Check out the latest trade chatter regarding San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau, plus updates on the contract status of New York Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle and the latest on Anaheim Ducks blueliner Cam Fowler.
Latest on Patrick Marleau.
CSNBAYAREA.COM: Kevin Kurz reports Patrick Marleau yesterday declined to get into specifics regarding the recent trade speculation swirling around him, even when asked if he wanted to stay in San Jose. Marleau hired agent Pat Brisson during training camp, which could help the veteran forward if he indeed wishes to be dealt. A source claimed the 36-year-old would accept being dealt to the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings or New York Rangers. However, his age and $6.6 million annual cap hit through 2016-17 could hinder efforts to trade him.
TSN: Bob McKenzie notes California rivals Anaheim and Los Angeles are not traditional trading partners for the Sharks. While the Kings could have interest in Marleau, it would be difficult fitting him under their cap. The Ducks would also find it tough to add his salary. There’s no reports the Rangers are interested, plus they also have cap limitations. McKenzie claims some NHL executives speculate Marleau could expand his trade list to include Chicago or Nashville. McKenzie also reports it could be Marleau who’s the driving force behind these recent trade rumors. 7
SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman believes this is ultimately Marleau’s decision, unless the Sharks decide not to trade him. Friedman also doubts the Sharks will trade him to the Kings and cites the Rangers’ limited cap space. He does note that Ducks GM Bob Murray is Sharks GM Doug Wilson’s best friend in the business.
SI.COM: Allan Muir suggests if Marleau really wants to leave the Sharks, he would’ve chosen easier trade partners than the Ducks, Kings and Rangers. He also notes Marleau’s wife, Christina, doesn’t think much of the rumors about her husband.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is the type of trade that usually doesn’t take place until the offseason, and then it’ll take one of his preferred destinations to have the cap space and the willingness to take him on. Again, I’ll be very surprised if Wilson shipped Marleau to the Ducks or Kings. If Marleau expands his list to the Blackhawks and Predators, I don’t see either club as a destination. The Blackhawks, like the Kings and Rangers, have limited cap space. The Predators are like the Ducks, in that they have the cap space but are under a self-imposed cap ceiling far lower than the league’s.
Update on Keith Yandle.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks yesterday reported there’s been no contract talks yet between Rangers management and defenseman Keith Yandle, who’s eligible next summer for UFA status. There’s also no indication the Rangers will trade Yandle if he isn’t re-signed before the Feb. 29 trade deadline. He’s currently in the final season of his five-year contract with a cap hit of $5.25 million. Brooks doesn’t expect Yandle will accept a pay cut to remain with the Rangers, or that they’ll invest up to $5.5 million annually when they’ve got so much money tied up in blueliners Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Brooks suggests, if Yandle plays poorly over the course of the season, it’s an easy decision to cut ties with him. However, the Rangers gave up a lot to get Yandle. That return included winger Anthony Duclair, who’s tearing it up right now with the Arizona Coyotes. Letting him walk for nothing next summer certainly won’t go down well with some Blueshirts’ fans
Latest on Cam Fowler.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Jeff Miller reports Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler was mentioned in trade rumors earlier this season. He heard the same chatter last season and struggled to ignore it.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Soon after Fowler’s name was mentioned in the rumor mill several weeks ago, GM Bob Murray publicly stated he wasn’t going to be rushed into making any moves, preferring to remain patient with his club. Since then, Fowler’s name hasn’t come up again. Perhaps he will become a trade candidate if the Ducks keep struggling, but for now it appears he’s not going anywhere.