The Senators have been keeping a very close eye on the Jets lately, notes Jason Bell of the Winnipeg Free Press. GM Pierre Dorion along with two other front office members have been in Winnipeg since Thursday to take a closer look at some potential trade targets; Bell speculates that center Jack Roslovic, defenseman Sami Niku, and goalie Eric Comrie are among the players they’re keeping tabs on. Ottawa has a pair of prominent rental players that the Jets would certainly be interested in with center Matt Duchene and winger Mark Stone but each would command a significant return that would likely involve Winnipeg’s first-round pick and potentially one of those youngsters as well.
Elsewhere in the Atlantic Division:
- Toronto is expected to hold exploratory discussions regarding a possible contract extension for winger Kasperi Kapanen, reports TSN’s Darren Dreger. The 22-year-old’s first full NHL season has been a highly successful one as he already has 18 goals and 18 assists through 57 games, lining him up for a considerable raise on his current salary of just over $830K. With a tight salary cap situation looming for the Maple Leafs, he has been a popular speculative target for an offer sheet this summer so it’s not surprising that GM Kyle Dubas is at least going to look into what it’s going to cost to lock him either long term or on a bridge contract.
- Although the Red Wings were without center Frans Nielsen this afternoon against Philadelphia, this should be the only game he misses. The team noted (Twitter link) that Nielsen is dealing with a minor illness and they are hopeful that he’ll return to the lineup on Sunday. The 34-year-old very quietly sits fourth in team scoring with 30 points (9-21-30) in 54 games so far this season.