The latest on the Stars, Flyers, Maple Leafs, Hurricanes, Avalanche, Jets, Devils, Capitals and Sharks
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika reports Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk doesn’t see himself as a “seller” despite trading Nicklas Grossman yesterday to the Flyers, preferring to see himself as “active” near the deadline. Heika suggested Nieuwendyk can either retain the draft picks he received for Grossman, or shop them in other trades. Heika also believes there’s a chance the Stars could land Rick Nash, and thinks the Stars should see what Mike Ribeiro and Steve Ott could garner on the trade market. He also doesn’t consider Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina a player the Stars would be interested in.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if Nieuwendyk becomes more “seller” than simply “active”. If he puts Ribeiro and Ott on the market, he’ll be a seller, even if he doesn’t like the term. As for landing Nash, the Stars aren’t believed on his “wish list”, and if that’s the case, there’s no chance he’ll join the Stars.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio reports Flyers GM Paul Holmgren was coy about the possibility of making a major move by the deadline. “I don’t know if I’d use that word. Probably not. It’s not something we talk about at length….“I like our team. I still do. I know we’ve struggled here, of late. We’re trying to get it figured out”, said Holmgren. Panaccio also reports recently acquired defenseman Nicklas Grossman, a UFA this summer, could be more than a rental player for the Flyers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m sure some rumormongers will seize on Holmgren’s comments as confirmation he’s pursuing Rick Nash, but from everything I’ve heard and read, that’s not the case.
WASHINGTON POST: Katie Carrera reports the Capitals have no interest in trading veteran winger Mike Knuble.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff admitted he’s spoken with a number of his peers in recent days, adding there’s no one on the team considered “untouchable”. Chevaldayoff has no interest in “rental players”, and confirmed he hasn’t held contract talks with pending UFAs “Jim Slater, Tanner Glass, Kyle Wellwood, Tim Stapleton, Johnny Oduya, Randy Jones, Mark Flood and Chris Mason.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There might not be any “untouchables” on the Jets roster, but it’s a safe bet the ones who get shopped are those pending UFAs, rather than guys like Ladd, Byfuglien, Enstrom, Kane, Burmistrov or Pavelec.
NJ.COM: Dave Hutchinson reports the Devils are looking at adding a defenseman, with Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky as one candidate.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater dismisses talk of the Avalanche pursuing Rick Nash. He also believes the Avs could trade a defenseman, listing Shane O’Brien as a likely candidate. He also feels” teams might be real interested in guys like Ryan Wilson, Ryan O’Byrne and Kyle Quincey, but we just have to wait and see if any get moved.”
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Chip Alexander reports a decision on a new contract for Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu could come by early next week.
CSNBAYAREA.COM: Kevin Kurz reports Sharks GM Doug Wilson isn’t ruling out re-signing recently-acquired center Dominic Moore.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg for those last two links.