The latest on Evander Kane (of course!) and Tyler Myers, plus the latest on the Maple Leafs, Bruins, Red Wings and Flyers.
An update on Evander Kane plus Leafs rumors.
SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman reports the Winnipeg Jets want something which can help them now, suggesting there are teams out of the playoffs (Buffalo, Philadelphia, Ottawa) could have interest in landing sidelined winger Evander Kane before the March trade deadline…The Toronto Maple Leafs are reportedly nowhere close to re-sign pending UFAs Cody Franson, Mike Santorelli and Daniel Winnik. There’s also speculation center Tyler Bozak could be gone by the trade deadline. Leafs GM Dave Nonis was recently in Nashville and was in Tampa Bay watching the Lightning and LA Kings. The Leafs are expected to be among the busiest teams at the trade deadline.
TORONTO SUN: Rob Longley also reports the Leafs could be very busy by the trade deadline and the latest rumbling suggest Tyler Bozak could be shopped. Longley also claims the Leafs are no closer to re-signing Cody Franson, Mike Santorelli and Daniel Winnik.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Jets can get something which helps them now and in the future from a non-playoff club, it’s possible Kane (despite undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery) could be dealt at the trade deadline. The Leafs still have time to re-sign their pending UFAs if they wish, but I have my doubt that’s going to happen, especially with Franson, who could command $5.5 million this summer in a free-agent market thin on talented defensemen. The Predators are rumored in the market for another scoring forward and checking-line depth. Maybe Bozak’s a fit there? Winnik or Santorelli would also fit well with the Preds. The Kings definitely need a top-four defenseman so maybe they have interest in Franson.
More “Myers to the Ducks” speculation.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Eric Stephens reports on recently rumblings linking the Anaheim Ducks to Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers. “Myers can be a piece for a team’s future rather than Toronto’s Cody Franson, Edmonton’s Jeff Petry, Ottawa’s Marc Methot or Carolina’s Andrej Sekera, all potential free agents this summer who are more likely in the rental category,” writes Stephens. Ducks GM Bob Murray is currently on a scouting trip in Europe and denied there’s anything imminent. The Ducks also denied a report claiming Cam Fowler was being offered for Myers. Stephens doubts Sami Vatanen or Hampus Lindholm would be part of the deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sabres aren’t shopping Myers, but that doesn’t mean they’re not listening to offers. I don’t doubt the Ducks are interested in Myers, but it’s going to cost them a good young player as part of the return. They won’t part with Vatanen or Lindholm and I seriously doubt they’ll move Fowler.
Latest Bruins rumors.
ESPN.COM: Joe McDonald believes the Boston Bruins will be buyers at the trade deadline. McDonald notes the Bruins have sought a right winger for some time. Buffalo’s Chris Stewart and Drew Stafford could be available. Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle would be a great fit but McDonald doubts the Oilers will trade him. Arizona’s Antoine Vermette and Martin Erat are also possibilities. McDonald points out the Bruins have limited cap space ($2.24 million) and can’t take on much more without moving out a salary.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa reports “in normal circumstances” the Bruins would have interest in Ottawa Senators winger Chris Neil. Cap constraints, however, makes it unlikely they’ll acquire him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: All the Bruins chatter is tied to Chris Stewart. They’re interested in him but not at the reported asking price of a top prospect and first-round pick. If the Sabres agree to a second-round pick, Stewart joins the Bruins by the trade deadline.
Trade targets for the Red Wings.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance believes the Detroit Red Wings are buyers at the trade deadline, searching for a top-four defenseman with a right-handed shot. He lists Toronto’s Cody Franson, Edmonton’s Jeff Petry and Washington’s Mike Green as options, along with Florida’s Brian Campbell, though he’s a left-handed shot.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wings GM Ken Holland noted his club’s strong power player lessens the urgency to acquire a top-four defenseman who shoots right. Holland’s also said he’s not under pressure to make a move this season compared to this time a year ago. Doesn’t mean he won’t pursue a right-handed rearguard, but he’s not going to give up a lot to get one. Petry could be his most affordable option. Campbell’s not going anywhere, as he’s done a great job mentoring Panthers rookie and likely Calder Trophy finalist Aaron Ekblad.
Timonen and Coburn available?
PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi reports the LA Kings, St. Louis Blues and New York Islanders are among team believed seeking blueline depth. Carchidi wonders if one of them (along with Nashville or Florida) could be interested in Flyers defensemen Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn.