The latest on the Blackhawks, Predators and Capitals.
NBCSPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Matt Halford reports Sportsnet’s Hockey Central panelists Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean speculated over the possibility of the Blackhawks shopping Patrick Kane (who has only 12 goals this season) for goaltending help, perhaps going to the extreme by trying to land Ryan Miller from Buffalo.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe Halford’s mocking reaction about a “Kane for Miller” swap best sums up the possibility of such a move happening at this year’s deadline. Meanwhile, in the real world, Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman again said he’s not in the market for a goaltender, whilst dousing speculation coach Joel Quenneville’s job could be in jeopardy.
NASHVILLE CITY PAPER: David Boclair on the possibility of Predators prodigal son Alexander Radulov returning to the franchise in the near future.
SPECTOR’S NOTE:OK, it’s not a trade rumor, but it’s worth noting here just the same. If Radulov were to return this season, it’ll have to be before the trade deadline or he’s ineligible. That being said, I don’t believe he will be back this season, but it’s possible he could come back in the off-season, though that’s been said since he bolted for the KHL four years ago, yet he’s remained in Russia.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley believes it’s time for Capitals GM George McPhee to make his move to improve his club, pointing out he’s got trade chips in forward Mike Knuble, defensemen Jeff Schultz and Jeff Erskine, and two first round picks from the Colorado Avalanche in last summer’s Semyon Varlamov trade.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: McPhee usually make moves near or on deadline day, and I would expect he’ll do the same this year.