The latest on Jason Spezza, Martin Brodeur, Ryan Kesler, Marian Gaborik, Ryan Callahan, Christian Ehrhoff and more.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports Martin Brodeur or Jaroslav Halak could provide some assurances in goal for the Minnesota Wild. So far, there’s no indication the Devils could move Brodeur. Other affordable options for the Wild could include Anaheim’s Viktor Fasth, Florida’s Tim Thomas, Edmonton’s Ilya Bryzgalov and Carolina’s Justin Peters…Sources claims Ryan Callahan has “softened” his contract demands from seven years to six. He still wants around $6.5 million, while the Rangers might prefer $6 million per. LeBrun also reports Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill is “open for business” but isn’t rushing to move a body for a draft pick…The Blackhawks are likely to stand pat at the deadline…The Detroit Red Wings are believed among the clubs pursuing Buffalo’s Christian Ehrhoff. $22 million of his $4o million contract will be paid out by the end of this season…Still no word on further developments in Chris Phillips’ contract talks with the Senators.
SPORTSNET.CA: Mark Spector suspects Ryan Kesler won’t be the only Canucks core player to move on. He noted Detroit likes defenseman Alex Edler, and suspects the NY Rangers could pursue Alex Burrows at the draft if they should trade away Ryan Callahan. The Penguins appear the front runners for Kesler…The Blackhawks limited cap space means they’ll likely stand pat at the trade deadline…He doubts the Maple Leafs get into the bidding for Kesler…The Senators are still interested in Chris Stewart, recently dealt from St. Louis to Buffalo…The Rangers could have interest in Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky if they can get him for a third-round pick…With so many teams seeking defense, Spector wonders if Winnipeg might move Dustin Byfuglien…He believes the Flames will move Mike Cammalleri and sees Matt Moulson as a fit with the LA Kings.
TSN.CA: Darren Dreger claims sources say the Ottawa Senators are quietly gauging interest around the league in Jason Spezza.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators GM Bryan Murray denied reports he’s shopping Spezza.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Back to you, Darren! Spezza’s agent also said his client hasn’t been asked to provide a list of preferred trade destinations.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline looks at possible moves for the Blue Jackets, including pursuit of a stabilizing veteran defenseman (Christian Ehrhoff?) plus some “size, snarl” at forward. He also speculates the Jackets could hang onto Marian Gaborik up to the trade deadline to see if he’ll generate a decent return. If not, they’ll hang onto him for the rest of the season. They could also move forward Cam Atkinson if they land a top commodity. Portzline believes the Jackets wish to swap bodies, not add them.