On the Chicago Blackhawks …
- Frank Seravalli: The Blackhawks are looking for a first line left winger. Need to remember that Artemi Panarin will hit all of his $2.6 million on bonuses. The Blackhawks don’t want to be stuck with a huge overage for next year.
On the Tampa Bay Lightning …
- Bruce Garrioch: Can add Erik Condra’s name to the trade market. He’s been a healthy scratch and his name has come up.
On the Arizona Coyotes …
- Craig Morgan of Today’s Slapshot: Entering Monday night, the Coyotes were five points out of wild card slot, but have four games in hand on the Avalanche. The Coyotes are about to go on a five-game road trip that ends next Monday.
“What I’ve told a lot of teams is ‘let’s talk after the Washington game (on Monday),” Maloney said. “Let’s see where we are after that and we can have another conversation.’”
Eight players who might get interest from other teams before the deadline.
Mikkel Boedker – The Coyotes made an offer for more than $5 million per year according to a source. Boedker’s agent isn’t satisfied with the offer, so they may be interested in going to the open market. GM Don Maloney would likely wait until the last minute to trade him if they can’t reach a deal before.
Nicklas Grossman – pending UFA who can be a third pairing guy that kills penalties. He’s been a healthy scratch in five of their past eight games (not including last night), but coach Tippett likes his presence as a mentor.
Martin Hanzal – one year left at $3.5 million. Would be a big add for a contender. May not be smart for the Coyotes to trade him. Would be a better trade candidate next year.
Antoine Vermette – good on the draw and plays a sound defensive game. Has only recorded 23 points though and has another year left at $3.75 million. Also has a no-movement clause.
Boyd Gordon – veteran who is a premier faceoff guy. Has a $3 million salary which may be a lot for a 4th line center.
Zbynek Michalek – teams are looking for depth on the blueline. The 33-year old has one year left on his deal at $3.2 million.
Brad Richardson – two-way center that has two years left at $2.25 million.
Michael Stone – a pending RFA. Has a big shot from the point. Likely the only way he’s moved would be if he’s part of bigger trade that brought back another defenseman.