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EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson believes Pascal Dupuis’ season-ending knee injury could force the Penguins into the trade market. He believes the Flames’ Mike Cammalleri would be a good fit with the Pens…He considers Ducks forward Devante Smith-Pelly a “perfect trade target” for the Oilers, comparing him to former Oiler Mike Grier…Matheson also expects the Detroit Red Wings to re-sign Daniel Alfredsson if he decides not to retire after this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wouldn’t surprise me if the Pens target Cammalleri, though he’ll likely have several other suitors leading up to the March trade deadline…Smith-Pelly is having trouble cracking the Ducks this season but I don’t think they’re ready to move him…Alfredsson’s played well with the Wings this season. Remains to be seen, however, if he returns for one more year.
TORONTO STAR: Dave Feschuk hopes “trade bait like Jake Gardiner or Nazem Kadri” could fetch the Maple Leafs a respectable return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The New York Post’s Larry Brooks claimed the Leafs wanted to move Kadri. Now a Toronto pundit considers Kadri trade bait. Leafs GM Dave Nonis claimed earlier this month he’s not shopping Jake Gardiner but rumors persist he’s available. I don’t doubt Nonis is getting calls about Gardiner and Kadri but I believe it would be a huge mistake to move either player this season. Any offers they get right now will simply be quick fixes, which won’t help them long term.
I realize some Leafs fans who regularly comment here will dream up interesting trade scenarios, but they’re not gonna happen, folks. 23 teams are carrying $5 million or less in cap space, meaning trades have to be dollar-for-dollar right now. The trade market probably won’t open up until early February, before the Olympic trade freeze. Even then, I doubt the Leafs will get many offers for Gardiner and/or Kadri which improvestheir lot this season.
BOSTON GLOBE: With Dennis Seidenberg gone for the season with a knee injury, Fluto Shinzawa believes the Bruins defense needs help. Though acknowledging the trade market has yet to develop, he suggests Ottawa’s Chris Phillips and Philadelphia’s Andrej Meszaros as trade options.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Bruins decide to deal for blueline help it won’t be right away. They’ll take at least a month to evaluate their young defensemen and see how well the blueline performs in Seidenberg’s absence. It’ll also help to wait as the trade market could improve by early-February.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio speculates the Pittsburgh Penguins could have interest in
Flyers Avalanche forward (and former Penguin) Max Talbot as a replacement for the injured Pascal Dupuis.
(Engages sarcasm mode). I’m sure the Flyers would be delighted to help their hated rival by shipping Talbot to Pittsburgh (sarcasm mode disengaged). Whoops! Joke’s on me, Talbot now plays for the Avalanche. Still don’t see the Penguins getting him, but their chances are better with the Avs than with the Flyers.