More lists of possible trade candidates, including destinations and my take.
More lists of potential trade candidates.
Note: My comments are in italics.
SPORTSNET: Mark Spector speculates the St. Louis Blues could use T.J. Oshie and perhaps Patrik Berglund as bait for a “big-time centerman.”
First off, I’m not Mark Spector and we’re not related, though we do enjoy riffing on how folks mistake us for each other online. Anyway, as to Oshie and Berglund, I doubt they’ll attract that center, but they’re likely in play as Blues GM Doug Armstrong could shake things up this summer.
The Vancouver Canucks seek a second-round pick for Eddie Lack.
He predicts Toronto Maple Leafs winger Phil Kessel could get dealt to a US-based club like Arizona or Florida.
Only if he agrees to be dealt to either club.
Spector suggests the Pittsburgh Penguins offer up center Brandon Sutter to the Calgary Flames for Jiri Hudler and a second-round pick. Both players are pending UFAs next summer.
I don’t believe the Flames are interested in moving Hudler. Yes, he’s a UFA next summer and he’s in his early-30s, but he had tremendous chemistry with Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau.
He also suggests the Vancouver Canucks offer up Kevin Bieksa and Zack Kassian to the New York Islanders for right wing Kyle Okposo.
No. Just no. Garth Snow isn’t Mike Milbury.
Spector believes it’s between the Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabres as to where NY Rangers backup Cam Talbot ends up.
He predicts the Florida Panthers will get either Patrick Sharp or Bryan Bickell from Chicago. He also suggests Bickell might be a good addition for the Montreal Canadiens.
Agreed regarding either Sharp or Bickell to the Panthers. Bickell the the player to address the Canadiens’ need for an impact scorer. He brings size and a big contract, but he’s very inconsistent as a scorer and prone to undisciplined penalties.
Spector suggests Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Nicklas Grossmann as a possible fit in Toronto or Edmonton.
He’s got a modified NTC and might not be keen to join a rebuilding club.
The Ottawa Senators won’t get an impact player for Robin Lehner or Craig Anderson.
Spector has a hunch Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner might interest Nashville Predators GM David Poile.
That could depend on how much it costs to re-sign Mike Fisher, Mike Ribeiro, Colin Wilson and Craig Smith.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Stephen Whyno suggests possible destinations for several notable NHL trade candidates. He suggests Washington or Buffalo for Chicago’s Patrick Sharp, San Jose or Edmonton for Ottawa’s Robin Lehner, Calgary or Montreal for Chicago’s Bryan Bickell, Florida or the NY Islanders for Toronto’s Phil Kessel, Philadelphia or Dallas for Vancouver’s Eddie Lack, New Jersey or Nashville for Montreal’s PA Parenteau, Edmonton or Buffalo for Philadelphia’s Nicklas Grossmann, Nashville or Carolina for Toronto’s Tyler Bozak, Edmonton or Buffalo for NY Rangers’ Cam Talbot, and Washington or the Islanders for St. Louis’ T.J. Oshie.
Washington could be a fit for Sharp, but I doubt he’ll waive his partial NTC for Buffalo. Concur with Whyno’s take on Lehner, Lack, Talbot and Oshie. Bickell might interest Calgary or Montreal but I believe they should avoid him for the reasons noted above. Can’t see many teams having much interest in Parenteau. See my comment above regarding Grossmann (modified NTC). The Predators are loaded with centers so I don’t think Bozak’s a fit there. I doubt he waives his partial NTC for Carolina. The Islanders and Panthers weren’t on Kessel’s list of preferred trade destinations for this season. Unless he changes or widens his list for next season, they’re out of the running.