The latest on Matt Moulson, Dan Girardi, Marian Gaborik, Nazem Kadri, Matt Stajan and more.
CBC.CA: Tim Wharnsby reports there’s been no serious contract talks between the Buffalo Sabres and the agent for Matt Moulson, who becomes a UFA in July. Moulson enjoys playing with the Sabres and for coach Ted Nolan. Wharnsby writes it’s possible the Sabres could trade Moulson at the March trade deadline and sign him as a free agent…During Saturday’s Hot Stove segment, Glenn Healy speculated the Boston Bruins might contact the New York Rangers regarding defenseman Dan Girardi, while Elliotte Friedman suggested the Anaheim Ducks could have interest in Girardi, who is slated to become a UFA in the summer.
BOSTON HERALD: Steve Conroy reports Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli will look to replace injured defenseman Dennis Seidenberg from within. Seidenberg suffered a season-ending knee injury in Friday’s game against the Ottawa Senators. Failing that, Conroy speculates Chiarelli could dangle one of his young blueliners for an experienced one near the trade deadline. He lists Buffalo’s Henrik Tallinder, the NY Rangers’ Dan Girardi, Winnipeg’s Mark Stuart and Ottawa’s Chris Phillips (all pending UFAs) as trade options.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Wharnsby observed, where Moulson ends up he’ll be well paid…I don’t think the Rangers will move Girardi unless his salary demands prove too expensive. The Blueshirts want to re-sign their key free agents but I also believe they want to leave sufficient cap space to go shopping in next summer’s free agent market.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks believes another injury could damage the trade value of Columbus Blue Jackets winger Marian Gaborik…Prime playoff rental players could include Gaborik, the Islanders’ Thomas Vanek, Buffalo’s Matt Moulson, Calgary’s Mike Cammalleri “and perhaps the Rangers’ captain Callahan and the Devils’ Jaromir Jagr.”…Given Pascal Dupuis’ season-ending injury, Brooks suspects the Penguins could get into the bidding for one of those players…He also believes the Toronto Maple Leafs would “love to find a taker for Nazem Kadri”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Agreed about Gaborik, whose trade value has probably already plummeted this season…Callahan’s availability will of course depend upon his contract talks with the Blueshirts. I doubt the Devils shop Jagr as long as they remain in playoff contention. The others could be playing elsewhere by March 5…Wouldn’t surprise me if the Penguins try to acquire one of those forwards. They’re usually active near the trade deadline…Kadri may be cocky and inconsistent but he’s also fourth on the Leafs in scoring. Only 23, his best seasons are still ahead of him. I’ll be surprised if the Leafs move Kadri.
OTTAWA SUN: In the wake of the Senators 5-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on Friday, Bruce Garrioch called upon GM Bryan Murray to make a trade. Garrioch claimed Murray was “working the phones” in search of a veteran winger and a puck-moving defenseman. Don Brennan, however, questioned the logic of pursuing such a blueliner (like the Rangers’ Michael Del Zotto), pointing out the Senators have enough puck-moving d-men in Erik Karlsson, Patrick Wiercioch and Cody Ceci. Brennan believes the urgency should be upon landing a scoring winger and a defensive blueliner.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree with Brennan. Indeed, I’ve wondered for several weeks why the Senators have interest in Del Zotto. He’s not going to reduce their high shots-against totals.
CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak reports pending Flames UFAs Matt Stajan and Lee Stempniak aren’t thinking about the possibility they could be moved by the March 5 trade deadline.