Latest on Chris Stewart, Patrick Sharp, Tomas Fleischmann, Jeff Petry, Andrej Sekera, Ryan O’Reilly and more.
Latest on the Sabres, Panthers and Blackhawks.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray is sticking to his asking price of a second-round pick and a prospect for winger Chris Stewart. It could take until trade deadline day to move Stewart…In the wake of Mathieu Perreault’s recent injury, LeBrun said he wouldn’t be surprised if the Winnipeg Jets had Florida Panthers forward Tomas Fleischmann on their radar. Some Western Conference playoff contenders could have interest in Panthers forward Sean Bergenheim…Chicago Blackhawks forwards Patrick Sharp and Bryan Bickell have cropped up in the rumor mill but LeBrun doubts they’ll be traded.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe Murray will get what he wants for Stewart, but he also risks coming up empty-handed by the deadline…The Jets will shop around for a forward and they certainly could kick the tires on Fleischmann or even Bergenhim…Sharp and Bickell could be shopped in the offseason but not now. The Blackhawks are shooting for one last Cup run with their current roster before shedding salary this summer to free up cap space.
Latest rumors from TSN’s Darren Dreger.
NBC SPORTS: TSN’s Darren Dreger appeared on NBC Sports in two videos discussing the latest trade rumors. Like Pierre LeBrun, Dreger considers the trade rumors surrounding Patrick Sharp and Bryan Bickell to be unfounded…The Edmonton Oilers could take another crack at re-signing pending UFA blueliner Jeff Petry before the trade deadline…Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera could have several suitors. Topping the list could be the LA Kings, though there’s still uncertainty over Slava Voynov’s future and how his possible return could affect their cap space…Though it could be tough for the New York Rangers to re-sign Mats Zuccarello (who could seek over $5 million per season), they’re not going to move him at the trade deadline.
NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Dreger is less convinced Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly is in play now compared to earlier in the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll be very surprised if Petry re-signs with the Oilers. He has a great opportunity to get moved to a potential playoff contender, where he could burnish his credentials for this summer’s UFA market. He’s poised to cash in big and I don’t see him doing so in Edmonton…Voynov’s situation won’t be resolved until after the trade deadline, as his trial on a domestic violence charge takes place on March 2. The Kings would love to dump Mike Richards’ salary as that will help them in the short and long term…The Rangers will stick with Zuccarello this season and hope to re-sign him before July 1. Yes, they risk losing him for nothing, but he can help them push for another appearance in the Stanley Cup Final…The Avalanche management appears to remain patient with their roster. Despite their need for experienced defence and uncertainty over O’Reilly’s future with the Avs, there’s no sense of panic over the situation.
Penguins shopping for a winger and defenseman.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW/PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: report Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford would like to add a top-six or top-nine forward. He also wouldn’t mind adding a defenseman. However, he has limited assets to move. “I think we’d be more apt to use a draft pick in ’16, not our first[-rounder],” he said. “Prospects, but more the second-tier prospects. Maybe somebody off our [NHL] team. Maybe.” Rutherford said he doesn’t want to part with blueline prospects like Derrick Pouliot, Brian Dumoulin and Scott Harrington.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rutherford could end up waiting for deadline day to find a reasonable return for his limited trade assets. He must be careful not to gut too much of his future to try and win the Cup this season.