The latest from the Ottawa Sun, Edmonton Journal and CBC.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch believes Teemu Selanne has to decide if he wants to finish this season with a non-playoff team like the Anaheim Ducks or accept a trade to a Cup contender, citing sources claiming the NY Rangers, Sharks, Bruins and Red Wings have made inquiries into Selanne’s availability. Garrioch notes Selanne won’t be moved unless he gives management permission, noting “Selanne has a chance to do the right thing for the organization and allow them to get some assets.”…Sources say Ducks forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry aren’t available, which leaves Bobby Ryan as a possible trade target for the Maple Leafs. Garrioch claims it would take two top prospects and a top pick to land Ryan…The Flyers are looking at Carolina’s Tim Gleason to replace the injured Chris Pronger…Montreal’s Hal Gill should be a hot commodity once the Canadiens go into “sell” mode, as the Flyers, Penguins, Panthers and Senators all have interest…The only way Columbus’ Rick Nash gets traded is if he asks for it. Garrioch suggested not to be surprised if Jeff Carter is dealt before the deadline…Expect the Buffalo Sabres to move other players to improve the play in front of goalie Ryan Miller…The Hurricanes want top prospects or two first round picks for Jaroslav Spacek, Bryan Allen, Tuomo Ruutu and Tim Gleason…The Rangers are going to make a move for a high-end winger; if not Selanne, perhaps Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky…Oilers GM Steve Tambellini isn’t shopping goalie Nikolai Khabibulin but is listening to offers “on all their players” in the midst of another lost season…Garrioch claims the Canucks are shopping for grit, and not to be surprised if he acquires George Parros from Anaheim…The Penguins have “more than a passing interest” in Tampa’s Dominic Moore.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wouldn’t it be more praiseworthy if Selanne wanted to finish the season with the Ducks, rather than abandon them at the trade deadline?…Ducks GM Bob Murray has said he’s not interested in draft pick and prospects if he makes trades…I could see Gleason being acquired by the Flyers…Gill’s experience will certainly attract interest if he hits the block…Carter won’t be going anywhere if he’s still out with a separated shoulder by the deadline. I doubt he’d be dealt even if he weren’t hurt…I also don’t see the Sabres moving Miller during the season…Hard to believe the Hurricanes want that much for those players…Not all the Oilers players will be available. Hall, Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle, for example, are staying put…Darren Dreger dismissed the Parros to Vancouver rumor last week, saying there’s been no discussion between the two clubs.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports the Capitals would prefer to retain defenseman Jeff Schultz, but he’s not seeing much playing time under head coach Dale Hunter, leading Matheson to wonder if Anaheim Ducks coach -and Caps former head coach – Bruce Boudreau bends the ear of Anaheim GM Bob Murray about Schultz…The NY Rangers are looking to move winger Wojtek Wolski…Matheson also reports Oilers GM Steve Tambellini is getting inquiries about winger Ales Hemsky. The Oilers need a puck-moving defenseman but teams aren’t willing to part with much for a playoff rental like Hemsky. The Senators “might be a wild card” for Hemsky…Ryan Smyth isn’t likely to waive his “no-trade” clause before the deadline…The Oilers have long had interest in Buffalo winger Drew Stafford, but the Sabres want a top-six forward in return…Matheson wondered if the Kings might be willing to part with Jonathan Bernier if the Oilers offered up Magnus Paajarvi…The Blackhawks need a four-or-five defenseman and might revisit Montreal’s Chris Campoli…The Predators will likely entertain offers for backup Anders Lindback this summer, now that Pekka Rinne is under a long-term deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Ducks pursue Schultz, it would be in the off-season…Wolski will be tough to move, given his performance and $3.8 million salary…Hemsky’s poor production and shoulder injuries will dampen his trade value…I don’t see the Oilers giving up a top six forward for Stafford…Hard to say what the Kings will do with Bernier, but if they shop him, they could get more for him than a player of Paajarvi’s caliber…I think the Blackhawks would have more interest in Gill than Campoli if the Habs become sellers…
CBC.CA: Eric Francis reports it’s unlikely the Sabres shop Ryan Miller during the season, as a trade of that magnitude, if it does occur, takes place in the off-season…Elliotte Friedman reports Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff shot down a rumor Dustin Byfuglien might be available. Maple Leafs Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin have been rumored to be available, but Leafs GM Brian Burke said he’s getting offers but he’s not shopping…Francis also reported Pittsburgh, LA, Detroit and Chicago have interest in Ales Hemsky, but Detroit GM Ken Holland is concerned about Hemsky’s shoulder. He also suggested Nashville could be a possibility as they have a number of defenseman, suggesting Jonathan Blum and maybe a first round pick for Hemsky near the deadline. He also hears the Bruins are linked to Carolina’s Tuomo Ruutu.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Byfuglien rumor was silly…Burke is nearing the period when he usually makes his mid-season moves. One has to believe Grabovski or Kulemin could be in play…Nashville might be interested in Hemsky, and maybe they give up Blum, but not a first round pick in addition…Interesting that the Bruins are linked to Ruutu, but he’d be a good fit with them as he plays a hard-hitting style.