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Updates on Leafs-Wings Phaneuf talks.
TSN’s Darren Dreger reported via Twitter “Leafs could have moved Phaneuf but feel better deal to be made in summer. Also talked at length with a cpl of teams on Lupul.”
NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Dreger also reported on the talks between the Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings on deadline day regarding Phaneuf, noting the Leafs would have to take back a bad contract (like that of Stephen Weiss) to make the deal work. The Leafs may have sought a first-round pick or a top prospect like Anthony Mantha in the return. Dreger claims there wasn’t much interest in Tyler Bozak or Joffrey Lupul on deadline day. He claimed contending teams had interest in Phil Kessel but you can’t make that kind of trade without off-season flexibility.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The trade status of Phaneuf, Kessel, Bozak and Lupul will provide plenty of rumor fodder between now and leading up to the June draft, when one of them will likely be traded.
Eberle, Yakupov unavailable.
NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Dreger reports the Edmonton Oilers sought a young goaltender, having interest in Chicago’s Antti Raanta and Montreal’s Zac Fucale.
EDMONTON SUN: Terry Jones reports Oilers GM Craig MacTavish denied rumors Jordan Eberle was in play leading up to the trade deadline and also said he had zero interest in trading Nail Yakupov.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers probably stand a better chance of landing Raanta than Fucale. Raanta was recently demoted to the minors in favor of Scott Darling and his future with the Blackhawks is in doubt.
Latest post-deadline Bruins news.
NICHOLS ON HOCKEY: Dreger claims the Boston Bruins offered up Ryan Spooner to the Buffalo Sabres for Chris Stewart “awhile back” but the Sabres rejected the offer. Stewart was eventually dealt to the Minnesota Wild for a second round pick in 2017.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty reports defenseman Dennis Seidenberg was willing to waive his no-trade clause if management asked him to, but he’s happy they didn’t. Haggerty suggests Seidenberg and winger Loui Eriksson could be dealt in the offseason as cost-cutting moves.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Sabres GM Tim Murray rejected that offer for Stewart it was a big mistake on his part. Spooner could be a good player.
Update on Thornton and Marleau.
CSNBAYAREA.COM: Kevin Kurz reports San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson said he won’t ask Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau to waive their no-trade clauses. Wilson said it’s up to the player to ask to be moved.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Thornton and Marleau could be Sharks until the end of their contracts.