Check out the latest on the Senators, Oilers, Capitals, Red Wings, Blues and more in your Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup.
Could the Blues shop a key defenseman? Will Paul Martin draw interest in the UFA market?
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa believes the St. Louis Blues need more bite and energy on defense, plus find sufficient funds to re-sign budding superstar winger Vladimir Tarasenko. “The two Blues defensemen who’d draw the most interest on the trade market are Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk”, writes Shinzawa, who believes either blueliner will attract a good return.
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Martin will draw interest in this summer’s UFA market, though his age (34) will be a drawback. A team desperate for a defenseman (Edmonton, New Jersey, Toronto) won’t want to sign him to more than a three-year deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t see the Blues trading Pietrangelo (who has five more seasons at $6.5 million annually on his contract) or Shattenkirk (who’s their top offensive blueliner) to shake up their defense or free up cap space. While they’ll fetch a good return, it won’t replace the huge hole left in the defense by moving either guy. I still anticipate T.J. Oshie (who lacks a no-trade clause) or Patrik Berglund (whose no-trade doesn’t kick in until July 1) are the more likely to move.
Senators goalie log jam could force a trade.
OTTAWA SUN/OTTAWA CITIZEN/TSN: Bruce Garrioch, Wayne Scanlan and Pierre LeBrun observed the Senators’ signing Boston University goaltender Matt O’Connor could result in either Craig Anderson or Robin Lehner hitting the trade block this summer. Consensus suggests it’ll be Lehner, who’s younger and has upside despite having suffered a season-ending concussion. Much will depend upon whether the Sens can re-sign pending UFA netminder Andrew Hammond.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: O’Connor is expected to join the Senators farm team next season, so he’s not an immediate threat to Anderson or Lehner. It’s Hammond’s status which will determine if the Sens need to make a trade. If he departs via free agency, Anderson and Lehner return next season as the Senators’ goaltending tandem. If he’s re-signed, Anderson or Lehner (probably the latter) will be moved this summer.
Malcolm Subban to Oilers? Mike Green to stay in Washington? Marek Zidlicky to Wings or Devils?
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson wonders if Oilers GM (and former Boston Bruins GM) Peter Chiarelli might make a pitch for Bruins goalie Malcolm Subban by offering up the first-round pick they received from the Pittsburgh Penguins, though he suggested that depends on if the Oilers sign Matt O’Connor (which they didn’t).
Mike Green could be the most pursued defenseman in this summer’s UFA market, but Matheson speculates if he’s willing to accept a pay cut from the Washington Capitals he could stay there.
The Detroit Red Wings want to re-sign defenseman Marek Zidlicky but only to a one-year deal. Matheson speculates he might get that from his former team, the New Jersey Devils.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t see Chiarelli making a player for Subban, though if he’s willing to offer up that first-round pick from the Penguins the Bruins new GM will undoubtedly listen. Besides, there’s no certainty Chiarelli has any interest in dealing with his former team…I agree with Matheson that the Capitals could re-sign Green if he’s willing to accept a pay cut. He might do so, as he loves playing for the Capitals and they seem interested in keeping him…The Devils have a new GM, plenty of good young defensemen and a need to bolster their scoring punch at forward. I doubt they bring back Zidlicky.