Top-15 popular trade targets, updates on Jaromir Jagr and Marc Methot plus the latest on the Blues and Stars.
USA TODAY: Kevin Allen lists Toronto’s Cody Franson as the most desirable playoff rental player leading up to the March 2 trade deadline. The rest include Arizona’s Antoine Vermette, Zbynek Michalek and Martin Erat, New Jersey’s Jaromir Jagr and Michael Ryder, Toronto’s Mike Santorelli, Carolina’s Jiri Tlusty and Andrej Sekera, Ottawa’s Marc Methot, Buffalo’s Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford and Chris Stewart and Edmonton’s Jeff Petry.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unsurprisingly all but Myers are eligible for UFA status this summer. I expect all but Myers and perhaps Ryder (who’s past his prime) will be moved by the trade deadline.
NJ.COM: Rich Chere reports Devils winger Jaromir Jagr expects to be dealt by the trade deadline. He hasn’t approached GM Lou Lamoriello to request a deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jagr’s a goner, it’s just a matter of finding the right team and the right return, but he’ll be on the move by deadline day, if not sooner.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeff Gordon reports Blues GM Doug Armstrong could consider adding a short-term replacement for sidelined defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. Blueliners who could become available include Arizona’s Zbynek Michalek, Keith Yandle or Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Buffalo’s Tyler Myers, Toronto’s Cody Franson, Washington’s Mike Green, Carolina’s Andrej Sekera, Columbus’ Jordan Leopold, Edmonton’s Jeff Petry and Philadelphia’s Kimmo Timonen.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Forget about Myers, Yandle and Ekman-Larsson, as they’re not going anywhere at the deadline. Besides, they’re too expensive for the Blues in terms of salary and return. It appear the Capitals could retain Green despite the risk of losing him this summer to free agency. The Blues have limited cap space and Armstrong won’t want to part with much. Franson could be out of their price range. Best guess is Michalek, Petry or Leopold. Sekera’s an option if the price isn’t high. Timonen’s health remains in question.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance believes the Dallas Stars will become sellers by the trade deadline. Custance wonders if the Montreal Canadiens might try to bring winger Erik Cole back as a rental player. Forward Shawn Horcoff is a pending UFA like Cole and could be shopped.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cole’s having a decent year and could be a good addition for the Habs, but I’m not sure GM Marc Bergevin is interested as he reportedly is seeking bigger fish at the deadline.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports time is running out for the Senators and defenseman Marc Methot to work out a new contract. If unsigned by the trade deadline, Methot could be dealt. Detroit, Los Angeles, Anaheim, Vancouver and San Jose are reportedly in the market for a defenseman.