The latest on the Sharks and Islanders, plus an update on Tomas Kaberle.
CSNBAYAREA: Kevin Kurz addressed a recent report from TSN’s Darren Dreger, who suggested the Sharks are “willing to consider just about anything”, claiming they could consider shopping defenseman Dan Boyle for a forward to fit in their top nine. Kurz believes moving the 36-year-old Boyle could be “playing with fire” , as he’s still valuable if the Sharks hope to make a run for a championship.
Kurz also dismissed the possibility Joe Thornton might be available. He also pointed out Thornton, Boyle, Marty Havlat, Michal Handzus, Brent Burns and Brad Stuart all have some form of no-trade or no-movement clause in their contracts. Kurz acknowledged if the Sharks go shopping for a forward they’ll deal from their blueline depth, noting Jason Demers and Douglas Murray as two trade possibilities.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Where the Sharks are in the standings in the coming weeks could determine what moves GM Doug Wilson makes. I don’t believe any of their core players or those with trade clauses will be shopped.
NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple reports NY Islanders GM Garth Snow isn’t happy with his club’s performance this season, but doesn’t intend to give up on his young players or ship away veterans for draft picks. “We’re not going to mortgage our future to make a quick fix”, said Snow. “That’s not our plan.”
LA PRESSE: Richard Labbe reports agent Rick Curran, who represents Montreal Canadiens defenseman Tomas Kaberle, said his client has not requested a trade. Kaberle has been a healthy scratch since February 2. It’s expected the Canadiens could use their remaining amnesty buyout to rid themselves of the rest of Kaberle’s contract.