Could the Devils move Patrik Elias this summer? Could the Rangers be forced to trade Cam Talbot in the offseason?
Elias moving on this summer?
NJ.COM: Rich Chere reports long-time Devils star Patrik Elias is currently centering a line with Dainius Zubrus and Stephen Gionta, leaving him to wonder if he’ll be asked to play a fourth-line role next season, the final one of his current contract. “If they want to play me on the fourth line, I’m not willing to do that,” Elias told NJ Advance Media. “I think that’s a conversation I’m going to have after this season. I know what I’m capable of.” The 39-year-old Elias’ production is down this season, which he attributes in part to the club’s lack of overall offense. “If they don’t want me, they have to let me know,” he said. “I’m sure someone would want me. I’m not worried about that.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Elias intends to discuss his role with GM Lou Lamoriello at season’s end. The veteran forward isn’t the scorer he once was, but he had 53 points in 65 games last season. Elias also has a full no-movement clause but could waive it for a chance to play where he won’t be placed in a checking-line role. He could be an affordable short-term option if Lamoriello is willing to pick up part of his remaining salary $5.5 million cap hit for a decent return. Elias’ status with the Devils could be worth watching this summer.
Could the Rangers move Talbot this summer?
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the New York Rangers may have an issue with the 50-contract limit but are expected to be among the bidders for Boston University’s pending free-agent goaltender Matt O’Connor, who attended the Rangers’ development camp last summer. Brooks notes current Rangers backup Cam Talbot could depart in 2016 via free agency if he’s not dealt before then, perhaps as early as this summer depending on interest around the league.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Talbot will be a UFA in 2016. Since taking over for sidelined Rangers starter Henrik Lundqvist, the 27-year-old Talbot has been superb, posting a 10-2-3 record. His career stats since joining the Blueshirts last season (26-12-5, 2.02 GAA, .930 SP, 8 shutouts) will have rival teams drooling if he’s made available via this summer’s trade market. The Rangers will be pressed for cap space and have several key players to re-sign. Talbot has a one-year deal worth $1.45 million. Despite his stellar play he stands no chance of unseating Lundqvist as the Rangers starter. If they succeed in signing O’Connor, Talbot could be shopped.