The latest on Ryan O’Reilly, Corey Perry, Jay Bouwmeester, Daniel Alfredsson, and more.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports “many believe” won’t move either of Roberto Luongo or Cory Schneider this season, as they’re both playing well…Garrioch believes the Ottawa Senators could make a pitch for Anaheim Ducks winger Corey Perry if the Ducks fail to re-sign him…There’s talk of the Flames shopping Jay Bouwmeester, but his $6.8 million salary is a concern…The Pittsburgh Penguins would like to add a high-scoring winger before the trade deadline…Garrioch claims there’s rumors Capitals GM George McPhee was so desperate to make changes he might be willing to move “2012 No. 1 pick Filip Forsberg (Sweden) and 2010 top pick Evgeny Kuznetsov.” McPhee couldn’t find any takers for defenseman Roman Hamrlik…The Avalanche’s asking price for Ryan O’Reilly is a top prospect and a top pick. “The Leafs, Sharks, Penguins, Bruins and Senators have shown interest along with several other teams.”…Garrioch’s top five trade deadline targets are Anaheim’s Corey Perry, Calgary’s Jarome Iginla, Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson, Florida’s Stephen Weiss and the NY Islanders Mark Streit.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Schneider’s not going anywhere. Luongo will be eventually dealt, but I don’t believe it’ll happen this season…The Ducks could move Perry by the deadline if he’s not keen to re-sign, but if they’re still in the playoff race, they’ll retain him and hope to get him under contract prior to July…Bouwmeester’s salary will likely keep him in Calgary for next season, especially since the salary cap is going down to $64.3 million…The Penguins have the cap space for this season, but if they add salary, it must only be short-term. They’ve got to re-sign Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang next year…McPhee earlier this week claimed he wasn’t blowing up his roster. I’m assuming he has no intention of moving his top prospects. No surprise there’s no interest in Hamrlik. This NHL season will be his last…TSN’s Darren Dreger claimed the Avs asking price for O’Reilly was a player and top prospect…Iginla could be shopped, provided he’s willing to waive his no-movement clause. The Senators won’t move Alfredsson, who has made it clear he wants to finish his career in Ottawa…The Panthers insist they want to re-sign Weiss, but those trade rumors won’t go away…The Isles could move Streit if they’re out of the playoffs by the deadline, but never underestimate their ability to confound media expectations by re-signing key players.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika doubts the Dallas Stars could acquire Ryan O’Reilly, as the Colorado Avalanche wish to move him to an Eastern Conference team. Heika also doubts GM Joe Nieuwendyk will consider “blowing up” his roster until late-March.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Stars are out of playoff contention by late-March, Jaromir Jagr, Brenden Morrow, Michael Ryder, Stephane Robidas and Ray Whitney could be dealt.
TSN’s Darren Dreger yesterday claimed the Toronto Maple Leafs “would love to get their hands on Ryan O’Reilly”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs have the depth in promising young talent which would interest the Avs. The question is, who are they willing to part with? And can they out-bid other interested clubs?
CSNBAYAREA.COM: Kevin Kurz took note of the San Jose Sharks loss Friday to the Chicago Blackhawks, and of the club’s free fall in recent games, wondering if it might force GM Doug Wilson to shake things up with a trade or two.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg. The Sharks have lost seven straight and in danger of falling out of the Western Conference playoff race. Wilson isn’t the type to panic, but if things don’t turn around soon, he’ll be forced to act.