Latest on the Maple Leafs, Flames, Oilers, Canucks, Senators and Blackhawks in part two of your NHL rumor mill.
TSN.CA: Frank Seravalli believes the Toronto Maple Leafs helped set the trade market leading up to the deadline with the returns they received (a second round pick in 2017 and a second rounder in 2018) by shipping Roman Polak and Nic Spaling to the San Jose Sharks. That could help the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers, who also carry players who could become playoff rentals by the trade deadline.
Seravalli also broke down the draft pick evaluations of some potentially available rental players:
LW Mikkel Boedker, Arizona
RW Loui Eriksson, Boston
LW Andrew Ladd, Winnipeg
D Dan Hamhuis, Vancouver
RW Jiri Hudler, Calgary
RW Teddy Purcell, Edmonton
D Kris Russell, Calgary
C Eric Staal, Carolina
LW Kris Versteeg, Carolina
D Evgeny Medvedev, Philadelphia
RW P-A Parenteau, Toronto
D Justin Schultz, Edmonton
RW Radim Vrbata, Vancouver
RW Dale Weise, Montreal
CALGARY SUN: In the wake of the Flames shipping Markus Granlund to Vancouver for promising winger Hunter Shinkaruk, Wes Gilbertson anticipates Flames GM Brad Treliving has more deals in store by the deadline. He speculates pending UFA defenseman Kris Russell and forwards Jiri Hudler and David Jones could also be dealt.
TSN 1260 (via TODAY’S SLAPSHOT): Bob McKenzie believes the Edmonton Oilers will move defenseman Justin Schultz, saying the blueliner has no future in Edmonton.
THE PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma reports Vancouver Canucks winger Jannik Hansen, with 19 goals this season, is on the trade radar. Carrying an attractive annual salary-cap hit of $2.5 million for two more seasons, Kuzma suggests he’d be a good fit with the Chicago Blackhawks. He also claims Canucks GM Jim Benning wants to make a hockey trade and get younger and faster.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That doesn’t mean Hansen’s available for sure, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Benning’s listening to offers. If he can get a younger, faster player in return, he could consider it.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Senators performance this week will determine if GM Bryan Murray becomes a buyer or seller at the trade deadline. Garrioch claims the Sens want to move defenseman Patrick Wiercioch and winger Shane Prince. Garrioch also claims the Tampa Bay Lightning are shopping winger Erik Condra and his $1.25 million per season salary.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Rob Ogden reports Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman was in Montreal scouting last night’s game between the Canadiens and Nashville Predators, likely looking at possible trade targets. One possibility could be Canadiens winger Tomas Fleischmann. With the Predators in the playoff hunt, they’re likely to be buyers, not sellers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While notables wingers like Andrew Ladd and Mikkel Boedker have been linked to the Blackhawks, Bowman could be in the market this year for a player more affordable in both salary and return.