Latest on P.K. Subban, Eric Staal, Jiri Hudler, Andrew Ladd, Loui Eriksson and many more in part one of your Sunday NHL rumor roundup.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM SPORTSNET’S “SATURDAY HEADLINES”.
SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman reports Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin confirms defenseman P.K. Subban won’t be traded.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And with that, the recent flurry of the dumbest trade speculation of 2015-16 mercifully draws to a quick close.
Damien Cox reports the Carolina Hurricanes have not asked pending UFA captain Eric Staal to waive his no-trade clause, he hasn’t waived it and there’s been no contract talks about a hometown discount. Cox also wondered how the change in the Islanders ownership could affect pending UFAs Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen.
Friedman speculates the Islanders and Florida Panthers could be on a short list of clubs with interest in Winnipeg Jets left wing Andrew Ladd, as they have the cap room to take on the remainder of Ladd’s $4.4 million cap hit.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those clubs also have depth in young forwards to draw up if the asking price is a good young player.
Suspended Tampa Bay Lightning winger Jonathan Droun could also remain in the rumor mill leading up to the trade deadline.
The San Jose Sharks are in the market for a backup goalie, while the Calgary Flames might seek a replacement for the injured Karri Ramo.
Their list of teams seeking forwards includes Chicago, Florida, Los Angeles Kings, the Islanders and Anaheim, although the latter is playing well right now and might not have a pressing need to address that factor. The Kings, Montreal, Pittsburgh, San Jose and Tampa Bay are looking for defense.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM GARRIOCH’S LATEST “INSIDER TRADING.”
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports teams are calling the Calgary Flames expressing interest in winger Jiri Hudler and defenseman Kris Russell. Both are UFAs at season’s end. The Flames hoped to re-sign Russell but he could earn over $5 million annually on the open mark and they could be unwilling to pay that much. Some wonder if the Flames will pursue a goalie at the deadline.
Despite the Carolina Hurricanes’ playoff push this season, they’re still looking to move pending UFA Eric Staal. Others who could be available include defenseman Ron Hainsey and forwards Kris Versteeg and Nathan Gerbe. Forward Jeff Skinner is also thought to be available but his $5.75-million annual cap hit is tough to move.
There’s interest in Toronto Maple Leafs winger P.A. Parenteau and defenseman Roman Polak. Good luck moving oft-injured winger Joffrey Lupul.
It’s believed the Flames have opened contract talks with pending RFA stars Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, who will be expensive to re-sign. “Only Monahan is eligible for an offer sheet while Gaudreau can be signed with a bridge deal.”
The Philadelphia Flyers wouldn’t mind moving defensemen Mark Streit ($5.25 million through 2016-17) and Nick Schultz ( $2.25 million through next season) and winger Matt Read ($3.625 million through 2017-18).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Since last June, Flyers GM Ron Hextall was able to shed the salaries of Chris Pronger, Nicklas Grossmann, Vincent Lecavalier and Luke Scheen. He might find a taker for Streit, Schultz or Read. Of the three, Schultz is the most affordable.
The Edmonton Oilers are shopping forwards Lauri Korpikoski ($2.5 million next season) and Teddy Purcell (a UFA this season) along with blueliner Justin Schultz.
San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson seeks a defenseman.
The Bruins are trying to re-sign pending UFA winger Loui Eriksson but they’re apparently not close to an agreement.
Despite the P.K. Subban rumors, it’s believed the Montreal Canadiens will instead try moving pending UFAs Dale Weise, Tom Gilbert and Tomas Fleischmann. It’s believed there’s mild interest in center Lars Eller.
It’s believed the Vancouver Canucks will ask defenseman Dan Hamhuis to waive his no-trade clause. They would also like to move UFA winger Radim Vrbata.
It could take a trade of Winnipeg Jets winger Andrew Ladd to set the marketplace for forwards leading up to the Feb. 29 deadline.
WHO’S UP FOR GRABS IN THE WESTERN CONFERENCE.
TORONTO SUN: Mike Zeisberger looks at each club in the Western Conference to determine their needs and who could be available.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can check out Zeisberger’s Eastern Conference trade deadline preview here.