The latest on Daniel Alfredsson, Tim Connolly and Shane O’Brien, plus an update on the Flyers and Bruins.
OTTAWA SUN/OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson admitted it was flattering some rival teams might be interested in acquiring him, but he has no desire to leave the Senators. Alfredsson said his focus was upon helping the club make the playoffs and admitted he’s thinking of returning for another NHL season. GM Bryan Murray said he’d never approached Alfredsson about a trade, leaving that up to his captain.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Ken Warren reports while Murray looks into the possibility of trading for “high-priced replacements” like Colorado’s Ryan O’Reilly, Florida’s Stephen Weiss or Edmonton’s Ryan Whitney, there is always budgetary concerns to adding newcomers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s always been up to Alfredsson if he would request a trade. He didn’t two years ago when Murray blew up the roster mid-season, and he won’t now. As for Murray looking at O’Reilly, Weiss and Whitney, I don’t fault him for making inquiries, but the asking price for O’Reilly and Weiss could be steep, both in return and in re-signing them. Whitney could be a more affordable acquisition, but the decline in his speed is a concern.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggarty reports Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli was in Pittsburgh on Wednesday watching the Penguins take on the Philadelphia Flyers, and spent the entire second intermission chatting with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren. The Flyers are believed in the market for a defenseman, while the Bruins would like to add depth on the wing. Haggarty wondered if Chiarelli had Flyers winger Ruslan Fedotenko or Penguins forward Tyler Kennedy in mind, or if Holmgren might be considering a bigger deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins have the cap space (around $8 million) to add another player or two, but the Flyers (even with Chris Pronger on LTIR) are uncomfortably close to the cap ceiling, meaning Holmgren would have to either make a salary-for-salary deal, or shed more salary than he’s taking back. Should be worth keeping an eye on these two clubs in the coming weeks.
SPORTSNET.CA: Toronto Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis said there have been teams making inquires about center Tim Connolly, who’s currently with the Leafs AHL farm team. Nonis wouldn’t rule out Connolly returning to the NHL later this season, either with the Leafs or another team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Leafs can’t find any trade partners, they could place him on waivers, which he’d have to pass through if they were to recall him. However, the old re-entry waiver rule, in which a team could claim a player and only be on the hook for half his remaining contract, is no longer in effect.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater believes Colorado Avalanche defenseman Shane O’Brien is on the trade block. He seems to be out of favor with coach Joe Sacco.