Check out the latest on Tyler Myers, Eric Staal, Dennis Wideman, Brian Campbell, Luke Schenn, Chris Stewart, Andrej Sekera, Ilya Bryzgalov, Brandon Gormley and more.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the respective poor starts of the Florida Panthers and Edmonton Oilers have put Panthers GM Dale Tallon on the hot seat and Oilers coach Dallas Eakins on shaky ground…New Jersey Devils defenseman Adam Larsson has seen limited action this season, leading some to believe he could be moved. Devils winger Damien Brunner could also be moved…”The Oilers, Stars, Wings, Panthers, Bolts, Flames and Sharks” are looking for a defenseman. Garrioch suggests calling the Philadelphia Flyers, as Luke Schenn and Nicklas Grossmann are believed available…The further the Hurricanes fall, the stronger the possibility Eric Staal agrees to waive his no-movement clause…The Rangers are expected to seek help at center at some point this season, while the Penguins are rumored to be seeking forward depth…The Coyotes are trying to move defenseman Brandon Gormley, who isn’t happy in the minors…While Sabres GM Tim Murray is being patient, at some point he’ll be listening to offers for UFAs Drew Stafford and Chris Stewart, as well as defenseman Tyler Myers. The Senators had interest in Stewart last season but the Sabres asking price is Mark Stone or another high-end Sens prospect…The Hurricanes prefer re-signing defenseman Andrej Sekera, who’s eligible for UFA status next summer…Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman’s name is “out there”, but he has a no-movement clause and another three years on his contract at $5.25 million annually…If the Panthers trade defenseman Brian Campbell they want a top prospect in return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I daresay Eakins loses his job before Tallon…I was mocked by several Devils fans for daring to suggest Larsson could be shopped if he fails to crack the lineup again this season. So far, I’m not seeing anything from Larsson this season to change my mind…The Flyers can’t afford to part with anybody right now from their defense…If Staal agrees to be dealt, that move won’t happen until next summer, when teams have more cap space and willingness to deal…Gormley’s only 22 and still has time to develop into a decent NHL defenseman. If the Coyotes move him they’ll likely get a draft pick back…The Sabres aren’t in any hurry to move Stafford, Stewart and Myers. Don’t be surprised if nothing happens trade-wise with the Sabres until the March 2nd trade deadline…I wouldn’t be shocked if the Hurricanes re-sign Sekera…Wideman’s not going anywhere unless the Flames agree to pick up part of his salary…Given Campbell’s high salary ($7.142 million), I doubt there will be many takers for him.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons notes Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis is on the road, but suggests if Nonis is close to a deal it’ll be a small one, not a move for Eric Staal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Trades for players of Staal’s caliber and salary usually don’t occur this early in the season. No word what Nonis is looking for.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa reports the Bruins will continue searching for an experienced right-shot forward, preferably with size. Shinzawa notes the Bruins have assets to trade which they received in the Johnny Boychuk trade from the New York Islanders, including the Philadelphia Flyers second-round pick in 2015. Given the Bruins need to re-sign Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug and Reilly Smith next summer, the Bruins are expected to target wingers in the final year of their contracts.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Buffalo Sabres right wing Chris Stewart could be just the guy they’re looking for.
NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Chris Nichols cites a reports by Sportsnet’s Damien Cox claiming Ilya Bryzgalov’s agent reached out to the Colorado Avalanche to inquire if they’re interested in his services. Apparently the Avs aren’t interested right now.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With Semyon Varlamov and Reto Berra currently sidelined, the Avs are sticking with young callups for the time being.