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Sharp to the Capitals?
CSNWASHINGTON: Chuck Gormley cited a tweet from the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Kuc reporting a source claiming the Capitals have had discussions with the Chicago Blackhawks regarding a possible trade of ‘Hawks winger Patrick Sharp. However, Gormley questions why the ‘Hawks would trade Sharp when they’re obviously in the market for a forward after losing Patrick Kane (broken clavicle) for the rest of the regular season. He also wonders what type of return (Joel Ward? Former Blackhawk Troy Brouwer? Defenseman Mike Green?) the ‘Hawks would want in return.
SPORTSNET’S: John Shannon tweets ” Chicago still looking to bolster their forward situation before Monday deadline…in addition to (Arizona Coyotes forward Antoine) Vermette, keep hearing (Sam) Gagner in the mix.”
TSN’s Pierre LeBrun tweets “Blackhawks I believe have also checked in on guys like (Columbus Blue Jackets winger Cam) Atkinson, (Dallas Stars winger Erik) Cole, (Calgary Flames winger Curtis)Glencross, etc… Lots of options for them…”
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Mark Lazerus wonders if Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta still has a future with the club or if he’ll become trade bait. The goalie was recently demoted to the minors and replaced by call-up Scott Darling. Lazerus notes the Edmonton Oilers had interest in Raanta and are shopping defenseman Jeff Petry.
NBC SPORTS: Cam Tucker cites reports from Chicago claiming Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman isn’t done dealing in the wake of last night’s acquisition of defenseman Kimmo Timonen from the Philadelphia Flyers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Imagine Sharp on the same line as Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. Scary, ain’t it? But unless Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman is getting creative, moving Sharp doesn’t make much sense. Mind you, this will certainly stoke that recent rumor of a dressing-room fracas involving Sharp. If that story is true, then shopping Sharp makes more sense. Regardless, it adds some intrigue and more buzz to what was potentially shaping up to be a dull trade deadline on Monday.
Latest on the Leafs and Senators.
TORONTO SUN: Rob Longley reports the New York Rangers are “poking around” wondering what it’ll take to land Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak. There’s also ongoing speculation the Los Angeles Kings remain interested in Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf.
MLIVE.COM: Responding to questions from his readers, Ansar Khan expressed doubt the Detroit Red Wings will pursue Phaneuf, as it makes no sense to take on his hefty contract. Khan also doubts the Wings have interest in Columbus’ James Wisniewski and his $5.5 million annual cap hit. He can see the Wings acquiring a more affordable rental option like New Jersey Devils rearguard Marek Zidlicky if he’s willing to waive his no-trade clause. Khan believes the Wings would trade their second-round pick for the right return.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators GM Bryan Murray continues listening to trade offers but he’s not seeking a rental player. “The names of Colin Greening, David Legwand, Erik Condra, Milan Michalek and Chris Neil have all been mentioned as possibilities up front,” writes Garrioch, who notes they’re also shopping defenseman Patrick Wiercioch. Garrioch also reports Condra might not be available as he’s emerged as a valuable fourth-liner for the Senators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, the Clarkson-for-Horton trade indicates anything’s possible in the trade market, but let’s not get too giddy. Phaneuf to the Wings? Not unless the Leafs are either willing to take on a couple of bad contracts (like Stephen Weiss and Jakub Kindl, as Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman recently suggested) or they retain a big chunk of Phaneuf’s contract…Same goes for the Rangers interest in Bozak. The Blueshirts have several notable players to re-sign or replace this summer and not a lot of cap space to do it. Taking on Bozak’s $4.2 million per season complicates things…As for the Senators, there’s not a lot there to tempt rival clubs, but that doesn’t mean Murray won’t be able to move one or two of those players at the deadline, provided he’s not expecting much of a return. And with the Senators suddenly surging in the standings, Murray could be less likely to move any of his regulars. In that case, Wiercioch, Greening and perhaps Legwand would be more likely to move than the others listed by Garrioch.
Updates on the Flyers, Rangers, Sharks, Wild, Penguins and Blues.
PHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli reports the Flyers aren’t done dealing after shipping defenseman Kimmo Timonen to the Chicago Blackhawks. Seravalli lists blueliners Braydon Coburn, Luke Schenn and Nick Grossmann as possible trade candidates.
NEW YORK POST: Brett Cyrgalis reports the Rangers are shopping “ultra-talented but frustrating” defenseman John Moore.
NBC SPORTS: Mike Halford wonders if the San Jose Sharks are looking for a younger goaltender. He lists Chicago’s Antti Raanta,Vancouver’s Jacob Markstrom and Los Angeles’ Martin Jones as three options, along with Vancouver’s Eddie Lack, Toronto’s Jonathan Bernier and Buffalo’s Michal Neuvirth.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher might acquire a depth defenseman. He reportedly has interest in Columbus’ Jordan Leopold.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Dave Molinari reports Penguins GM Jim Rutherford hasn’t fully closed the door on making another trade leading up to the deadline. He acquired forward Daniel Winnik earlier this week from the Maple Leafs. However, Rutherford said he hasn’t had any serious discussions with other GMs since the Winnik acquisition.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeremy P. Rutherford reports “It’s believed the Blues would like to add a veteran top-nine forward such as Calgary’s Curtis Glencross or Arizona’s Antoine Vermette and/or a depth defenseman like the Coyotes’ Zbynek Michalek.” However, the asking prices for rental players are currently too steep, which could lead the Blues to stand pat.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I wouldn’t be surprised if the Flyers moved another defenseman at the deadline. Coburn seems the most likely candidate…If the Sharks want Raanta or Neuvirth they seem there for the taking. I doubt the rest in that list are available at the deadline.