Bobby Ryan to the Blue Jackets? Jason Spezza to the Avalanche? Alexander Semin to the Red Wings or Kings? Jason Arnott to the Sharks? Read on for the latest from the blogosphere. Enjoy!
HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: “Eklund” on November 27th claimed if there were a player the Anaheim Ducks could possibly move it would be Ryan. “I am not hearing anything imminent, but I am hearing several teams inquiring including Carolina, the Islanders, Ottawa, Montreal and St. Louis”, he wrote. He also claimed, “a source connected to Columbus told me he has heard tons of chatter involving Jeff Carter and a prospect for Bobby Ryan”. He followed up on November 29th claiming the Ducks weren’t shopping Ryan, but then suggested “teams are VERY interested in Bobby and sources continue to tell me something could go down”, adding the Blue Jackets, Maple Leafs, Wild and Flyers would all love a shot…”Eklund” also suggested there are whispers new Washington Capitals head coach Dale Hunter “will force a bold move to wake the Caps up”, claiming Alexander Semin would be the favorite to be dealt, with Detroit and LA the likely destinations.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t see where Carter would fit with the Ducks, as they’ve already got a first line center in Ryan Getzlaf. Yes, I know, Carter can play the wing, but he’s better at center. Carter, his agent and Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson vehemently denied a recent rumor claiming he wants to be dealt, and by the sound of things, if Howson were to make a trade, it would be for goaltending, not a first line winger.
Any deal with the Ducks if they were shopping Ryan couldn’t involve them taking on deals longer than Ryan’s, or more expensive, because they reportedly are stretched to the limit with their budget. The Leafs and Flyers would have to give up at least $5.5 million to free up sufficient cap space to make room for Ryan and still leave sufficient “wiggle room” under the cap for potential call-ups later in the season. I doubt the Wild, one of the best teams in the league, are interested in Ryan.
As for Semin, his market value is likely in the crapper right now. He’s played poorly, has garnered a reputation as a “soft” player, and is carrying $6.7 million in salary this season. Yeah, that’s a player the Red Wings and Kings want. Action that yesterday! As for Hunter, he hasn’t even been Capitals coach a day yet, and already he’s going to “force a bold move?” He hasn’t been there long enough to force anything, and last time I checked, that call is up to the GM, not the coach.
GATHER.COM: Larry Seely claimed “the latest rumor” from Bleacher Report had the Colorado Avalanche looking at Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza, and the San Jose Sharks looking at Jason Arnott of the St Louis Blues to add veteran leadership and scoring to their third line.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No, they’re not. The Bleacher Report bit on the Avs was merely suggesting the club should look at Spezza, not a rumor the Avs were actively doing so. That suggestion is crazy, as the Senators aren’t parting with Spezza, but that’s all it is, a suggestion, not an actual rumor. Ditto the “Sharks interested in Arnott” speculation. The author of that report was merely suggesting the Sharks consider targeting Arnott by the trade deadline, believing the Blues are already out of the playoff race and will be sellers at the trade deadline. The author of that post, by the way, hasn’t checked the standings in the Western Conference lately. The Blues are currently fifth in the Western Conference.