The latest on Sean Avery’s recall by the NY Rangers…Could the Dallas Stars swing a big trade soon after their new owner takes over?…Are the Devils eyeing the Oilers for a trade?…Will a trade cure the Bruins problems?…An update on the Panthers goalie situation.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Pat Leonard offered up reasons why scrappy winger Sean Avery, who is currently on re-entry waiver, won’t be claimed by a rival team.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks suggested the possibility of the NY Islanders claiming Avery, to prevent him from rejoining the Rangers.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Gary Lawless reports the Jets have no interest in claiming Avery.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll be very surprised if Avery is claimed by a rival team, even the Islanders by noon ET today. We’ll find out soon enough!
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman reports he looked into “rumblings” the Dallas Stars might trade Brenden Morrow, noting he has a “no-trade” clause and, unless things have changed in recent days, hasn’t been asked to waive it.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika reports Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk doesn’t believe his roster needs to be tinkered with right now, a message he’ll pass on to incoming owner Tom Gaglardi once he officially takes over ownership of the team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Stars are currently off to an 8-3-0 start, so there’s no need to shake things up right now.
NEW YORK POST: Mark Everson reports the New Jersey Devils might have already asked the Edmonton Oilers about center Sam Gagner. It was said the Oilers would want defensive prospects, leading Everson to suggest probably Matt Taormina and Alexander Urbom.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting development, considering the previous reports had them looking to within or the waiver wire, which they used to pick up Ryan Carter. The Oilers are, as Everson noted, off to a good start, so they’re in no rush to make any moves right now. Still, this might be worth keeping an eye on in the coming weeks, depending of course on how well both teams perform.
BOSTON HERALD: Stephen Harris believes a trade wouldn’t be the cure the Bruins need to snap out of their early season funk, doubting they’d find what they would need at this time of the year, while pointing out it would cost them a player of real value to attract decent offers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree, but if the losing continues over the next couple of weeks, it could force management’s hand to try to shake things up. The Bruins have the talent to snap out of this, and management is probably hoping that’s what they’ll do over the coming weeks.
MIAMI HERALD’s George Richards recently responded to a reader’s “tweet” about the status of Florida Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen, suggesting he could return in a week or two and either be sent to their farm team for rehab or be traded.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Young Jacob Markstrom has played too well to be sent back to the farm, and the Panthers won’t ship out Jose Theodore. Clemmensen could indeed be dealt or demoted.