It’s another quiet Sunday for media-generated NHL rumors, so here’s another look at what’s kicking around the ol’ blogosphere. Enjoy!
The St. Louis Blues and New Jersey Devils are interested in Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t see how Bozak is a fit for either club. The Blues are deep at center with David Backes, Paul Stastny, Jori Lehtera and Kyle Brodziak. Lehtera is currently recovering from offseason ankle surgery but is expected to be ready for the start of the season. The Devils have Travis Zajac and Adam Henrique centering their top-two lines.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are interested in St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m sure a lot of teams are interested in Shattenkirk, but the Blues aren’t parting with him. The Penguins made their blockbuster move earlier this summer when they acquired Phil Kessel from Toronto. They lack the cap space to pursue a big-ticket defenseman. Freeing up salary to acquire him would weaken their depth elsewhere in their lineup.
The Montreal Canadiens are trying to acquire Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets aren’t trading Byfuglien to the Canadiens or anyone else before the start of this season. Sure, it’s quite possible they could lose “Big Buff” to free agency next summer, but they’ll take that risk if he’ll help them reach the playoffs again this season. As for the Canadiens, they’re not parting with assets for a player they could very likely lose to free agency in July. If they really want Byfuglien or any other high-level potential UFA, it’s best to wait until the trade deadline, when they won’t have to give up much to acquire such players as postseason rentals.
Because of uncertainty over Patrick Kane’s future, the Chicago Blackhawks are trying to acquire Carolina Hurricanes winger Jeff Skinner.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The investigation into the rape allegation leveled at Kane does raise questions over his future, but the Blackhawks currently aren’t looking at replacing him. Like everyone else, they’re awaiting the outcome of the investigation.