Latest on the Arizona Coyotes, Edmonton Oilers, New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings in part two of your Sunday NHL rumor roundup.
WILL THE COYOTES TRADE BOEDKER?
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons reports the Arizona Coyotes will go right up to Feb. 29 if necessary in their attempt to re-sign pending UFA winger Mikkel Boedker. If a new deal can’t be reached, they’ll try to trade him on deadline day.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Mike Harrington reports there’s growing speculation the Chicago Blackhawks might be a good fit for winger Mikkel Boeder if the Arizona Coyotes put him on the block for the Feb. 29 trade deadline. Harrington also doubts the Montreal Canadiens will trade defenseman P.K. Subban and claims the Buffalo Sabres will move pending UFA winger Jamie McGinn if he can get a second-round pick for him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Coyotes and Blackhawks have a recent trade history, specifically the deal last February that sent center Antoine Vermette to Chicago. The ‘Hawks have the cap room to take on the remainder of Boedker’s $3.75 million cap hit, but it depends upon the asking price. The ‘Hawks parted with a first-round pick and a young defenseman in Klas Dahlbeck for Vermette last year, but they might be unwilling to give up a comparable return this year.
UPDATE ON THE EDMONTON OILERS.
EDMONTON SUN: With the Oilers sitting dead last in the NHL’s overall standings, Terry Jones believes they should start entertaining offers for their 2016 first-round draft pick. If they remain in last place, that pick has a 20 percent chance of becoming the top pick in the draft lottery and just over a 13 percent chance of being second overall. If the Oilers win the draft lottery again this year, Jones believes they’ll shop that pick anyway, so it makes sense to shop it now in hopes of landing a blueliner, as the Oilers need two top-four defensemen.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis reports the Oilers will showcase veteran defenseman Nikita Nikitin, who’s spent most of this season in the minors, in hopes of moving him at the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wouldn’t surprise me if Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli lets it be known he’ll entertain offers for his first-round pick now. While the argument can be made it’s best to wait and see if they win the draft lottery again, it’s also possible they won’t win it this year. So why not see if there’s a GM with blueline depth willing to gamble on landing the first- or second-overall pick in this year’s draft.
LATEST ON THE DEVILS AND RED WINGS.
NEW YORK POST: If the New Jersey Devils seek a rental forward, Larry Brooks suggests pursuing Toronto Maple Leafs winger P-A Parenteau, perhaps by offering up defensemen Eric Gelinas.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James reports the Red Wings must shed salary if they hope to add an impact player at the trade deadline. GM Ken Holland also said he’s not moving struggling goalie Jimmy Howard at the trade deadline. He also claims he’s not looking to add depth, claiming this year’s roster is deeper than last season’s.