Latest on Curtis Glencross, Joffrey Lupul, Dion Phaneuf, Ryan O’Reilly, James Wisniewski, Antoine Vermette, Jonathan Bernier and more.
Highlights of Elliotte Friedman’s latest “30 Thoughts.”
SPORTSNET.CA: Elliotte Friedman believes the Calgary Flames will try to bring in something via trade to help their roster now, perhaps in a trade involving pending UFA winger Curtis Glencross. The LA Kings are on his list of preferred trade destinations but the LA Times’ Lisa Dillman reports the Kings aren’t a fit. The Washington Capitals aren’t on Glencross’ list but Friedman think he’d be a good fit with them. The St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers could also be watching Glencross…With the Chicago Blackhawks placing Patrick Kane (collarbone) on LTIR, they could use the cap savings to land a short-term replacement. They’ve been linked to Glencross and Arizona’s Antoine Vermette. However, Friedman think it’s makes little sense for the ‘Hawks to invest assets on a player who could stay beyond this season, citing their limited cap space…Friedman claims there’s rumors the Rangers could consider trading Mats Zuccarello, see what they can get, and (if necessary) flip the return for something else…It’s believed Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy will do all he can to salvage the relationship with Ryan O’Reilly and prevent a trade…San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi’s name continues to surface in the rumor mill. GM Doug Wilson won’t comment on if he’s seeking a starting goaltender…Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon could hang onto winger Tomas Fleischmann as long as possible to see where things stand by the deadline. Detroit and Washington know him well…Friedman dismisses rumors claiming the Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins are in a three-way race for Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul…Leafs defenseman Roman Polak might be a fit with the Tampa Bay Lightning…With Zbynek Michalek sidelined by a concussion, the Arizona Coyotes could try packaging him with Antoine Vermette…Friedman spitballs a Dion Phaneuf to Detroit for Stephen Weiss and Jakub Kindl.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whole lotta stuff from Friedman today. Certainly sounds like there’s lots of suitors for Glencross, depending upon if he’s willing to be flexible with his no-trade clause. If the Flames want a player in return who helps them right now, it could take until deadline day to hammer out a deal…All reports I’ve seen and heard from New York claim the Rangers aren’t moving Zuccarello. We’ll know for sure by deadline day…I don’t see O’Reilly being dealt at the deadline…If the Sharks fall further out of playoff contention, Niemi could be gone by deadline day…Habs acquired Devante Smith-Pelly and the Penguins picked up Daniel Winnik, so I believe they’re done shopping for forwards…Why is the Sportsnet crew so insistent on linking Dion Phaneuf to the Red Wings? If comments from Wings GM Ken Holland are anything to go by, he’s not pursuing an expensive defenseman like Phaneuf.
Latest on the Blackhawks.
NBC SPORTS: In the wake of the Chicago Blackhawks losing Patrick Kane to injury for an indefinite period, Jason Brough cites some speculation around the league as to what the ‘Hawks might do to replace him. Brough cites ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun suggesting Arizona’s Antoine Vermette would be a good fit. NHL.com’s Brian Hedger suggested New Jersey’s Jaromir Jagr.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kane could be sidelined until the playoffs. Placing him on LTIR free up considerable cap space to take on a rental player like Vermette or Jagr. Keep an eye on the Blackhawks leading up to deadline day.
Updates on Curtis Glencross, Jonathan Bernier, James Wisniewski and Chris Stewart.
SPORTSNET: Luke Fox cites colleague Andrew Walker claiming the Washington Capitals are getting closer to acquiring Calgary Flames winger Curtis Glencross, claiming he will waive his no-trade clause for them.
SFGATE.COM: Ross McKeon wonders if the San Jose Sharks might have interest in Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier. It would not be as simple as swapping Antti Niemi (a UFA in July) for Bernier. McKeon speculates it could cost the Sharks a good young player like Tomas Hertl, Matt Nieto or even Logan Couture.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH’s Aaron Portzline reports via Twitter: “Told James Wisniewski’s list of 10 no-trade teams was put together in a way to make it more difficult for
#CBJ to trade. In other words …teams with no cap room and no need for offensive defensemen were approved, while teams with glaring need/cap room were on no-trade list.”
ESPN.COM’s Craig Custance reports the following via Twitter: “Asking price for Chris Stewart in one negotiation was a B+ prospect. No picks. Not as high as some of the speculation I’ve heard on him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Glencross to the Capitals? If Friedman’s remarks are anything to go by, the Flames want a player in return who can help them right now…Ok, the Sharks aren’t parting with Logan Couture for Jonathan Bernier! Get that out of your heads right now, Leafs Nation! Couture is a player the Sharks will eventually rebuild around…Well, it looks like Wisniewski may have checkmated Blue Jackets management. Well played!…Considering Stewart hasn’t been acquired by anyone despite supposed interest in him from other clubs (hello there, Boston Bruins) earlier this season, it means the Sabres have lowered their asking price, or maybe Stewart isn’t as hot a commodity as we were led to believe.