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TORONTO STAR: In the wake of the Maple Leafs trading Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to Nashville, Bruce Arthur speculates over which Leafs could be next to be dealt. “Move Joffrey Lupul? If you can. Tyler Bozak? Please do. One of the goalies? No good reason why not, yet. But only one of them is bringing anything significant back.” Arthur also notes Phil Kessel has to submit a list of eight preferred trade destinations and Dion Phaneuf 10, though they could probably be convinced to broaden their lists. He feels both could be dealt in the summer, rather than the trade deadline.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo suggests the Winnipeg Jets acquisition of Tyler Myers could be seen as a possible replacement for Dustin Byfuglien, who is eligible for UFA status next summer. Russo considers Byfuglien, a Minnesota native, exactly what the Wild need.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James wonders if the Detroit Red Wings can reasonably upgrade at the trade deadline, noting their ongoing search for a right-handed offensive defenseman. She notes it’s not a desperate need and the Wings have over $9 million in cap space. She notes Arizona Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle might be a good addition but the Coyotes could wait until the summer to move him and he could cost the Wings one of their good young forwards plus more. Carolina’s Andrej Sekera would be a good fit but he’s a UFA in July. Other options include Columbus’ Fedor Tyutin (signed through 2016-17) and Edmonton’s Jeff Petry.
THE PROVINCE: Jason Botchford reports the Vancouver Canucks must get younger and deeper without diminishing their depth, speculating they could make at least two trades by the deadline. Possible trade assets include winger Zack Kassian, forward Chris Higgins, backup goalie Eddie Lack, winger Jannik Hansen, center Shawn Matthias and sidelined defenseman Kevin Bieksa. Of these, Botchford feels Bieksa would have the best value, though he doubts the Canucks will move him. The rest could garner prospects, draft picks or a young player or two.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports Jeff Petry’s agent claims he’s had no contract talks with the Oilers and expects his client to be dealt at by the trade deadline. Matheson lists Detroit, Anaheim, Los Angeles, Montreal, Nashville, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay as potential suitors.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Jack Todd notes TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s recent report claiming Canadiens Lars Eller and Alexei Emelin could be trade candidates, but questions if GM Marc Bergevin is actually shopping them, noting how closely the Habs GM plays his cards to the vest. He also points out the Canadiens have plenty of depth in young talent, but also notes they could probably use another top-four defenseman and another scoring forward.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE: Erik Erlendsson reports Lighting GM Steve Yzerman is believed seeking a defenseman and perhaps a top-six caliber forward, but notes not to read too much into rumors linking him to certain players, noting Yzerman’s tendency to “work off the radar” when working on trades.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No rumor analysis today, as we’re trying to fix a busted furnace in the midst of a blizzard here on Prince Edward Island. Feel free to offer up your opinions, as always, in the comments section.