Latest on Dion Phaneuf, Jonathan Bernier, Marc Methot, Johnny Boychuk, Derrick Pouliot and much more.
Latest rumors from Sportsnet.
SPORTSNET.CA: Elliotte Friedman and Damien Cox report the Los Angeles Kings remain interested in Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf. Cox claims the Detroit Red Wings are interested in Cody Franson but won’t part with the Leafs asking price of a first-round pick. He wonders if they could have interest in Phaneuf. The Wings won’t part with top prospects like Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha…Cox also claims there’s no progress in contract talks between the Leafs and pending UFA forwards Daniel Winnik and Mike Santorelli, who are likely to be moved at the trade deadline. There is reportedly some interest around the league in Tyler Bozak…Friedman reports the Dallas Stars could have interest in Carolina blueliner Andrej Sekera. The Lightning could be interested in Arizona defenseman Zbynek Michalek…The Columbus Blue Jackets could be willing to listen to offers for most of their defensemen except Ryan Murray and David Savard…Cox claims there’s optimism in Ottawa regarding Marc Methot. Contract negotiations continue and he could be re-signed…The Pittsburgh Penguins could be willing to part with a young defenseman like Brian Dumoulin, Scott Harrington, or Derrick Pouliot to land a veteran blueliner, though they’ll have to shed some salary as well. They might consider adding a backup goalie as Thomas Greiss has struggled since returning from a case of the mumps…
SPECTOR’S NOTE:The Red Wings won’t be interested in Phaneuf, who’s a left-handed shot (of which they have plenty) carrying a $7 million per season salary for the next six years…It will be surprising if the Penguins part with Pouliot, who earlier this season was considered an untouchable. Otherwise, not really much new here from Friedman and Cox.
Collection of rumors from Bruce Garrioch.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports concern over the tumbling Canadian dollar’s impact on next season’s salary cap could make pending unrestricted free agents more attractive at the March 2 trade deadline than players with term on their contracts…The New York Islanders hope to re-sign defenseman Nick Leddy and pending UFA Johnny Boychuk. Teams are calling about Boychuk but it’s expected he’ll finish the season with the Isles…Arizona Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle has a year left on his contract and could get moved…The Calgary Flames could have interest in Buffalo Sabres winger Chris Stewart. The Boston Bruins reportedly still remain interested in Stewart…Pending UFA blueliners like Edmonton’s Jeff Petry and Toronto’s Cody Franson could be dealt by the deadline…The Ottawa Senators are still trying to re-sign pending UFA rearguard Marc Methot. Garrioch believes a five-year, $25 million contract could get it done…The Winnipeg Jets will try to re-sign recently acquired winger Drew Stafford, who’s a UFA this summer…The Chicago Blackhawks (if they can find the cap space), Minnesota Wild (if they move out center Kyle Brodziak) and Montreal Canadiens are believed to have interest in Arizona Coyotes center Antoine Vermette…Florida Panthers forwards Tomas Fleischmann, Scottie Upshall, Tomas Kopecky and Sean Bergenheim are likely available, as they’re UFAs this summer…Tampa Bay, “Anaheim, Calgary, Colorado, Dallas, Los Angeles, Montreal, Pittsburgh and San Jose” are thought to be shopping for defensemen. Carolina Hurricanes blueliner Andrej Sekera could attract interest…The Washington Capitals might not move pending UFA blueliner Mike Green…The Nashville Predators want to add a forward and have $11 million in cap space.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not really much that’s new in Garrioch’s rumor update this week. A couple of points: The Islanders aren’t trading Boychuk, who’s been vital to their improvement this season…I’ll be surprised if the Senators actually invest five years and $25 million in Methot. I think they prefer a three-year deal for $4.6 million annually…The Capitals will retain Green, even if it means losing him for nothing to free agency in July…I expect Predators GM David Poile could make a significant addition, even if it’s a rental player, at the deadline. The Predators have the potential to contend for the Cup this spring. However, I don’t see them chasing someone carrying a big salary beyond this season. Just because they have lots of cap space doesn’t mean they’ll spend to the cap after this season.
Latest Leafs Rumors from Steve Simmons.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons reports none of the anticipated deals to be made by the Maple Leafs at the trade deadline will include Dion Phaneuf or Phil Kessel. Injuries to Joffrey Lupul and Cody Franson could complicate trade matters…Several factors work against the Leafs’ attempts to move Kessel. “1) there are only eight teams they can deal him to, as based on his contract; 2) Quite likely, the teams that want him at all may not be on his list; 3) The clubs with interest must have salary cap room and a willingness to spend, otherwise it doesn’t work; 4) The history of trading this quality of player works against the Leafs.” Jonathan Bernier wants a long-term contract but the Leafs prefer a short-term deal. Suddenly, there’s trade talk about Bernier.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Such a mess in Toronto. The only real guarantee regarding possible moves is (barring injury) Daniel Winnik and Mike Santorelli will get traded.
Latest from The Boston Globe.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa believes Phil Kessel’s big contract and uncertainty over next season’s salary cap could make the Leafs winger difficult to move. He believes Nashville Predators GM David Poile would love to acquire Kessel but they cannot afford to take on his salary…Shinzawa believes Dion Phaneuf could benefit playing on a structured defense. He suggests the LA Kings, but notes their limited cap space and need to re-sign Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson means the Leafs must take struggling Mike Richards ($5.75 million annually for five more seasons) and other assets…The Bruins could have competition for Buffalo’s Chris Stewart as the Calgary Flames are also believed interested in him…Shinzawa also believes the Florida Panthers could shop Tomas Fleischmann, Scottie Upshall, Tomas Kopecky and Sean Bergenheim.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For more insight into the “Phaneuf-for-Richards” rumors, check out this post from John Hoven over the Mayor’s Manor.