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OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello might have to consider trading pending UFA Zach Parise if he’s unsigned by the trade deadline, with league sources claiming Lamoriello is gauging what Parise might fetch in the trade market, though he’s in a difficult spot because the Devils are in the thick of the playoff race. Garrioch believes the Minnesota Wild would be at the top of the list of those trying to land Parise, and believes Lamoriello wants a top young player, a prospect and a first round pick…It would appear Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan is the top target of Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, but it will “cost Toronto either Joe Colborne or Nazem Kadri, along with a another prospect and a No. 1 pick to land Ryan.”…If the Flames decide to move Jarome Iginla this summer (they won’t move him now), the Capitals, Kings and Sharks could be looking for help up front…Philadelphia could be a destination for Ryan Suter if the Predators fail to re-sign him by the trade deadline…Columbus GM Scott Howson might try to make one big move by the trade deadline, such as dealing injured center Jeff Carter. Burke could show an interest…Keep an eye on Buffalo center Derek Roy, who’s name keeps popping up in the trade market…The Penguins could be a team worth watching near the trade deadline. P.A. Parenteau of the Islanders would be a nice fit.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I just can’t bring myself to believe Lamoriello will move Parise if he’s unsigned at the trade deadline. This is a team which reportedly is in financial trouble, and could use the revenue generated from a playoff appearance. They’ll need Parise for that…I also doubt Ryan is available, as it appears Ducks GM Bob Murray wasn’t serious about moving he or his other core players…If the Flames make the playoffs this season, Iginla won’t be dealt this summer…Why would anyone want to take a chance on Carter this season, given his injuries and expensive contract? His stock is down from last year…Suter won’t be dealt if the Predators remain in the playoff chase…I do believe Roy could be on the move by the deadline…Parenteau could be shopped by the Isles if they’re unable to agree on a new contract by the deadline.
CBC.CA: Eric Francis reports not many GMs around the league think Ducks GM Bob Murray was serious about trading Bobby Ryan, Ryan Getzlaf or Corey Perry, who all want to stay in Anaheim. Francis spoke with Teemu Selanne, who left the door open for a possible trade if the Ducks are eliminated soon from playoff contention…Elliotte Friedman reports the Phoenix Coyotes management said they’re not trading team captain Shane Doan. They’re trying to re-sign him if there’s new ownership, but if not, he can depart as a UFA.
TSN.CA: Darren Dreger recently suggested there’s a reasonable chance the Sabres trading Derek Roy, but it’s hard to imagine them dealing Ryan Miller during the season, though he suggested there could be significant changes on and off the ice for the Sabres if they miss the playoffs…The going rate for Ales Hemsky depends on how he plays from now up to the trade deadline. GM Steve Tambellini hasn’t declared Hemsky’s availability and remains open to the possibility of re-signing him. The Oilers would want a young player and perhaps a high draft pick in return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I also don’t believe Miller gets moved during this season, but if the Sabres miss the playoffs, there could be serious consideration toward that option. Hemsky’s trade value is down from last season. The Oilers would be fortunate to get a young player for him now.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun recently reported Devils GM Lou Lamoriello won’t trade Parise, the captain and face of the franchise, with the Devils in a playoff spot, plus they could really use the playoff revenue… Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has been talking to teams for a couple of months now in pursuit of offensive depth, but won’t mortgage the future. LeBrun guesses Columbus’ Vinny Prospal could be a target…The Flyers and Maple Leafs chatted this past week but aren’t close to making a deal…The Rangers are seeking a top-six forward and/or a power-play defenseman with a good shot, so they’ll keep an eye on Shea Weber and Ryan Suter of the Predators…The Red Wings have the cap space to add to their roster, but not at any cost. LeBrun believes they could have interest in Ales Hemsky…The Canucks are looking for size up, likely a bottom-six forward…The Florida Panthers need to get healthy before they can make decisions on what they’ll do at the trade deadline…The Sharks could use another third-line forward.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Wild want Prospal, they might want to move quickly, as other clubs will also have interest in him soon…The Wings could target Hemsky, but I still feel Tuomo Ruutu of the Hurricanes would be a better fit.