A young team in the midst of its most successful season in years, the Avs are not about to trade away first-round draft picks or top prospects in their system with the kinds of trades the St. Louis Blues made Friday — when they acquired Ryan Miller and Steve Ott from Buffalo in exchange for a boatload of young talent.
Here’s where it gets tricky, though: While the Avs cannot justify importing expensive rentals, as they could in the days of Ray Bourque, Theo Fleury and Rob Blake, neither can they be stuck in the situation of having essentially their own rental player on the roster beyond Wednesday in the form of top players with expiring contracts.
Hemsky is one of several unrestricted free agents that general manager Craig MacTavish has on his roster, but definitely one he won’t want to let walk.
MacTavish had tried to move the veteran in the off-season, certain that Hemsky needed a change of scenery after seven losing seasons, but then said he valued the winger more than his peers. Hemsky returned in the fall, committed to being more of a leader, then settled into a third-line role without complaint.
Oilers GM Craig MacTavish is open to trading at least Bryzgalov at the deadline, which might well mean Bryz isn’t in the Oil’s future.
Either the Oilers aren’t that keen on Bryz or Bryz isn’t keen to stay here, or a bit of both.
Bryzgalov has been must OK with the Oilers this year, posting a .907 save percentage, which is about in line with his save percentage in Philadelphia the previous two seasons.
His play does not scream out “keeper.” He’d be unlikely to get much in a trade, but one can see why MacT would be open to moving him.
As for Bryz’s competition in net in Edmonton, Ben Scrivens has been hot this year with a .940 save percentage in seven games with the Oilers.
On Thursday, the injured Vancouver Canucks centre denied reports that he asked to be traded, but teams are definitely interested in acquiring the 29-year-old Michigan native. Namely, the Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers, according to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos.