With the NHL’s Christmas “trade freeze” fast approaching, here’s a collection of the latest from the rumor bloggers. Enjoy!
BLEACHER REPORT: listed Rick Nash, Ales Hemsky and Alexander Semin on the trade block, wondered if the Ottawa Senators should consider trade Jason Spezza, or if the Philadelphia Flyers could target Mark Streit of the NY Islanders, listed Bobby Ryan, Zach Parise, Alexander Semin, Jarome Iginla, Jeff Carter, Evander Kane, Joe Thornton, Eric Staal, Ales Hemsky and Scott Gomez among “ten big-time players” the Nashville Predators should consider, and Staal, Michael Ryder, Iginla, Semin and Ryan as five forwards that could replace Claude Giroux.
HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: “Eklund” continues banging the drum for Alexander Semin trade rumors, claiming he’s linked to the Flames, Red Wings, Kings, and Sharks, claimed the Habs might not be done dealing for a defenseman, that a “certain Jet, former ‘Hawk” possibly returning to Chicago, that there’s more talk of Staal being shopped than at any time in recent memory, pushed the Staal trade rumors more despite Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford denying Staal or Cam Ward are available, believes the Flyers could make a strong push for Nashville’s Shea Weber, and claims the Devils, Canadiens and Sabres are talking to the Kings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nash, Iginla, Spezza, Streit, Parise, Carter, Kane, Thornton, Staal, Ward,Gomez, Ryder and Weber aren’t going anywhere, for various reasons I’ve explained endlessly before. Ryan might be available later in the season, but if the Ducks were to shop him, I believe it happens in the off-season when his value is higher and more teams would have the cap space and willingness to deal. Hemsky could be shopped if the Oilers fail to turn things around in the near future. Semin’s poor play and big contract makes him very tough to move, and quite frankly, I don’t see where he’s a fit with the Red Wings, Predators, Kings or Sharks. Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd are the two current Jets/former Blackhawks I can think of that Eklund’s referring to, but no matter, they’re not available. The Canadiens already have eight defensemen on their roster, and if Andrei Markov returns later this season, they’ll have nine, so unless they get decimated by injuries to their blueline, they’ve no need to acquire another defenseman. If anything, I could see them shopping a blueliner (Yannick Weber or Chris Campoli) for a forward near the trade deadline. As for the Flyers, I don’t doubt at some point GM Paul Holmgren goes shopping for an experienced defenseman, but with his team playing well, he’s in no hurry to make a deal. If/when he does, I suspect it’ll be for an affordable depth defenseman, not a big name like Weber, or a very good one playing for a bad team, like Streit.