Check out the latest rumors heading into Monday’s NHL trade deadline.
TOP 10 PLAYERS WHO COULD MOVE BY THE DEADLINE.
USA TODAY: Kevin Allen lists Boston Bruins right wing Loui Eriksson, Vancouver Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis and right wing Radim Vrbata, Tampa Bay left wing Jonathan Drouin, right wing Mikkel Boedker, Calgary Flames blueliner Kris Russell, Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Scott Hartnell, Buffalo Sabres left wing Jamie McGinn, Carolina Hurricanes defenseman John-Michael Liles and right wing Kris Versteeg as the 10 players who could be traded before Monday’s 3pm ET trade deadline.
Allen claims the Bruins would like to use Eriksson to land a prove defenseman, considers Hamhuis a perfect fit with the Dallas Stars and believes the Lightning want a return for Drouin that helps them now. He claims the Minnesota Wild and Nashville Predators are among those seeking scoring help who could look at Boedker, believes Russell would be a good fit with the Bruins and thinks the Sabres could move McGinn for a second-round pick.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE LATEST “INSIDER TRADING.”
TSN: Bob McKenzie reports the Ottawa Senators appear to be out of the Drouin sweepstakes for now, while “Anaheim, Minnesota, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Winnipeg” appear to be in, but it’s a fool’s game to go through this hour by hour. The assumption was the Lightning want something back for now and for the future. He wonders if GM Steve Yzerman could go out and get a top-four defenseman (like Anaheim’s Sami Vatanen or Minnesota’s Jonas Brodin), but those teams won’t give up those players and more for Drouin. It could cost “Drouin-plus-plus”, which might not be possible.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There was plenty of speculation over the last 24 hours claiming Drouin’s situation could be resolved Sunday. So far, no indication of that. Yzerman could wait until tomorrow to see if he can find a deal that suits him. Otherwise, he can always wait until this summer.
Darren Dreger reports a handful of teams have expressed interest in Edmonton Oilers’ forward Nail Yakupov. The Senators are believed having mild interest. However, the interest in players like Yakupov and Toronto’s P.A. Parenteau might not be as good as GMs would like it to be.
Pierre LeBrun reports the Buffalo Sabres are going to move left wing Jamie McGinn, as three to four teams called in on Sunday. The Sabres want a second-round pick for McGinn.
McKenzie doesn’t rule out the possibility of Columbus Blue Jackets winger Scott Hartnell waiving his no-trade clause and perhaps returning to the Nashville Predators. However, there was nothing to a rumor yesterday claiming a swap of Hartnell for Colin Wilson was imminent.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hartnell’s contract (no-movement clause and $4.75 million annual cap hit through 2018-19) is difficult to move at this time of year. Not saying it’s impossible, but the Jackets must either absorb some salary or take back a comparable one to make this work. It could be a deal that gets done in the offseason.
Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray is still seeking a non-rental forward and is willing to part with Patrick Wiercioch, Shane Prince and perhaps Alex Chiasson but so far things are quiet in Ottawa.
LeBrun claims the LA Kings are looking at Carolina Hurricanes left wing Kris Versteeg.
LATEST FROM ESPN.COM.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance believes the Stars could use Dan Hamhuis but thinks the Canucks will seek a big return. He claims the Washington Capitals don’t appear to be in on Hamhuis.
He wonders if the Bruins will part with Loui Eriksson or retain him for the rest of the season.
Custance notes the Lightning would like a right-handed defenseman in return for Jonathan Drouin but there aren’t many available. He wonders if GM Steve Yzerman tries packaging Drouin with defenseman Matt Carle or try moving each in separate deals.
Custance also wonders if the Los Angeles Kings could be a destination for Mikkel Boedker.
The Stars and Kings could use Kris Russell.
Custance doesn’t expect the Philadelphia Flyers to add a player or two.