The latest on Keith Yandle, Ryane Clowe, Jaroslav Halak, Ben Bishop, Dustin Penner and more.
SPORTSNET.CA: Mark (no relation) Spector suggests the shortened season as well as the asking price for Jarome Iginla could determine if he’s moved by the trade deadline…Spector believes Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle is available but not at fire sale prices. The Coyotes need to bolster their offense…He wonders if LA Kings winger Dustin Penner is available…The Canucks continue to shop for a center…Is anyone willing to take on Roberto Luongo’s contract with the salary cap dropping next summer?…Ben Bishop of the Senators is more likely to be moved than Jonathan Bernier of the Kings, as the latter would want a defenseman in return, while the Sens could move Bishop for a pick and prospect…Spector believes Buffalo’s Jordan Leopold or Edmonton’s Ryan Whitney might interest the struggling Flyers…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Mine, not Mark’s. Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see what happens with Iginla. Yes, it’s a shortened season and all, but never underestimate the ability of NHL GMs to succumb to bidding fever as the trade deadline nears…There would be considerable interest in Yandle if the Coyotes shop him, but GM Don Maloney earlier this season claimed Yandle was among the Coyotes core players. If Maloney still feels that way, Yandle won’t be shopped…The Kings could shop Penner, but I really don’t believe there would be much interest in him now…I still think the Panthers could take on Luongo, but not until this summer, and after they’ve shed some salary…The Kings won’t trade Bernier this season. Jonathan Quick’s inconsistent play means Bernier stays as insurance. Bishop won’t be dealt until Craig Anderson has returned to action. If Anderson is still sidelined by April 3, Bishop stays put…Leopold or Whitney might interest the Flyers, but at this point, is it really worthwhile for them to make a quick-fix trade? Better to bite the bullet on this shortened season and save your trade chips for the summer, when there could be better options available.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong has a terse message for rumormongers suggesting Jaroslav Halak could be traded: “He’s not going anywhere”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE; Brian Elliott, on the other hand…;)
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to regular contributor GJ Berg for the links.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggarty reports Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli would like to add depth at forward and perhaps a defenseman, but claims it’s difficult to find willing trade partners because of the tightness in the standings.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland suggests a trade is more likely if his team performs well over the club’s remaining six games before the trade deadline. The Wings are reportedly in the market for a top-four defenseman, and could use a scoring winger.
THE TENNESSEAN: Josh Cooper reports the Nashville Predators upcoming home stand will determine their moves (if any) by the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It appears general managers are willing to wait another week-and-a-half before making significant moves. It’ll serve to ramp up anticipation as the trade deadline nears.