A Western Conference trade primer, Mike Ribeiro hopes to remain with the Capitals, other moves by the Penguins and much more (except for the Flames and Sharks, that’s coming in another post).
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch recently published a Western Conference trade primer, listing Jarome Iginla, Jaromir Jagr, Ryane Clowe, Dan Boyle and Brenden Morrow as the top five trade candidates. He was certainly right about the last one…He doesn’t expect the Ducks to move Bobby Ryan until the summer…Teams are interested in Flames d-man Jay Bouwmeester but only if they “eat” part of his salary…With the exception of their young players, everyone on the Avalanche is available…Despite the Blue Jackets solid play of late, Vinny Prospal, Adrian Aucoin and Derick Brassard could be available…Lots of teams have interest in veteran Stars like Jagr, Derek Roy and Ray Whitney…Oilers’ Ryan Whitney and Sam Gagner are available…The Kings are in “hot pursuit” of Jarome Iginla…The Wild could stand pat…No one knows what the Predators might do…The Coyotes could shop defensive prospects for help at forward…Sharks GM Doug Wilson is “in a total state of panic”, calling around the league for help…The Blues are still shopping for a left-handed defenseman…The Canucks could make a pitch for Washington’s Mike Ribeiro.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Just a few brief notes. First, I’ll touch on the Flames and Sharks in a separate post…The Ducks apparently believe they can carry Ryan’s contract into next season. That’ll depend upon their moves this summer (7 roster spots to fill with less than $11 million in cap space)…Rather than blow up the Avs roster, how about a new coach and GM?…Prospal apparently doesn’t want to move…Jagr and Roy could be next to move if the Stars fail to gain ground in the standings…Ryan Whitney should be dealt. Gagner? I’m not so sure about that…The Kings need veteran depth on their blueline, not another scoring winger…The Wild will probably stand pat…Predators? Your guess is as good as GM David Poile’s…Interesting that Garrioch never mentioned Keith Yandle as a Coyotes trade candidate…Doug Wilson is probably very concerned about the state of his team, but I doubt he’s panicking…Keep an eye on the Blues, I expect they’ll make a move for that left-shooting d-man by April 3…The Canucks could have interest in Ribeiro, but do the Capitals want to part with him? Stay tuned…
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports season-ending injuries to center Chris Kelly and defenseman Adam McQuaid, along with the decline in forward Rich Peverley’s performance, has the Bruins shopping for help. He claims they had interest in Calgary’s Jay Bouwmeester but the asking price was too expensive. He wonders if they might have interest in Edmonton’s Ryan Whitney…Matheson also believes the Oilers should try to acquire Flyers forward Max Talbot if he’s available. He suggests Dallas center Derek Roy might be a good fit for the Blackhawks…He also points out Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle would be attractive to a Cup contender or anyone else. The Kings are seeking a third-pairing defenseman, prompting Matheson to suggest Buffalo’s Robyn Regehr might be a good fit. The Flyers want to move Daniel Briere, but he’s got a no-movement clause and feels he’ll be an amnesty buyout this summer anyway. Blues coach Ken Hitchcock is a Jay Bouwmeester fan, but his salary could be too rich for the Blues. Matheson also wonders if Blues GM Doug Armstrong might try to peddle goalie Brian Elliott to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The injuries to their depth players is why I’m not entirely convinced the Bruins will pursue Iginla. Given Bouwmeester’s salary and the declining salary cap this summer, along with the Flames unwillingness to eat part of his salary, I doubt he’s hopped at the deadline…If the Stars don’t re-sign Roy, he could indeed interest the Blackhawks, as well as the Canucks…Regehr could be just what the Kings seek…I’m not convinced the Flyers really want to part with Briere, who’s been so valuable to them in the playoffs. Even if they fail to make it this season, why not keep him for one more year?…Wouldn’t surprise me if the Blues are trying to find takers for Elliott, but his declining performance isn’t likely to attract much interest.
WASHINGTON TIMES: Stephen Whyno reports pending UFA center Mike Ribeiro would like to re-sign with the Capitals but on his own terms, that being a five-year deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals have almost $49 million invested in 15 players next season, and over $42.7 million in 11 players the season after that. Bye, Mike, thanks for playin’.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Dejan Kovacevic believes the Penguins next move in the trade market is a top-six defenseman, suggesting Phoenix’s Rostislav Klesla (or someone like him) as a possible trade target.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Penguins acquisition of Brenden Morrow yesterday took them out of the Jarome Iginla sweepstakes. I concur with Kovacevic as to the Penguins’ next target being a defenseman, though if they want Klesla, they’ll have to offer up a scoring forward, as that’s what the Coyotes need right now.