Could Luke Scheen be dealt for James van Riemsdyk?…Is Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula pushing for trades?…Is Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan being shopped?…Will injuries force Penguins GM Ray Shero to make a move?…Which teams might have interest in Teemu Selanne?
TORONTO SUN: Terry Koshan wondered if Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn might be trade bait to land winger James van Riemsdyk from the Philadelphia Flyers.
PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi reports the performance of Erik Gustafsson, who recently returned from injury, could determine if the Flyers make a move at the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So far it doesn’t appear anything is imminent between these two teams, though I’ve read and heard reports the two teams have talk, and the Flyers have been scouting the Leafs in recent games. Leafs GM Brian Burke is renowned for making major moves well before the trade deadline, so it’s expected he could pull the trigger soon. Whether it’s with the Flyers remains to be seen.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Bucky Gleason reports Sabres owner Terry Pegula isn’t pushing his management to make trades, pointing to injuries as one of the main reasons the Sabres have struggled this season. Pegula did express his unhappiness over how the season has unfolded.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s rumored GM Darcy Regier has been shopping around in search of help for his struggling Sabres, but I think the problem is currently there’s not a lot of teams to deal with which have what he needs. That should change in the coming weeks as more teams fall out of the playoff race, but it remains to be seen if that’ll happen in time to provide the Sabres with the kind of players they need to get their season back on track.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports via Twitter Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney said there’s “no truth whatsoever” to recent trade rumors about Coyotes captain Shane Doan.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Coyotes remain in the playoff chase in the Western Conference. They’ll need Doan in the lineup if they hope to clinch a berth.
POST-GAZETTE.COM: Shelly Anderson reports Penguins GM Ray Shero is resisting the idea of placing injured stars Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang on LTIR and using the savings to bring in depth to help his struggling team. Letang is expected back in the lineup soon, while Crosby has begun skating on his own.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s not to say Shero won’t make any moves in the coming weeks, but he won’t put those two on LTIR unless it appears they won’t return to the lineup by the trade deadline. If he gets Letang and Crosby back before then, it’s better than making a trade.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Looks at the teams which might have interest in Teemu Selanne.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless Selanne asks to be dealt, it really doesn’t matter which teams might be interested in him. So far, Selanne says he has no interest in being dealt.