The latest on Joe Thornton, Phil Kessel, Keith Yandle, James Wisniewski, Erik Cole, Curtis Glencross, Chris Stewart and many more in today’s Sunday NHL rumor roundup.
Collection of rumors from the Ottawa Sun.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Antoine Vermette coming off the market following his trade to Chicago could put more interest in Buffalo’s Chris Stewart and Dallas’ Erik Cole. Seven or eight teams are reportedly interested in Cole, with the Blues, Bruins, Blackhawks and Sharks supposedly among them…The Calgary Flames had discussions with the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals to gauge their interest in winger Curtis Glencross…There’s interest in Columbus Blue Jackets’ right wing Cam Atkinson, who’s a restricted free agent this summer…The Bruins are getting calls on promising center Ryan Spooner but he likely won’t be dealt…Trade talks are heating up for Arizona Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle, who has a year left on his contract. The Detroit Red Wings are believed making a “hard push” for Yandle…The Chicago Blackhawks could trade winger Patrick Sharp in the offseason as a cost-cutting move…The Blues could make a move at the deadline though it probably won’t be a major one. Center Patrik Berglund could be available.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cole and Stewart will receive considerable interest, though clubs could be distracted by the Rangers placing Mats Zuccarello on the trade block…The Capitals were believed frontrunners for Glencross… I doubt the Bruins move Spooner, who’s played very well in his recent call-up…Yandle lacks a right-handed shot so I don’t think he’s a fit with the Wings, who could afford his $5.25 million cap hit for this season and next…I wouldn’t be surprised if Sharp is traded this summer as the Blackhawks must shed salary to be cap compliant for next season.
ESPN.COM: Katie Strang lists San Jose’s Joe Thornton, Toronto’s Phil Kessel, Chicago’s Patrick Sharp, Columbus’ James Wisniewski and Arizona’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson as marquee players who won’t be dealt by tomorrow’s trade deadline. She confirms Thornton hasn’t been asked to waive his no-trade clause, expects Kessel and Sharp to be moved in the offseason, cites Wisniewski’s limiting list of preferred trade destinations and Ekman-Larsson’s value to the Coyotes as the reasons they’ll stay put on deadline day.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t really add much to this. Strang covered the bases well.
Latest rumors from Sportsnet.
SPORTSNET: Damien Cox believes the Toronto Maple Leafs could be the most-active club at the deadline. He said they’re listening to offers for goalie Jonathan Bernier, though Cox puts the emphasis on “listening.” Teams like Dallas and San Jose could have interest in a goaltender. Cox wondered if the Montreal Canadiens had interest in Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul but said it was “very lukewarm.” Olli Jokinen, Korbinian Holzer and David Booth could be moved…Friedman cites reports claiming the Chicago Blackhawks had not asked Patrick Sharp to provide a list of trade destinations, as well as the Rangers contract difficulties with Mats Zuccarello forcing them to put the winger on the trade block. He claims the Rangers aren’t allowing would-be suitors to talk contract with Zuccarello’s agent…Anaheim and St. Louis could be considering Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry. Friedman wonders if the Blues might put the right to Vladimir Sobotka on the block. He’s playing in the KHL but is expected to return to the NHL next season…The Flames are whittling down the list of destinations for Curtis Glencross and hope to have in deal in place by Monday…Nothing new to report on Buffalo Sabres winger Chris Stewart…An Eastern Conference playoff contender could make a pitch for Arizona Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs could trade Bernier, but that means they’ll be going into next season in need of adding a goalie to their tandem. I expect they’ll try to re-sign Bernier, who’s a restricted free agent, provided his salary demands aren’t too expensive…Can’t see the Habs pursuing Lupul. Having already added a physical forward, they could look at bolstering their defense…The addition of Zuccarello into the trade market could fill the void left when the Coyotes traded Antoine Vermette. He’s a skilled hard-working playmaker who performed well during the Rangers march to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final…The Boston Bruins have been linked to Yandle before but unless they shed salary or get the Coyotes to pick up a chunk of his $5.25 million cap hit I don’t think they can afford him.