Updates on Curtis Glencross, Antti Niemi, Andrej Sekera, Jaromir Jagr, Zbynek Michalek and many more in your NHL rumor mill.
Highlights from Elliotte Friedman’s latest “30 Thoughts.”
SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman reports there’s no progress in contract talks between pending UFA Curtis Glencross and the Calgary Flames, creating speculation he could be moved by the trade deadline. The Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, possibly the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Winnipeg Jets have shown some interest in Glencross, who has a no-trade clause. Friedman speculates Glencross might prefer the Anaheim Ducks…The Montreal Canadiens seek are looking for size up front and Friedman suggests Buffalo Sabres center Torrey Mitchell could be a good fit. He doesn’t believe New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr would work with the Habs as he would slow down their speed game. Friedman claims a couple of teams had interest in Jiri Sekac in the offseason and Habs GM Marc Bergevin could contact them to revisit their interest. One league executive wonders why the Habs would want to part with forward Lars Eller…It’s rumored the San Jose Sharks could trade pending UFA goalie Antti Niemi to make room for younger players…The LA Kings have interest in Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak. They also had interest in Dion Phaneuf but they’re not alone…The St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning are among the clubs interested in Arizona Coyotes defenseman Zbynek Michalek…The Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks could have interest in Carolina Hurricanes blueliner Andrej Sekera…One GM thinks if the Edmonton Oilers lands Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel at this year’s draft they’ll be less likely to move Jordan Eberle or Taylor Hall…Friedman believes the Stars could pursue Chicago’s Brent Seabrook or the New York Islanders’ Johnny Boychuk this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A few interesting tidbits from Friedman. The Flames could retain Glencross for the playoffs, but they’ve played well when he was sidelined earlier this season. If they can get a player back who can help them reach the playoffs they could move Glencross, provided he’s willing to accept a deal…I also believe Jagr would be a poor fit with the Canadiens. I know some folks would love to see him in a Habs jersey. So would I, if it was Jagr from ten years ago…As long as the Sharks stay in the playoff picture I think they’ll retain Niemi. If they fall out of contention, then he could be moved…I still don’t understand why the cap-strapped LA Kings would want to add more salary by taking on Dion Phaneuf. From a cap perspective, this makes no sense, especially when they’ve got to re-sign Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson this season and Anze Kopitar before next summer…I’ve read some folks believe if the Oilers land McDavid or Eichel it could provide further motivation for the Oilers to move Eberle or Hall. Which means no one knows for sure what the hell Oilers management has in store for their offseason plans…I can see the Stars going after Seabrook, as the Blackhawks must shed salary and Seabrook will be an expensive re-signing in 2016. I expect the Islanders to re-sign Boychuk.
Potential Canadiens trade targets.
SPORTSNET.CA: Damien Cox reports the Montreal Canadiens are looking to add depth by the upcoming March trade deadline. He suggests forwards like Arizona’s Antoine Vermette, Toronto’s Daniel Winnik, Carolina’s Jiri Tlusty, Columbus’ Mark Letestu and Florida’s Sean Bergenheim as possible fits for the Habs, plus he notes speculation linking the Canadiens to New Jersey’s Jaromir Jagr.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lots of speculation suggesting Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin will swing a deal or two at the trade deadline. He’s got the depth in young asset to offer up for trade bait, but I think he’d prefer acquiring a player with some term remaining on his contract instead of simply landing a rental player.
Rangers interested in Sekera.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the New York Rangers have joined a crowded field of teams with interest in Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera. The current asking price is a first-round pick and a prospect, but Brooks speculates that could drop. He suggests the Rangers could offer up one of their second-round picks. He also wonders if the Hurricanes might have interest in blueliner John Moore.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That price for Sekera might drop, but the Rangers could still find themselves in a bidding war for his services.
Latest on the Senators, Blue Jackets and Canucks.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators GM Bryan Murray acknowledges he’s had plenty of call about sidelined winger Chris Neil but he remains reluctant about moving him. Garrioch also notes the Senators have eight defensemen. Several teams seek blueliners and Patrick Wiercioch could generate some interest.
NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports other general manager believe the Columbus Blue Jackets might listen to trade offers for center Artem Anisimov…The Vancouver Canucks aren’t shopping center Shawn Matthias but if they were to move him they would want a player in return.