Latest on Shane Doan, Cam Talbot, and what it would take to trade the first-overall pick in this year’s NHL draft.
Doan finds Coyotes season “kind of embarassing.”
NBC SPORTS: Mike Halford cites comments made by Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan to the blog Mayor’s Manor regarding his embarrassment and disappointment over how this season is turning out for the club. Halford noted Doan didn’t say if he wanted to be dealt in the offseason but he also didn’t rule out the possibility.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doan is being coy about his future plans. I think he and Maloney will meet in the offseason to determine if he wants to remain part of the Coyotes plans or perhaps consider a move to a Cup contender.
Highlights from Jim Matheson’s latest “Short Shifts.”
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports it was expected the Detroit Red Wings might pursue and possibly sign Jeff Petry but consensus is they passed because rookie Alexey Marchenko can do the job for 15 percent of Petry’s possible salary next season. The Wings may have been shopping Jakub Kindl ($2.4 million per season) but the Oilers obviously weren’t interested in him…Matheson doubts the Oilers can pry Cam Talbot away from the NY Rangers by offering up their additional first-round pick in this year’s draft. He suggests Ottawa’s Robin Lehner could be a trade option for the Oilers if the Senators re-sign Andrew Hammond.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think there will be serious interest in Talbot this summer, though it remains to be seen if the Rangers will move him. It could come down to cap space for the Blueshirts. If the Senators re-sign Hammond this summer they’ll have to move a goalie and Lehner could be the odd man out.
What’s the possible asking price for this year’s first overall pick?
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance doubts whichever team lands the first overall pick in this year’s draft will be willing to trade it. Still, he muses over what kind of offer it might take to land it. Such an offer would have to include a young superstar. Another option is whoever has the number 2 pick could try to package it with some young talent for the first overall selection. Custance suggests the only real comparable to land that pick would be the return the Quebec Nordiques received in 1992 from the Philadelphia Flyers for Eric Lindros.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl took to Twitter to report TVA Sports’ Louis Jean claimed Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray is willing to move his second first-round pick.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whoever wins the lottery won’t be trading the pick. They won’t give up the opportunity to land a potential franchise player and superstar like Connor McDavid.