In today’s roundup of trade rumors from the NHL blogosphere: five potential trades for the Maple Leafs…Should the Rangers trade Brandon Dubinsky?…Cory Schneider to the Coyotes?…Canucks close to landing Kyle Turris?…Senators and Oilers talking “major swap”.
THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Peter Harling recently offered up five potential trade targets for the Toronto Maple Leafs, including New Jersey’s Zach Parise and Colorado’s Paul Stastny.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Harling isn’t saying the Leafs are chasing those players, merely offering them up as possibilities. I don’t believe Parise or Statsny will be available for the Leafs to pursue this season or next summer. He also suggested Jordan Staal, Jason Spezza and Kyle Turris as other possibilities, but I don’t see them pulling on Leafs jerseys anytime soon.
BLEACHER REPORT: Tom Urtz Jr. suggests the NY Rangers should trade forward Brandon Dubinsky, perhaps by offering him to the Phoenix Coyotes for Ray Whitney or to the Nashville Predators for Ryan Suter.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, the Rangers are off to a slow start, but it is only three games into the season, and GM Glen Sather isn’t going to panic, especially by trading away Dubinsky.
GATHER.COM: Larry Seely cites Bleacher Report in claiming the Vancouver Canucks could trade goalie Cory Schneider to the Phoenix Coyotes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t see it happening. The Canucks intend to use Schneider more often earlier in the season until starter Roberto Luongo rounds back into mid-season form, while the Coyotes are 2-1-1 in their first four games, and their current tandem of Mike Smith and Jason Labarbera don’t appear to be having any difficulties.
HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: “Eklund” claimed the Edmonton Oilers and Ottawa Senators were “talking major swap”, following up by claiming the talks had nothing to do with Jason Spezza, but “.rather a D-man the Oilers want and a young stud forward the Senators want in return..and “one of the Oilers recent first overall picks may be in play if the Oilers get a certain “young star D-man…” “Eklund” also claimed two sources said the Canucks were close to acquiring Kyle Turris from the Phoenix Coyotes, or perhaps “a top six forward” within the next 48 hours.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not sure why the Oilers would part with “one of their recent first overall picks” (which would be either Ryan Nugent-Hopkins or Taylor Hall) for a “certain young star D-man” from the Senators. The Sens have some promising young defensemen, but none are “stars” at this point in time, and certainly none which would address the Oilers need for an experienced, skilled puck-moving defenseman. As for the Canucks and Turris, there’s been nothing in the Vancouver media about GM Mike Gillis pursuing a trade, while recent reports claim the Coyotes have no intention of trading Turris.