Latest on the Colorado Avalanche, plus updates on Mike Green, Chris Neil and Mark Letestu.
Could the Avs chase Franson, Phaneuf or Ekman-Larsson?
THE DENVER POST: Mike Chambers wonders if the Colorado Avalanche might pursue Toronto Maple Leafs defensemen Cody Franson or Dion Phaneuf or Arizona’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson. He suspects they’ll make inquiries but the asking prices will be more than the Avs are willing to pay. Chambers believes landing Ekman-Larrson could cost “a top-six forward/top-4 D, a top prospect and a No. 1 draft pick.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Avs do have Ryan O’Reilly to offer up, though that could depend upon where they are in the standings as the trade deadline nears. It’s sounds like they might try moving O’Reilly in the off-season. I doubt Ekman-Larsson is available but the Coyotes sound like they’ll entertain all offers for their players except Shane Doan. Doesn’t mean they’ll move a key young player like Ekman-Larsson.
To trade or not to trade Mike Green.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley reports Capitals GM Brian MacLellan must decide if he’ll retain pending UFA defenseman Mike Green at the risk of losing him for nothing in July, or trade him for a player who can help the Capitals elsewhere.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals could use a proven scoring winger on their right side. Green might fetch such a player, though it could be a rental.
Neil to remain a Senator. Or not.
OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan reports Senators veteran winger Chris Neil said he wants to stay with the Senators, and the club stated they’re not trading him. Brennan wonders if that could change, given the recent decline in his playing time and if management wants to move him out for a younger player.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun wondered the same thing. Though the official line is the Senators aren’t trading Neil, that hasn’t mollified the pundits. Expect Neil’s name to remain in the mill leading up to March 2.
Letestu could hit the trade block.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline reports Blues Jackets pending UFA forward Mark Letestu could be dealt by the trade deadline. While Jackets management would like to keep Letestu, there’s been no contract talks between the two sides.