Latest on the Flames and Bruins – December 5, 2016
The Bruins could be shopping Ryan Spooner, while the Flames may have been kicking around some trade options.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty reports sources claim the Boston Bruins “have engaged in discussions with multiple teams about a Ryan Spooner trade.” One of the sources listed the Carolina Hurricanes, New York Islanders and San Jose Sharks as having some interest in the 23-year-old Spooner, who’s struggling this season following a 49-point performance in 2015-16.
The trade chatter recently increased with Spooner skating on the fourth line and with winger Frank Vatrano due to return to action in mid-December. The Bruins reportedly seek a top-six forward in exchange for a package that includes Spooner. The play of rookie defenseman Brandon Carlo has lowered the Bruins’ need to pursue blue-line depth.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s not surprising the Bruins are looking at moving Spooner. Given the steep decline in his performance this season, it was inevitable. They’ll have to add a draft pick or a prospect in the deal if they hope to get a top-six forward. The Hurricanes, Isles and Sharks have struggled offensively this season, so that would explain their rumored interest in Spooner. The Vancouver Canucks could also come calling.
FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols cites TSN insider Pierre LeBrun’s Friday appearance on Vancouver’s TSN 1040 discussing Calgary Flames president Brian Burke’s denials that his club was shopping defenseman Dougie Hamilton. LeBrun sympathized with the Flames regarding the rumors, saying he never heard a single source claim the Flames were trying to move Hamilton, only that some clubs had made inquiries.
LeBrun, however, cited an NHL GM claiming everyone was so focused on the Hamilton speculation, but Flames general manager Brad Treliving has talks about other players with other teams in recent weeks. However, the Flames latest improvement has dampened those rumors. Nichols noted there was some speculation a few weeks ago claiming the Flames wanted to add a defenseman with some bite to his game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Flames have truly “turned the corner” on this season, that trade chatter will die away completely until the March 1 deadline. By that point, if they’re a playoff contender, it’ll be about who they’ll add, rather than who they could shed. As LeBrun reported, for weeks the Hamilton talk all indicated the Flames were getting calls about the blueliner, but they weren’t shopping him. I daresay that’ll remain the case for the rest of the season.