Is Mike Cammalleri hoping to be dealt?… Of Jeff Carter, Bobby Ryan, Ales Hemsky or Derek Roy, who’s more likely to be moved at the trade deadline?…. Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s concussion could force the Wild into the trade market…Capitals’ Jeff Schultz could be moving on…The latest on Sean Avery.
LA PRESSE: Francois Gagnon reported Mike Cammalleri’s “read between the lines” comments in a recent interview suggests the unhappy Canadiens winger might welcome a trade. Gagnon acknowledged Cammalleri’s poor play this season and expensive contract could make him hard to move, he doesn’t consider it impossible, suggesting a team seeking scoring punch, like the San Jose Sharks, might be interested.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree it’s not impossible to trade Cammalleri, but it’s extremely difficult, especially at this point in the season. I doubt the Sharks would have interest in him. It would be a surprising move if the Habs can move Cammalleri before the trade deadline, but if it’s possible, it might be worthwhile to consider it. The Canadiens are slowly sinking, the playoffs appear a growing long shot by the day, and it’s time for this team to shed itself of some expensive veteran contracts and work toward rebuilding around their younger nucleus.
TSN.CA: Hockey analysts Bob McKenzie, Marc Crawford and Aaron Ward were asked which of the following players – Jeff Carter, Bobby Ryan, Ales Hemsky or Derek Roy – were most likely to be moved at the trade deadline. Ward and Crawford voted for Hemsky, while McKenzie went with Ryan.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I also vote for Hemsky. Don’t really believe the Ducks will move Ryan, at least, not during the trade deadline. If they were to trade Ryan, it’ll be most likely around the June entry draft, when there are teams with more available cap space and willingness to invest in expensive, big name players.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports the latest concussion injury to winger Pierre-Marc Bouchard puts more pressure on Wild management to bolster their offense. GM Chuck Fletcher acknowledged he’s got lots of cap space to make a deal.”If we can add some skill … and it’s not a crazy short-term deal where you’re giving up a lot of assets for a rental, then I think we’ll look at anything at this point”, said Fletcher.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fletcher has shown a willingness in the off-season to make bold moves for long-term acquisitions. It’ll be interesting to see if he can do the same thing in the coming weeks.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley reports Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz, a healthy scratch for 14 straight games, is expecting to be dealt or demoted. Despite being in the second year of a four-year, $11 million contract, it’s possible he no longer fits into their plans. Schultz said he hasn’t requested a trade but wants to play somewhere.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Say hello to the Capitals best “trade bait”. If they go shopping leading up to the trade deadline, and they will, it’ll be Schultz, not Alexander Semin, who will be offered around the league, especially to clubs seeking blueline depth.
NEW YORK POST:Larry Brooks reports a rival team wants the Rangers to place Sean Avery on re-entry waivers, but GM Glen Sather would prefer to move Avery via a minor league trade, thereby removing the possibility of the Rangers having to pick up half of Avery’s remaining salary (or in this case, their half of the half of Avery’s salary they go when they claimed him off re-entry waiver a few years ago from Dallas).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word on who this other team is, but they might not be willing to make such a trade, especially when they’d have to place him on re-entry waivers to recall him, where he could become a more affordable target for a team seeking depth at forward.