The latest on Daniel Briere, Jay Bouwmeester, Stephen Weiss, Ben Bishop, Brenden Morrow, Ryan Whitney and Alex Kovalev.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Jason Brough and Mike Halford discussed potential trade targets Daniel Briere, Jay Bouwmeester and Stephen Weiss. They’re not surprised teams are kicking the tires on Briere or the Flyers roster in general. Given Briere’s movement clause, they doubt he’ll be moved. They wonder if the Calgary Flames might shop Bouwmeester to a playoff contender if they fall out of contention themselves by the deadline, and speculate on Weiss’ trade status near the deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Briere said he’s not interested in being dealt, but of course if Flyers GM Paul Holmgren pushed the issue he might be willing to waive his clause for the right club. Still, I don’t expect Briere will be dealt. If the Flames stay in playoff contention, Bouwmeester won’t be moved. If not, they might be able to convince him to accept a trade, but I think there would be more interest in Jarome Iginla. If the Panthers haven’t gained ground soon, I believe the fire sale starts in mid-March, and Weiss could be among those on the block.
SI.COM: Allan Muir wonders if the Ottawa Senators shop Ben Bishop once Craig Anderson returns from injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Muir acknowledged Senators GM Bryan Murray isn’t in any hurry to move Bishop, whose solid play is one reason the injury-ravaged Senators have won five straight games. If the club is healthier by the trade deadline, Murray could consider it, but I don’t think it’s a certainty.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Tim Colishaw believes the Stars acquisition of Erik Cole helps them financially, but it could spell the end of Brenden Morrow’s tenure with the club.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Stars in playoff contention, I didn’t think they would make a move like the Ryder-for-Cole swap. I wouldn’t rule out Morrow being shopped by the trade deadline regardless of where they are in the standings.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports there doesn’t seem to be a market for Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney right now.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Is anyone surprised by this?
RDS.CA: Renaud Lavoie reports the Florida Panthers could try to trade or demote Alex Kovalev.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Another non-surprise. I don’t see anyone having interest in acquiring Kovalev, who is clearly well past his “best-before” date.