Latest on Joffrey Lupul, Jordan Staal, James Wisniewski, Jeff Petry and many more.
TSN updated trade bait list.
TSN: updated their list of top-ten NHL trade bait heading toward the March 2 trade deadline. Arizona’s Antoine Vermette tops the list, followed by Carolina’s Andrej Sekera, Edmonton’s Jeff Petry, Toronto’s Daniel Winnik, Arizona’s Zbynek Michalek, Buffalo’s Chris Stewart, Florida’s Sean Bergenheim, Carolina’s Jiri Tlusty, Calgary’s Curtis Glencross and Colorado’s Jan Hejda.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not really an enticing list of talent. All of them are second tier at best. If those are the only notable players moved on deadline day, it’ll be a letdown compared to the big names who were on the move last season.
Lupul and Winnik on the move soon?
TSN.CA: Darren Dreger reports there’s a 60 percent chance Toronto Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul could be dealt leading up to the trade deadline and into this summer. If the oft-injured Lupul can stay healthy, Dreger claims there are several clubs with interest in him who could try to land by the deadline. Dreger also considers Leafs forward Daniel Winnik 100 percent likely to be dealt at the deadline. The Leafs seek a second-round pick and either a third-rounder or a prospect. The Winnipeg Jets are reportedly interested, and Alex Burmistrov’s name has been floated as a possible trade chip.
SPORTSNET: Luke Fox cites Sportsnet590 host Andrew Walker claiming the Leafs are actively shopping Lupul. The Montreal Canadiens are one club linked to Lupul in the rumor mill.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the uncertainty over next season’s salary cap, Lupul’s $5.25 million per season contract running through 2017-18 and his injury history, I think an NHL general manager would be insane to acquire him. Yes, when Lupul’s healthy he’s an effective top-six winger, but he’s constantly injured, and his contract carries too much salary for too long. Lupul’s not worth the risk.
Updates on Jordan Staal, James Wisniewski and Jeff Petry.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Chip Alexander reports Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis disputed media reports out of Pittsburgh that the Penguins are interested in reacquiring center Jordan Staal. “We’re not moving Jordan Staal,” said Francis.
NBC SPORTS: Dhiren Mahiban cites a report from The Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline claiming two different sources state the Blue Jackets are trying to move defenseman James Wisniewski by the trade deadline. Wisniewski was a healthy scratch during the Jackets game against the New York Rangers on Sunday, prompting speculation he might be dealt, though GM Jarmo Kekalainen claimed no deal was imminent.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson suggests the Oilers should rest defenseman Jeff Petry, who’s nursing sore ribs, rather than continue playing him leading up to the trade deadline and risk aggravating the injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise Francis denied the Staal trade speculation. Jordan obviously wasn’t about to be moved at the trade deadline. Still, if brother Eric decides he’ll test the 2016 free agent market this summer, Francis could try to move him, which could also affect Jordan’s future in Carolina…Looks like Kekalainen was only telling half the story regarding the Wisniewski trade speculation. More like, “No deal is imminent…but we’re working on one.” Wisniewski’s a right-handed shot which is a valuable commodity, but his cap hit is $5.5 million annually for two more seasons….There’s sufficient interest in Petry so the Oilers don’t have to showcase him now. If he needs a few days to recuperate from his rib injury, it might be wise to shut him down until deadline day.
Latest on the Bruins, Senators and Capitals.
ESPN BOSTON: Joe McDonald reports David Krejci’s knee injury puts pressure on Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to fill the void. Should Krejci go on LTIR until season’s end as expected, it’ll provide the cap-strapped Bruins with some relief (he’s earning $5.25 million this season) to pursue a short-term replacement. McDonald suggests Arizona’s Antoine Vermette as a trade target. If callup Ryan Spooner plays well at center, McDonald suggest perhaps targeting Winnipeg Jets winger Michael Frolik.
OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan reports the Senators could unload forwards Colin Greening and Erik Condra by the trade deadline.
CSN WASHINGTON: Chuck Gormley reports the Washington Capitals need a top-line right wing, second-line center and blue line depth. For right wing trade targets, he suggests Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle, New Jersey’s Jaromir Jagr, Carolina’s Jiri Tlusty and Buffalo’s Chris Stewart. For centers, Toronto’s Daniel Winnik and Arizona’s Antoine Vermette. For blueliners, Carolina’s Andrej Sekera, Edmonton’s Jeff Petry and New Jersey’s Marek Zidlicky.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Coyotes are reportedly seeking a first-round pick and top prospect for Vermette, which likely prices him out of the Bruins and Capitals market. The Jets seek a top-nine forward so I doubt they’ll trade Frolik to the Bruins…Condra is a UFA and likely has more value at this year’s trade deadline than Greening, who has term left on his deal…The Capitals stand a better chance of landing Tlusty, Stewart, Winnik or Petry.
No significant moves for Canucks, Islanders and Wild?
TSN: Darren Dreger reports the Vancouver Canucks are confident Eddie Lack can fill in for sidelined starter Ryan Miller and have no plans to shop for a goalie. Dreger claims they’re still on the hunt for goal scoring.
NEW YORK POST: Brett Cyrgalis reports sources claim Islanders GM Garth Snow won’t be pursuing a major deal leading up to the trade deadline and could stand pat.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher believes his club’s priority is its health and not the trade deadline. While several players are sidelined by injuries, others (Justin Fontaine, Jordan Schroeder, Matt Dumba) have stepped up to fill the void. The Wild have won six of eight games since those injuries.