Check out the latest on Ryan Kesler, Martin Brodeur, Ales Hemsky, Thomas Vanek, Matt Moulson and more.
CBC.CA: Glenn Healy claims Canucks center Ryan Kesler told “anybody and everybody” while he was in Sochi he wanted out of Vancouver. Elliotte Friedman claims the Pittsburgh Penguins are interested. Despite rumors to the contrary, Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman claims he’s not pursuing Kesler…Healy claims the Canucks want a big return for defenseman Alexander Edler. He and Friedman debated if the trade market for Roberto Luongo has softened…Healy believes Ryan Callahan will re-sign with the Rangers.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Blackhawks, Penguins and Red Wings could have interest in Ryan Kesler…The Oilers will try to move Ales Hemsky. Garrioch claims they also make a pitch for the Canadiens’ Andrei Markov…The Panthers are talking contract extension with Tom Gilbert…The Wild could target New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur and Florida’s Tim Thomas…The Stars could move Ray Whitney to the Coyotes if they can get a decent return. They could also shop Erik Cole, Vernon Fiddler and Stephane Robidas…The Islanders are trying to move Thomas Vanek and Andrew MacDonald. The asking price for Vanek is currently a first and second round pick plus a prospect…Teams are calling about Dan Boyle but the Sharks hope to re-sign him…The Predators “will likely deal David Legwand” and could shop Matt Cullen…The Sabres could try to sign Ryan Callahan if he becomes a UFA this summer…Keep an eye on Flames forward T.J. Galiardi…There’s interest in Hurricanes’ defenseman Ron Hainsey…The Kings could have interest in the Flames’ Mike Cammalleri if they fail to land Thomas Vanek…Garrioch lists the Sabres, Oilers, Islanders, Predators and Flames as the top five sellers, with the Blues, Canucks, Kings, Rangers and Red Wings as the top buyers. Vanek, Kesler, Moulson, Cammalleri and Callahan as the top five trade targets.
BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa believes Matt Moulson would be the perfect replacement for injured Penguins winger Pascal Dupuis…He doubts the Lightning trade captain Martin St. Louis…The Hurricanes carry three goalies (Cam Ward, Anton Khudobin and Justin Peters) and would like to move one of them.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not much to add to most of this as it’s already been previously covered leading up to today. I will add that the Canadiens won’t trade Markov as they’ll still try to re-sign him. I also doubt the Blackhawks pursue Kesler. Not that they wouldn’t like to have him but I don’t believe they can afford to acquire him now.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ed Willes reports the Canucks asking price for Ryan Kesler is believed to be “the proverbial roster player, prospect, first-round draft pick package” they had set last season for Roberto Luongo. He suggests the Penguins as the best fit, bolstering their depth at center.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Rob Rossi reports multiple sources claim Penguins GM Ray Shero is pursuing a Kesler trade. “A proposed deal would send Kesler to the Penguins in exchange for center Brandon Sutter, two 2014 draft picks — likely a first- and third-round — and the Canucks’ choice of defensemen Simon Despres or Brian Dumoulin, the sources said.” Kesler has a no-trade clause but Rossi claims the Penguins are atop his list of preferred destinations. He noted the Penguins can afford Kesler’s $5 million per season salary because Pascal Dupuis and Kris Letang will be placed on LTIR.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Things could get very interesting with Kesler over the next three days. I initially doubted he could be moved by deadline day, but if Rossi’s sources are correct the Penguins’ pursuit could make such a trade possible. It might also open up a bidding war leading up to deadline day. As Bob McKenzie pointed out, if Kesler isn’t dealt by then the Canucks can revisit that option during the June draft.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports the Sabres are trying to flip recent-acquired goalie Jaroslav Halak to the Wild. The Wild have also inquired about the Devils’ Martin Brodeur and the Hurricanes’ Cam Ward. Russo claims the Oilers offered up Ilya Bryzgalov. Anton Khudobin and Tim Thomas could also be available. For the right price, Russo believes Wild GM Chuck Fletcher could pull the trigger on a deal.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Tom Gulitti reports the Wild have contacted the Devils about Martin Brodeur.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fletcher is reluctant to part with his young players and draft picks. Still, as Russo suggests, for the right price he could pick up a veteran rental goalie. While Brodeur would be a good addition he wouldn’t be coming in as a backup, meaning rookie Darcy Kuemper, who’s played so well since his call-up in January, would be relegated to backup duty.