ESPN’s Katie Strang recently listed several players she believes could be on the move by the March 5 trade deadline.
ESPN.COM: During a recent live chat, Katie Strang concurred with a reader’s suggestion the NY Islanders’ Thomas Vanek and Calgary Flames’ Mike Cammalleri could be trade deadline rental players. She added Matt Moulson and Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres to that list, and possibly New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan “as absurd as that may seem”. While Strang admits having respect for Callahan and Dan Girardi she feels the Rangers should move one of them, suggesting Callahan as the trade candidate.
Strang also reported Penguins GM Ray Shero is staying patient with his injury-depleted roster but expects he’ll be active at the trade deadline. She also believes the New Jersey Devils could shop Jaromir Jagr if he keeps playing as he has in the first half of this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The NHL Olympic trade freeze period runs from February 7-23, while the annual trade deadline is March 5. Expect chatter to increase over who could become playoff rental players. I believe Vanek, Cammalleri, Moulson and Miller are goners, but if the Rangers remain playoff contention I don’t believe they’ll move Callahan.
As for Jagr, there’s a recent story from NJ.com in which he says he won’t ask to be moved by the trade deadline. Jagr lacks a no-trade clause so the Devils can move him at the deadline if they wish, but they’re currently battling back into playoff contention. As long as Jagr’s still playing well and the Devils are in post-season contention, I believe they’ll keep him.