Apparently people like when I pretend to know things. My first edition of the Trade Deadline Tracker, which I specifically specified was one man’s gathering of internet rumors, become a highly popular post.
But it taught me a valuable lesson: If the people want me to pretend like I’m Ken Holland then I’m going to pretend like I’m Ken Holland. I don’t care whether Ken Holland likes it or not.
Before I Ken Holland all over you, I would suggest reading the first post to get an understanding of where we last left off.
I’ll give you a minute to do so.
Not yet? Ok a couple more lines.
OK, we’re all on the same page now. As Ken Holland I can confirm that a couple more names have been added to the ‘We’re-not-getting-him List.’ Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu is officially of the trade market after an injury and Dallas defenseman Nicklas Grossman was traded to Philadelphia. Unless I pull off a highly controversial trade, he’s on too.
As for the previous trade targets mentioned that are still on the market: it’s a jungle out there. I’m not really sure what that means. Just continuing reading.
Matt Gilroy, D, TB. Trend: down. With Grossman off the market and Hal Gill going to Nashville, the options at defensemen are drying up. Gilroy missing two games due to a hand injury could be a good thing or a bad thing. Damaged goods are always a little less expensive. But it also makes it harder to justify trading for an injured guy.
The Lightning have gone 2-3 since we’ve last met, putting them eight points out of the final playoff spot and closer to the “seller” line. He’s the best defensive option available and he should be available for a reasonable price. But I may have been singling in on the wrong Tampa Bay defensemen. More on these developments later.
Travis Moen, LW, MTL. Trend: WHY ISN’T HE PLAYING TONIGHT? Depending on what completely unreliable rumor mill you chose to waste you’re time on, Moen is either already on the Red Wings, en route to Detroit right now, or just seconds away from being a Red Wing.
He’s also damaged goods, sitting out the past four games with an upper body injury. The injury may actually scare off Detroit, especially if he doesn’t play leading up to the deadline.
Despite Montreal being just six points out of the playoffs, if you talk to (or rather tweet at) anybody in Montreal, the Canadiens are the worst team in the league. It’s time to start over there. They’re willing to part with some pieces. Moen is getable for a decent price.
Brendan Morrow, LW, DAL. Trend: down and nearly out. He’s been out with an upper body injury and hasn’t played since Feb. 2. According to the Dallas Morning News, Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said he would be out a couple more weeks. The trade deadline is nine days away. If my math is correct a couple more weeks would be 14 days. I can’t imagine the Red Wings trading for a guy who hasn’t played in over a month.
Bryan Allen, D, CAR. Trend: even. This was more a suggestion than an unsubstantiated rumor so the likelihood was already pretty low.
He’s not injured, so that’s good news?
Paul Gausted, C, BUF. Trend: up to Moen type levels. When we last met Kirk Maltby was following the Sabres around. In the mean time, the Sabres went 1-4 and have fallen into a tie for last place in the conference. Change is coming in Buffalo and with Gausted a free agent after this year, it’s likely that he, along with some of his friends will be saved from upstate New York.
A couple of mid-round picks and maybe a middling prospect should be enough to do the trick. He’s healthy too, which means if him and Moen had to fight over it (with me in charge that’s a possibility), Gausted would undoubtedly be the winner. He’s the No. 1 forward option right now.
Teemu Selanne, RW, ANA. Trend: slightly down. Ducks GM Bob Murray said he had no interest in dealing Selanne and that for a trade to happen Teemu would have to initiate it. Not good. Selanne may be a little too prideful to do so and with Anaheim still in stage-four denial and thinking they still have a shot at the playoffs, Selanne may stay put for the final run.
HOWEVA, Selanne has avoided the trade questions rather than rule them out. And Valtteri Filppula, you’re friendly neighborhood Fin, idolizes Selanne to the point where it’s a little weird. Apparently they know each other. Selanne was asked about the possibility of playing with his little stalker.
“We have good chemistry, let’s put it that way.” Selanne told the Detroit Free Press.
So you’re saying there’s a chance?
I’m NOT DONE! There’s been two new additions to the list:
Samuel J. Pahlsson, C, CLB. 6’0, 207 lbs. 34 years old. 2 goals, 9 assists, Plus/Minus: -6. Cap Hit: $2.65 million. First of all, I refuse to call him by his more common name, “Sammy.” No NHL player should have a name that reminds you of the slow kid in your kindergarten class.
He’s big and physical and is a depth forward on a team looking to sell. He’s also not a big enough name for it to matter that he’s getting traded within the division. If the Moen and Gausted tries fall through, Pahlsson is option No. 3.
Pavel Kubina, D, TB. 6’4, 258 lbs. 34 years old. 3 goals, 8 assists, Plus/Minus: +1. Cap Hit: $3.5 million.
While he’s not the ever elusive top-six forward, he’d more than fill the role of the depth defenseman that’s No. 2 on every team’s wishlist. That’s good for the Red Wings, because there’s a solid chance Kubina comes to Detroit.
Ken Holland has, I mean, I have actually made an offer.
The major sticking point is that Kubina has a limited no trade clause. He has to present a list of five teams that he would go to and the Lightning have to honor his wishes. Kubina hasn’t turned in the list yet, because nostalgia has kicked in and he doesn’t want to leave the team that drafted him and he won a cup with despite the fact that they are making him a healthy scratch every game.
The list has to come this weekend. If Detroit’s on it, Kubina could be on the move quickly.
If and when he does come, that’s just great work by me.
(Did I miss anybody? Am I wrong about the Red Wings targets? Then yell at me. Or you can just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)