In the latest assortment of blogosphere-generated NHL rumors: Could the LA Kings be looking at Zach Parise?…11 players who would “welcome a trade ASAP”, and some Flames speculation. Enjoy!
GATHER.COM: Larry Seely, citing the Bleacher Report, in claiming the LA Kings have interest in New Jersey Devils winger Zach Parise, claiming Parise and the Devils don’t see eye-to-eye (probably referencing contract) and the Kings are weak on the left side.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bleacher Report cited is of course only speculation, which suggested offering up backup goalie Jonathan Bernier as the centerpiece of a package offer for Parise. There’s nothing to suggest the Kings are in fact interested in Parise, or that the latter is even available. The presumption is the Devils and Parise won’t reach an agreement on a new contract, which runs counter to ongoing statements from the two sides that they remain optimistic of getting a deal done. Parise keeps insisting he wants to remain a Devil, and I believe he will. Besides, as long as the Devils remain in the playoff race this season, they won’t move Parise even if contract negotiations remain stalled at that point.
BLEACHER REPORT: Joseph Deluca listed “11 players who would welcome a trade ASAP”, listing Ottawa’s Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson, Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff and Jarome Iginla, Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky, Phoenix’s Shane Doan, Columbus’ Steve Mason, Winnipeg’s Zach Bogosian, Vancouver’s Cory Schneider, Philadephia’s Brayden Schenn, and Dallas’ Brendan Morrow.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Spezza’s big contract makes him pretty much untradeable, Alfredsson remains loyal to the Senators, Kiprusoff and Iginla have maintained they wish to stay in Calgary, we don’t know if Hemsky would “welcome a trade”, Doan and the Coyotes have started contract talks, the Blue Jackets won’t move Mason unless they get a better starter first, Bogosian was recently re-signed by the Jets and isn’t going to be dealt, Schneider won’t be dealt unless the Canucks season really goes off the rails, the Flyers acquired Schenn this summer and hope to squeeze him full time into their lineup, plus he wants to stick with the Flyers, and if the Stars stay in the playoff race by the trade deadline, Morrow won’t be going anywhere. Morrow, Spezza, Iginla, Kiprusoff and Doan also have either “no-movement” or “no-trade” clauses.
HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: “Eklund” recently commented on reports of teams having interest in Calgary Flames winger Rene Bourque, claiming he’s heard teams are also interested in Curtis Glencross, suggested the Flames could have interest in NY Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward Erik Christensen, and suggested for the Flames long-term plans he wouldn’t be surprised to hear a ton of rumors linking Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson to the Flames, though he wondered at what point the Senators might play that card.He also claims there’s some talk of teams with preliminary interest in Jay Bouwmeester…He also doubts the Philadelphia Flyers trade Scott Hartnell unless it’s a last resort.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll be very surprised if the Senators trade Alfredsson, but if they do, I don’t see him going to Calgary. Glencross is considered a near untouchable by Flames GM Jay Feaster. As for the Flames having interest in McDonagh and Christensen, that makes little sense, as they already have good puck-moving defensemen, and no need for a fourth line winger who came close to starting the season in the minors. The Flames are deep on the left side (Tanguay, Bourque, Glencross, Hagman), so it makes even less sense to pursue Christensen. As for Bouwmeester, big salary and movement clause means little chance of a trade. Hartnell’s name keeps surfacing as a potential trade candidate for the Flyers to shed salary, but I agree it would probably be a move of last resort.