Speculation on Kyle Okposo, Daniel Alfredsson, Linus Omark, Alexander Semin, Ryan Suter and more. Enjoy!
HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: “Eklund” claims Columbus, Toronto, St.Louis and Winnipeg have expressed interest in NY Islanders forward Kyle Okposo.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blue Jackets are reportedly seeking a goalie, not a forward. The Leafs apparently seek depth at center, not on the wing. The Blues could perhaps use depth on left wing, though they’ve given no indication they’re in the market, while Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff on more than one occasion denied he’s in the market for anyone.
BLEACHER REPORT: Joseph Deluca offers up ten teams which could give Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson a shot at the Stanley Cup, including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres and Minnesota Wild. Andrew Eide wondered what the Edmonton Oilers could look for if they trade Linus Omark. Jake Ware suggested five trade scenarios for the Washington Capitals to unload Alexander Semin, and Jason Sapunka listed 13 defenseman who could be on the move at the trade deadline, including Nashville’s Shea Weber and Ryan Suter, Toronto’s Cody Franson, Philadelphia’s Matt Carle and Calgary’s Mark Giordano.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As long as the Senators remain in playoff contention this season, Alfredsson won’t be going anywhere. He’s also have to agree to be dealt, and I don’t believe he has any interest in that, nor do I believe he wants to leave the Senators. The Leafs and Sabres have yet to prove they’re Cup contenders, and while the Wild are off to a hot start this season, it’s far too early to consider them Cup contenders.
The Oilers won’t be trading Omark, as he’s sidelined for the next two months with a broken ankle. Even after he returns, I doubt they’ll get much in return for him, perhaps a third round pick. His stock has tumbled this season.
Semin’s poor performance this season, reputation for soft play, and $6.75 million salary makes him very difficult to trade, especially considering he’s also a UFA next summer. No way the Kings trade Dustin Brown and Willie Mitchell for Semin. The Predators also won’t deal for him because they’ll be spending big bucks to re-sign Ryan Suter and Shea Weber (who won’t be dealt at the trade deadline), and the Islanders would be fools to trade for him, because he’ll depart via free agency next summer.
I don’t believe the Flyers will trade Matt Carle, given that Kimmo Timonen and Chris Pronger are ageing. The Leafs have rejected offers for Franson, and with Mike Komisarek out for at least eight weeks, Franson’s not going anywhere. If the Flames finally decide to overhaul their roster, they won’t be moving Giordano unless he demands to be dealt.
GATHER.COM: Larry Seely claims the latest rumor has the Colorado Avalanche making a move for Nashville’s Ryan Suter.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Too bad the Predators intend on re-signing Suter.