Could the Ducks trade a goaltender? How will Jon Cooper’s signing affect Steven Stamkos’ contract talks? Read on for the latest in your NHL rumor mill.
Could the Ducks trade Andersen or Khudobin?
TSN: On Thursday, Darren Dreger speculated Anaheim Ducks goaltenders Frederik Andersen or Anton Khudobin could be available. He believes it’ll depend upon the play of promising John Gibson. Dreger suggests the Montreal Canadiens or Calgary Flames could have some interest. He also expects the asking price for Andersen will be high.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance also doesn’t rule out an Andersen trade, citing Gibson’s play and the fact contract talks have been quiet between Andersen (a restricted free agent with arbitration rights next summer) and Ducks management.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Ducks GM Bob Murray decides to move a goalie, I think it’ll be Khudobin instead of Andersen. Yes, Gibson has put up superb numbers thus far, but he’s only played six games this season. However, if Gibson looks comfortable as the Ducks’ starter by the New Year, then I can see Murray gauging Andersen’s trade value.
Will Cooper’s new contract affect Stamkos talks?
TORONTO SUN: Mike Zeisberger wonders if a new contract for Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper will affect contract talks between the club and pending UFA Steven Stamkos. Because Cooper shifted Stamkos to the wing during last spring’s playoffs, there’s speculation the duo have a difference of opinion. Stamkos downplayed that talk in September. Throughout this season, Cooper has his captain playing at center.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The ultimate factor isn’t Stamkos’ relationship with Cooper, but how much the Lightning are willing to invest in their captain and for how long.