The latest on the Blue Jackets potential trade efforts involving Rick Nash, potential short-term blueline options for the Flyers, and the latest on Jaromir Jagr.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline provided an update on the status of Rick Nash, suggesting the efforts of the Nash camp and Blue Jackets management to part amicably may be strained if no deal can be found to move him through the draft and free agency. GM Scott Howson said last week’s NHL GM meetings didn’t advance trade talks, though he did say he’s been contacted by several teams about Nash, including a few teams not on the winger’s “wish list” of trade destinations. Portzline suggests the Rangers, Sharks, Maple Leafs, Bruins, Hurricanes and Capitals could be potential trade destinations.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Expect the Nash trade talk to heat up in about two weeks time, heading into the June Entry Draft weekend.
CSNPHILLY.COM: John Boruk examined potential short-term blueline options for the Flyers if Chris Pronger is unable to play next season. The chances of landing Ottawa’s Sergei Gonchar are believed “slim-to-none”, while Boruk listed the Islanders Mark Streit, the Oilers Ryan Whitney, the Ducks Lubomir Visnovsky and the Canucks Alexander Edler as possibilities.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I have my doubts any of those blueliners could be available this summer, though I wouldn’t rule out one of them becoming available at some point next season, depending on how their teams are performing.
TYDEN.CZ: reports Jaromir Jagr intends on playing next season in the NHL, and linked him with the Montreal Canadiens, but he apparently still hopes to re-sign with the Flyers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jagr wouldn’t fill the Canadiens need for a quality first-line center. Remains to be seen if Habs new GM Marc Bergevin has any serious interest in him.