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Highlights from Bruce Garrioch’s “Insider Trading.”
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports of “a lot of talk” yesterday regarding the possibility St. Louis Blues RFA winger Vladimir Tarasenko might receive an offer sheet. While the Blues will match, it could cost them more than what they’d prefer to re-sign Tarasenk.
The Minnesota Wild attempted to re-sign winger Chris Stewart but lack the cap space to do so. It’s rumored Stewart seeks a two-year, $8 million deal.
The Chicago Blackhawks should continue trying to move winger Patrick Sharp.
The Philadelphia Flyers still can’t find any takers for center Vincent Lecavalier and his $4.5 million annual cap hit.
Expect the Ottawa Senators to continue attempts to trade little-used winger Colin Greening and his $2.65 million cap hit.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A rival GM could sign Tarasenko to an offer sheet just to mess with the Blues. Not a nice way to do business, but that sort of thing has happened in the past with other clubs…No team should sign Stewart to $4 million annually. He’ll be lucky if he gets over half that on a one-year deal…The Blackhawks only have less than $382K in cap space for 2015-16. They must re-sign Marcus Kruger and fill some holes on defense. Sharp remains a trade candidate in a cost-cutting deal…No surprise the Flyers can’t find any takers for Lecavalier. Unless they pick up some salary or add a decent asset with him in a package deal, they’re stuck with him…Don’t see many takers for Greening.
Shattenkirk on the trade block?
STLTODAY.COM: Jeremy P. Rutherford reports of growing media speculation the Blues could place defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk on the trade block. Shattenkirk’s agent dismissed the reports, calling them untrue. If the club is fielding offers for Shattenkirk, Rutherford believes it could be because they feel they cannot afford to re-sign him when his current contract (worth $4.25 million annually) expires in two years time, especially with Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester taking up considerable cap space. The Blues won’t trade Pietrangelo, while Bouwmeester’s recent decline affects his trade value. Rutherford concludes it’s possible the Blues, under the right circumstance, could consider trading Shattenkirk, who lacks a no-trade clause.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Armstrong apparently wants to shake up his core, but he might not be getting decent offers for guys like T.J. Oshie or Patrik Berglund. He could be listening to offers on Shattenkirk to see what he might fetch, but that doesn’t mean he’ll move the blueliner this summer, if at all. It’ll have to be a solid return.
Latest on the Flyers, Oilers and Stars.
PHILLY.COM: Sam Donnellon reports Flyers GM Ron Hextall will continue trying to trade Vincent Lecavalier to a team near the salary-cap basement willing to absorb his $4.5 million cap hit.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples cites a report suggesting the Oilers could either try to trade defenseman Nikita Nikitin by absorbing part of his $4.5 million salary for next season. If defenseman Justin Schultz files for arbitration, the Oilers will get a second buyout window, which they could use on Nikitin.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika believes UFA defenseman Cody Franson could help the Stars, but not at the rumored asking price of $5-$6 million per season.