Latest on the Stars and Red Wings – September 21, 2016
Could the Dallas Stars shop Valeri Nichushkin? Could the Detroit Red Wings trade Petr Mrazek rather than Jimmy Howard? The answers in today’s NHL rumor mill.
TSN 1040 (via TODAY’S SLAPSHOT): Weighing in on Dallas Stars winger Valeri Nichushkin’s signing with KHL team CSKA Moscow, Darren Dreger said he believes Stars GM Jim Nill will get trade calls for the young Russian. “Maybe if this prolongs beyond a year or two, he seriously considers trading his rights. But it sounds like this kid is committed to going back and playing in the KHL.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For now, it appears Nill is fine with Nichushkin going to the KHL. At this point, I doubt he’ll shop the young winger’s rights. I wouldn’t dismiss the possibility over the next two years, but Nill can afford to be patient here.
MLIVE.COM: Commenting on the low trade value of Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard, one of Ansar Khan’s readers recently asked if the Wings might consider trading Petr Mrazek instead of Howard to land a skilled defenseman. While Khan acknowledges Mrazek as the centerpiece of a deal would fetch the Wings a decent return, he doesn’t believe they’ll go that route.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Khan points out, Mrazek is eight years younger than Howard and still has plenty of upside. Trading him would leave the Wings with a fading asset in Howard. The Wings will consider moving other assets before moving Mrazek to bring in a skilled puck-moving defenseman.