Could Brayden Schenn head to Luke’s first team, the Toronto Maple Leafs? Why won’t the rumors of Ryan Miller to the St. Louis Blues die? And what should we make of the Canadiens constantly scouting the Avalanche?
The Philadelphia Flyers’ recent improvement (5-3-2 in their last 10 games) hasn’t brought an end to the trade rumors dogging the club.
TSN’s Darren Dreger reported Tuesday the Flyers aren’t trying to push out center Brayden Schenn, but they quietly told teams they would consider moving him for the right deal, though Dreger didn’t elaborate what that would be.
Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos noted Schenn was linked to the Edmonton Oilers earlier in the month in a supposed swap for Jordan Eberle and Ales Hemsky. He doubts the Flyers are shopping the 22-year-old, but claims the Toronto Maple Leafs have had interest in Schenn for some time, though Kypreos believes any Leafs offer must include defenseman Jake Gardiner.
Brayden isn’t the only Schenn whose name surfaced in the rumor mill this month, as older brother Luke was subject to speculation after being scratched from three early-November games.
Of the pair, Brayden has the most trade value. He currently leads the Flyers in scoring (13 points in 20 games) and is on pace for a career best in points. One would think the “right deal” would have to include a slightly older (late-20s) established scoring forward.
It’s hard to believe the Flyers would consider moving Schenn when he’s on the cusp of becoming a reliable two-way forward. Then again, their GM is Paul Holmgren, who dealt away Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and James van Riemsdyk.
BLUES INTERESTED IN RYAN MILLER?
According to the Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson, the St. Louis Blues acquiring Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller is a rumor that refuses to die.
Despite starter Jaroslav Halak’s solid performance (11-3-2, 2.38 GAA) and the Blues’ hefty payroll ($63.9 million), there’s still a belief they could make a pitch for Miller at the trade deadline.
Miller’s eligible for unrestricted free agency in July and despite the recent Sabres front office changes he’s unlikely to re-sign. Bucky Gleason of The Buffalo News advocates moving Miller as soon as possible, lest an injury or decline in play adversely affect his trade value.
Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently reported the Blues were believed to be among the clubs that inquired about Miller this summer, but will stick with Halak and backup Brian Elliott.
As long as Halak keeps playing well, the Blues have no reason to pursue Miller. Should Halak fail to carry them deep into the 2014 post-season, the Blues will have sufficient cap space for 2014-15 ($42 million invested in 13 players) to pursue Miller via free agency.
WHY WERE THE CANADIENS SCOUTING THE AVALANCHE?
The presence of Montreal Canadiens scouts at a recent Florida Panthers-Colorado Avalanche game piqued the interest of Denver Post columnist Adrian Dater, who claimed the Habs have scouted the Avs heavily, despite the fact the two clubs face each other only once more this season (March 18).
ater guessed the Canadiens were scouting Avalanche players for a possible trade, suggesting centers Paul Stastny and John Mitchell could be on the Habs’ radar. Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, however, said he was told the Canadiens weren’t interested in Stastny.
Johnston didn’t mention Mitchell, but with Lars Eller, Tomas Plekanec, David Desharnais and Daniel Briere already at center, plus Alex Galchenyuk also capable of playing that position, he doesn’t seem a fit with the Habs.
It’s possible the Canadiens were scouting the Panthers, who have several wingers (Tomas Fleischmann, Scottie Upshall, Brad Boyes, Tomas Kopecky) believed to be available.
Rumor Roundup appears weekdays only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Eishockey News and The Guardian (P.E.I.).
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