James Reimer to the Canadiens? Scott Hartnell to the Devils? A swap of Patrick Marleau for Keith Yandle? Here’s the latest NHL trade rumors kicking around the blogosphere.
Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer to the Montreal Canadiens? That’s what Eklund claims he’s heard, seeming to suggest he’d be a playoff rental for the Habs to allow injured starter Carey Price more time to heal. I really don’t see the Leafs helping their long-time rival at this time of year. The Leafs could consider trading Reimer for a good offer, but I doubt that’s coming from the Canadiens.
The Hockey Press claims their sources suggest the New Jersey Devils could make “a BIG splash at the Trade deadline”, targeting forwards like Toronto’s P-A Parenteau, Columbus’ Scott Hartnell or maybe even Boston’s Loui Eriksson. I don’t doubt Devils GM Ray Shero could try to pick up an affordable rental scoring forward to give his club a scoring boost down the stretch, especially with the playoffs so tantalizingly close. Parenteau would be that type of rental. Not Hartnell, who’s carrying term on his contract beyond this season. And I suspect the Bruins will keep Eriksson if they’re still in the playoff picture.
Over at The NHL Rumour Report, it’s claimed the San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers are linked in trade speculation, with the Sharks swapping winger Patrick Marleau for defenseman Keith Yandle. Sorry, but the dollars don’t match. The Rangers would be taking on a winger with a $6.67-million annual cap hit through 2016-17 for a defenseman whose cap hit with the Rangers (as half is owned by the Arizona Coyotes) at over $2.6 million. And there’s the little matter of cap space for next season for the Blueshirts, who have some key players to re-sign and could try to get busy in an unusually deep UFA market this summer.