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Benning was quite candid last month about potentially using the franchise’s defensive depth to acquire a forward if the right deal were to come along.
“I think that’s the one area where we have some depth now,” Benning mentioned on TSN 1040 January 19. “With Olli Juolevi coming now too, I think we have some players now – I like our defense going forward. Troy Stetcher, for a first-year player, he’s been excellent this year.
“So if we decide we’re going to do something – teams, when they call us, they look at our depth on defense and they ask about our defensemen. So if we are going to make a move to try to improve up front, it would be maybe with one of our defensemen.”
For the most part, Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello and coach Mike Babcock have been quick to come to the defence of their defence this season.
That continues to be the public stance as the team prepares for what it hopes will be a serious and successful playoff run. In reality, however, defence remains the biggest area of concern, as it has been throughout this breakthrough Leafs season.
Working on Metro trade deadline primer .Wonder if Devils would move Keith Kinkaid (UFA on 7/1) in right deal to team that needs a G.
— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) February 6, 2017
The Boston Bruins fired Stanley Cup-winning coach Claude Julien on Tuesday as the team was in danger of missing the playoffs for a third straight season.
He was the longest-tenured coach in the NHL.
All things considered, Rutherford would rather not trade goalie Marc-Andre Fleury in season. He’d still like to kick the can down the road a little further and worry about the implications of June’s NHL expansion draft after his team’s playoff run is done.
After all, the Penguins used three goalies en route to a Stanley Cup championship last spring. If there’s anyone who understands the value of depth at the position, it’s Rutherford.
Could the Devils be a potential suitor?
An NHL scout, who asked that his name and organization remain anonymous, said Shattenkirk would certainly provide an upgrade for the Devils.
“I think they have tried to trade both Eberle and Pouliot for some time now, and I just don’t think there’s a market,” said Friedman. “One of the problems is that the word out of the All-Star break was that the cap is going to be flat next year, that we’re not going anywhere. So I think it makes it harder for those kinds of guys to get dealt. So Edmonton is in a situation where they’re aware of that.
Shattenkirk is in the final season of a four-year, $17 million deal and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. If he were to agree to an extension with the team that acquires him, it could help the Blues garner more value in a trade.
I'm told that any Matt Duchene-to-Nashville or Chicago rumors are unfounded
— Adrian Dater (@adater) February 1, 2017
“I would like to, at the deadline, go somewhere,” Iginla said in an interview with Puck Daddy before the Avalanche played the Kings. “I would like to be in the playoffs. I would hope that there is some opportunity to go and play in the playoffs. Those are the best games, the most fun for sure, and you have a chance to win. So no, I haven’t given up on that chance to win.”
Iginla said he hasn’t “really talked” to Avalanche management about this “but I imagine that’s all part of it.”
As I've been saying for some time. Edm should be trying to get ex Oil King capt Lazar. Spinning his wheels in Ottawa
— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) January 24, 2017
Dorion doesn't sound like a GM who will go big-game hunting. "You can't give up pieces that you know will be impact players down the road."
— Ian Mendes (@ian_mendes) January 24, 2017
Transitioning from the impact that the Stamkos injury has had on the Lightning, Friedman also mentioned that “their defense has kind of fallen apart. That’s been a big one. Yzerman is looking for a defenseman.”
The sentiment that Yzerman would like to add a Top 4 blueliner has certainly been a common theme for well over a year. We’ve barely seen any deals this season because the NHL trade market has basically been frozen because of both league parity – meaning a lack of defined deadline sellers so far – and salary cap restrictions that have handcuffed a large portion of franchises.
It was a few days after Yzerman’s trade comment that TSN’s Bob McKenzie had mentioned that he didn’t think the general manager would trade Jonathan Drouin.