NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 8, 2019

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – November 8, 2019

Penguins snap Islanders 10-game win streak, Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock picks up his 700th NHL victory, and more in today’s NHL morning coffee headlines


NHL.COM: The New York Islanders 10-game winning streak came to an end as they fell 4-3 to the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime. The Penguins rallied from a 3-0 deficit and picked up the win on Bryan Rust’s second goal of the night. Teammate Jared McCann enjoyed a three-point night. Penguins defenseman Kris Letang missed the game with a lower-body injury.

The Toronto Maple Leafs gave head coach Mike Babcock his 700th career victory by edging the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 in overtime. John Tavares scored the game-winning goal. Auston Matthews also tallied for the Leafs. Max Pacioretty scored for the Golden Knights. Earlier in the day, the Leafs placed Martin Marincin and Nic Petan on waivers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Babcock sits eighth on the all-time wins list for NHL coaches. He’s three wins behind Winnipeg’s Paul Maurice. 

Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson scored the tying and winning goals in a 5-4 overtime victory over the Florida Panthers. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin scored twice and added an assist while John Carlson had a three-point night. Aleksander Barkov and Evgenii Dadonov each had a goal and an assist for the Panthers. The Capitals (27 points) hold a three-point lead over the Boston Bruins for first place in the Eastern Conference.

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon collected four points in a 9-4 win over the Nashville Predators but left the game with an upper-body injury (Photo via NHL Images).

The Colorado Avalanche tallied six goals within eight minutes in the second period to crush the Nashville Predators 9-4, snapping a five-game winless skid. Jonas Donskoi netted a hat trick while Nathan MacKinnon collected four points. MacKinnon left the game in the second period as a precautionary measure after suffering an upper-body injury. Earlier in the day, the Avs revealed starting goalie Philipp Grubauer would miss the next couple of games with a lower-body injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With first-line wingers Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog already sidelined, it’s understandable why the Avs are being cautious with MacKinnon. It could sink their season if they lose him to a lengthy period.  

The Philadelphia Flyers blew a 2-0 lead but downed the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on an overtime tally by Sean Couturier. Goaltender Carey Price made 40 saves to carry the Habs into the extra frame. Earlier in the day, the Flyers learned defenseman Samuel Morin suffered a torn ACL in his right knee for the second time in 19 months during a conditioning stint with their AHL affiliate.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  A former first-round pick (11th overall in 2013), Morin has struggled to establish himself as an NHL blueliner. A second consecutive injury to the same knee could jeopardize his playing career. 

The San Jose Sharks took a 6-2 lead and held on to defeat the Minnesota Wild 6-5. Sharks captain Logan Couture had a four-point performance while teammate Tomas Hertl picked up three points. Eric Staal had a three-point game for the Wild.

Patrick Kane scored and set up two others to lead the Chicago Blackhawks over the Vancouver Canucks 5-2. Corey Crawford turned aside 36 shots for the win and Dylan Strome collected three assists.

The Calgary Flames netted four unanswered goals to down the New Jersey Devils 5-2. Flames blueliner Noah Hanifin scored a goal and set up two others. Devils rookie Jack Hughes had a goal and an assist.

Henrik Lundqvist kicked out 45 shots as the New York Rangers doubled up the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2. Artemi Panarin and Pavel Buchnevich each collected a goal and an assist for the Blueshirts. The Hurricanes have lost three straight games.

Gustav Nyquist had a three-point performance as the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Arizona Coyotes 3-2. Joonas Korpisalo made 30 stops for the win.

Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s overtime goal gave the Ottawa Senators a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings.


THE HOCKEY WRITERS: KHL President Dmitry Chernyshenko doesn’t see his league being in direct competition with the NHL. He believes there’s enough room for both leagues to thrive.

Chernyshenko also cited the difficult logistics of potential games between NHL and KHL clubs. He points out the KHL season is over 1 1/2 months before the end of the Stanley Cup playoffs. KHL players also begin their preseasons earlier than NHL players.

While the NHL has reached an agreement to start broadcasting games in Russia, the KHL broadcasts games to 34 different countries and has teams in six countries. The KHL is also in the process of perfecting puck- and player-tracking technology, giving them a potential edge in sports betting.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The KHL has had its ups and downs in its short history. Nevertheless, it has not only survived but is continuing to build its product. 

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets center Bryan Little is sidelined indefinitely after suffering a perforated eardrum and vertigo from being struck in the head by a slapshot from teammate Nikolaj Ehlers during Tuesday’s game against the Devils. Little required 25-30 stitches and spent the night in a neurological ward for examination.

SPORTSNET: The hits keep on coming for the Jets as Gabriel Bourque will be out at least four weeks with a lower-body injury.

NBC SPORTS: Dallas Stars winger Roope Hintz (undisclosed) will be sidelined for the next two weeks. Blueline John Klingberg (lower body) will miss the next two-to-four weeks.

STLTODAY.COM: Blues forward Alex Steen will miss at least a month with a high-ankle sprain.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON: Bruins winger Jake DeBrusk (lower body) will be sidelined for tonight’s game against the Detroit Red Wings.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers placed winger Tomas Jurco on waivers and assigned Colby Cave to their AHL affiliate.


2019 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker

2019 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker

Here’s the list of today’s notable deals heading toward the 3 pm ET deadline. This list will be updated frequently throughout the day.  Following the deadline, I’ll examine the day’s biggest moves in the Soapbox section. 

Florida Panthers trade defenseman Chris Wideman to the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward Sebastian Dea.

Winnipeg Jets trade left wing Nic Petan to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for center Par Lindholm.

Florida Panthers trade defenseman Bogdan Kiselevich to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick.

Buffalo Sabres trade defenseman Nathan Beaulieu to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a sixth-round pick. 

Vancouver Canucks trade defenseman Erik Gudbranson to the Pittsburgh Penguins for winger Tanner Pearson.

Minnesota Wild trade center Matt Hendricks to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a seventh-round pick. 

Anaheim Ducks traded defenseman Michael Del Zotto to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a sixth-round pick.

New Jersey Devils trade winger Marcus Johansson to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a 2019 second-round pick and a fourth-round pick in 2020. 

Philadelphia Flyers trade winger Wayne Simmonds to the Nashville Predators in exchange for winger Ryan Hartman and a conditional 2020 fourth-round draft pick.

Ottawa Senators trade Matt Stone to the Vegas Golden Knights (Photo via NHL Images)

Ottawa Senators trade right wing Mark Stone to the Vegas Golden Knights for prospect defenseman Erik Brannstrom, center Oscar Lindberg, and a second-round pick in 2020. 

Minnesota Wild trade forward Mikael Granlund to the Nashville Predators in exchange for winger Kevin Fiala. 

Los Angeles Kings trade defenseman Oscar Fantenberg to the Calgary Flames for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2020.

New York Rangers trade defenseman Adam McQuaid to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a fourth- and a seventh-round draft pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. 

Florida Panthers trade center Derick Brassard and a conditional sixth-round pick in 2020 to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a third-round pick in 2020

Florida Panthers trade forward Tomas Jurco to the Carolina Hurricanes for future considerations. The Hurricanes trade prospect Cliff Pu to the Panthers for future considerations.

Arizona Coyotes trade center Jordan Weal to the Montreal Canadiens for center Michael Chaput

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the New York Rangers trade center Kevin Hayes to the Winnipeg Jets for Brendan Lemieux, the Jets’ 2019 first-round pick and a conditional pick. 

New Jersey Devils trade goaltender Keith Kinkaid to the Columbus Blue Jackets in return for a fifth-round pick in 2022.

Detroit Red Wings trade forward Gustav Nyquist to the San Jose Sharks for a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL draft and a conditional third-round pick in 2020. 

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 25, 2017

NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – February 25, 2017

Washington Capitals forward Justin Williams (center) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring against the Edmonton Oilers.

Game recaps, Blackhawks acquire Jurco, Blues re-sign Berglund and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.

NHL.COM: Braden Holtby made 30 saves and Justin Williams scored the game winner as the Washington Capitals edged the Edmonton Oilers 2-1, tying their franchise record for consecutive home wins (13). The Capitals face the Nashville Predators tonight, but will do so without blueliners Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik (lower-body injuries) and winger T.J. Oshie (upper-body ailment). 

Three first-period goals in less than five minutes from Sam Bennett, Mikael Backlund and Deryk Engelland powered the Calgary Flames to a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers. Troy Brouwer collected a goal and an assist for the Flames.

Three unanswered third-period goals by Jamie Benn, Lauri Korpikoski and Cody Eakin lifted the Dallas Stars to a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. 

Eddie Lack turned in a 34-save shutout performance as the Carolina Hurricanes blanked the Ottawa Senators 3-0, snapping the Hurricanes five-game losing streak. 

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES:  The Chicago Blackhawks yesterday acquired winger Tomas Jurco from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL draft. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jurco has the speed and decent offensive skills to become a scoring winger. Injuries and inconsistency have dogged him thus far in his NHL career. Perhaps moving to a deeper club like the Blackhawks will help him find his game. I expect this could be the only significant deal made by the Blackhawks leading up to the March 1 trade deadline. The Hawks are playing very well of late and GM Stan Bowman seems content to see how well his club performs with youngsters such as Ryan Hartman and Nick Schmaltz in the lineup. 

STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues yesterday re-signed center Patrik Berglund to a five-year, $19.25 million contract extension effective 2017-18. The annual average salary is $3.85 million, a slight increase over his current $3.75 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This signing is also seen as an indicator the Blues have no intention of re-signing free-agent defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who is likely to be moved by the trade deadline. It’s also apparent that the Blues appreciate the 28-year-old Berglund’s versatility and all-around game. He can skate at all three forward positions, plays well at both ends of the ice and has some decent offensive skills. The term might seem a little lengthy but the cap hit is certainly right. Ultimately, the Blues probably wouldn’t find a suitable upgrade over Berglund via free agency this summer for that price. 

NHL.COM: The Vancouver Canucks report an outbreak of mumps among several of their players. Troy Stecher is the only confirmed case while Chris Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin, Mike Chaput and Markus Granlund have shown symptoms. 

NBC SPORTS: A recent report out of Arizona indicates the Coyotes’ arena financing plan could lack sufficient votes to pass the state Senator. 

NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders ownership is reportedly in talks with the owners of MLB’s New York Mets and an MSG-backed group discussing the possibility of building a new arena at Belmont Park. 

WINNIPEG SUN:  True North Sports and Entertainment will invest $12 million in renovating the MTS Centre, home of the Winnipeg Jets. 


NHL Rumor Mill – January 26, 2017

NHL Rumor Mill – January 26, 2017

Trade rumors about Toronto Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk won’t go away.

Latest on the Leafs, Rangers, Flyers and Red Wings in your NHL rumor mill.

ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports speculation the Toronto Maple Leafs are searching for a No. 1 defenseman won’t go away. Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello is publicly noncommittal, saying only that if there’s a deal to be had that can help his club, he’ll pursue it. Lamoriello was also dismissive of media-generated speculation suggesting left wing James van Riemsdyk could be a trade chip to land a top-pairing blueliner.

LeBrun also reports van Riemsdyk has heard the media chatter but is hopeful of remaining part of the club’s future. If the Leafs are to pursue a high-end rearguard, one Western Conference GM told LeBrun that shopping young forward William Nylander could be what it takes.

THE GLOBE & MAIL: David Shoalts believes it’s too early in the Leafs rebuild to think about swinging a major trade for a big-time defenseman. He argues that pursuing a rental player, such as St. Louis Blues defender Kevin Shattenkirk, would cost draft picks and/or prospects that the Leafs shouldn’t part with at this stage. Shoalts feels the Leafs aren’t ready yet to make the final leap toward serious Stanley Cup contender.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree with Shoalts. I’m not saying the Leafs shouldn’t consider it if an opportunity to land a young top-two defenseman was presented to them. If, say, the Florida Panthers offered up Aaron Ekblad for van Riemsdyk or Nylander, Lamoriello and company will have to think very carefully about it. But that type of offer isn’t coming to the Leafs.

Let some other club blow their brains out bidding high for Shattenkirk. If there’s a need to add a defenseman by the deadline, look for more affordable short-term options. Right now, making the playoffs would be a terrific step forward for the Leafs, but they’re not a Cup contender yet. They have no need to waste valuable assets on a high-priced rental player. 

FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols cites TSN’s Bob McKenzie appearing on NBCSN last night discussing the trade needs of the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.

McKenzie believes the Rangers need a right side defenseman and notes St. Louis Blues rearguard Kevin Shattenkirk would fit the bill. However, he claims the Blueshirts aren’t necessarily in trade mode right now and don’t want to mortgage their future anymore. If the Rangers pursue a rental blueliner, McKenzie believes they’ll consider a less, more affordable option.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the Rangers are willing to part with center Derek Stepan or a versatile forward such as J.T. Miller in a package offer, I don’t see them chasing a big fish like Shattenkirk at the trade deadline. Like McKenzie, I think they’ll look at more affordable rental options. If they do chase Shattenkirk, it’ll be this summer via the UFA market. 

As for the Flyers, McKenzie doesn’t expect they’ll make any big moves by the trade deadline. He notes they’ve got plenty of young blueline talent to give them flexibility if they decide to ship out some of their veterans on expiring contracts. Mark Streit, Michael Del Zotto and Nick Schultz are among their pending UFAs. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unlike his predecessors, Flyers GM Ron Hextall believes in building patiently with youth. I don’t see him sacrificing any of his promising young defensemen for a quick fix to reach the playoffs. As McKenzie suggests, Hextall could use those kids to replace any blueline veterans that he could move out at the deadline. 

THE DETROIT NEWS: Short of a blockbuster trade for someone like Kevin Shattenkirk before the trade deadline, Gregg Krupa believes the only improvement available to the Red Wings defense is promoting from within. That means Xavier Ouellet and Nick Jensen should see more playing time with the Wings over the remainder of this season.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James reports little-used Red Wings forward Tomas Jurco requested a trade this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman yesterday reported the Wings could be looking at moving Jurco, who looks like he needs a fresh start with another club. No, Jurco in a package deal won’t bring Shattenkirk to Detroit. While the Wings have been linked to Shattenkirk in recent rumor chatter, I think GM Ken Holland has his eye on younger options, such as perhaps Anaheim’s Cam Fowler or Sami Vatanen, or Minnesota’s Jonas Brodin or Matt Dumba, or Carolina’s Noah Hanifin or Jaccob Slavin. If so, he’ll have to wait until the offseason to get one of them. 

NHL Rumor Mill – January 25, 2017

NHL Rumor Mill – January 25, 2017

The trade status of St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk remains a hot topic in the NHL rumor mill.

Latest on the Blues, Oilers, Lightning, Bruins, Canadiens & more in your NHL rumor mill. 

STLTODAY.COM:  Jeff Gordon believes the recent struggles of the St. Louis Blues runs deeper than just the struggling play of goaltender Jake Allen. He feels GM Doug Armstrong must move defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (“his one big trade chip”) to balance the roster. Gordon considers the Blues deep on defense but “short on catalysts” at forward, lacking the skill, size, grit and experience of departed forwards David Backes and Troy Brouwer. He speculates a sign-and-trade scenario with Shattenkirk could emerge, though the blueliner would have to approve the destination and contract. If they move him as a rental player, they could clear cap space and acquire assets for the future.

SPORTSNET: Luke Fox cites Armstrong’s appearance yesterday on Hockey Central at Noon talking about his club. ““We’re going to know if we’re buyers or sellers. Right now, it’s obviously not trending the way we need to,” said the Blues GM. He added, “You want to look at your team mid-February till the trade deadline and believe, are you a contender or not?” He acknowledged he didn’t move pending UFAs such as Brouwer and Backes last season because he believed they were a good team a year ago with a chance to win. If his club keeps stumbling, however, Armstrong said all bets are off. “We don’t want to keep players here, hope to sneak into eighth place and get hammered in the first round.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think Armstrong is definitely shopping around and could be exploring trade options for Shattenkirk, He also seems willing to be patient and see if his club can improve over the next couple of weeks. If they fall out of a playoff spot, that’ll increase the pressure upon him to shake things up. Shattenkirk is his best trade chip, but he can’t just toss him away. He’ll wait for the best offer and hope he’ll get something that helps his club now and for the future. 

FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols reports NHL insider Darren Dreger told Edmonton’s TSN 1260 he doesn’t anticipate Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli pursuing any big-name talent leading up to the March 1 trade deadline. Dreger notes that the Oilers are playing well so Chiarelli isn’t under pressure to make a significant move. He doesn’t dismiss the possibility that the Oilers GM is keeping an ear open to the trade market, suggesting Chiarelli could have interest in a defenseman or perhaps some depth at center.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For all the talk of the Oilers as a potential trade destination by March 1 for St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, there’s really no need for Chiarelli to make a big trade right now. The club is comfortably in the midst of the Western Conference playoff race. I’m not saying Chiarelli shouldn’t try to bolster his roster for the postseason, but at this stage it’s best to look at one or two affordable short-term options. He can try to land a big fish in the offseason, when there could be more trade options available that perhaps won’t come with an expensive seven- or eight-year contract attached to them. 

FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols cited insider Elliotte Friedman recently telling Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 that a source suggests the struggling Tampa Bay Lightning might not be as active in the trade market as some assume. GM Steve Yzerman could refrain from making any serious moves to boost his roster if he feels those moves won’t help them. If captain Steven Stamkos won’t return from his knee injury this season, Yzerman could decide this isn’t the year to sacrifice his club’s future if they’re not going to win this year.

Friedman did note that St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong recently took in a couple of Lightning games, citing his close friendship with Yzerman. “Could they do a Shattenkirk-Bishop (trade), or is something else cooking?”

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yzerman could turn from a buyer into a seller if the Bolts don’t climb back into the playoff chase soon. I could see him moving Bishop for a decent return of futures if they don’t climb back into playoff contention over the next three weeks. 

SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman reports the word is the Arizona Coyotes original asking price for center Martin Hanzal from the Montreal Canadiens was center Michael McCarron plus two draft picks, one of them a first rounder and the other conditional.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Friedman notes, that explains why Hanzal isn’t a Canadien. 

As the 2017 draft isn’t considered a deep one, Friedman speculates there could be greater willingness by teams to consider trading their first-round picks. 

With Ben Smith sidelined, the Toronto Maple Leafs could be looking for a depth center. 

The Calgary Flames got a lot of calls last week when center Sam Bennett was a healthy scratch last Thursday. However, teams have been told Bennett isn’t available. 

Despite Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner’s angry removal from last Tuesday’s game against the Leafs, general manager Tim Murray said Lehner isn’t on the trade block. 

Friedman recently wondered if the St. Louis Blues swapping defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk for Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop might resolve each club’s current problems. Bishop’s struggling and might not be the answer in goal the Blues need. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If there was a move to be had there, I think both clubs would’ve done it by now. It’s still possible, of course, but as Friedman notes, Bishop might not resolve the Blues’ shaky goaltending. 

For all the talk of the New York Islanders getting a winger for center John Tavares, Friedman wonders if perhaps they’re better off getting another center to help Tavares shoulder the load. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of the three players – Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo and Matt Martin – the Isles lost to free agency last summer, Nielsen is the one they miss the most. They’re lacking depth at center beyond Tavares. 

One reason the Boston Bruins probably haven’t fired head coach Claude Julien is GM Don Sweeney would rather make a trade and see how things play out. The Bruins front office also know Julien’s a good coach and could help another team succeed. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sometimes a coach can be in one place too long and the players start tuning him out. However, Julien’s had to work with a depleted roster over the last three seasons. Firing him won’t make up for their lack of scoring punch up front and their need to add another skilled top-four defenseman. 

The Detroit Red Wings could be trying to move Tomas Jurco, who could be in need of a fresh start elsewhere. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl reports Buffalo Sabres captain Brian Gionta has a modified no-trade clause this season. If the Sabres fail to gain ground in the standings, Vogl speculates the 38-year-old could attract some attention in the trade market. 

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports the Minnesota Wild could be in the market for a fourth-line center. 

NHL Rumor Mill – January 18, 2017

NHL Rumor Mill – January 18, 2017

Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene tops TSN’s list of players potentially available by the March 1 trade deadline.

Reviewing TSN’s list of players potentially available at the March 1 trade deadline and Sportsnet’s list of buyers and sellers.

TSN: Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal, Detroit Red Wings winger Thomas Vanek, Winnipeg Jets left wing Mathieu Perreault and Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog tops TSN’s list of players potentially available by the March 1 trade deadline.

Coyotes right wing Radim Vrbata, Edmonton Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle, St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec and New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak round out the top ten.

Buffalo Sabres right wing Brian Gionta, Ottawa Senators right wing Curtis Lazar, Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop, Philadelphia Flyers netminder Steve Mason, Jets right wing Drew Stafford, Vancouver Canucks left wing Alex Burrows, Coyotes right wing Shane Doan, Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla, Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and Toronto Maple Leafs left wing James van Riemsdyk fill out the bottom ten.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As TSN host James Duthie points out, this list will change numerous times between now and the deadline. Just because these players are on this list, it doesn’t mean they will be moved. 

Citing the Avs’ high asking prices for Duchene and Landeskog, Frank Seravalli believes it more prudent for Colorado to wait until the offseason to move those two.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Agreed, it’s unlikely they’ll get a solid return during this season. Better to wait for a better trade market this summer. 

While teams might inquire into non-rentals such as Shattenkirk and Eberle, Seravalli thinks they’re trending toward staying put. However, Shattenkirk is believed willing to look into a short-term deal with a playoff contender, while the Blues (who probably can’t afford to re-sign him) aren’t as strong as they once were. Seravalli considers the Oilers as buyers for the first time in years. He speculates they might be willing to part with a conditional first-round pick for Shattenkirk. Moving Eberle could leave a big hole at right wing.

Seravalli’s colleague Pierre LeBrun believes the Blues could listen to offers for Shattenkirk, though that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll trade him. Bob McKenzie said the Oilers had permission to talk to Shattenkirk last summer, but at the time he wasn’t keen to go to Edmonton. However, he now could be willing to consider all his options, perhaps including the Oilers. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the bottom goes out of the Blues’ season in the coming weeks, I don’t see Shattenkirk moving by the trade deadline. I doubt the Blues will get good value back now and they’ll need his puck-moving abilities in the playoffs. While I know the Oilers covet a blueliner of Shattenkirk’s skills, it would be foolish to part with a conditional first-rounder for a playoff rental. 

Given the limited trade destinations for Fleury (Dallas, maybe Calgary), Seravalli expects he’ll finish this season with the Penguins. He also suggests Mason could be better value for the Stars.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As long as the Flyers remain in the playoff chase they’ll hang onto Mason. 

Though Perreault has a four-year contract starting next season, Seravalli speculates the Jets could move him rather than risk losing him in the expansion draft.  He also feels Lazar could benefit from being dealt out of Ottawa, Burrows will determine his own fate as he holds a no-trade clause, while the Leafs are unlikely to move van Riemsdyk this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets don’t have to move Perreault. If they opt to protect four blueliners (Dustin Byfuglien, Toby Enstrom, Jacob Trouba and Tyler Myers), they can protect Perreault, Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little. Youngsters Nikolaj Ehlers and Patrik Laine aren’t eligible for the expansion draft. 

Seravalli considers pending UFAs such as Hanzal, Vrbata,  Vanek and Stafford as most likely to be moved as playoff rental players. Pierre LeBrun believes the Detroit Red Wings would like to bring back Vanek for a decent price and term. Bob McKenzie believes Wings right wing Tomas Jurco could be available via trade but the Wings won’t give him away.

SPORTSNET:  Luke Fox lists the teams likely to be buyers and sellers at this year’s trade deadline. 

BUYERS: The Boston Bruins need a scoring winger and had some interest in Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog. They’re also in the market or a defenseman and are unwilling to part with promising blueliner Brandon Carlo. However, CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty cites a report from Bleacher Report’s Adrian Dater claiming Carlo could be “back in play.” Haggerty believes the Bruins would be making a big mistake by trading the promising Carlo for Landeskog. 

A winger for Jonathan Toews’ line tops the Chicago Blackhawks’ wish list. They reportedly had some interest in Colorado’s Jarome Iginla.

Fox considered the Dallas Stars a tentative buyer because of their firepower, but feels their goaltending and defensive weaknesses should make them sellers. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun believes the next 10-12 games could decide if the Stars become buyers or sellers. If it’s the latter, they’ll listen to offers for pending UFA Patrick Sharp. 

A backup goalie, a defenseman and a winger could be on the Edmonton Oilers’ wish list. Fox considers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins expendable if they want to make more headlines. They also have cap flexibility to do something at the deadline. 

The Florida Panthers also have the cap space to become buyers. Dale Tallon could seek help for his banged-up offense.

Los Angeles Kings GM Dean Lombardi has a couple of million in cap space and needs to boost his offensie. He could keep an eye on the Avalanche and Coyotes.

Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin will be a buyer. There’s talk center Tomas Plekanec could be available. Fox expects Bergevin will focus on the Coyotes’ Martin Hanzal, plus he cites a source suggesting they try to “buy low” on Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt Nugent-Hopkins is available. He’s filling the second-line center role for the Oilers. His $6 million per season cap hit is also tough to move during the season. The Habs have over $50 million invested in next season’s payroll and must re-sign Alex Galchenyuk, Alexander Radulov and Nathan Beaulieu, as well as decide if they’ll re-sign or replace aging blueliner Andrei Markov. They’re also carrying Plekanec’s $6 million cap hit for next season. So unless the Oilers want to swap the young Nugent-Hopkins for a declining asset such as Plekanec, I don’t see a fit there.

As Nashville Predators GM David Poile waits for injured stars P.K. Subban, James Neal and Roman Josi to return, he could keep an eye on the trade market. 

Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion continues to shop for a left wing.

Fox believes Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman will keep his core intact and instead seeks a rental player. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe Yzerman is seeking a top-four defenseman, preferably a short-term addition for now. 


The Arizona Coyotes (Hanzal, Radim Vrbata, possibly Shane Doan) and Colorado Avalanche (Duchene, Landeskog, Iginla, possibly others except Nathan MacKinnon), of course.  

Fox suggests Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray should test the trade market on pending UFA Cody Franson and Brian Gionta, pending RFA Zemgus Girgensons and goalie Anders Nilsson. 

The Detroit Red Wings will likely become sellers, with winger Thomas Vanek as a gun for hire. 

Fox suggests the New Jersey Devils should start fielding offers for “Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, Vern Fiddler, Kyle Quincey, and anyone else 30 and over not named Cory Schneider.”

The New York Islanders could be sellers, but GM Garth Snow faces a tough decision on whether to trade or re-sign goalie Thomas Greiss, forward Stephen Gionta and defenseman Calvin de Haan and Dennis Seidenberg. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless Snow plans to pursue Marc-Andre Fleury via trade this summer or Ben Bishop or Steve Mason via free agency, he will likely re-sign Greiss. The others could become trade bait. 

While a playoff spot is in reach for the Vancouver Canucks, Fox believes it’s wiser to sell. He wonders if they’ll re-sign goalie Ryan Miller and what they might get for left wing Alex Burrows. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Canucks GM Jim Benning said he won’t ask players with no-trade clauses (such as Miller and Burrows) to waive them. If those players are dealt, it’s because they asked to be moved. 

Fox expects the remaining clubs could stand pat. While moves are possible, they’ll likely be minor deals.