Updates on Ryan Miller, Ales Hemsky, Brian Gionta and Vernon Fiddler, plus the Red Wings need to make room for Gustav Nyquist.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That report came prior to the Sabres firing GM Darcy Regier. His replacement could attach a different asking price upon Miller.
TSN RADIO: Darren Dreger recently reported Oilers GM Craig MacTavish isn’t trying to move Nail Yakupov, but is trying to move Ales Hemsky.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With only nine points in nineteen games (and only three in the last ten), good luck moving Hemsky and his $5 million salary at this point in the season. Unless they bundle him with their 2014 first round pick and agree to pick up part of his salary, the earliest they could move Hemsky is in the second half of the season, probably close to the March trade deadline.
RDS.CA: Bertrand Raymond reports the Montreal Canadiens haven’t contacted captain (and pending UFA) Brian Gionta about a new contract. Raymond doesn’t expect the Canadiens to re-sign Gionta, expressing doubt he fits into their future plans.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Canadiens fall out of the playoff race by the March trade deadline, Gionta could be among several veterans they try to move.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika reports Stars coach Lindy Ruff wouldn’t address recent rumors claiming center Vernon Fiddler had recently requested a trade, but admitted he’s had “real good conversations” with Fiddler about his role with the team and praised the center’s professionalism.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Stars 6-2-2 in their last ten, they’re in no hurry to move Fiddler, who apparently made his trade request about two weeks ago. It’ll be worthwhile keeping an eye on his status in the coming weeks, which could depend upon the Stars performance over that period.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports the Detroit Red Wings still need to free up a roster spot if they hope to promote forward Gustav Nyquist.