Joffrey Lupul and Nazem Kadri are leading a resurgence of secondary scoring for the Leafs — but will it be enough to carry the team past the upcoming Olympic roster freeze and trade deadline?
Possibly yes, and possibly no.
Bryan Murray thought he had a deal done Saturday.
Now, the Senators GM is starting to believe he won’t be making a trade before the Olympic break.
Time is more an ally of the captain than of general manager Glen Sather. As a pending free agent, Callahan won’t be able to speak to all of the other 29 teams until June 25, so though he would likely prefer to take care of his business now, there is no urgency whatsoever for him to operate in a restricted market.
With the Los Angeles Kings fighting for a Western Conference playoff berth and just three points up on the wild card zone, is it time for general manager Dean Lombardi to pull the trigger on a deal?
Head of the class: Vanek. He’s remained focused during his move downstate, totaling 19 goals and 47 points in 54 games. He’s shown a trade won’t impact his production. His playoff experience is a bonus. Vanek put up 15 goals and 20 points in 36 games with the Sabres. The postseason is what rentals are all about.
Not far behind: Ryan Callahan, Rangers; Jaromir Jagr, New Jersey; Paul Stastny, Colorado; Mike Cammalleri, Calgary, Moulson.