Another list of potential trade-deadline targets, plus the latest on Jordan Staal, James Wisniewski and more.
Another list of possible trade-deadline targets.
NHL.COM: Dan Rosen lists Arizona’s Keith Yandle and Antoine Vermette, Toronto’s Phil Kessel, Jonathan Bernier, Dion Phaneuf, Daniel Winnik and Tyler Bozak, Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle and Jeff Petry, Washington’s Mike Green, Carolina’s Andrej Sekera and Jiri Tlusty, Buffalo’s Chris Stewart and New Jersey’s Jaromir Jagr and Marik Zidlicky as potential trade-deadline targets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of these, I expect Vermette, Winnik, Petry, Sekera, Tlusty, Stewart, Jagr and Zidlicky to be playing for new teams after 3 pm ET on March 2. Yandle and Bozak are maybes, as it wouldn’t surprise me if their respective teams wait until the offseason to move them. Kessel and Phaneuf are too expensive to move at this time of the season, though you can never fully dismiss the possibility. Green’s not going anywhere. He’s too important to the Capitals defense.
Latest on Jordan Staal and James Wisniewski.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Chip Alexander noted reports out of Pittsburgh this weekend speculation the Penguins could try to reacquire Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal. Alexander claims Hurricanes GM Ron Francis couldn’t be reached for comment on Sunday.
NBC SPORTS: James O’Brien noted the Columbus Blue Jackets made defenseman James Wisniewski a healthy scratch in their games yesterday against the New York Rangers. It was a puzzling move to sit their best puck-possession defenseman, sparking speculation perhaps a trade was in the works. O’Brien noted TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie claimed the Jackets are willing to listen to offers for Wisniewski. Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen claims there was no pending trade for the blueliner.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully Francis will clarify the situation with Staal, though as a rule GMs usually decline to address trade rumors. The longer Francis keeps silent on this, the more likely it’ll stoke speculation over Staal’s future in Carolina. Despite Kelalainen’s comments, Wisniewski’s name will probably remain in the rumor mill leading up to March 2. He has two years remaining on his contract at an annual cap hit of $5.5 million.
Updates on the Rangers and Islanders.
NEWSDAY: Steve Zipay reports the asking prices for Carolina Hurricanes blueliner Andrej Sekera, Edmonton’s Jeff Petry and Arizona’s Zbynek Michalek are currently too expensive for the New York Rangers. They’re not trading prospects Anthony Duclair, Pavel Buchnevich and Brady Skjei. They could shop one of their second round picks. The Blueshirts are eyeing Colorado’s Jan Hejda and Carolina’s Brett Bellmore, plus they have interest in Calgary’s Curtis Glencross. “Other names being bandied about are centers Mark Letestu (Columbus), Torrey Mitchell (Buffalo), James Sheppard (San Jose) and Kyle Brodziak (Minnesota) and wingers Daniel Winnik (Toronto) and Erik Condra (Ottawa),” writes Zipay…Mark Herrman notes recent injuries to New York Islanders forwards Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen, Mikhail Grabovski and Casey Cizikas. He suggests they shop a promising player like Griffin Reinhart or Ryan Pulock for a veteran forward.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Rangers don’t have a lot of wiggle room under the cap right now (about $1.2 million), so I think they’ll be forced to consider more affordable options for their defense and for depth at center…As for the Islanders, they can add a depth forward without having to part with Reinhart or Pulock.
Latest on the Maple Leafs.
TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby claims the Leafs spirited 4-3 victory on Saturday over the Winnipeg Jets won’t stop the trade winds blowing. “Many players, led by UFA winger Daniel Winnik, centre Tyler Bozak, defenceman Roman Polak and perhaps goaltender Jonathan Bernier could be gone this time next week with the March 2 NHL trade deadline quickly approaching,” writes Hornby.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt the Leafs part with Bernier, as there’s not many decent goaltending options available via trade or free agency. Hornby also speculated over the possibility of Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf being moved by the deadline but I think those moves could take place this summer. Winnik, Polak and possibly Bozak could be gone by the deadline.
Latest Flames news.
CALGARY SUN: Wes Gilbertson wonders where Flames pending UFA Curtis Glencross will end up. “Anaheim Ducks, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Los Angeles Kings, the Nashville Predators and the Tampa Bay Lightning” are reportedly on his list of preferred trade destinations. Gilbertson speculates the Flames are in the market for a depth defenseman and perhaps some help on the wings.
Latest on the Senators.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Ottawa Senators have called up winger Colin Greening in hopes of showcasing him for a trade. Defenseman Patrick Wiercioch and forward Erik Condra are also believed available.