With only nine days until the March 1 NHL trade deadline though, what is the mindset of this team?
“If we have a good week, we’re going to probably maintain and look and see what’s available,” said president of hockey operations Dale Tallon during a Monday afternoon appearance on Toronto’s Sportsnet 590. “We’re not going to give up much off our roster to chase something. We do have some picks and prospects, but we’re not going to see many changes on our roster.
“So if it’s a deal there that’s a short-term kind of quick fix thing, we might look at that as well. But obviously we prefer to be buying. I think that’s what’s going to happen.
Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province believes the Canucks have three marketable assests ahead of the trade deadline. Those players are; forwards Alex Burrows and Jannick Hansen, and goaltender Ryan Miller. Burrows and Miller are both playing on expiring contracts, while Hansen is signed through next season at a cap hit of $2.5 million.
The Canucks may be forced to move Hansen in order to avoid leaving him unprotected in the Las Vegas expansion draft. Linden admitted to TSN 1040 earlier this month that if his roster remained in its current state, one of , Sven Baerstchi and Hansen would likely be left available for the Golden Knights.
Brian, 32, could be in his final week in a Lightning uniform, depending on how things develop at the March 1 trade deadline.
Boyle, who can be an unrestricted free agent this summer, is drawing interest from several teams looking for a versatile veteran for a playoff push.
The Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets (with Boyle’s former Rangers coach, John Tortorella) are reportedly among the suitors. So are the Oilers, which the Lightning hosts Tuesday.
Understandably, a Dennis Wideman demotion doesn’t attract the same sort of front-page attention as Johnny Gaudreau’s.
It is, however, representative of one of the biggest problems the Calgary Flames have faced all season long.
This team is devoid of a quality no. 4 defenceman.
It’s part of the reason T.J. Brodie has struggled to regain the scoring touch and effectiveness he enjoyed last year while he was paired on the top line with Mark Giordano.
The right-winger is currently on a one-year, $5.75-million contract and is looking to “hit a home run” in his impending free agency, said Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos during Hockey Night in Canada’s Headlines segment on Saturday.
“Long term. That’s what Radulov wants,” said Kypreos. “This is his window of opportunity to get a long-term deal.”
Francis said, “I’m always open to anything that will make our team better.” Like nearly all GMs in February, he has been working the phone, although he has a lot more salary-cap flexibility than a lot of other GMs.
Given the defensive depth in the organization, Francis might look to deal a defenseman, if the trade makes sense. There are teams desperate for defensive help and might be willing to part with a top-six forward who could help the Canes.
If the Canes struggle in the homestand, Francis also might go in the other direction — perhaps look to deal some of the Canes’ pending unrestricted free agents.
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Could a reunion with his former Calgary Flames coach/GM Darryl Sutter be a possibility? A source told ESPN.com that the Los Angeles Kings have kicked around the merits of that idea, given that history between their coach and Iginla. Whether the Kings act on it and call Colorado about it remains to be seen.
The Kings have struggled offensively, so the question is whether Sutter feels he can get some juice out of Iginla at this point of his remarkable career.
If Kings GM Dean Lombardi does decide to proceed on the Iginla front — and again, let me stress he might not — that $5.33 million cap hit will be an issue.
There’s no question if the Colorado Avalanche are going to trade Gabriel Landeskog, for example, to the Boston Bruins, there’s no question that they’re going to absolutely insist on Brandon Carlo being part of the deal. Quite aside from the fact that he’s from Colorado Springs, but he’s what – a 20-year-old, going on 21-year-old, defenseman who’s proven that he’s an NHL defenseman right now.
“And the Avalanche don’t want to load up on a whole bunch of guys that have just been drafted at 18, although a guy like Sergachev may yet have appeal as part of a package. But what they’re really looking for is somebody who’s 20 or 21 or 22 or 23 that they can insert immediately into the lineup, along with a first-round pick and a couple of really good prospects.
If the Red Wings sell, they’re only dealing rentals (player slated to become an unrestricted free agent after the season).
Thomas Vanek tops that short list. He is tied for the team lead with 14 goals and is second with 36 points, in just 43 games. His $2.6 million salary would make him easier to fit under the cap for teams seeking an offensive boost. Vanek missed Sunday’s game in Minnesota due to an ankle injury but might be ready to play Wednesday.
The Red Wings might be able to land a second-round pick or some combination of picks and a prospect for him.
Brendan Smith, another impending UFA, doesn’t have as much trade value but defensemen usually are in demand at the deadline.