The latest from CBC, the Ottawa Sun and the Boston Globe. Enjoy!
CBC.CA: In their second intermission “Hotstove” segment, Ron MacLean claimed one rumor had the Minnesota Wild’s Matt Cullen was “a possible trade”. MacLean also wondered if Brian Campbell and Tomas Fleischmann of the Florida Panthers might be available…Elliotte Friedman listed Detroit and LA are believed interested in Calgary’s Jay Bouwmeester, while Kevin Weekes suggested the Tampa Bay Lightning could be interested. Friedman also believes the Flames and Maple Leafs talked about Miikka Kipusoff, but the Leafs won’t part with a first round pick. He also believes the Vancouver Canucks want a second line center for Roberto Luongo, while Glenn Healy believes they also need a goalie back…Friedman suggests Tampa Bay could be a wild card for goalies…Friedman also reports Phoenix’s Raffi Torres is available and the Canucks might want to take him back. Derek Morris is also available. If Senators were interested in moving Ben Bishop, which they may not be, the Coyotes might be interested. He doubts Ales Hemsky to Boston is going to happen, and also suggests Buffalo is a wild card heading into the trade deadline, but Healy believes if they want to move a key player like Ryan Miller, it’ll happen in the summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Matt Cullen trade rumor refuses to die, but Wild GM Chuck Fletcher made it very plain earlier this month Cullen and Niklas Backstrom won’t be traded…Fleischman would be easier to move than Campbell, who’s carrying a huge salary which GM Dale Tallon said he won’t absorb any part of to facilitate a trade…Doesn’t sound like the Red Wings are willing to deal for Bouwmeester because of his $6.68 million salary for next season. If the Lightning are interested, they’ll have to dump salary. They’ve got over $62 million invested in 21 players for next season, and the salary cap is dropping to $64.3 million. Same goes for any deal for a goalie…I understand why Leafs management wants an experienced netminder, but James Reimer and Ben Scrivens are getting the job done. I say stick with the kids for now and see how well they do in the post-season. Yes, I believe the Leafs will make the playoffs…The Canucks need second line scoring depth, not a physical checking line winger like Torres…The Senators aren’t moving Ben Bishop…I also doubt Ales Hemsky goes to Boston. With a lengthy injury history, lack of physicality, and another year at $5 million left on his contract, Hemsky isn’t a good fit for the Bruins…I agree with Healy about Ryan Miller. Moving him could happen in the summer, when there are more teams likely to be interested in him.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports San Jose Sharks winger Ryane Clowe remains in high demand but there’s no guarantees he gets dealt at the deadline. He has the grit the Canadiens, Maple Leafs, Senators, Bruins, Canucks, Blues and Blackhawks could use down the stretch…Garrioch also claims the Lightning could have interest in Ryan Miller but he might prefer being dealt to a west coast team. He also reports the Sabres haven’t ruled out a contract extension for Robyn Regehr, while Drew Stafford is the player GM Darcy Regier would most like to move…If the Islanders haven’t re-signed Mark Streit by the trade deadline there’s a “good chance” he’ll be moved…The Rangers and Flyers have shown interest in Dan Boyle. Garrioch believes if Boyle is dealt, he’d prefer going to the Rangers as they’re in a position to make the playoffs and may be willing to pay the price…There hasn’t been any contract talks between the Red Wings and goalie Jimmy Howard over the past ten days. Howard won’t be dealt but Garrioch suggests it’s not a certainty he’ll return with the Wings next season…He also touched on the Leafs supposed interest in Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo and Calgary’s Miikka Kipusoff…Keep an eye on Flames winger Curtis Glencross. He’s a player the Senators and several teams seeking forward depth covet.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A report out of San Jose last night suggested Clowe could be moved as early as today. We’ll see…I expect the Sabres will shop Regehr. They’ll also try to move Stafford, but the remaining two years and $8 million left on his contract is a stumbling block…I don’t believe the Isles will move Streit if he’s still unsigned by the deadline. A recent report claimed talks between the two sides are progressing well, and I think they’ll get him signed, even if it comes after the trade deadline. He wants to stay, they want to keep him. I believe a new deal gets done…As long as the Sharks remain in playoff contention, I don’t see them moving Boyle, who remains their best defenseman…The Wings will get Howard re-signed before July 5th, when the UFA market opens…Not sure the Flames want to move Glencross, who’s a heart and soul player with two more years (and a no-movement clause) on his contract.
BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont suggests the best fix for the Bruins sputtering offense could be a good puck-moving defenseman, like Florida’s Brian Campbell, San Jose’s Dan Boyle and the Islanders Mark Streit.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Campbell and Boyle have expensive salaries (Campbell’s for a much longer period) and no-movement clauses. Streit, as I noted above, is in the midst of contract talks with the Islanders and I believe he will re-sign in the near future. The Bruins will have to look elsewhere.