A look at the top trade deadline goalie targets and an update on Devils defenseman Adam Larsson.
ESPN.COM: Doug Mittler lists Buffalo’s Ryan Miller, New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, Carolina’s Cam Ward, Florida’s Tim Thomas and the NY Islanders’ Evgeni Nabokov as the top five trade targets among NHL goalies approaching the March trade deadline. Miller’s been linked to the Wild, Blues and Capitals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The problem with moving Miller is a team must have the cap space to absorb the remainder of his $6.25 million contract, plus they must be prepared to meet the Sabres’ asking price, which could involve at least a first round pick and a top prospect as part of the return. It’s also possible the Sabres could be forced to reduce their demands if teams aren’t willing to pay up.
It appears Brodeur and Devils GM Lou Lamoriello are expecting the other to make the first move. I believe the Hurricanes will retain Ward for the rest of this season, but could gauge his trade value in the off-season, provided he’s willing to waive his no-trade clause. The Panthers hope to re-sign Thomas, who’s expressed interest in staying. I don’t believe there’s a market for the ageing, banged-up Nabokov.
NJ.COM: Randy Miller reports Devils defenseman Adam Larsson is frustrated over his slow progress. He was recently demoted to their minor league affiliate in Albany. That’s resulted in his name popping up in the rumor mill, but Larsson’s ignoring it, hoping his future remains with the Devils.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some promising young defensemen take a little longer to develop than others. I doubt the Devils trade him, especially for a rental player.