The latest from the Ottawa Sun and ESPN.com, plus updates on Ryan Suter, Ryane Clowe, the Jets possible trade deadline plans, and more.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports not to expect Tim Thomas to be traded, even though his “no-movement” clause expires this summer…Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier hasn’t decided yet if he’s a buyer or seller, but he’ll be seeking a big center. The Canadiens were linked to Buffalo’s Derek Morris, but at 5-8, 190 lbs, he’s not going to resolve that issue…Since it seems the Predators won’t trade Shea Weber or Ryan Suter, the Flyers will have to look elsewhere for help on defense, perhaps to Carolina, where Tim Gleason, Bryan Allen and Jaroslav Spacek could be available…There could be interest in Columbus Blue Jackets center Jeff Carter, but his big contract likely means a trade won’t happen until the off-season…There’s talk the Maple Leafs could make a move for a big center within the next 48 hours. Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu is available but the asking price is steep.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Tim Thomas trade rumors were absurd…Roy definitely won’t help the Canadiens need for a big center…I’ve said for months the Preds won’t move Weber or Suter if they’re in the playoff race…I agree if Carter is dealt, it’ll likely be in the off-season, but I’ll go one further and suggest it might not happen until after a new CBA is implemented…Ruutu is a right winger but he can play center. His physical style could interest Leafs GM Brian Burke.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports Tuomo Ruutu could be moved as early as this week…San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson denied reports forward Ryane Clowe might be available, saying Clowe isn’t going anywhere…Habs GM Pierre Gauthier isn’t ready to trade yet, but if he does, right wing Travis Moen could attract interest…Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson may be ready to move Jeff Carter, in part because Carter doesn’t want to be there, but that contract (11-year, $58 million) could prove difficult to move.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: David Pollak of Mercurynews.com “tweeted” the following on Clowe: “Sjshark source advises “zero chance” Ryane Clowe is available before trade deadline no matter what appeared in today’s Ottawa Sun.”
Pierre LeBrun also reported Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter wanted to make it clear his comments Friday about not wishing to re-sign a new deal with the Predators in no way means he intends on testing this summer’s UFA market. “I was watching TV this morning and one guy said I was definitely going to test the open market,” Suter told ESPN.com. “I never said that. So I just want people to know that I’m focused on helping our team win and I think that’s the most important thing right now.” Suter also spoke with Predators GM David Poile to clarify his comments, saying that he simply didn’t want contract talks to become a distraction, preferring to focus on helping the team make the playoffs right now. The defenseman also said he hopes he isn’t traded, saying he wants to remain in Nashville.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given how well the Predators have played (12 wins in their last fourteen games heading into the All-Star break), I don’t believe Poile intends to trade Suter by the trade deadline.
WINNIPEG SUN: Paul Friesen reports the Jets, who’ve preached the patient, build through the draft, approach, probably won’t be in the playoff rental market by the trade deadline, but could become “sellers” if they fall further behind in the playoff race leading up to the deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If they do become sellers, don’t expect Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien or Evander Kane to be on the trade block. Those most likely to be shopped include UFAs like defenseman Johnny Oduya and center Kyle Wellwood.
NEW YORK TIMES: Chris Botta recently “tweeted”, in response to a reader’s question about possible Islanders trade talks, that there’s “nothing major or even moderate right now.”