It’s NHL Trade Deadline Day. Check out the latest noable trade rumors and speculations.
THE NHL TRADE DEADLINE IS 3 PM ET TODAY.
LIST OF POTENTIAL TRADE CANDIDATES.
NJ.com: presents a list of the top-25 players who could be on the trade block today. Among the notables are the usual suspects (Boston Bruins right wing Loui Eriksson, Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Scott Hartnell, Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin, Arizona Coyotes winger Mikkel Boedker, Vancouver Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis, Calgary Flames blueliner Kris Russell) as well as some names we haven’t heard much of in speculation leading up to today (Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin, Pittsburgh Penguins winger Chris Kunitz, Vancouver Canucks winger Alex Burrows, New Jersey Devils defenseman Eric Gelinas, Buffalo Sabres left wing Marcus Foligno).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Check out the full list at the link above. I doubt Kunitz and Burrows are dealt today as they’re expensive and past their prime.. Brodin (foot injury) recently returned to practice and could be back in action in a week’s time. There was some talk earlier this month speculating he could be trade bait for a scoring forward.
LATEST ON THE FLYERS AND MAPLE LEAFS.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Riday lists forwards Sam Gagner, Matt Read and Ryan White, along with defensemen Mark Streit, Evgeny Medvedev, Nick Schultz and Radko Gudas as possible trade candidates for draft picks and futures. Longshots include R.J. Umberger, Andrew MacDonald, Brayden Schenn and Michal Neuvirth.
PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi reports Flyers GM Ron Hextall doesn’t want to trade draft picks or youth for a rental player. Carchidi speculates Matt Read, Mark Streit, and Nick Schultz “are probably expendable” if the right deal comes along, and doubts Hextall pursues Tampa Bay’s Jonathan Drouin or Arizona’s Mikkel Boedker unless he can get them cheaply
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hextall claims he’s not deviating from rebuilding the Flyers, which means he won’t bring in a rental unless it’s for a very affordable price. I can’t see Streit being moved as I doubt there’s many takers for an aging blueliner with a year remaining on his contract worth over $5 million.
TORONTO SUN: Rob Longley speculates trade talks involving Maple Leafs winger P.A. Parenteau could go right down to the wire today. Parenteau also assured reporters the neck issues he suffered during Saturday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens won’t affect his ability to play after the deadline.
NBC SPORTS: Joey Alferi cited a reports by TSN’s Gary Lawless claiming the Leafs were working on a deal that would send Parenteau to the New York Islanders, but the Leafs asking price of a second-round pick is holding things up as the Isles don’t want to pay that price…yet.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect Parenteau will get dealt today, and he could fetch a second-round pick from the Islanders or another playoff contender in need of affordable offensive depth.Considering the returns the Leafs got for their recent moves, a second rounder for Parenteau seems likely.
UPDATES ON DROUIN.
SPORTSNET: Jeff Simmons cites colleague Chris Johnston reporting last night the Tampa Bay Lightning are trying hard to trade Jonathan Drouin for a return that can help them now. He also feels the Leafs can get a second-round pick for P.A. Parenteau and believes the Florid Panthers aren’t done dealing in the aftermath of their three-player acquisitions over the weekend.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports chances are slim the Ottawa Senators acquire Jonathan Drouin, as the Lightning’s asking price is too high for Sens GM Bryan Murray. “It’s believed the initial ask was for defenceman Cody Ceci while the names of prospects Thomas Chabot or Colin White have been mentioned.” Garrioch also reports the Senators have a mild interest in Edmonton Oilers right wing Nail Yakupov, plus they’re believed shopping defenceman Patrick Wiercioch and winger Shane Prince”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A Drouin trade is possible but not a certainty. The Lightning want something that helps them now and in the future. Players like Drouin are rarely available at the trade deadline and the Bolts can afford to wait until this summer for a better offer.
OTHER NOTABLE RUMORS AND SPECULATION.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets are still reportedly dangling left wing Scott Hartnell and defenseman Fedor Tyutin, but their contracts (“Hartnell carries a $4.75 million salary-cap hit, and he’s signed through 2018-19, Tyutin carries a $4.5 million hit, and he’s signed through 2017-18.”) could prove tough to move.
THE PROVINCE: It remains to be seen if the Vancouver Canucks will trade veteran defenseman Dan Hamhuis, who’s commanded interest from the Dallas Stars and Boston Bruins. Hamhuis’ preference is to remain with the Canucks, but he recently suggested the Stars would be a suitable destination.
CALGARY SUN: Recent trade chatter has linked Flames defenseman Kris Russell to the “Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins and others.” The asking price is reportedly two second-round draft picks.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Florida Panthers and Los Angeles Kings reportedly had interest in Sabres left wing Jamie McGinn, who might fetch a second- or third-round pick.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: After acquiring defenseman Justin Schultz from Edmonton over the weekend, Penguins GM Jim Rutherford might not be done dealing. He apparently still has some salary-cap space remaining and a few assets he’s willing to move, though promising goalie Matt Murray isn’t among them.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars GM Jim Nill isn’t expected to make a big move at this year’s trade deadline. He could be interested in Vancouver’s Dan Hamhuis if the price is right, but it’s unlikely he’ll try to bring Boston’s Loui Eriksson back to Dallas.
MLIVE.COM: While Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland doesn’t appear poised to make a deal by today’s deadline, he’ll continue working the phones. If he makes a trade, it’ll be for a forward. It’s not expected the Lightning will deal Jonathan Drouin to the Wings, or the Bruins will ship Loui Eriksson to Detroit, as those clubs are jockeying for playoff position with the Winged Wheel. Columbus’ Scott Hartnell is the type of agitating forward the Wings could use, but they’re unlikely to take on the 33-year-old’s contract.