The latest on Ryan Miller, Martin Erat, Dmitry Kulikov, Jonas Hiller and more.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports two league executives claims NY Islanders GM Garth Snow is shopping around for a goaltender. Garrioch claims the best-case scenario (though acknowledging it as a long shot) is if Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller waives his no-trade clause to accept going to the Islanders for the rest of the season…Garrioch suggests the Capitals shop Martin Erat to a team which must stay at the cap floor, like the Islanders, Sabres and Florida Panthers…Many think the starting point for Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban’s new contract is LA Kings blueliner Drew Doughty’s eight-year, $56 million deal…It’s believed the Nashville Predators are interested in Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller and Florida Panthers netminder Tim Thomas, who are both due to become UFAs next summer…Garrioch claims he’s been told the Colorado Avalanche are shopping left wing Jamie McGinn as part of a deal for blueline help…The Ottawa Senators might have interest in LA Kings winger Matt Frattin, who’s currently sidelined by injury and hasn’t played up to expectations with the Kings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll be very surprised if Miller agrees to go to the Islanders, even if only for the rest of the season. I believe he’d prefer a move to a playoff club…Not a bad suggestion about shopping Erat to a cap floor club, but I think those clubs would also want something else included in the deal, like defenseman Dmitri Orlov…I believe the starting point for Subban’s contract talks is Kris Letang’s eight-year, $58 million deal. I believe Subban ultimately gets an eight-year deal worth between $60-$64 million. If he’s finishes the season as the Canadiens leading scorer, is among the 2014 Norris Trophy finalists, or if he wins the Norris again, that price will go even higher, especially if he’s unsigned heading into July, when a rival club could come calling with a big-ass offer sheet…Hiller’s not going anywhere for the time being, and I doubt Thomas will be available until closer to the March trade deadline…The Avalanche aren’t in any hurry to make a deal, but I can see acquiring a blueliner later in the season. Maybe McGinn or someone else gets shopped to address that…If the Senators want Frattin, the Kings would probably be happy to move him. Don’t see how he helps the Senators.
WASHINGTON TIMES: Chuck Gormley believes the Capitals shouldn’t look for anything except a hard-edged defenseman with a left-hand shot who can play big minutes for winger Martin Erat. He lists Florida’s Dmitry Kulikov, NY Rangers Michael Del Zotto, Philadelphia’s Andrej Meszaros, Columbus’ Nikita Nikitin, LA’s Alex Martinez, Montreal’s Francis Bouillon and Toronto’s Paul Ranger. He also anticipates Dmitri Orlov will be traded.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A problem for a lot of the clubs is Erat’s cap hit. Yes, I know, his salary is $3.75 million this season and it’s $2.25 million next season, but the cap hit remains $4.25 million, and that’s still not gonna be easy for teams to absorb. As for those blueliners, perhaps the best bets are Nikitin and Martinez. Kulikov, Del Zotto, Meszaros and Rangers aren’t “hard-edged”. Bouillon could fit the bill but I doubt the Habs want any part of Erat’s cap hit.
BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa reports the Ducks won’t move Jonas Hiller until Viktor Fasth (who’s sidelined for a month) has returned to action. Even then, Fasth’s recent injury history could give the Ducks pause before moving Hiller.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman reports the Toronto Maple Leafs may be revisiting trade talks with the Florida Panthers regarding Dmitry Kulikov.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kulikov could be a good addition for the Leafs, but then again we don’t know how well he’d play for coach Randy Carlyle, and as a restricted free agent with arbitration rights next summer, he’ll want a substantial raise.