Updates on Shane Doan, Olli Jokinen, and Jonathan Bernier, plus the latest on the Blackhawks, Blue Jackets, Stars, Avalanche and Blues.
TSN.CA: Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan ponders his options if the Coyotes should end up relocating at the end of this season. Doan is slated to become an unrestricted free agent, and has maintained talks with management, but a new contract appears on hold until the ownership situation is resolved. With the Coyotes in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race, GM Don Maloney is reluctant to trade Doan, though if it comes to that, he would allow his captain a say in the matter.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt the Coyotes trade Doan if they’re still in the playoff chase by then. Doan’s made it clear his first choice is to remain with the Coyotes, but the uncertainty over their future in Phoenix raises the possibility he could sign elsewhere this summer.
CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak reports Olli Jokinen wants to re-sign with the Flames, and is okay with the pace the club takes to talk contract with him. Jokinen has a “no-movement” clause in his contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jokinen clearly loves playing in Calgary, and is on pace for his first 70-point season since 2007-08. Given how well he’s played as the Flames battle this season for a playoff berth, he won’t be traded, or asked to waive his movement clause, before the trade deadline.
LAKINGSINSIDER.COM: Rich Hammond examined if it were worthwhile to the Kings to shop backup goalie Jonathan Bernier. GM Dean Lombardi would only say he appreciates the value of having two strong goalies.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That suggests to me Lombardi is in no hurry to shop Bernier. If they were to trade him at the deadline, and starter Jon Quick subsequently got hurt, the Kings would be well and truly screwed this season. That’s why I don’t believe the Kings will move Bernier this season. This summer, perhaps, but not now.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Adam L. Jahns suggests perhaps the best solution for the Blackhawks defensive problems of late is to bolster the club’s offense.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Shawn Mitchell reports Vinny Prospal may have job security for next season with the Blue Jackets after re-signing a one-year extension yesterday, but the same cannot be said for his teammates. Trade rumors continue to swirl about Jeff Carter and even team captain Rick Nash. GM Scott Howson said Prospal’s re-signing doesn’t mean the club has decided against a roster rebuild.
ESPN.COM: Richard Durrett suggests Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk might be wise to remain patient and focus on rebuilding long-term, rather than be tempted into seeking a quick-fix at the trade deadline.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater recently reported Avalanche defenseman Shane O’Brien, a free agent this summer, could be mentioned as possible trade bait leading up to the trade deadline.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeremy Rutherford reports it’s possible Blues GM Doug Armstrong might make no moves at the trade deadline, due in part to the team’s ownership situation, and that replacing players who are having off years in scoring might not lead to a better finish.