The latest on Max Pacioretty, Evander Kane, Martin Erat, Michael Del Zotto, Mikael Backlund, Jose Theodore and more.
TSN.CA: Bob McKenzie reports Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin isn’t shopping Max Pacioretty but he is getting offers for the winger. It’s the same situation with the Jets and Evander Kane as teams are monitoring Kane’s relationship with Jets coach Claude Noel…Pierre LeBrun reports there is some interest in Washington Capitals winger Martin Erat, mainly because his salary drops to $2.25 million next season. LeBrun claims he’s easier to move than San Jose’s Martin Havlat…Darren Dreger claims the Carolina Hurricanes are among the teams with interest in Flames center Mikael Backlund. The Hurricanes made an offer but the Flames want an age-comparable player as part of the return…LeBrun noted the Hurricanes have Tuomo Ruutu, Jiri Tlusty and Tim Gleason on the trade block, with Gleason sounding the most likely to be moved. He believes if the Hurricanes can move Gleason they could free up cap space to pursue Toronto’s John-Michael Liles. He claims for the Hurricanes to take Liles the Leafs would have to take Ruutu, but the Leafs have no interest in that deal…Dreger reported the Ottawa Senators threw out names like Eric Condra, Colin Greening and Eric Gryba to the NY Rangers for Michael Del Zotto but “the deal is currently not a fit” for the Rangers…Dreger also provided an update on Dion Phaneuf’s contract talks, claiming the Phaneuf camp pitched a seven-eight year deal in the $7 million range. The Maple Leafs are expected to make their counter-offer within a week…Talks between the Nashville Predators and Anaheim Ducks are on hold because of an injury to Viktor Fasth. LeBrun doubts Jonas Hiller will be moved soon… McKenzie reports the Detroit Red Wings are on the verge of re-signing defenseman Jonathan Ericsson to a multi-year extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Just because the Canadiens and Jets are listening to offers for Pacioretty and Kane doesn’t mean they’re going to trade them. A good GM always listens to offers, because you never know when a desperate rival could make one too good to pass up. Still, the Habs are rumored in the market for a major deal, and it could take a player like Pacioretty to get it done. In the case of Kane and Noel, if it comes down to a choice for the Jets, I think Noel loses. Kane is simply too talented to part with…Erat’s actual salary goes down next season but his cap hit remains $4.5 million. Another concern is his lack of production since the start of last season with both the Caps and his former team, the Predators…The Hurricanes might be unwilling to move an age-comparable player. Still, management could be getting a bit desperate. The Leafs won’t to move Liles, but they won’t take back equal or greater salary to do so. Gleason’s also sidelined a week with a lower-body injury, which could affect his trade value…Reports out of New York claim the Rangers would want a decent defenseman in return for Del Zotto. What’s being offered by the Senators won’t cut it…Seven-years and around $50 million is what it’ll take to re-sign Phaneuf…With Fasth sidelined, the Ducks aren’t moving Hiller.
TVA SPORTS: reports Canadiens GM Bergervin and his deputies were recently spotted at the Blue Jackets-Maple Leafs game. Louis-Andre Lariviere, meanwhile, recently reported free agent goalie Jose Theodore’s agent said his client currently has no interest in retirement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bergevin and company could’ve been scouting the Leafs as the Habs play them again this Saturday. Remember, just because a team scouts another doesn’t mean it’s to look for potential trade bait. Then again, the Jackets are struggling and Bergevin is rumored to be seeking a major deal.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley reports Martin Erat’s teammates support his decision to request a trade, praising him as a model teammate.