Is a Kevin Shattenkirk-for-Rick Nash deal a possibility? Could the Jets trade Jacob Trouba? Read on for the latest.
SHATTENKIRK-FOR-NASH A POSSIBILITY?
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH: In a July 29 live chat, Blues beat writer Jeremy Rutherford reported there’s nothing new on the trade front regarding defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. He noted there’s growing speculation Shattenkirk could be swapped for New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash and didn’t dismiss the possibility.
” Let’s take a quick look why: Shattenkirk is from the East Coast and would likely agree to an extension. The Rangers lost Keith Yandle this offseason and are looking to replace him. Nash and Hitchcock are familiar with each other from their days in Columbus. The Blues could use his skill and veteran experience up front. Nash does have two more years left on his deal with a cap hit of $7.8 million, and he’s actually owed $8 million and $8.2 million the next two years. The Rangers would have to retain some salary and other players would possibly be involved to help the Blues stay under the cap, but I think this is a deal that makes sense for both sides and could work.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I have my doubts about a Shattenkirk-for-Nash swap. At 32, his best seasons are behind him. He’s been hampered by injuries in two of the last three campaigns. Jaden Schwartz and Robby Fabbri are younger left wings who are also on the rise. Granted, they could move Fabbri back to center or shift him over to right wing. However, they also have veteran Alex Steen at left wing and Rutherford recently reported Steen is interested in re-signing a new contract (he’s a UFA next summer) before the start of this season. Nash has played right wing before, but he’d have to play on the second line behind Vladimir Tarasenko.
LATEST ON TROUBA
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe recently states his belief the Jets defense must step up in 2016-17 if the club hopes to reach the playoffs next spring. He noted there was speculation earlier in the offseason the Jets could pursue a top-four defenseman, but there’s nowhere to put one unless the club “is unable to get a new contract done with Jacob Trouba and moves him for a package that includes a left-handed shooting blue-liner.” While Wiebe acknowledged that’s a possibility, he feels ” it seems more likely at this stage of the game that Trouba will remain in the mix, get a contract signed and start the campaign on the left side with either (Dustin) Byfuglien or Tyler Myers.