Check out the fallout from yesterday’s NHL trade deadline. Find out which deals didn’t go down, including one between the Leafs and Wings for Dion Phaneuf.
Latest on the Leafs.
SPORTSNET: Mike Johnston and Nick Kypreos report one reason the Toronto Maple Leafs were unable to trade Dion Phaneuf to Detroit at the deadline was the Leafs’ asking price was too high. The Leafs wanted top prospect Anthony Mantha as part of the deal. There was also speculation the Wings wanted the Leafs to take center Stephen Weiss ($4.9 million per season) in the return.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle reports teams were interested in Phaneuf but only if the Leafs picked up part of his salary. “There are questions around (Joffrey) Lupul’s health, Phaneuf’s defensive play, (Tyler) Bozak’s offensive game without (Phil) Kessel and Kessel’s tough season, writes Mirtle.
TORONTO SUN: Rob Longley expects expensive Leafs like Phaneuf and Kessel will be shopped in the offseason.
NATIONAL POST: Michael Traikos believes Leafs management will focus on moving Phaneuf, Kessel, Bozak and Lupul during the summer. He wonders if Detroit might revisit its interest in Phaneuf.
TORONTO STAR: Rosie DiManno reports interest from rival clubs in Phaneuf, Nazem Kadri and Jonathan Bernier has been plentiful for months. While Phaneuf likely won’t return with the Leafs next season, DiManno cites sources saying Phil Kessel probably will.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kessel’s critics in Leafs Nation will go batty if he returns with the Leafs next season. The fact the Leafs pushed hard to move Phaneuf suggets he is most likely to be aggressively shopped in the offseason. I think the Leafs have to pick up a chunk of his salary or take back a toxic contract to move him. Bozak should be easier to trade than Lupul, who has that injury history and $5.25 million per season contract. The Leafs can forget about Detroit revisiting interest in Phaneuf if they still insist on a top prospect in the deal. While the Leafs could consider trade options for Kadri and Bernier, I think they’ll try to re-sign them. Their upcoming contract negotiations will have an effect upon their trade status this summer.
Collection of rumors from the Ottawa Sun.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings couldn’t agree on a deal regarding Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf. It’s believed Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl would’ve been part of the deal but the Wings also apparently insisted the Leafs take on center Stephen Weiss as well. Phaneuf’s $7 million per season salary was the deal breaker…The St. Louis Blues will have to make a decision in the offseason regarding T.J. Oshie and Patrik Berglund, who were subjects of trade speculation throughout the season…”The Penguins, Bruins, Habs, Ducks and Flames all kicked tires on Zidlicky”, claims Garrioch…The Colorado Avalanche hope to re-sign Ryan O’Reilly this summer…The Dallas Stars tried to move pending UFA center Shawn Horcoff…Garrioch also reports the Ottawa Senators have some players they could move in the off-season. He lists Chris Neil, Chris Phillips, Patrick Wiercioch, Eric Gryba and David Legwand as possible trade candidates.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Blues don’t go deep in this year’s playoffs there could be a bit of a roster shakeup. I think they still need to address their goaltending. Perhaps Oshie gets dangled for one?…O’Reilly could cost over $7 million annually to re-sign…Of those available Senators, Neil probably has the most value. The Sens could be forced to pick up part of Wiercioch’s salary.
Updates on the Bruins.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa reports Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli didn’t enter the trade deadline in a position of strength, lacking cap space or available trade chips. The club’s acquisition of Brett Connolly could “expand the trade market to include Loui Eriksson”, who has a year left on his contract at $4.25 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins must re-sign Dougie Hamilton, Torey Krug and Reilly Smith. I expect they’ll shop Eriksson this summer to shed his cap hit.