Tampa Bay is seeking a right-shot defenseman. The presence of rising prospect Brandon Montour could make Sami Vatanen expendable, especially when left-shooting Shea Theodore has looked the part of an NHL regular while Cam Fowler recovers from a knee injury.
The Ducks want to re-sign Vatanen, their top offensive threat from the blue line. But a deal obviously hasn’t gotten done. Vatanen, 24, might reach 35-plus points for the second straight season and could at the very least triple the $1,275,000 he’s making this season.
— Shawn Simpson (@TSNSimmer) January 11, 2016
With cap hit of $2.5M this season and next, VAN knows it must retain salary to get deal done. A handful of teams contacted VAN yesterday.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) January 11, 2016
St. Louis Blues defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk could be on the block, while the Anaheim Ducks are a team to watch in the Jonathan Drouin sweepstakes, TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli writes.
Higgins will not play while VAN searches for match. Told he has not asked for a trade, but team is trying to find a landing spot for him.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) January 10, 2016
The Vancouver Canucks took an unusual step on Sunday to try and drum up interest in forward Chris Higgins.
At least two NHL teams have called the Maple Leafs to inquire about defenceman Roman Polak and found the asking price way too high. With less than two months to the trade deadline, NHL voices say GM Lou Lamoriello has priced his players very high at this point in time. Expect that price to come down closer to the end of February. Polak is the perfect kind of playoff addition contending teams are looking for
Really, the guy to watch in the next two months in Tampa Bay Lightning centre Steven Stamkos. There has been no update in contract talks between the two sides and there’s been a news blackout on any discussions. The belief in many circles is if Stamkos hasn’t signed by now then he’s not going to but that doesn’t mean he’ll be traded.
Keith Yandle has been traded just once, but he has spent the majority of his career hearing his name mentioned at this time of year in rumors. So the Rangers defenseman is taking things in stride, aware this was coming and trying to focus only on what he can control.
Keep an eye on the Pittsburgh Penguins. Although shackled to some degree by the salary cap, Pens’ general manager Jim Rutherford is believed to be putting together his shopping list for the days leading up to the Feb. 29, trade deadline. If he can make it work, Rutherford would like to add a top-four defenceman and a depth forward.
Source tells me a deal involving Robby Fabbri for Jonathan Drouin is a serious possibility. https://t.co/VVxU6mNzDC
— AJ Jakubec (@AJonSports) January 8, 2016
An intriguing situation has developed in Tampa Bay, one that should interest the Detroit Red Wings.
Jonathan Drouin, a top-three draft pick, wants out, and it’s worth it for the Wings to see whether they could land him.
On potential interest of the New York Rangers in Jonathan Drouin:
“Yeah, I would say it’s significant. It’s significant. Now, whether or not there’s a deal to be made is another thing and I don’t believe that the Rangers have a full grasp on what the asking price is. But I was working on this yesterday as well and they do have some interest.