The latest on the Senators, Sabres and Flyers.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports a league executive claims a lot of teams are talking trade, but currently there aren’t many willing to give up on their playoff hopes just yet. Garrioch claims the Senators are seeking a top-six forward and could have interest in San Jose’s Ryane Clowe, but other teams (including Toronto and Montreal) are also believed to have interest in him. Don Brennan, meanwhile, reports Sergei Gonchar has become too valuable for the Senators to trade, even though they’ll probably lose him for nothing to free agency this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This shortened season and the tightness of the standings is why we’re not seeing much trade activity less than two weeks away from the trade deadline. Still, I expect business will pick up once we reach the end of this month.
As for Gonchar, I’ve been saying for weeks he’s become too valuable to the Senators to be shopped. If Erik Karlsson weren’t sidelined by a season-ending injury, it would be a different story. They’ll need Gonchar if they hope to make the playoffs. Yeah, they’ll lose him for nothing to free agency, but given the Senators depth in young talent, they can afford it. Making the playoffs this season is the priority.
WGR 550: Paul Hamilton reports struggling Buffalo Sabres winger Drew Stafford is trying to ignore the trade rumors, adding he won’t asked management to be dealt.
CSNPHILLY.COM: John Boruk believes the Philadelphia Flyers should shop defenseman Andrej Meszaros, believing the Flyers might be able to squeeze a first round pick and maybe a little bit more from a rival team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t think so. Boruk noted Meszaros’ injury history in his piece, which is why I doubt playoff contenders will overpay for his services. At best, he might net the Flyers a second round pick.