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Latest Rumblings from Pierre LeBrun.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports the Columbus Blue Jackets could listen to trade offers but they’re not engaged in a roster fire sale. Mark Letestu is their only UFA of note, while RFAs Cam Atkinson and Matt Calvert have garnered some attention. LeBrun speculates the Jackets might listen to offers for defenseman James Wisniewski…Injuries to Matt Beleskey and Sami Vatanen could step up the Anaheim Ducks’ efforts to do something at the trade deadline, perhaps adding a defenseman…The Vancouver Canucks’ priorities are finding a top-six forward and help for their banged-up blueline…With Marc Methot re-signed, the Ottawa Senators are carrying eight defenseman and could try moving one.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Injuries contributed to the Blue Jackets demise this season. Management doesn’t have a need to rebuild. The Jackets showed their promise last season with a healthier lineup…Ducks could move a prospect or two and perhaps a draft pick to add a defenseman…Canucks don’t have much to offer up for trade bait to address their needs. Winger Zach Kassian, veteran forward Chris Higgins, winger Jannik Hansen and backup goalie Eddie Lack could be what they’ve got to offer up, which won’t attract much.
Senators shopping a defenseman?
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Ken Warren speculates the Senators could shop a defenseman like Jared Cowen or Patrick Wiercioch for draft picks and prospects while shedding some payroll for next season.
OTTAWA SUN’s Bruce Garrioch took to Twitter to suggest the Carolina Hurricanes could have interest in Wiercioch.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seems like Wiercioch ($2 million annual cap hit through 2015-16) could be the likely trade candidate. If, as expected, the Hurricanes trade Andrej Sekera they could consider Wiercioch to add depth to their blueline. As the Sens could be trying to shed salary he’ll likely only cost a draft pick or prospect.
Latest on the Stars and Maple Leafs.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika reports injuries to Tyler Seguin, Ales Hemsky and Patrick Eaves could affect the futures for pending UFAs Shawn Horcoff and Erik Cole. Both appear likely trade candidates but they could be retained to help the Stars fill their injury gaps and stay in the playoff chase.
NBC SPORTS: Jason Brough cites a report by The Globe and Mail’s Eric Duhatschek claiming the Los Angeles Kings covet Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hey, maybe the Kings can get Polak by shipping a package of Mike Richards, Tyler Toffoli and a first-round pick to Toronto…Kidding! Just kidding. Seriously, Polak comes with a cap hit of $2.75 million through 2015-16, so the Leafs will have to retain some salary if the Kings want him.