Add two names to the list of players to watch at the March 2 trade deadline. Calgary Flames winger Curtis Glencross and Florida Panthers winger Sean Bergenheim are both expected to be dealt at or before the deadline, and they’re both going to have a number of suitors.
Curtis Glencross‘ days with the Calgary Flames could be numbered. The 32-year-old left winger is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported Tuesday there was no contract discussions between Glencross and Flames management, fuelling suggestions he could be dealt by the trade deadline.
Those rumors ramped up Friday when reports emerged from Calgary claiming Glencross, who has a full no-movement clause, was asked to provide a list of preferred trade destinations. However, the Calgary Herald’s Kristen Odland reports GM Brad Treliving said the veteran hasn’t requested a trade, adding it was possible Glencross could finish the season with the Flames.
Treliving declined to discuss contract talks with Glencross. He also didn’t indicate if he’s shopping the long-time Flames forward or receiving trade offers. Given Glencross’ UFA status and the approaching trade deadline, Treliving should be getting some calls from clubs seeking depth at forward.
Glencross is a former two-time 20-goal scorer who emerged as a leader and a physical presence on the rebuilding Flames. Injuries, however, have hampered his performance. The Flames’ improvement during his struggles this season cast further doubt on his future in Calgary.
It’s believed Glencross could be a valuable trade chip for the Flames if they decide to add size up front for the playoffs. The Calgary Sun’s Randy Sportak believes Glencross could be a worthwhile addition to Stanley Cup contenders like the Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning.
It remains to be seen if any of those clubs are on Glencross’ list of trade destinations. Treliving’s asking price will also determine where the veteran winger ends up by deadline day.
PANTHERS’ BERGENHEIM WINNIPEG BOUND?
Florida Panthers forward Sean Bergenheim could find himself with a new NHL club very soon. The 27-year-old left wing recently requested a trade. Sun-Sentinel.com’s Craig Davis reports Panthers GM Dale Tallon is doing all he can to accommodate the request.
Bergenheim’s had his difficulties this season with the Panthers, becoming a healthy scratch in recent games. His two-way game and solid puck-possession numbers, however, should make him an attractive commodity in the trade market.
TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports Bergenheim could be dealt as early as Monday (Feb. 23), adding the Montreal Canadiens, Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks are interested. LeBrun claims the asking price is a third-round pick, which the Canucks lack in this year’s draft.
Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press notes the Panthers seek defensive help. He points out the Jets have depth on their blueline upon which to draw upon, listing Paul Postma, Adam Pardy and Jay Harrison as trade options for Bergenheim.
TORONTO TRADE TALKS CONTINUE
Rugged Leafs defenseman Roman Polak has generated some buzz of late in the rumor mill. The Toronto Sun’s Rob Longley reports the Los Angeles Kings and Montreal Canadiens have interest in the 28-year-old rearguard. The cap-strapped Kings seek affordable blueline depth while the Canadiens could use a short-term replacement for Alexei Emelin, who’s sidelined indefinitely with a shoulder injury.
Longley wonders if the Leafs are willing to move Polak, who has another season remaining on his contract at an annual cap hit of $2.75 million. Their defense corps is currently thin after dealing away Franson and captain Dion Phaneuf sidelined.
Considering the Leafs are well out of this year’s playoff picture and becoming contenders in the Connor McDavid/Jack Eichel sweepstakes, dealing away Polak might not be a bad idea. They’re supposedly engaged in a massive rebuild, and if that means moving out another experienced defenseman for a draft pick or a prospect, so be it.
Rumor Roundup appears regularly 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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