The latest on Andrew Ladd and Dale Weise, plus updates on the Leafs, Oilers and Flames.
UPDATE ON THE LADD TRADE WATCH.
TSN.CA: Gary Lawless reports Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff continues to get trade calls regarding pending UFA left wing and team captain Andrew Ladd. “As many as six teams – Anaheim, Chicago, Florida, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Washington – are believed to have interest in him”, writes Lawless, who also claims “it’s believed at least one team has made an offer of a first-round pick plus a prospect.” While the Jets have the cap space to re-sign Ladd, Lawless claims Cheveldayoff is keeping an eye on the future, as RFAs Jacob Trouba,Mark Scheifele and Adam Purdy must be re-signed.
WINNIPEG SUN: Kirk Penton believes Cheveldayoff should move Ladd now instead of waiting for the trade deadline, as that will increase the Jets’ chances of sliding further down the standings and improve their chances of winning the draft lottery. Penton believes it’s time for the long-struggling Jets to shake up their roster, noting Ladd will fetch a decent return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Media consensus suggests Ladd is a goner and I see no reason to disagree with that assessment. If Cheveldayoff can get a first-round pick and a prospect for Ladd, I say go for it. While he could hold out for a good young roster player, a first and a prospect is probably the best he’s going to get at this time of year.
TRADE VALUE OF KEY LEAFS.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons lists the anticipated trade value of several Maple Leafs players, citing information from “four NHL scouts, executives and one former talent evaluator.” Defenseman Roman Polak should attract the most interest and could fetch a second-round pick and a “decent prospect.” Center Tyler Bozak, the Leafs most serviceable player, could land a second-round pick. Winger P.A. Parenteau could be worth a third- or fourth-round pick, blueliner Matt Hunwick a third rounder, goaltender James Reimer a fourth-round selection, grinder Daniel Winnik a third rounder and forward Peter Holland a third rounder. Brad Boyes, Michael Grabner, Mark Arcobello, Byron Froese, Colin Greening and Martin Marincin would be “garage sale” players that could fetch fourth-rounders on down. As for center Nazem Kadri, there wasn’t any consensus on his value because of the uncertainty over his availability.
TORONTO STAR: Mark Zwolinski acknowledged defenseman Roman Polak could be shopped, but suggested it could be in the Leafs best interest to re-sign him, citing his strong play and how his experience and leadership could benefit the younger players coming up in the lineup.
**UPDATE** TSN.CA: This morning, the Leafs shipped defenceman Roman Polak and forward Nick Spaling to the San Jose Sharks for two second-round draft picks and forward Raffi Torres.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect most Leafs fans will disagree with several the proposed returns. Heck, even I think Reimer could land a second rounder. Bottom line, though, is those players aren’t bringing back a first round pick, a top prospect or a good young roster player. The return for Shawn Matthias yesterday drives that point home.
I agree with Zwolinski’s take on Polak. The blueliner won’t be expensive to re-sign (provided he wants to stay) and could certainly help the younger Leafs. We’ll find out soon enough if Leafs management shares that opinion. Well, so much for Polak staying in Toronto. You can read my take on that trade, plus yesterday’s Matthias trade, in my News section under today’s morning coffee headlines.
LATEST ON THE OILERS, FLAMES AND CANADIENS.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: With the Oilers facing another lost season, Jim Matheson speculates a roster shakeup could be coming by GM Peter Chiarelli. Matheson believes the Oilers need “a defenceman or two and a different makeup of top six players.” He speculates right winger Jordan Eberle could be traded while left wing Taylor Hall and center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins “might be”. Except for Connor McDavid and perhaps Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse, Matheson believes there are no untouchables on the Oilers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t believe Eberle and Hall are available. It’ll take a significant offer to pry them away from Chiarelli. I also don’t believe they’ll move Oscar Klefbom, who missed significant time this season to injury. Given the additions of McDavid and Draisaitl, I think Nugent-Hopkins is the most likely trade candidate. I also think Nail Yakupov’s time as an Oiler is drawing to a close. Ditto Justin Schultz. They recently re-sign goalie Cam Talbot and added Andrej Sekera last summer, so they’re not going anywhere. As for everyone else, yes, they could be available.
CALGARY SUN: Wes Gilbertson reports the Flames face some crucial questions leading up to next week’s trade deadline. They must decide if pending UFAs Jiri Hudler, David Jones and Kris Russell are in play in the trade market. It’s also expected GM Brad Treliving could shop for a goaltender at the deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hudler seems most likely to be dealt. The Flames apparently want to re-sign Russell but won’t go over $5 million annually to do so. I don’t see much of a market for Jones. Goalie options are slim this summer via free agency, but they aren’t much better via trade. Toronto’s James Reimer, Carolina’s Cam Ward and Winnipeg’s Ondrej Pavelec might be available by the deadline. Detroit could trade Jimmy Howard but not until this summer.
SPORTSNET: Eric Engels reports Montreal Canadiens winger Dale Weise loves playing for the Habs, but the pending UFA understands he could be dealt by next week’s trade deadline.