List of NHL Trade Deadline Deals – March 1, 2017

List of NHL Trade Deadline Deals – March 1, 2017

Detroit Red Wings ship winger Thomas Vanek to the Florida Panthers.

The list of notable deals made leading up to today’s NHL trade deadline at 3 pm Eastern Time. I’ll have analysis of the day’s most notable trades tonight in my Soapbox

Winnipeg Jets trade winger Drew Stafford to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a conditional sixth round pick in 2017. 

Dallas Stars acquire minor-league defenseman Dillon Heatherington from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for left wing Lauri Korpikoski.

Philadelphia Flyers trade defenseman Mark Streit to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for center Valtteri Filppula, a fourth-round pick in the 2017 NHL draft and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2017.

The Lightning flip Streit to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a fourth-round draft pick in 2018. 

Pittsburgh Penguins trade forward Eric Fehr, minor-league defenseman Steve Oleksy and a 2017 fourth-round pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Frank Corrado, 

Ottawa Senators trade forward Curtis Lazar and minor-league defenseman Mike Kostka to the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka and a second-round pick.

New Jersey Devils trade winger P-A Parenteau to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick in 2017. 

New Jersey Devils trade defenseman Kyle Quincey to the Columbus Blue Jackets for blueliner Dalton Prout. 

Montreal Canadiens trade winger Sven Andrighetto to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for left wing Andreas Martinsen.

Colorado Avalanche trade right wing Jarome Iginla to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018. The Avalanche also retained half of Iginla’s $5.33 million cap hit. 

Los Angeles Kings trade forward Dwight King to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018. 

Detroit Red Wings trade left wing Thomas Vanek to the Florida Panthers for defenseman Dylan McIlrath and a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL draft. The Wings also pick up half of Vanek’s $2.6 million cap hit. 

Vancouver Canucks trade winger Jannik Hansen to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for minor-league forward Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional fourth-round pick in the  2017 NHL Draft.

Detroit Red Wings trade forward Steve Ott to the Montreal Canadiens for a sixth-round pick in the 2018 draft. 












NHL Trade Deadline Day Rumor Roundup – March 1, 2017

NHL Trade Deadline Day Rumor Roundup – March 1, 2017

Detroit Red Wings forward Thomas Vanek is among the few notable rental players remaining in the NHL trade market.

The NHL Trade Deadline is 3 pm ET today. Here’s a look at the latest trade speculation. 

TORONTO STAR: Jonas Siegel lists the best players still available in the NHL trade market. Top forwards included Detroit’s Thomas Vanek, New Jersey’s P.A. Parenteau, Arizona’s Radim Vrbata and Dallas’ Patrick Sharp. Defensemen include Philadelphia’s Mark Streit and Michael Del Zotto, and goalies include Vancouver’s Ryan Miller and Buffalo’s Anders Nilsson. 

USA TODAY: Kevin Allen also includes Buffalo’s Brian Gionta and Dmitry Kulikov and New Jersey’s Kyle Quincey among the notable rental players. Colorado Avalanche forwards Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog are the biggest names on the market. Both still have term remaining on their contracts, but it’s widely expected one or both could be moved in the offseason. 

CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty reports Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney claims there’s nothing imminent regarding a possible move by his club. The Bruins had interest in Avalanche winger Gabriel Landeskog but Sweeney isn’t willing to part with a young defenseman such as Brandon Carlo or Charlie McAvoy in the deal. The Bruins are believed among several clubs kicking tires on New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak.

CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio reports ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun last night reported the Philadelphia Flyers were attempting to re-sign goaltender Michal Neuvirth. Panaccio cites sources claiming no deal was reached on Tuesday. The Flyers are also among several clubs scouted by the Avalanche in their attempts to move Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog. 

THE DENVER POST: Mike Chambers reports Duchene and Landeskog are prepared to travel with the Avalanche to Ottawa for their game tomorrow against the Senators. Pending free agents Jarome Iginla, Rene Bourque, John Mitchell and Fedor Tyutin could be trade rental candidates. 

TAMPA BAY TIMES: In a mailbag segment, Joe Smith said the Tampa Bay Lightning would like to move forward Valtteri Filppula, who’s signed through next season at a cap hit of $5 million. He also has a partial no-trade clause consisting of a list of 16 teams he’ll accept being dealt to. TSN recently reported the Bolts are believed to have asked Filppula to consider a move to one of the clubs not on his preferred list of destinations. Smith also expects the Lightning could try to move defenseman Jason Garrison, who’s also signed through next season at a cap hit of $4.6 million. 

EDMONTON SUN: Jim Matheson believes Oilers general manger Peter Chiarelli is in the market for a backup goalie. “It’ll most likely be either Jaro Halak, Michal Neuvirth or Anders Nilsson with Halak the front-runner if the Islanders pick up a chunk of his $5 million contract for next season,” said Matheson.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: In addition to Quincey and Parenteau, other possible Devils trade candidates include goalie Keith Kinkaid, defensemen Seth Helgeson and Damon Severson and forwards Jacob Josefson, Beau Bennett, Blake Coleman, Joseph Blandisi  and Stefan Noesen. All are either unrestricted or restricted free agents. 

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports it’s believed the Senators have an offer from a club of a second-round pick for young forward Curtis Lazar. The Sens, however, seek a first-round pick. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: Mark Purdy doesn’t expect the San Jose Sharks to move backup goalie Aaron Dell. He’s played well this season and the Sharks are in better playoff position this season. (Stick tap to GJ Berg for the link) 

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Not a lot left in terms of quality rental players today. Vanek, Vrbata, Miller, Streit and Sharp appear the best of the bunch. The few notables (Kevin Shattenkirk, Ben Bishop, Martin Hanzal) were already dealt leading up to deadline day.

Unless the Avalanche can move Duchene or Landeskog today, or another club pulls off a shocking deal that no one saw coming, this year’s deadline day will be a dud. We’ll see a number of trades involving depth rental players, but probably nothing that will provide excitement. 












NHL Evening Rumor Update – February 28, 2017

NHL Evening Rumor Update – February 28, 2017

The Calgary Flames could have interest in Arizona Coyotes winger Radim Vrbata.

Pre-trade deadline needs of the Canadian NHL teams plus updates on Matt Duchene, Jaroslav Halak, Ryan Miller, Valtteri Filppula & more in your NHL evening rumor update.

Canadian teams

TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin will be working the phones seeking a deal for his club right up to the deadline tomorrow. He was unsuccessful in his efforts to land centers Martin Hanzal and Brian Boyle, plus he also checked in on Alex Burrows before he was dealt to Ottawa.

LeBrun reports the Calgary Flames have looked at Arizona Coyotes right wing Radim Vrbata. They continue to look at their goaltending, though LeBrun doesn’t think they’ll make a move there. He also doesn’t rule out adding a defenseman. He suggests tonight’s game against the LA Kings could determine what they do before the deadline tomorrow.

Darren Dreger reports the Ottawa Senators have an offer of a second-round pick for young forward Curtis Lazar, but they want a better offer to move him by the deadline.

Dreger also believes Winnipeg Jets winger Drew Stafford could be dealt tonight or tomorrow. They had expressed an interest in New Jersey Devils defenseman Kyle Quincey, but that doesn’t seem a fit now. They could continue to look at blueliners.

Bob McKenzie reports the Toronto Maple Leafs have sufficient salary-cap space (around $13 million) to make another move at the trade deadline. They could use it to take on another contract provided it also brings them a premium asset. He doesn’t think they’ll just sit on the hands at the deadline.

McKenzie reports the Edmonton Oilers have been linked to NY Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak, who’s currently in the minors. Philadelphia Flyers netminder Michal Neuvirth could be  of interest as a backup rental for them. They’d like to get a third-line center but it remains to be seen if they’ll land one.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No mention of the Vancouver Canucks, but that’s probably because they’re the only seller among the Canadian clubs. I think the Canadiens options for a good rental center have dried up now that Hanzal and Boyle are gone. I’ll be very surprised if someone ponies up a first-round pick for Lazar. 

I’ll be surprised if the Leafs don’t make one more move by tomorrow, perhaps to take on a contract if it lands them a first-round pick or a top prospect. The Flames and Boston Bruins are also reportedly looking at Halak, who has a year left on his contract with a $4.5 million cap hit. 

Matt Duchene

BSN DENVER’s Adrian Dater tweets the following on Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene: “Hearing that once-heavy Avs-Isles trade talks for Duchene have cooled. Sakic may have to wait til draft.”

Jaroslav Halak

THN.COM’s Matt Larkin on New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak: “Sources telling me three teams indeed in on Halak. Goalie market all about him. Expect a trade to happen.”

ESPN.com’s Craig Custance also weighs in on Halak: “Oilers among the interested in Jaroslav Halak. Could see Flames & Bruins in there too. Islanders would have to retain salary though.”

NHL NETWORK’s Kevin Weekes chimes in: “Based on need for quality compliment and what I hear Oilers,Flames,Bruins in on Halak from

Jannik Hansen and Ryan Miller

TSN 1040’s Matthew Sekeres on Vancouver Canucks winger Jannik Hansen: “My understanding is Jannik Hansen will not accept a trade to . Perhaps another eastern market, but not the .”

He also reports the following on Canucks goalie Ryan Miller: “The Alberta teams are not on Ryan Miller’s trade-approved list, and thus far, San Jose has shown little interest.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ouch! Feel the Hansen burn there, Habs. Then again, that high-pressure market isn’t for everyone. 

Valtteri Filppula

TSN’s Bob McKenzie on Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula: “TB has list of 16 teams Valtteri Filppula can be traded to; 13 he can’t. Belief is TB has approached him to consider waiving to one of 13.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Filppula also has another year left on his contract with a cap hit of $5 million. The Lightning might have to pick up half of that to move him at the deadline. 

Dmitry Kulikov

ESPN.COM’s Pierre LeBrun on Buffalo Sabres defenseman Dmitry Kulikov: “Once Brendan Smith deal to NYR is finalized, much attention will turn to Kulikov. Sabres have gotten calls from multiple teams already.”












NHL Rumor Mill Update – February 28, 2017

NHL Rumor Mill Update – February 28, 2017

Trade speculation continues to link Edmonton Oilers winger Jordan Eberle to the New York Islanders.

Latest on the Islanders, Senators, Canucks, Flyers and more in your NHL rumor mill update.

NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple reports the return of sidelined Islanders regulars Travis Hamonic, Cal Clutterbuck and Shane Prince could be the only additions they need at the trade deadline. Staple cites two sources claiming the Isles aren’t shopping for players who are on expiring contracts. While they’ve been liked to Colorado’s Matt Duchene and Edmonton’s Jordan Eberle, Staple said GM Garth Snow would have to hand over prospects plus a player or two off their current roster. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: TSN insider Darren Dreger last night suggested Hamonic might interest the Avalanche, who seek a good young NHL defenseman as part of the return for Duchene. As Staple points out, however, GM Garth Snow could be reluctant to move someone off his roster right now. 

THE NEWS & OBSERVER: Chip Alexander considers it unlikely that Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis will move out some of his core players and make a major move. He instead expects pending UFAs such as forwards Jay McClement, Viktor Stalberg and Derek Ryan could be shopped. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson last week cited scouts claiming Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk is in play. He’s considered a core player, but Matheson suggests their depth in young defenders not longer makes Faulk the mainstay of their  blueline.  He’s signed through 2019-20 with an annual cap hit of over $4.83 million and could fetch the Hurricanes a good scoring center. Maybe there’s a link with the Colorado Avalanche and Matt Duchene? 

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Senators might not be finished dealing after acquiring winger Alex Burrows yesterday from the Vancouver Canucks. He notes there’s talk the Sens have been shopping young forward Curtis Lazar for a first-round draft pick. One club reportedly offered up a second rounder. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Ben Kuzma reports Canucks GM Jim Benning’s been taking calls on pending UFA goaltender Ryan Miller and winger Jannik Hansen, who’s a year away from unrestricted free agency. However, the recent trading of Ben Bishop to the LA Kings and winger Ryan White as part of the Martin Hanzal deal to the Minnesota Wild has shrunk the market. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Their respective lists of preferred trade destinations also hampers efforts to move them. Of the two, Hansen could have the most value. 

PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi reports Philadelphia Flyers goaltenders Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth, along with defensemen Mark Streit and Michael Del Zotto, are among the Flyers generating trade interest. All are eligible for UFA status in July. 

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Amy Moritz reports pending Sabres free agents such as winger Brian Gionta, defensemen Dmitry Kulikov and Cody Franson and goaltender Anders Nilsson could be available in the trade market. Gionta has a list of five preferred trade destinations but declined to say who they were. 

NJ.COM: Andrew Gross reports the New Jersey Devils held defenseman Kyle Quincey out of last night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens. Quincey, a pending free agent, could be dealt as a rental player by the trade deadline. 

THE MERCURY NEWS: Curtis Pashelka reports the San Jose Sharks could be in the market for an experienced scorer. They currently sit in the middle of the pack offensively among the 30 NHL clubs. 

 












NHL Rumor Mill – February 23, 2017

NHL Rumor Mill – February 23, 2017

Will the Tampa Bay Lightning keep or trade goaltender Ben Bishop?

Updates on Ben Bishop, Dennis Wideman and Curtis Lazar plus the latest on the Red Wings, Sharks and Oilers in your NHL rumor mill.

TAMPA BAY TIMES: With the Lightning fighting to reach the playoffs and goaltender Ben Bishop playing his best hockey of the season, Joe Smith wonders if they should trade Bishop with his trade value now improved or keep him and hope they can ride him to a postseason berth. If they retain him, they risk losing him to free agency for nothing in July.

The Dallas Stars were once suggested as a trade partner but they’ve fallen out of playoff contention and need to move one of their own goalies. Smith noted the Calgary Flames nearly had a deal in place for Bishop last June and they had a scout at a recent Lightning game. However, he also said things are quiet on the Bishop trade front.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman isn’t going to just give Bishop away. If there’s a suitable return to be had, he’ll move him. If not, he’ll keep Bishop and hope he can at least salvage this season by backstopping them into the playoffs. 

CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis reports Flames GM Brad Treliving said “he didn’t want to get into any of that” when asked if he approached defenseman Dennis Wideman about waiving his no-movement clause. While Wideman’s in the final season of his contract, his $5.25 million cap hit means there probably won’t be any takers for his services. With the acquisition of Michael Stone and the recent signing of Matt Bartkowski, Wideman’s now the odd man out on the Flames blueline.

Francis also doubts Treliving will make any significant moves leading up to the trade deadline. While the Flames were linked to Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop and Pittsburgh Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury, Francis believes the high asking prices for either guy is too expensive for Treliving’s taste. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames will probably have to pick up part of Wideman’s cap hit to move him. Even then, there likely won’t be many takers. I see him finishing this season in Calgary. 

CSN BAY AREA: Kevin Kurz wonders what moves San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson has in mind leading up to the trade deadline. Two areas that make sense are a backup goaltender and a scoring winger. Kurz speculates the Sharks could stick with current backup Aaron Dell, who’s earned glowing reviews from Sharks coach Pete DeBoer.

Finding a scoring winger for the Joe Thornton-Joe Pavelski line should be the priority. Kurz lists “Dallas’ Patrick Sharp or Patrick Eaves, Arizona’s Shane Doan, Colorado’s Jarome Iginla, Detroit’s Thomas Vanek, or even Vancouver’s Alex Burrows or Jannik Hansen” as possible options. Sharp could be an intriguing option, given his role in helping the Chicago Blackhawks win three Stanley Cups. His $5.9 million cap hit, however, could require some juggling. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If I was Wilson, I’d target Eaves, Vanik or Hansen. Sharp might also be worthwhile for the right price. I’d pass on Doan, Iginla and Burrows who are well past their prime. As for their backup, Dell’s getting the job done. If DeBoer is confident in him, there’s no reason to seek an upgrade. 

TSN: Darren Dreger reports it sounds like  Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion could move young forward Curtis Lazar if he got a good return, but the Sens front office are reluctant to give up on him. Dreger feels a trade at the deadline at this point seems like a long shot. Dreger also notes Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is willing to open his wallet if Dorion can make a move to help his team, but they’re unwilling to overpay for top assets for a top-six winger. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch said pretty much the same thing about Lazar. If the Sens could get a solid return, Dorion could consider it, but he’d prefer not to give up on the promising young forward. As both indicate, a Lazar trade doesn’t seem likely at this point. Maybe in the offseason if they get a good offer. 

SPORTSNET: In his latest “30 Thoughts” column, Elliotte Friedman reports the Detroit Red Wings received some calls about young forward Andreas Athanasiou when there were some battles over his ice time. While Wings GM Ken Holland won’t comment, Friedman cites a source saying Holland told them not to ask unless the offer was a “22-year-old top-pair defenseman.” While the Wings are open for business, they won’t move any of their cornerstone young players unless they get that type of return. They’ll also discuss re-signing defenseman Brendan Smith before making a decision on trading him. 

MLIVE.COM: Brendan Savage expects the Detroit Red Wings to start shedding some assets soon, noting GM Ken Holland has said he would do so if his club’s playoff hopes were dim near the trade deadline. The top trade candidates are pending UFAs such as Tomas Vanek, Steve Ott and Brendan Smith. Defenseman Mike Green is another possibility. He has only a year left on his contract, but his $6 million salary could scare off potential suitors.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t expect the Wings will get an offer of a young top-pairing defenseman for one of their promising young forwards at the trade deadline. Maybe they’ll get one in the offseason from the Anaheim Ducks, Carolina Hurricanes or Minnesota Wild, as those clubs have lots of good young blueliners and they can’t protect them all in the expansion draft. Unless the Wings are willing to pick up a good chunk of Green’s cap hit, he’s not going anywhere. Vanek, Ott and Smith are likely goners. 

SPORTSNET: Friedman also reports Dallas Stars winger Patrick Eaves would be a perfect fit to re-sign but apparently there’s been no talks on that subject. Eaves could be on the move by the trade deadeline. 

There was talk earlier this season the Florida Panthers had interest in Winnipeg Jets center Mathieu Perreault. While Panthers GM Dale Tallon seeks help for his power play, Friedman believes Perreault’s four-year contract likely makes it impossible for the Panthers to pursue him now. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Tallon goes shopping for someone to boost his power play it’ll likely be for a rental player. Don’t see him making a significant move for a player with term remaining on his contract, especially with the expansion draft coming in June. 

Friedman believes the Pittsburgh Penguins had interest in defenseman Michael Stone prior to his being dealt by the Arizona Coyotes to the Calgary Flames. He thinks Carolina Hurricanes blueliner Ron Hainsey could be a good fit with the Pens. 

Speaking of the Flames, Friedman thinks GM Brad Treliving seeks a winger with an edge to his game and suspects he could be looking around for a goaltender. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Friedman’s colleague Nick Kypreos recently claimed the Flames revisited their interest in Pittsburgh Penguins netminder Marc-Andre Fleury. However, it sounds like Pens GM Jim Rutherford intends to keep the veteran around as insurance over the remainder of this season. 

Friedman thinks there are a couple of teams with interest in either Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanche but they don’t believe they can complete this trade and still compete for a Stanley Cup because of the high asking price set by the Avs. The Anaheim Ducks have the assets to meet that price but GM Bob Murray has indicated he might wait until the offseason to make decisions about his blueline. Friedman also said it looks like the Avs would like to move Mikhail Grigorenko. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jason Gregor reports the question of whether the Oilers need an experienced backup is a hot topic right now. However, there aren’t many palatable options available. Arizona’s Louis Domingue (.895 SP) and Carolina’s Eddie Lack (.836) aren’t an improvement, Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop is too expensive and Gregor doubts the Oilers will bring back Anders Nilsson from Buffalo. Gregor said he wouldn’t be interested in the Islanders’ Jaroslav Halak or Anaheim’s Jhonas Enroth. New Jersey’s Keith Kincaid might be a good option, with 48 starts and a .910 save percentage, as would Philadelphia’s Michal Neuvirth.












Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – February 19, 2017

Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – February 19, 2017

Re-signing Alexander Radulov could prove costly for the Montreal Canadiens.

The latest on Alexander Radulov, Kevin Shattenkirk, Tyler Johnson, Jaroslav Halak & more in your Sunday NHL rumor roundup.

SPORTSNET: Nick Kypreos reports term could be an issue in contract negotiations between the Montreal Canadiens and right wing Alexander Radulov, The winger apparently seeks a six-year deal, but he turns 31 in July. If he’s adamant on that term, Kypreos wonders if the Canadiens could re-sign him for less than his current $5.75 million salary. Perhaps the Habs could sign him to a shorter term (three years) for a higher annual salary. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I can’t see the Canadiens or anyone else signing Radulov for six seasons. As good as he’s been this season, a six-year investment in a 31-year-old player is too costly. A three-year deal worth between $6 – $7 million annually seems more likely. 

Elliotte Friedman reports Ottawa Senators forward Curtis Lazar and his agent met with management today. He believes the Lazar camp passed along their client’s desire to play, but Friedman doesn’t think the Senators are inclined to trade him.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong faces a dilemma. Despite his club’s recent improvement, does he still move defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk? The blueliner is considered the biggest trade chip available leading up to the March 1 trade deadline, and it’s believed the New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs are among the interested clubs. The asking price is said to be a “high-end prospect, a first-round pick and another piece.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Last week, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported Shattenkirk remains available despite the Blues’ recent improvement. Armstrong has set a high price for him and it’ll be interesting to see if anyone bites before the deadline. If not, the Blues GM will have to lower it if he hopes to move Shattenkirk by deadline day. 

Time is running short for Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic to reach a decision on whether to move Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog before the trade deadline. 17 teams scouted the recent Avalanche-Buffalo Sabres game, but teams aren’t willing to part with what the Avs seek. “The Los Angeles Kings (including GM Dean Lombardi), Ottawa Senators, Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs were represented by multiple scouts.” The Montreal Canadiens are also believed interested in both players.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sakic isn’t under pressure to move either guy at the deadline. It’s widely assumed that if no one is willing to meet his price by the deadline, he’ll wait for the offseason market. 

To clear some salary-cap space, it’s believed Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman might be willing to move the contracts of blueliners Braydon Coburn and Jason Garrison. Pending UFA center Brian Boyle will likely be dealt.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Garrison has one year remaining at a cap hit of $4.6 million, Coburn two years at $3.7 million. Both also have no-trade clauses. Not an easy sell at this time of year. If either guy gets moved, it’ll likely happen this summer. Boyle, I believe, is a goner at the deadline. 

Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland is trying to move players, including Tomas Jurco and Thomas Vanek.

Garrioch believes Dallas Stars winger Patrick Eaves is available.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson recently suggested the Edmonton Oilers pursue New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Halak as a backup for starter Cam Talbot before the trade deadline. While Halak has a year left on his contract at $4.5 million, Matheson believes the Isles will pick up part of it. The Oilers can leave Halak exposed in the June expansion draft or try to trade him at the NHL draft days later.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Isles pick up half that cap hit, maybe Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli might consider it. Bear in mind Matheson is simply making a suggestion here. There’s no reports that I’ve seen or heard indicating Chiarelli is even considering this option. 

The Carolina Hurricanes have lot of depth in young defenseman and are in need of scoring forwards. Matheson believes their only untouchable is Jaccob Slavin and suggests Justin Faulk could fetch a nice return.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Faulk certainly would bring in a scoring forward, but is Hurricanes GM Ron Francis willing to part with him? If he wants to bolster his scoring and doesn’t wish to part with his younger blueliners, he might not have much choice. 

Matheson claims there’s a belief “the Tampa Bay Lightning will trade restricted free-agent Tyler Johnson this summer because they can plug Brayden Point into his centre slot. Lightning will resign Ondrej Palat instead but need defencemen in any deal for Johnson.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not sure that move would be a wise one. Last month, there was a couple of articles in the Tampa Bay Times suggesting the Lightning consider shopping Johnson. Point’s shown some potential in his rookie season, but at 5’10” and 160 lbs, he’s not much bigger than the 5’8″. 185-pound Johnson, who’s also a proven performer for the Bolts. 

The Boston Bruins may be interested in Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, but they’re not parting with promising defensemen such as Brandon Carlo or Charlie McAvoy to get him.

It’s thought the Chicago Blackhawks might try to bring back winger Patrick Sharp from the Dallas Stars, but Matheson feels Patrick Eaves would be a better pickup.

TRIBLIVE.COM: Jonathan Bombulie reports Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford was in the market for defensive depth long before recent injuries to Olli Maatta and Justin Schultz for the right price. As the trade deadline approaches, he’ll continue shopping for one or two defensemen. He also said he’s open to any move, big or small, that will make his team better.