The latest on Cody Franson and Jaromir Jagr, plus updates on the Coyotes, Ducks, Bruins and Senators.
NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: SPORTSNET’s Elliotte Friedman believes the Ducks are expected to make a move for a defenseman and have been linked to Toronto Maple Leafs blueliner Cody Franson. TSN’s Darren Dreger reports he could see the Dallas Stars having some interest in Franson…Bob McKenzie believes the Arizona Coyotes (Antoine Vermette, Zbynek Michalek, possibly Keith Yandle), Anaheim Ducks and LA Kings could be ready to deal leading up to the March trade deadline…Pierre LeBrun believes the Ducks and Nashville Predators are worth watching as the deadline approaches…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Franson would be a good rental player for the Stars or Ducks. If he plays well, whichever teams acquires him will have his exclusive negotiation rights leading up to the start of the UFA period on July 1, giving them the inside track. I also believe the Kings will try to get into the bidding for Franson, hence their attempt to shed Mike Richards via waivers…The Coyotes will be sellers between now and the trade deadline, with Vermette and Michalek the most likely trade candidates.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Tom Gulitti reports New Jersey Devils winger Jaromir Jagr knows he could be among the players GM Lou Lamoriello could move leading up to the March 2 trade deadline. Though Jagr lacks a no-trade clause, he expects interested teams will likely wish to speak to him before completing a deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite his age, the almost 43-year-old Jagr could still be effective as a second or third line winger on a playoff team, providing considerable experience and leadership.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggarty responded to reader questions regarding possible moves for the Boston Bruins. He doesn’t believe they need to find a third-line winger. Haggarty feels they should pursue “a veteran right winger like Chris Stewart, Michael Ryder or Jaromir Jagr to man the right side with David Krejci and Milan Lucic”, which would allow rookie winger David Pastrnak to slip down to the third line. He believes Buffalo’s Drew Stafford could also be a good acquisition. He doesn’t believe the Bruins will put in a waiver claim for LA Kings center Mike Richards, citing his expensive contract and the Bruins limited cap space.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That limited cap space could prevent Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli from making any bold moves leading up to the trade deadline. While I expect Chiarelli will do something it’ll likely be a bargain deal.
OTTAWA SUN: Chris Hofley reports long-time Senators Chris Phillips and Chris Neil have spoken with GM Bryan Murray regarding their futures in Ottawa. Murray recently said he’d consider trading Phillips or Neil if the right deal presented itself at the trade deadline. Neither player was willing to look too far down the road.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Senators fail to gain significant ground in the Eastern Conference standings (where they’re currently 10 points out of playoff contention) Murray will become a seller. Phillips or Neil, as well as pending UFA blueliner Marc Methot, could be shopped.