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NBC SPORTS: Jason Brough noted the Winnipeg Jets announcing today winger Evander Kane would undergo shoulder-surgery and could miss four-to-six month. Though one might expect that to put an end to the Kane rumor mill for this season, Brough cites Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reporting Kane going on LTIR doesn’t mean he can’t be moved by the trade deadline, with some believing he could still be dealt.
TSN: Darren Dreger reports the news of Kane’s surgery has appreciably reduced the market for his services (Cup contenders like Boston, Anaheim, Pittsburgh unwilling to acquire a player who can’t help them now), but some teams could still view him (like the Vancouver Canucks) as a long-term option. Dreger believes there’s now a heightened sense of urgency for Jets management to add probably two wingers. They still have depth on their blueline to address that need…Dreger also reports the LA Kings could consider absorbing 30 percent of Mike Richards’ remaining contract, or take back a toxic contract if someone shows interest in Richards. Dreger claims a team with limited interest believed the Kings should add a pick or prospect to the deal in addition to picking up Richards’ salary…The Nashville Predators are rumored to have interest in Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson, but they could has as much or more interest in one of the Leafs forwards, like Daniel Winnik or Mike Santorelli.
NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Dreger also speculates the Ottawa Senators might have some interest in Kane.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So, teams with Stanley Cup aspirations are out of the Kane bidding, but non-contenders could still have interest in him as a long-term asset. That’s fine, I guess, though if I’m Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff, I wait until the offseason to move Kane, when the market will be better and his value will be improved. Right now, he’s not going to get good value for Kane… If the Kings want to move Richards, they must pick up a good chunk of his salary and include a good player, a high draft pick or a top prospect in the deal…The Preds have more need for a top-nine forward than another defenseman.
TVA SPORTS: Renaud Lavoie tweets, “Talks intensified between Ducks and Sabres on Tyler Myers. Other teams have interest in Myers. Can he be traded ? Its a real possibility.”
WGR 550: Lavoie claims the Ducks and Sabres are talking, with the Sabres wanting another defenseman (possibly Cam Fowler) as part of the return. At the very least, the Sabres seek a roster player and a prospect.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not sure how keen the Ducks are to part with Fowler, a key part of their defense corps. He’s their second-leading scorer among defensemen this season, but lacks the size of Myers (though most NHL blueliners do), who’s more physical and has better defensive numbers than Fowler. It would certainly take a d-man like Fowler to pry Myers out of Buffalo.
NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman believes the LA Kings, Vancouver Canucks and Detroit Red Wings could be interested in Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry…Oilers GM Craig MacTavish acknowledged he’s received calls for Petry, who’s a pending UFA this summer. MacTavish suggests his club will be less active in this year trade deadline than in years past.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He will be moving Petry, either on deadline day or leading up to it.
NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman claims former Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford made forward Jeff Skinner available before he stepped down and a couple of years ago. Friedman believes there could be some teams with interest in Skinner, but his concussion history is a concern…Friedman believes the LA Kings will pursue a defenseman, having made a pitch for Toronto’s Dion Phaneuf and expressing interest in Carolina’s Andrej Sekera and Pittsburgh’s Paul Martin…TSN’s Pierre LeBrun believes the Nashville Predators could be aggressive at the trade deadline, with interest in Ottawa Senators winger Chris Neil.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Hurricanes shop Skinner they could have a hard time finding a trade partner or getting a decent return. Though talented, Skinner’s concussion history could be a deal breaker…The Kings could land a defenseman but they could be forced into the bargain bin if they don’t want to part with anyone besides Mike Richards.
NBC SPORTS: Mike Halford notes with New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist out for a month with a throat injury, and believes GM Glen Sather will shop for a short-term backup for Cam Talbot, who will fill in for Lundqvist. Halford suggests Detroit’s Jonas Gustavsson, Anaheim’s Jason Labarbera and Chicago’s Michael Leighton as options.