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CALGARY SUN: Wes Gilbertson reports the reason Curtis Glencross could be dealt by the trade deadline is he and Flames management can’t reach an agreement on a new contract. Glencross is a UFA this summer and Gilbertson claims he seeks a big payday, but the dollars don’t work for the Flames. The winger is coming off a four-year, $10 million deal, which was considered a hometown discount.
NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman believes the Chicago Blackhawks are interested in Glencross, who is interested in them. Friedman speculates the ‘Hawks could wait until the last minute leading up to the deadline to acquire the veteran winger, as that’ll free up more cap space to get the player they want.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Glencross has a full no-movement clause so he controls where he can be dealt. It’s interesting the Blackhawks are linked to him. Most of the reports I’ve read out of Chicago suggest their biggest need is adding an experienced third-pairing defenseman. If so, Glencross won’t address that need.
Latest Sabres rumors.
NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: TSN’s Bob McKenzie believes Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray will do all he can to acquire Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly. McKenzie would be surprised if that move occurs by the deadline, suggesting it’s more likely to be considered in the offseason.
NBC SPORTS: Mike Halford cites a reports from The Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington claiming there’s been no contract extension talks between the Sabres and goaltender Michal Neuvirth.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless Murray gets O’Reilly to agree to a contract extension with the Sabres before the trade, it will be a wasteful move. O’Reilly is eligible for UFA status in July 2016, coming off a two-year deal in which he earned $6 million annually. He could bolt for free agency if he decides Buffalo’s not for him. If O’Reilly won’t re-sign, Murray will be wasting assets on a player who’ll be gone in a year.
Oilers to trade Petry. Roy, Yakupov staying.
SPORTSNET: Mark Spector reports Oilers GM Craig MacTavish views checking-line forwards Matt Hendricks and Boyd Gordon important pieces of the roster going forward. MacTavish also suggests it’s very unlikely he’ll move center Derek Roy at the trade deadline, as he’s played well with young winger Nail Yakupov. It’s expected pending UFA blueliner Jeff Petry could be traded, as several teams (Pittsburgh, Montreal, Anaheim and Detroit) are keeping an eye on him. Though the Oilers tried again to re-sign Petry, Spector claims the blueliner is intent on testing the UFA market and will be traded, perhaps for a second-round pick and a prospect…Nick Kypreos doubts the Oilers will move Nail Yakupov at the trade deadline.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis also reports the Oilers are unlikely to trade pending UFA center Derek Roy and will try to re-sign him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m not surprised the Oilers hope to re-sign Roy, as he’s helped improve young Yakupov’s performance. The much-traveled Roy is on a one-year, $1 million deal and shouldn’t be an expensive re-signing. Barring a change of heart by Petry, I expect he’ll be playing elsewhere by March 2.
No deals yet for Senators.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Wayne Scanlan reports Senators GM Bryan Murray is ready to deal but hasn’t received any calls yet. Murray is carrying eight defensemen and could move one of them. Pending UFA forward Erik Condra could also be dealt.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jared Cowen and Patrick Wiercioch have been mentioned as possible blueline trade candidates. The Senators would also love to move winger Colin Greening, currently buried in the minors.