The latest on the Bruins, Canadiens, Coyotes and Ducks, plus updates on Evander Kane, Tyler Myers, Chris Neil, Chris Stewart and more.
Collection of rumors from Jim Matheson.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson believes the Oilers should “stop at nothing but a second-rounder plus a solid prospect D back. If it’s the Wings, definitely hold out for Xavier Ouellet or Ryan Sproul along with the pick.” He also believes the Canadiens have interest in Petry…Matheson is unsure why the Jets just don’t up and trade Evander Kane, suggesting it should be as simple as telling rival GMs to make an offer…He believes Coyotes GM Don Maloney will trade center Martin Hanzal to the NY Rangers because of his close relationship with Blueshirts GM Glen Sather. He feels the Coyotes need a stay-at-home defenseman and another young winger…Matheson suggests the Ducks put in a call to the Oilers and try to bring back Viktor Fasth to spell off the overworked Frederik Andersen as Ilya Bryzgalov is struggling again…The Capitals are desperate for a first-line right wing. Buffalo’s Chris Stewart or Drew Stafford or New Jersey’s Michael Ryder could be available…He wonders if the Capitals would be interested in bringing back Alexander Semin if the Hurricanes agreed to pick up part of his remaining $21 million salary…Matheson doesn’t believe the Coyotes will trade Oliver Ekman-Larsson…He also believes the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings could get into a bidding war for Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers will be lucky to get a second-rounder for Petry. They’re not bargaining from a position of strength. Take the second rounder and be happy you got it…Trading Kane isn’t as easy as Matheson suggests. Despite Kane’s promising skills, he’s got a reputation for immaturity, he’s carrying an expensive contract ($5.25 million annually) through 2017-18 and he could have a potentially serious shoulder injury which could require season-ending surgery…I still think the Coyotes will hang onto Hanzal, but it they trade him I don’t see him going to the Rangers, who have $52 million invested in 13 players next season and must re-sign Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin, plus re-sign or replace Martin St. Louis and Mats Zuccarello…Nope, the Ducks won’t be calling for Fasth…Maybe the Capitals get in on Stewart or Stafford, but not Ryder. He’s past his prime…Forget about offering Semin back to the Capitals, they don’t want him…I agree with Matheson about Ekman-Larsson, he’s simply too valuable to trade…Wings GM Ken Holland has recently said there’s not longer a pressing need for a right-handed shot on their blue line this season. I don’t think he’s keen to part with promising assets this season as he was a year ago. The Ducks do have depth to pursue Myers, but it’ll take a big offer to get him, perhaps more than they’re willing to pay.
What will the Canadiens do?
RDS.CA: Francois Gagnon speculates over possible moves by Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin to bolster his lineup at the trade deadline. He suggests targeting defensemen like Edmonton’s Jeff Petry or Ottawa’s Marc Methot. Of the two, he considers Methot a better possible long-term pickup. He also notes some speculation out of Toronto claiming the Canadiens could have interest in Tyler Myers but he would be an expensive pickup in both return and salary. As for offense, he suggests pursuing New Jersey’s Jaromir Jagr as a playoff rental.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bergevin has shown a willingness to bring in rental players and I expect he’ll do the same this season. I can see him going after Petry or Methot. Not sure Jagr’s a good fit with the speedy Habs. Myers isn’t a rental and I doubt Bergevin will give up the big asking price to get him.
Neil on the move after all?
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators tough guy Chris Neil has emerged as a hot commodity in the NHL trade market, with six-to-eight teams believed to have made inquiries about Neil’s availability. “The Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets are among those showing interest,” claims Garrioch. Neil, who provided a list at the start of the season of 15 clubs he won’t accept being dealt to, told Senators GM Bryan Murray his first choice is to stay in Ottawa.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Neil has another year at $1.5 million left on his contract. The Blackhawks and Blues have limited cap space and will have to shed salary to acquire him. He could be a good fit with the Predators, provided they’re not on his “no-trade” list.
Latest Bruins rumors.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa reports the Bruins are still in the market for a first-line right wing. They tried twice earlier this season to acquire Buffalo’s Chris Stewart and could make another pitch, though their previous offer of a second-round pick and a prospect is likely off the table.
NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos claims the Bruins might be closest to landing Stewart. It’s believed Bruins prospect Ryan Spooner is in play but the Sabres may want one more piece added.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll give Sabres GM Tim Murray credit for trying to squeeze all he can get for Stewart, but he could end up pricing Stewart right out of the Bruins price range. Still lots of time between now and the trade deadline and better options can come up. The Islanders made the mistake last season of hanging onto Thomas Vanek for too long expecting to get a better return and it blew up in their faces. Murray’s running the same risk with Stewart.