With the NHL Christmas trade freeze upcoming (Dec. 19-27), here’s the latest on Ryan Callahan, David Clarkson, Ben Scrivens, Linus Omark and more.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks believes the Rangers should move Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi by the March 5 trade deadline if unable to re-sign the pair by then.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe the Rangers will shop them, but I doubt it. I think GM Glen Sather tries to re-sign them.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis wonders if the Oilers might revisit their interest in David Clarkson, whom they pursued as a free agent last summer before he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Given Clarkson’s poor performance thus far (including two suspensions), Willis wonders if the Leafs might be having buyer’s remorse. Willis also reported unhappy Oilers minor league forward Linus Omark has requested a trade and management is trying to accommodate him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s far too early for the Leafs to give up on Clarkson, but the overall reviews from fans and pundits are overwhelmingly negative. Even with the salary cap expected to rise steadily in the coming years I doubt the Oilers revisit their interest, unless James Reimer or Jake Gardiner is part of the deal. Clarkson appears to be one of those players who thrives playing for one team and never recaptures that success when they move on.
BOSTON HERALD: Fluto Shinzawa speculates on possible moves by the struggling Winnipeg Jets, suggesting they should consider moving Evander Kane if it appears he’ll remain an unfulfilled talent in Winnipeg.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Things are getting ugly in Winnipeg,but I doubt Kane will be part of any shake-up, as that’s a move which could backfire on the Jets.
CBC.CA (VIA KUKLA’S KORNER): Elliotte Friedman reports not to be surprised if the Carolina Hurricanes move either Anton Khudobin or Justin Peters soon.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons believes the strong play of LA Kings call-up Martin Jones means Ben Scrivens is “all but certain” to be sent packing once Jonathan Quick returns from injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m guessing the New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers could have interest in those goalies.