Updates on the Oilers, Lightning, Predators and Capitals, plus the latest on Evander Kane and Marian Gaborik.
EDMONTON SUN/EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish won’t be moving his core of young players, won’t be firing coach Dallas Eakins and won’t make any short-term deals which won’t help his club over the long term. He could, however, shop his first round pick in next year’s draft in hopes of landing an experienced, skilled defenseman.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So, no trade of Nail Yakupov, Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Sam Gagner, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Justin Schultz. You can bet Ales Hemsky will be shopped but he certainly won’t land a skilled defenseman. Perhaps if they package him with that first round pick it might be an enticement, but Hemsky’s $5 million salary and lack of production would still be a deterrent.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: A recent rumored out of Montreal suggests the Jets ship Evander Kane to the Montreal Canadiens for Max Pacioretty, while one out of Vancouver claims the Canucks might want to package some prospects for Kane.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t forget the free unicorn the Jets will also include in any deal for Kane if you act now! Hurry while supplies last! Meanwhile, in the real world, Kane isn’t available. Moving on…
SPORTSNET.CA: Ryan Dixon recently suggested Calgary’s Mike Cammalleri, Columbus’ Marian Gaborik and Montreal’s Daniel Desharnais as trade options for the Tampa Bay Lightning if they end up struggling without injured superstar Steven Stamkos.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Habs would love to move Desharnais but his lack of production (one point in 17 games) and $3.5 million per season salary kills his trade value. Cammalleri or Gaborik might be better choices but their respective clubs probably won’t move them until close to the trade deadline, by which point Stamkos is expected to return. Still, if their playoffs hopes are in jeopardy by that point, they could look at either guy.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH’s Aaron Portzline took to Twitter to report the following on Marian Gaborik: “Barring a dramatic change, I see no chance #CBJ even attempt to re-sign Marian Gaborik, will look to move him at trade deadline or sooner.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With a salary of $7.5 million, I’d say the trade deadline, unless the Jackets are willing to pick up some of his remaining salary.
THE TENNESSEAN: Josh Cooper reports Nashville Predators GM David Poile could consider a roster move via trade to bolster his struggling club, but the health of goalie Pekka Rinne remains a wild card right now. Poile indicated if Rinne, currently recuperating from a bacterial infection in his surgically repaired hip, can return within a month he’s willing to wait for his return. If not, Poile could consider other options.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pierre LeBrun recently reported the Predators were linked to Jonas Hiller of the Anaheim Ducks, but also noted Poile will await the results of Rinne’s MRI by the end of the month. I still have doubts the Ducks would move Hiller, as he’s the only goalie they have with playoff experience, but I also acknowledge if they got an offer too good to pass up (I’m guessing a defenseman not named Shea Weber, Seth Jones or Kevin Klein if it’s coming from the Predators), they could trade him.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley responded to some readers’ questions about possible moves by the Capitals, saying he’d like to see them pursue Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn. He also doesn’t see much of a trade market for oft-injured Capitals Mike Green, and rules out a swap of Michal Neuvirth for Oilers winger Nail Yakupov.
TSN.CA: Darren Dreger recently took to Twitter to reports the following on the Canucks: “Vancouver Canucks have\had interest in Marty Reasoner, however, told Reasoner is reconsidering his playing future.”