In today’s roundup of trade and free agent rumors from the blogosphere: 13 forwards who could be dealt by the NHL trade deadline, speculation on which clubs the Maple Leafs may be talking to, and of a goalie deal between Vancouver and Florida. Enjoy!
THE BLEACHER REPORT: Matthew Fairburn lists “13 best forwards who could be on the move at the deadline”. The list includes Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky and Sam Gagner, Toronto’s Tyler Bozak, Calgary’s Jarome Iginla, New Jersey’s Zach Parise, Montreal’s Scott Gomez and Andrei Kostitsyn, Phoenix’ Kyle Turris, Washington’s Alexander Semin, St. Louis’ Jason Arnott, Philadelphia’s Scott Hartnell, Detroit’s Jiri Hudler, and Ottawa’s Jason Spezza.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Iginla, Parise, Spezza, Semin and Gomez aren’t going anywhere. Hemsky might be available if the Oilers are again out of the playoffs and he doesn’t see himself having a future with them. I have my doubts Hartnell will be dealt, but given the surprising moves made by the Flyers this year, I won’t fully discount it. Turris won’t be traded at the deadline if he’s unsigned, because he’ll be ineligible to play this season by that point. Hudler and Kostitsyn might be shopped if their inconsistency of last season carries over into this one. Unless Ryan Nugent-Hopkins outplays Gagner, I can’t see the Oilers moving their second-line center. Bozak’s name has been mentioned as trade bait of late so I wouldn’t discount the possibility of his being shopped. Arnott could be shopped again near the deadline if the Blues are out of the playoff picture, but that depends on how well he plays this season.
HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: “Eklund” claimed the Toronto Maple Leafs were talking to the Calgary Flames, Philadelphia Flyers, and LA Kings about a top-six forward and a depth goalie, perhap to ‘flip’ in another deal…Vancouver and Florida are discussing a goaltender deal as well as a highly touted European prospect.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the Flames current concerns at center because of injuries to Mikael Backlund and Brendan Morrison, I don’t see where there’s a fit there. The Flyers and Kings do have more depth at forward, but I don’t see where the latter would have any incentive to trade away a top-six forward. The Flyers, on the other hand, might be a more intriguing club, as they’ve got some young talent knocking at the door, which might prompt them to perhaps try to move out some salary to make room for the kids. As for Vancouver talking goalie deal with Florida, why? Unless Roberto Luongo is demanding a trade back to Florida (and I don’t believe for a moment he is), there’s no reason for the Canucks to move him, nor is there any pressure for them to ship out backup Cory Schneider at this point.