Fallout from the Kane trade, latest on Zdeno Chara, Andrej Sekera, Jaromir Jagr, Cody Hogdson, Milan Michalek and more.
Jets, Sabres not done dealing.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ted Wyman reports Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff still has a glut of defensemen, which he could draw from to add another top-nine forward.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl reports Sabres pending UFA forwards Chris Stewart and Torrey Mitchell are likely to be moved by the trade deadline. GM Tim Murray hasn’t ruled out adding another first rounder.
NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports Sabres’ forward Cody Hodgson’s name is out there in the rumor mill. If the Sabres fail to find a taker via trade they could consider buying him out this summer. Because Hodgson is under 26 years old, it would be at one-third the remaining value of his contract over twice the remaining tenure instead of two-thirds…TSN’s Bob McKenzie claims the Sabres shipping Tyler Myers to Winnipeg in the Kane trade won’t affect the market for playoff rentals like Toronto’s Cody Franson and Carolina’s Andrej Sekera.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect the Jets will move a third-pairing defenseman like Paul Postma or Adam Pardy to land a third-line forward…Stewart and Mitchell are likely goners by the trade deadline, provided Sabres GM Tim Murray is willing to be flexible in his asking price. Hodgson’s contract (four more years at $4.25 million per season) could be tough to move, unless they want to swap toxic contracts with another club. Some might suggest trading him to a team which needs to reach next season’s cap floor, but those teams can easily reach it simply by re-signing key players or making more affordable additions.
Could the Bruins shop Chara?
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty suggests the Boston Bruins should consider trading captain Zdeno Chara while they can still get value for the 37-year-old blueliner, though he admits that’s a move which likely can’t happen until the offseason at the earliest.
Haggerty notes there’s no easy solution to help the Bruins avoid missing the playoffs. He notes the Bruins have been linked to Chris Stewart, Michael Ryder, Zack Kassian and Cam Atkinson in their search for a right wing, and doesn’t rule out the possibility of a return of Jaromir Jagr. Defensemen like Cody Franson and Andrej Sekera are available but could be too expensive.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Bruins try to trade Chara it won’t happen until this summer. Even then, that’s not a guarantee. Chara and GM Peter Chiarelli have a long history dating back to their days with the Senators. Chiarelli could remain loyal to his captain, at least for another season. Chara also has a full no-movement clause and two more seasons left on his contract at a cap hit of over $6.9 million per season.
Latest on Jaromir Jagr.
THE SCORE: Brandon Wile cites a recent report from TSN’s Darren Dreger claiming the New Jersey Devils aren’t ready to give up on their season and start moving players like Jaromir Jagr, but they could revisit that possibility soon. Dreger claims if Jagr is to be dealt he prefers going to an Eastern Conference contender.
NJ.COM: Rich Chere reports Jagr downplayed his agent meeting with GM Lou Lamoriello over the weekend. He doubts they were discussing a trade and said he’s not requesting one.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Tom Gulitti also reports Jagr downplaying his agent’s recent meeting with Lamoriello, but notes the winger sounds like a player who’d prefer being dealt by the deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll be very surprised if Jagr is still with the Devils by the trade deadline. I think there’s a market for him, perhaps with the New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens or even the Washington Capitals.
Latest rumors from Bob McKenzie.
NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the Carolina Hurricanes won’t re-sign defenseman Andrej Sekera and will trade him. McKenzie claims Sekera seeks something between $5.5 – $6 million per season, which is too expensive for the Hurricanes…McKenzie claims the Flyers might trade veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen. His former club, the Nashville Predators, could be a fit. Much depends upon Timonen’s ongoing efforts to overcome blood clots and return to action…If Pittsburgh Penguins blueliner Christian Ehrhoff remains sidelined by concussion symptoms, McKenzie believes the Penguins could be in the market for a defenseman.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There will be considerable interest in Sekera. The Kings, Ducks and maybe the Stars could get into the bidding for him. The Habs are also rumored seeking defensive depth.
Latest on the Capitals, Senators and Blue Jackets.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley lists New Jersey’s Jaromir Jagr and Michael Ryder, Buffalo’s Chris Stewart and Ottawa’s Chris Neil as possible right-wing trade options for the Capitals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’d add Carolina’s Jiri Tlusty as well. He’s on pace for 20 goals this season and has first-line experience.
OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan reports Senators winger Milan Michalek could become trade bait if he doesn’t pick up his play soon. Brennan admits the decline in Michalek’s offensive game could make him difficult to move, but suggests he still has enough left to help a contender.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Michalek has two more years at $4 million per season on his contract and a limited no-trade clause. Good luck with that.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline reports the Blue Jackets aren’t in the market for major trades at this year’s deadline. Portzline speculates pending free agents like center Mark Letestu, right wing Cam Atkinson, left wing Matt Calvert and defenseman Jordan Leopold could be shopped. Atkinson and Calvert are RFAs this summer due for big raises with arbitration rights, It’s unclear what their roles could be next season. The Bruins and Avalanche are reportedly interested in Atkinson, while the Jets might have interest in Calvert.
Listing top potential rental players.
SPORTSNET: Mike Johnston list the top-15 possible trade deadline rental players. Among them are Arizona’s Antoine Vermette, Toronto’s Cody Franson, New Jersey’s Jaromir Jagr, Carolina’s Andrej Sekera, Buffalo’s Chris Stewart, Philadelphia’s Michael Del Zotto, Ottawa’s Marc Methot, Washington’s Mike Green, Colorado’s Daniel Briere and Dallas’s Erik Cole.