Are the Pittsburgh Penguins interested in Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien? Which members of the Philadelphia Flyers are most likely to be traded this season?
Byfuglien to the Penguins?
NHL.COM: In a recent mailbag segment, Dan Rosen addressed a question from a reader wondering if there’s any truth to the Pittsburgh Penguins maybe trading for Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien. Rosen believes the “need exists and therefore the potential exists for this to happen,” but it won’t happen soon. He feels if the Jets shop Byfuglien (which he doesn’t see happening until around the All-Star break, depending upon where the club is in the standings by then), plenty of teams will be interested. Rosen speculates the Penguins could offer up David Perron and Beau Bennett.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect the Jets won’t move Byfuglien unless they’re out of playoff contention by February. I doubt the’ll want an inconsistent pending UFA winger like Perron and a disappointing young forward like Bennett in return.
Predicting this season’s Flyers trade candidates.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Among the predictions by the hockey staff for the Philadelphia Flyers this season was choosing which player is most likely to be moved by the Feb. 29 trade deadline. Winger Matt Read and defensemen Luke Schenn and Mark Streit were the proposed candidates.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Read had a disappointing performance last season, but if he regains his 20-goal, 40-point production I believe they’ll retain him. Schenn, of course, has frequently surfaced in trade rumors over the past couple of season. He’s carrying a $3.6 million cap hit and is a UFA next summer. He certainly seems the most likely to be dealt. Streit’s a possibility, but he’s 37 and carrying a $5.25 million cap hit through 2016-17. Those factors could adversely affect his trade value.