Latest on Patrick Sharp, Mats Zuccarello, Tyler Bozak, Ryan O’Reilly, Zbynek Michalek and many more.
Agent: Sharp not moving.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Mark Lazerus reports Rick Curran, the agent for Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Sharp, claims GM Stan Bowman said he has no intention of trading the veteran forward at the deadline. Reports emerged Friday and Saturday claiming Sharp was in play and was attracting interest from the Washington Capitals and Detroit Red Wings. Curran declined to speculate about his client’s future beyond this season.
SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman reports Sharp has a limited no-trade clause in which he must submit a list of ten preferred trade destinations to Bowman with 48 hours of being asked. Bowman has not requested that list from Sharp.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And that, it seems, is the end of that story. While it’s still possible Bowman could change his mind and move Sharp by tomorrow’s 3 PM ET trade deadline, it doesn’t appear likely to happen. The ‘Hawks last night acquired Antoine Vermette from Arizona, filling the roster void left by Patrick Kane, who is sidelined 12 weeks with a broken clavicle. Unless Bowman was thinking of swapping Sharp for another scoring winger (perhaps one with a more affordable contract) it makes little sense to move one of his veteran scorers when the club is gearing up for one last Cup run with its current roster.
Rangers shopping Zuccarello.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports a contract impasse has resulted in the New York Rangers management informing pending free-agent winger Mats Zuccarello they intend to move him before the March 2 trade deadline. Brooks claims the Rangers are aggressively shopping Zuccarello. Management reportedly offered the winger a five- or six-year deal worth up to $4.5 million, while the Zuccarello camp seeks around $5.5 million annually. Brooks cites a source denying the Rangers have made inquiries about Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tyler Bozak, claiming it’s the Leafs who’ve frequently contacted the Rangers about Bozak. He speculates about a possible swap of “Zuccarello-plus” for Bozak, after which the Leafs could flip the Norwegian winger in another deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could be GM Glen Sather playing chicken with Zuccarello and his agent. Sather wants to retain Zuccarello and the winger wants to stay but the Blueshirts GM obviously isn’t keen to overpay. Zuccarello hasn’t had the type of season worth $5.5 million annually. He’s fortunate to be getting offered $4.5 million. It remains to be seen which side blinks first. Judging by Sather’s move at last year’s deadline by shipping Ryan Callahan to Tampa Bay for Martin St. Louis, it won’t be him. As for ties to Bozak, who has three more seasons at $4.2 million left on his contract, the Rangers could try to get the Leafs to pick up part of that salary, as they have over $52 million invested in next season’s payroll with several key free agents (including Derek Stepan, Martin St. Louis and Carl Hagelin) to re-sign.
Latest on Ryan O’Reilly and Zbynek Michalek.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic considers forward Ryan O’Reilly part of his club’s core and hopes to re-sign him in the off-season. O’Reilly has a year remaining on his contract and there’s been speculation the Avs might trade him if he proves too expensive to retain.
NBC SPORTS: Ryan Dadoun cites a report from Fox Sports citing an interview with Arizona Coyotes GM Don Maloney claiming there’s significant interest in sidelined defenseman Zbynek Michalek. The blueliner is currently sidelined with a concussion but Maloney said he’s well on his way to full recovery and there is significant interest in his services.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If O’Reilly is to be traded it’ll be in the offseason, not at the trade deadline. As for Michalek, the Coyotes will probably be forced to accept a conditional draft pick in order to move him, based on how many games the blueliner can play once he returns to action.
Updates on the Bruins, Flames, Devils and Senators.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty reports the Boston Bruins are actively seeking deals leading up to the trade deadline. They were in on Antoine Vermette but unwilling to part with a first-round pick to get him. Dennis Seidenberg and Loui Eriksson had been mentioned as potential trade targets if they want to shed salary. They could pursue Buffalo’s Chris Stewart, Dallas’ Erik Cole or Calgary’s Curtis Glencross if they wish to add a power forward-type player. Other forward options include Columbus’ Cam Atkinson, New Jersey’s Michael Ryder and Martin Havlat. If they seek a defenseman, Edmonton’s Jeff Petry is available.
CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak speculates Curtis Glencross might not be the only Flames player on the move by the deadline if management decides to go into sell mode. He suggests Mikael Backlund, Jiri Hudler, Karri Ramo or Jonas Hiller, Mason Raymond and Brandon Bollig as possible trade candidates.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While Glencross is the most likely to move, I’ll be surprised if the Flames start shedding other players. They’re still close to a playoff berth and there’s a feeling management might try to add something to boost their chances.
NJ.COM: Rich Chere lists Marek Zidlicky, Steve Bernier, Scott Gomez, Jordin Tootoo and Michael Ryder as the Devils most marketable players.
OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan claims there’s growing interest in Senators forward Erik Condra and defenseman Eric Gryba.
Latest on the Red Wings and Islanders.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan claims as much as the Detroit Red Wings would like to add a right-shooting top-four defenseman, they might be more inclined to pursue a decent sized winger who can provide offense. Khan suggests Dallas’ Erik Cole as a possibility, while defense targets could include Edmonton’s Jeff Petry, Arizona’s Zbynek Michalek or New Jersey’s Marek Zidlicky. He dismisses rumors suggesting the Red Wings could have interest in Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf, citing his big contract.
NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple believes the New York Islanders will likely stand pat at the trade deadline, citing a lack of movable assets, a lack of desire to move bigger assets, and the high asking prices in this year’s trade market.