The latest on Cam Fowler, Tyler Bozak, Antoine Vermette, Curtis Glencross, Erik Cole, Joffrey Lupul and many more.
Collection of rumors from the Edmonton Journal.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson claims he’s hearing Montreal Canadiens prospect goalie Zach Fucale could be in play and believes the Edmonton Oilers would be very interested…Matheson doubts Jeff Petry will land a first-round pick for the Oilers, but a second for sure and a prospect. But “short of Montreal giving up Nathan Beaulieu or Detroit Xavier Ouellet or Pittsburgh Derick Pouliot or the Islanders Griffin Reinhart, are there other prospects in play here?”, wonders Matheson. He claims the Canadiens want Petry and wonders if they’ll part with Jared Tinordi. He speculates the Ducks could also have interest and wonders if they’ll part with prospect Josh Manson…The Capitals seek a third-pairing rental defenseman but are more interested in a first-line right wing. Matheson suggests looking at Buffalo’s Chris Stewart…It’s no secret Sabres GM Tim Murray covets Colorado Avalanche center Ryan O’Reilly, who could be dealt in the off-season. Matheson seemed to suggest Sabres prospects Mikhail Grigorenko and Nikita Zadorov could be trade candidates…He wonders if winger Emerson Etem fits into the Anaheim Ducks long-term plans…Some scouts feel Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler might be traded…David Staples analyzes a rumor claiming the Oilers are said to have interest in Toronto Maple Leafs’ center Tyler Bozak. He doubts the Oilers are interested in Bozak’s contract ($4.2 million annual cap hit for three more seasons) unless they send a big-ticket contract the other way.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe the Habs are willing to move Fucale but they won’t just give him away. GM Marc Bergevin is reportedly uninterested in trading prospects or young players for a rental player. His shipping Jiri Sekac earlier this week to Anaheim for Devante Smith-Pelly supports this. He’s in the market for a hockey trade. If they want Petry I doubt they move Tinordi, and they definitely aren’t trading Beaulieu, whose rapid development in recent weeks is earning rave reviews…Ducks GM Bob Murray was recently growling about the lack of decent deals to be found in this year’s trade market, noting most involve rental players. Like Bergevin, he’s in the market for a hockey trade, not for short-sighted quick-fix deals. So I don’t see him parting with Mason for Petry…The Capitals are reportedly very interested in Calgary’s Curtis Glencross…The Sabres can make their pitch for O’Reilly in the off-season, though it could take more than a package of Grigorenko and Zadorov to land him…I’ve also wondered if Etem has a future with the Ducks…I doubt Fowler is dealt at the deadline. Maybe in the offseason, depending on playoff performance…I concur with Staples take on a Bozak-to-Edmonton deal. He also had a modified no-trade clause, so if he doesn’t want to go to the Oilers, it’s a moot point.
Latest from TSN’s insiders.
TSN: Bob McKenzie puts Arizona Coyotes center Antoine Vermette is at the top of the Chicago Blackhawks list of trade targets. He also claims Calgary’s Curtis Glencross and Columbus’ Cam Atkinson could be on their list…Pierre LeBrun reports the Washington Capitals have interest in Glencross and Dallas Stars winger Erik Cole, plus Toronto’s Joffrey Lupul is on their radar…Darren Dreger cautions there’s no guarantee Lupul, Bozak or Dion Phaneuf will be dealt by the deadline…LeBrun claims the Boston Bruins are interested in Stewart, Cole, Glencross and Atkinson. He expects the Bruins will acquire a rental winger by the deadline…Dreger reports the Oilers are no closer to move Petry.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll be surprised if the Capitals pursue Lupul. Glencross or Cole seem like more viable short-term options…I know the Clarkson trade has Leafs fans justifiably giddy over the prospect of other big-salaried players getting shipped out at the deadline, but please temper your expectations with realism. Nonis deserves props for finding a creative way to shed Clarkson’s toxic contract, but Dreger’s right in saying there’s no guarantee Lupul, Bozak, Phaneuf or even Phil Kessel will be gone at the trade deadline. I think he might be able to find a taker for Bozak, but Lupul’s injury history makes him tougher to move, while Phaneuf and Kessel still seem easier to deal in the off-season…The Bruins will definitely swing a deal for a forward, it’s just a matter of which one is the most cost-efficient.
Updates on the Blackhawks and Blues.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Mark Lazerus reports a “confident and unusually direct” Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman claims he’s getting “pretty close” to making a trade for a short-term acquisition for sidelined winger Patrick Kane. Lazerus cites a source claiming the Blackhawks are particularly interested in Arizona’s Antoine Vermette and Columbus’ Cam Atkinson. They could also look at Edmonton defenseman Jeff Petry.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeremy P. Rutherford reports the Blues are likely to stand pat at the trade deadline. GM Doug Armstrong “said the Blues’ depth this season, the lack of available impact players on the market and the club’s unwillingness to part with premium draft picks and prospects may prevent any more activity before Monday’s 2 p.m. deadline,” writes Rutherford.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Going by Bowman’s comments, he could pull the trigger as early as today. Vermette, Atkinson or maybe Glencross could be heading to the Windy City soon… I wouldn’t fully rule the Blues out of the trade market, as things can change between now and March 2, but there’s no real pressure upon Armstrong to make a significant move.
Latest on Glencross and Hejda.
NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman believes Calgary Flames winger Curtis Glencross has been convinced the Washington Capitals could be a good trade destination. He also wonders if the New York Rangers could try convincing Glencross to join them. He also thinks the St. Louis Blues are very much in this.
THE DENVER POST: Mike Chambers reports Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda seems most likely to be traded, with the New York Rangers likely having the most interest. Winger Daniel Briere could also be shopped.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the above report from STLToday.com is anything to go by, the Blues aren’t involved in the Glencross sweepstakes. The Rangers have had interest in Hejda for some time, but landing him depends on the Avs asking price. The Rangers have two third-round picks in this year’s draft.