Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun posted his latest Insider Trading column over the weekend. Here are some of the highlights that pertain to trade rumblings from around the NHL:
- Not only are the Islanders shopping goaltender Jaroslav Halak, they’re also looking to deal defenseman Calvin de Haan. The 25 year old has become a quality second pairing stay-at-home defender for the Isles while logging at least 19 minutes per game over each of the last three seasons. One potential reason for him hitting the block is his back-loaded contract. De Haan is in the final year of a three year deal that has a cap hit just under $2MM but a salary of $2.9MM. As a result, his qualifying offer in June must be $2.9MM which may be more than the team is willing to pay.
- The Blue Jackets are looking to clear some salary and while they haven’t been able to find a taker for Scott Hartnell, it’s also believed that they would be interested in dealing blueliner Jack Johnson. The 29 year old is in his sixth season with the team after being acquired from Los Angeles as part of the Jeff Carter trade. While he has put up a 40 point season in Columbus, his scoring has tailed off since then while his ice time is also down this year. He carries a cap hit of just over $4.35MM for this season and next which could limit his suitors unless the Jackets are willing to take a comparable contract back.
- The Sharks have been looking around the league for a backup goaltender but have not had any luck so far. San Jose is currently running with 27 year old rookie Aaron Dell but have given him just one start so far this season. Starting netminder Martin Jones only has 110 career regular season games under his belt so on the surface, a veteran backup would appear to be something that the Sharks could certainly benefit from. However, they have less than $11K in cap space at the moment so any deal would have to send some salary out the other way. Garrioch suggests that forwards Tommy Wingels and Matt Nieto could both be had.