Would the Sedin Twins waive their no-movement clauses for the right opportunity? Should the Sharks keep shopping for a defenseman? Find out in your NHL rumor mill.
Would the Sedins agree to a trade?
NBC SPORTS: Jason Brough cites a reports in the Swedish newspaper Expressen asking Vancouver Canucks stars Daniel and Henrik Sedin if they would consider a trade if asked by management. The twins stated they have no intention of finishing their careers with another NHL team, but Brough notes they didn’t outright say they wouldn’t waive their no-movement clauses if the Canucks asked them to, particularly in the final season of their contracts in 2017-18. Brough speculates calls for a drastic rebuild in Vancouver will increase if the Canucks miss the playoffs next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t expect the Canucks to ask the Sedins to waive their movement clauses this summer. I also doubt they’ll be approached about it during the season, even if the it appears the Canucks could miss the playoffs. Beyond next season, however, is another matter, especially if management decides to make a significant shakeup.
Moving both Sedins, however, won’t be easy, as they’re unlikely to accept any deal that splits them apart. Finding a club with the cap space to absorb both contracts (combined cap hit of $14 million) won’t be easy, especially if future cap ceiling increases are marginal.
Could the Sharks add a defenseman?
CSNBAYAREA.COM: Responding to reader e-mails regarding the San Jose Sharks blueline, Kevin Kurz suggests they would be wise to add an depth defenseman. However, he notes cap space could be an issue, as they’re currently about $1 million under the cap ceiling. Kurz feels they could get some additional cap space if injured forward Raffi Torres ($2 million) is unable to play, and if blueliner Mirco Mueller starts the season in the minors.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If they do add an affordable depth blueliner, I’m assuming it’ll be via free agency. Options could include Andrej Meszaros, Jordan Leopold, Mike Weaver, John Erskine, Tim Gleason, David Schlemko and Anton Volchenkov.