Teams that could be busy in the trade market, plus updates on the Leafs, Wings, Oilers & Panthers in your NHL rumor mill.
TRADE MARKET CANDIDATES
USA TODAY: Kevin Allen lists eight teams he believes could be active in this summer’s trade market.
Anaheim Ducks: Once restricted free agent defenseman Hampus Lindholm is re-signed, they could move blueliner Cam Fowler for a scoring forward.
Boston Bruins: Rumored to be in the market for a defenseman.
Colorado Avalanche: Trade rumors have dogged blueliner Tyson Barrie for two months. Could be a good fit with the Edmonton Oilers or the Bruins.
Detroit Red Wings: Their search for a veteran defenseman could stretch into training camp.
Edmonton Oilers: Still need to add another defenseman. Could swap a forward for one.
Minnesota Wild: Trade speculation continues to swirl around RFA rearguard Matt Dumba.
New York Rangers: They need to free up salary-cap room, especially with four key RFAs ( Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes and RFA defenseman Dylan McIlrath) to re-sign. Winger Rick Nash would provide “the most flexibility” but his $7.8 million cap hit could be difficult to move. Defensemen Marc Staal or Kevin Klein could also become trade candidates.
St. Louis Blues: Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, eligible next summer for unrestricted free agency, could be swapped for a forward.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not much to add here, as Allen essentially summarized a month’s worth of speculation about those eight clubs. One or two of them could swing a deal at some point this summer.
Regarding Dumba, Wild GM Chuck Fletcher last Thursday claimed the young defenseman was a key part of their future and he hoped to have him under contract in the next few weeks. Avs GM Joe Sakic maintains he’s not moving Barrie. The Blues tried shopping Shattenkirk before free agency but their high asking price apparently scared off the suitors.
LEAFS GOALIE CANDIDATES
TSN: Kristen Shilton lists five goaltenders who could fill the club’s need for a veteran backup. UFA targets could include Jhonas Enroth or Karri Ramo. Trade options could be Keith Kinkaid of the New Jersey Devils, Reto Berra of the Florida Panthers or Thomas Greiss of the New York Islanders.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t see the Devils moving Kinkaid unless they want to replace him with one of those UFAs still on the market. The Panthers acquired Berra before free agency, but he could be expendable because of the addition of James Reimer. If the Isles move a goalie, it’ll likely be Jaroslav Halak, not Thomas Greiss. That could change depending upon preseason or early-season play, but for now the assumption is they want to retain Greiss.
LATEST ON THE OILERS, RED WINGS AND PANTHERS
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples dismissed a HockeyBuzz rumor suggesting the Oilers could ship Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to the Ottawa Senators for defenseman Cody Ceci. While Ceci has promise, Staples doesn’t believe the Oilers will swap RNH for him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I concur with Staples. If the Oilers are to move RNH, it’ll likely be for a more established blueliner. While adding Nugent-Hopkins would certainly bolster the Senators’ depth at center, trading away Ceci leaves a big gap on defense. Unless they’re planning a separate deal to replace Ceci, this move makes no sense.
MLIVE.COM: Responding to a reader’s question about the possibility of the Detroit Red Wings trading goalie Jimmy Howard, Ansar Khan said Howard isn’t going anywhere this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No market for goalies since the Calgary Flames acquired Brian Elliott from St. Louis at the draft.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM’s Harvey Fialkov recently took to Twitter saying a source claims the Florida Panthers have some interest in UFA defenseman Kris Russell.