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TSN (Sorry, no link): James Duthie asked the hockey panel what would be a good fit for Martin Brodeur. Aaron Ward suggests Chicago, Mike Johnson suggests Tampa Bay and Bob McKenzie believes he’ll stay put as the Devils will want him as insurance.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Agree with McKenzie. GM Lou Lamoriello earlier this season stated he wouldn’t shop Brodeur unless he asked for a trade. So far, Brodeur hasn’t done that, and until he does I don’t see the Devils moving him.
NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple reports agent Steve Bartlett, who represents NY Islanders winger Thomas Vanek, said his client is close to reaching a decision over his future. If he decides to test the UFA market, it’s believed the Islanders will move him at the trade deadline, if not sooner. Staple reports GM Garth Snow is believed gauging Vanek’s trade value.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Re-signing Vanek will likely cost more than what the Isles are currently paying franchise player John Tavares ($5.5 million per season). If the Isles are prepared to pay Vanek more than they’re paying Tavares, then he could stay. Otherwise, he’s a goner as he’ll earn more on the open market.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports contract talks between the Rangers and captain Ryan Callahan “appear at a standstill, if not an impasse”. Callahan reportedly seeks a seven-year, $42 million deal, which GM Glen Sather considers too expensive but which Callahan will almost certainly get on the open market. He believes if the Rangers shop Callahan at the trade deadline they’ll seek a player “who can step in immediately” plus a legitimate prospect.
Brooks also reports defenseman Dan Girardi seeks a six-year deal worth around $5.5 million per season, while the Rangers have countered with six years at $5.2 million per or five years at $5.7 million per.
The Rangers are also rumored to have interest in Colorado Avalanche winger Jamie McGinn, though it’s unclear if this would be connected to a deal involving Callahan or something else.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I still have difficulty believing the Rangers would trade their captain at the trade deadline while in the midst of the playoff race. Still, I’ll acknowledge anything is possible. I don’t believe it’ll be a swap of Callahan for McGinn and something else. The Avalanche are already deep at forward and it’s believed they want to bolster their blueline. It sounds as though the Rangers are closer to getting a deal done with Girardi. Again, bear in mind we heard the same talk about contract impasse earlier this season with Henrik Lundqvist, only to see a deal announced. I wouldn’t rule out Sather getting something worked out with Callahan, but it’ll be up to the Rangers captain to be flexible, perhaps a five-year deal for around $5.8 million.
TORONTO SUN: The Montreal Canadiens rejected an offer of P.A. Parenteau for Rene Bourque, as Habs GM Marc Bergevin’s true target was reportedly Jamie McGinn.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Around and around it goes. The only certainty is Parenteau for Bourque isn’t happening.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland says there’s little talk going on in the trade market, adding time will tell if he makes a move or stands pat. Khan points out the Wings limited cap space means if they want to add a player they’ll have to ship out some salary. If the Wings do add a player it’ll be either a top-six forward or a top-four defenseman.