Latest on Ryan O’Reilly, Craig Anderson and Eric Staal, plus the latest on the Lightning and Capitals.
SPORTSNET: Luke Fox cites Elliotte Friedman’s belief the Colorado Avalanche are ready to trade forward Ryan O’Reilly, though the catch is interested clubs will need assurances they can re-sign O’Reilly, who’s eligible for UFA status next summer. Friedman suggests O’Reilly’s contentious contract history is a motivating factor.
TSN: Bob McKenzie also notes O’Reilly’s contract history and UFA status next season, suggesting those are factors which could affect efforts to trade him. Because O’Reilly still has a season remaining on his contract, McKenzie points out the Avalanche aren’t in any rush to move the 2014 Lady Byng Trophy winner. McKenzie also suggests shipping O’Reilly to Buffalo for defenseman Tyler Myers might be a good fit for both clubs, suggesting O’Reilly’s leadership and experience would be a stabilizing influence on the young Sabres, who could end up selecting Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel in this year’s NHL Draft. McKenzie’s colleague Darren Dreger notes the rumors linking O’Reilly to the Toronto Maple Leafs but claims Leafs GM Dave Nonis hasn’t spoken to Avs management in over a month. Pierre LeBrun claims the Buffalo Sabres have interest in O’Reilly, but he also said there’s no certainty the Avalanche will move the winger.
NBC SPORTS: Jason Brough lists the Maple Leafs, Sabres, Arizona Coyotes, Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals as possible destinations for O’Reilly.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis speculates over what the Oilers could offer up for O’Reilly, suggesting defensemen Justin Schultz, Darnell Nurse or Oscar Klefbom as trade bait.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sabres GM Tim Murray claims he’s not shopping Myers and it’ll take a major offer for him to consider it. O’Reilly would be of interest to Murray but he’ll want assurances he can re-sign him. He’s not going to ship out Myers for a player who’ll bolt next summer via free agency. The Avs seek a top-two defenseman. The Leafs could offer up Cody Franson but he’s a UFA this summer. Jake Gardiner isn’t top-two material yet. They’ll likely want Morgan Rielly in return. The Coyotes could offer up Keith Yandle. Brough wonders if the Canadiens could move Alexei Emelin, but his no-trade clause says no. The Capitals could offer up pending UFA blueliner Mike Green. Right now, if the Coyotes really want O’Reilly, I’d say they could make the best offer. I don’t believe the Oilers have anything to seriously interest the Avs.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Ken Warren reports Senators GM Bryan Murray dismissed trade rumors about his starting goalie Craig Anderson, but said he intends to trade forward Colin Greening or place him on waivers. Murray maintains he’s still seeking a top-six winger.
NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Pierre LeBrun believes the St. Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers have the depth in forwards to be trade partners with the Senators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With Robin Lehner struggling there’s no way Murray will part with Anderson. Greening will likely be demoted as the Sens have been trying to move him for some time. Blues forward Patrik Berglund might be available. The Flyers need a top-two defenseman and I don’t believe the Sens have what they need. Not saying they can’t do a deal with the Senators but I doubt it’ll be a significant deal for either club.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports Eric Staal has yet to discuss his future with Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. While Staal insists he wants to stay, LeBrun wonders if the Hurricanes captain might reconsider waiving his no-movement clause if Francis wants to move him for assets to be used in a rebuild.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe Francis wants to know if Staal not only wants to stay next season but if he also wants to remain long-term. That will likely factor into whatever plans Francis has. If Staal is non-committal beyond next season, Francis could ask him to waive his movement clause.
NBC SPORTS: Mike Halford reports Matt Carle’s abdominal surgery has Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman considering a trade to bring in a defenseman, though he acknowledged the trade market is currently thin for blueliners. Halford speculates they could pursue a gritty blueliner and wonders if Carolina’s Tim Gleason might be an option.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Alex Prewitt reports Capitals head coach Barry Trotz believes his club needs a piece or two to become a playoff team which can win. Trotz cites his top-line right wing and second-line center positions as areas which could use improvement.