, and there could be tension between the winger and coach Claude Noel, but I still don’t believe they’ll move him.
NBC SPORTS: Jason Brough believes the NY Rangers must take captain Ryan Callahan’s injury history into account when engaging in contract talks. Callahan is eligible for unrestricted free agency at season’s end.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe the Rangers want to re-sign Callahan, who’s a true heart-and-soul player and leader, but I could see them limiting the number of years on the new deal. I don’t seem them signing him to an eight-year deal. Four years could be the max.