Two big name defenseman were moved yesterday in Jay Bouwmeester and Robyn Regehr and yet still the rumors churn around the NHL with the trade deadline just over 24 hours away. There is a lot of talk going on so with that, here’s the latest from around the frozen game.
Jamie McBain is available for trade from the Carolina Hurricanes reports Darren Dreger of TSN. Another defenseman that is now available will surely bode well with the clubs that lost out out Bouwmeester, Regehr or Jordan Leopold. Dreger says that “instant interest” has been expressed from many clubs for the 25-year old and he adds that it’s a bit of a surprise to hear McBain could be moved.
McBain has 1 goal and 5 assists in 27 games this year and put up 27 and 30 points in the last two years respectively. With a salary of $1.8 million set for next season McBain will surely be of appeal to many clubs.
The Ottawa Senators could trade Ben Bishop by the trade deadline if they are presented with “the right offer” claims Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com. LeBrun confirms that the Sens have received a multitude of calls for Bishop’s services who was once deemed as an untouchable in Ottawa. But with a complex three-goalie situation on their hands, the Sens need to part ways with one of them and Bishop could bring in a nice return. LeBrun does go on to say that the Senators may stand pat if they don’t receive the offer they want and look to move him in the summer. The asking price is said to be a top-six forward.
Ryane Clowe has yet to score a goal this year but that hasn’t stopped a handful of clubs from showing interest in trading for him. David Pognotta of the Fourth Period confirms that the Philadelphia Flyers and Minnesota Wild have both been granted permission to speak with Clowe’s agent. The Montreal Canadiens are also said to be heavily in on Clowe.
A deal could happen today but we’ve been hearing that for two days now. Clowe, who is set to be an UFA this summer, is said to be seeking a 7-8 year contract extension. It’s hard to fathom that any GM will give him that, especially after his production, or lack thereof this season.
Jaromir Jagr is officially on the trading block according to Jimmy Murphy of ESPNBoston.com who cites an inside source via Twitter. Murphy thinks that the veteran forward would be a nice addition for the Bruins. We’ve also heard the Flyers have interest in Jagr who was reportedly in contract extension talks with the Stars for the past three weeks.
Finally, from New York where the underachieving Rangers are in need of a shake up to help shore up a playoff spot. Larry Brooks of The New York Post believes that GM Glen Sather is trying to add an experienced defenseman or a “gritty” winger. Brooks goes on to state that center Brian Boyle is drawing interest from a number of clubs and that Sather could consider parting ways with the 6-foot-7 to secure the pieces he feels the club needs.
In his next breath Brooks says that the Rangers don’t have the assets to make a “splash” at the deadline and would be foolish to trade away future stars.