Should the Dallas Stars pursue Marc-Andre Fleury? What could the Detroit Red Wings have in store? Latest in your NHL rumor mill.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Responding to a reader’s question about the Stars pursuing Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, Mike Heika suggests that wouldn’t be a good idea. “I am just guessing at this, but I believe the fear is Fleury’s playoff woes are just as significant as (Kari) Lehtonen’s.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s an irrational fear. Yes, Fleury had several seasons where his playoff performance left much to be desired. But in his last two postseasons as the Penguins starter, he was solid between the pipes. While he had a poor showing in his only appearance in the 2016 playoffs, that was largely due to his not seeing game action in nearly two months after being sidelined by a concussion.
Fleury backstopped the Penguins to two straight Final appearances and a championship in 2009. Compare his playoff record with Lehtonen‘s and it’s no contest: Fleury is the better goalie. If there’s an opportunity to acquire him from the Penguins for a reasonable price, I think the Stars should seriously consider it.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan opened his mailbag and responded to readers’ questions regarding the Detroit Red Wings. Khan claims the Wings didn’t intend to address their need for a puck-moving defenseman via free agency owing to the limited depth in the UFA pool. They prefer keeping their trade options open for someone like Anaheim’s Cam Fowler, St. Louis’ Kevin Shattenkirk or Colorado’s Tyson Barrie.
He believes they’re positioned to make a trade for a defenseman. For somone like Fowler, Khan suggests the centerpiece of the return could be either Tomas Tatar or Gustav Nyquist, considering those wingers their best trade chips. He also notes the Wings tried to trade goalie Jimmy Howard but couldn’t find any takers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wings were linked to Fowler and Shattenkirk in trade speculation leading up to the recent July 1 start of the free-agency period. The Ducks need scoring depth on the wing, particularly the left side. They recently signed winger Mason Raymond, so that suggests they either aren’t receiving the type of return they want for Fowler, or they’re going to go with a more affordable option for now and see how the season unfolds.
Sounds like the same thing with Shattenkirk. It’s believed the asking price for him is too high, though there’s no indication what it could be.
Avalanche GM Joe Sakic insists Barrie won’t be shopped even if he goes to arbitration, which he has. If the Avalanche decide to walk away from Barrie’s arbitration award, you can be the Wings will be among the clubs very interested in signing him.