In today’s compilation of trade rumors plucked from the hoary netherworld of the NHL blogosphere: Seven deals the Flyers could get for Sergei Bobrovsky, Deadline deals to help each team, 8 teams which could blow up their rosters and how they’ll do it. Enjoy, if you dare!
BLEACHER REPORT: Jason Sapunka suggests 7 deals the Philadelphia Flyers could get with goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, suggesting the Flames, Oilers, Devils, Islanders, Senators, and Lightning as possibilities.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames are grooming Henrik Karlsson as Miikka Kiprusoff’s successor, the Oilers still have faith in Devan Dubnyk, while the Devils might be a possibility, but I doubt they’ll make such a move during the season as they’re still content with Martin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg. Just what the Islanders need, another goalie! Sorry, I don’t see them having interest in “Bob”. The Senators have Robin Lehner waiting in the wings, so no fit there. The Lightning could be a possibility, but I don’t see the Flyers sending Bobrovsky to a Conference rival. In fact, for the remainder of this season, I don’t believe the Flyers have any intention of moving Bobrovsky, as they’ll want him for insurance in case Ilya Bryzgalov gets hurt.
Nicholas Goss meanwhile looks at one deadline deal for each team which could help them.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Several of these trade suggestions are far-fetched. Players like Stephen Weiss, Rick Nash, Jarome Iginla, Roberto Luongo, Zach Bogosian, Ryan Suter, Cory Schneider, Kyle Turris and Zach Parise aren’t available now, nor will they be at the trade deadline. How can I sound so sure? In some cases (Weiss and Bogosian), their value has increased with his team to the point where they’re no longer available. Nash, Iginla, Luongo, and Parise won’t be moved unless they ask to be dealt, and that’s simply not going to happen. The Coyotes under no circumstances will move Turris. Schneider won’t be dealt because the Canucks want to keep him around this season in case Luongo struggles or gets hurt.
Tab Bamford lists eight teams which need to blow up their rosters and how they’ll do it.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Every deal in this one won’t happen. Why do the Phoenix Coyotes, 7th in the West and winners of six of their last ten, need a “roster blow-up”? Why in Buddha’s name are the Dallas Stars on this list? The Montreal Canadiens need to “blow up their roster”? Since when? And dealing Scott Gomez is how they’ll do it? The guy who hasn’t scored since February and carries a $7 million-plus per season cap hit until 2015? I’ll let Dr.Evil respond to that.