The latest on Mike Ribeiro, Max Talbot, Jaromir Jagr, Ryan Miller, Ales Hemsky, Ryan Clowe, and much more.
USA TODAY: Kevin Allen goes through each NHL team to determine the buyers, sellers and the uncertain.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports the Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens and NY Rangers have interest in San Jose Sharks winger Ryane Clowe, as well as several Western Conference teams, including the Vancouver Canucks. The early asking price for Clowe is a first round pick and another young asset. The Canadiens won’t part with a first rounder…LeBrun doesn’t believe the Edmonton Oilers are going out of their way to shop winger Ales Hemsky, but could be fielding inquiries.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t see any team parting with a first round pick for Clowe…Hemsky’s name coming up in the rumor mill is becoming a trade deadline tradition. If he’s such a hot commodity, why hasn’t he been dealt by now?
SPORTSNET’s Darren Millard reports via Twitter: “Buffalo is asking about Tampa Bay. Ryan Miller is in play.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Lightning would undoubtedly love to land Ryan Miller, who has a year remaining on his contract, but if they’re on his list of teams he won’t accept begin dealt to, nothing will come of this.
RDS.CA: Renaud Lavoie reports the Washington Capitals have offered pending UFA Mike Ribeiro a three-year, $14 million contract extension. Ribeiro is keen to re-sign but would prefer a five-year deal…The Philadelphia Flyers are getting lots of inquiries about Max Talbot, but he’s not available.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals face a stark choice: retain Ribeiro for a playoff run and risk losing him for nothing, or re-sign him to a five-year deal and risk a cap squeeze.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika reports the Dallas Stars are talking contract extension with pending UFA Jaromir Jagr.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons reports Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis won’t reveal what’s on his trade wish list, prompting Simmons to speculate Nonis “has some interest in 1) a veteran goalie who may not be Roberto Luongo, probably someone closer to Nikolai Khabibulin; 2) a depth centre, who can fill in on various lines if need be; 3) a top-4 defenceman who would take some of the time and pressure off Dion Phaneuf,”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The higher the Leafs are in the standings, the less pressure on Nonis to swing a deal. That’s not to suggest he won’t do anything by the deadline, but he’s not going to sell the future for a quick-fix. Khabibulin could be an option, though I daresay Nonis is also keeping an eye on Miikka Kiprusoff in Calgary. A depth center could be easier to find, and there are some options for the blueline out there, including Edmonton’s Ryan Whitney, Buffalo’s Jordan Leopold, and the Islanders’ Lubomir Visnovsky, though the Isles hope to re-sign him.
NJ.COM: Rich Chere reports Devils GM Lou Lamoriello is seeking a scoring forward as a short-term replacement for the injured Ilya Kovalchuk, but he’s unwilling to tear his team apart for a high-scoring quick fix.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Keep an eye on the Devils. Lamoriello remains a savvy dealer.