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Capitals Mike Green a trade deadline goner?
NBC SPORTS: Jason Brough believes the Washington Capitals face a tough decision with pending UFA defenseman Mike Green leading up to the trade deadline. He’s an unrestricted free agent this summer and speculation suggests he won’t be re-signed. The Capitals could trade him at the deadline or keep him for the playoffs and risk losing him for nothing to free agency.
NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: TSN’s Bob McKenzie believes the Capitals will trade Mike Green at the deadline. He speculates the Montreal Canadiens could have interest, though he has no knowledge that they’ve contacted the Capitals about Green.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Capitals move Green, and there’s no guarantee they will, I suspect they’ll try to acquire depth at forward. Green carries a cap hit of $6.083 million this season and has a modified no-trade clause. Even with the bulk of his salary paid out by the deadline, he could be a tight fit for some teams.
Canucks interested in Hanzal?
SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman believes the Vancouver Canucks could be among the teams with interest in Arizona Coyotes forward Martin Hanzal. Friedman speculates the asking price could be Bo Horvat and a pick, which the Canucks won’t do.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t expect the Canucks to make a big splash leading up to the trade deadline, simply because team president Trevor Linden and GM Jim Benning have made it clear they won’t sacrifice their future for help this season.
Latest on the Bruins, Jets and Flames.
BOSTON HERALD: Stephen Harris lists “Drew Stafford of Buffalo; ex-Bruin Brad Boyes of Florida; forward Antoine Vermette or left-shot winger Martin Erat of Arizona” as possible trade options for the Boston Bruins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stafford or Erat are the likely options, or players like them. Boyes is under contract for another season and I suspect the Panthers will keep him. The asking price for Vermette will be more than the cap-strapped Bruins can afford.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ted Wyman believes the now-struggling Jets need help and calls on GM Kevin Cheveldayoff to swing a trade. The Jets need offense and Wyman suggests shopping one of his top-six blueliners for a top-six forward. If that’s not palatable for Cheveldayoff, Wyman notes there are forwards available for draft picks or prospects, of which the Jets have plenty.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cheveldayoff is patient to a fault, sometimes maddeningly so. I agree with Wyman, however, that the Jets GM could probably land a playoff rental to boost the Jets offense without giving up much in return. I expect that’ll be the route “Chevy” goes, though he could wait until the deadline itself for the right return.
NHL.COM: Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving once again states he’s not willing to sacrifice his club’s long-term goals for a short-term fix.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So far there’s not that much pressure on Treliving to swing a deal. I wouldn’t be surprised, however, if he’s waiting for an affordable pickup as the trade deadline nears.