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Updates on the Blackhawks and Red Wings.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports as of Monday evening, the Chicago Blackhawks weren’t that far along in trade talks about any player, including Patrick Sharp. The Blackhawks aren’t opposed to taking a player back but they must be earning a lot less than Sharp, Bryan Bickell or any player they’re moving. Their preference is to make a deal before the draft. The Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers have been linked to Sharp.
LeBrun also reports Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland is cautiously shopping in the trade market, though Holland points out it’s difficult to upgrade when teams are seeking younger talent in return. Holland is also exploring the free agent market. LeBrun doesn’t rule the Wings out regarding a veteran player like Washington’s Mike Green but claims the price must be right.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sharp’s contract (two years left at $5.9 million per), partial no-trade clause and the ‘Hawks rumored high asking price (first-round pick, top prospect and an affordable young player) explains why they’re not that far along regarding a trade. That could change as the draft approaches, especially if asking price gets lowered…The Wings are more likely to upgrade their roster via trade than free agency as there’s not a lot of free-agent talent available this year. Doesn’t mean they won’t make any signings if there’s a good deal to be had, but they’ll likely find better options via trade.
Lots of interest in the Coyotes first-round pick.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC’s Sarah McLellan reports via Twitter Coyotes GM Don Maloney said six teams have expressed interest in his first-round pick, which is third overall in this year’s draft, with two teams “aggressively looking into it.” Offers have “run the gamut” from NHL-ready players, draft picks and prospects.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline reports the Blue Jackets, who own the eighth overall pick, are believed among the team with serious interest in the Coyotes pick. The Jackets could have interest in drafting Boston College defenseman Noah Hanifin. Promising forward Kerby Rychel could be a trade chip. The Jackets also have three picks (34, 38 and 58) in the second round.
NBC SPORTS: Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray said he inquired about the Coyotes pick but said he doesn’t believe it’s in play for his club right now.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Very interesting situation for the Coyotes, who are very deep in promising youth and could parlay that third-overall selection into more young assets. Given the Blue Jackets’ assets, they certainly could be among the favorites.
Update on the goalie trade market.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli is monitoring the goalie trade market closely. “Backup goalie trade targets are Cam Talbot with the New York Rangers, Robin Lehner with the Ottawa Senators and Martin Jones with the Los Angeles Kings, although Jones is a longer shot on the board,” writes Matheson. Expensive starters like Dallas’ Kari Lehtonen and Carolina’s Cam Ward could be available via the trade market, while Calgary’s Karri Ramo and San Jose’s Antti Niemi could be available via free agency.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports it’s a buyer’s market for goaltenders right now, which is affecting the Senators efforts to move either Robin Lehner or Craig Anderson leading up to the NHL Draft weekend.