A look at several goaltenders of possible interest around the league…Hurricanes GM shopping around…Could David Krejci be dealt?…Is the Blue Jackets acquisition of Mark Letestu just the start of more deals to come?
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance yesterday looked at several goalies who could attract attention in the trade market. Among them: Vancouver’s Cory Schneider, LA’s Jonathan Bernier, Minnesota’s Josh Harding, Florida’s Scott Clemmensen and the Islanders’ Evgeni Nabokov.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: What do all these goalies have in common? Yep, they’re affordable backups. Of these five, three – Schneider, Bernier and Harding – have starter potential. Nabokov is trying to prove he can return to the form that made him the Sharks starter for many years. Clemmensen is an established backup but could be of value to teams seeking depth behind a starter. Schneider and Bernier could prove expensive to acquire, and Custance reports the rumored asking price for Nabokov is a second round pick. Harding has a lengthy injury history which could make potential suitors leery of acquiring him at this point. The Wild aren’t believed shopping Harding, though that could change if starter Niklas Backstrom starts winning with more regularity.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun, responding to an e-mail from a Carolina Hurricanes fan, claimed sources saying GM Jim Rutherford is shopping around for help for his struggling roster.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the recent vote of confidence from Rutherford toward his coaching staff, it appears any changes in the near future will come via trade. The Hurricanes have depth in defense and could shop one perhaps for a scoring forward. It was assumed early last month Joni Pitkanen might be available but it appears there was nothing to this.
CSNNE.COM: reports the recent upswing in the Bruins fortunes have silenced the David Krejci trade rumors…for now.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has been patient with his lineup, including Krejci, during their early season slump, and I expect he’ll continue to be so in the coming weeks. It could take a serious slump for Chiarelli to consider moving Krejci.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline reports Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said his recent acquisition of center Mark Letestu from Pittsburgh is not an indicator other moves could be coming soon.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This was a puzzling move, as the Jackets are already deep with centers.