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Dreger's Mailbag: Ducks' trade options, Leafs seek goalie?

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Darren Dreger
1/6/2012 12:56:36 PM
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Got a question on the latest news and rumours? E-mail Hockey Insider Darren Dreger and he'll answer your emails at dregereport@tsn.ca!

Darren,

If the Ducks are interested in trading out some players, why are Getzlaf, Perry and Ryan the starting points I'm reading in stories, while Koivu and Selanne are reportedly 'untouchables?' Shouldn't it be the other way around? What would the cost be for one of their young pieces?

Tanja Kailis

 
A:  Hi Tanja. Thanks for the email. Yes, Bob Murray certainly stirred it up this week with his candor and message to Ducks fans neither this season nor next will be conceded in favor of a rebuild. Below is the link to the Insider I did on Thursday for Sportscentre and TSN.ca which explains the Ducks' direction.

http://www.tsn.ca/blogs/darren_dreger/?id=384337

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Hi Darren, what do you think the Penguins will go for by the Trade Deadline? 

Thanks,
Gary

A: Gary - truth is, it's far too early to say. Pens GM Ray Shero likes to make deals on deadline day, but it's tough to identify Pittsburgh's needs until they regain their health. If healthy, Shero may be in the market for a depth forward...nothing high end because of limited cap space. If Crosby or Letang or both are still out that will obviously change the Penguins' approach. Not much information to share at this point because of the uncertainty that hangs around this team because of injuries.

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Hi Darren,

Is it true that the Leafs could be going after a new goalie like Jonas Hiller from Anaheim or Josh Harding from Minnesota? What would it take for them to get one of those guys to come here? And are they Burke's type of players to bring to the Leafs?

Thanks,
Darren Churchill

A: Brian Burke bluntly says "no interest," when asked if he feels a need to improve his goaltending via trade. However, Leafs management sing the same song when asked about any player. If there's an upgrade available at a reasonable price, it will be considered. At the moment, Toronto's goaltending isn't a huge issue even though James Reimer has yet to secure his role as the Leafs irrefutable No. 1. However, there's no way the team is comfortable with the uncertainty in goal and while the competition for the job seems to have inspired Jonas Gustavsson of late, long-term, if Reimer doesn't return to form, Burke will have no choice but to consider his options. Hiller's and Harding's names have been tossed out there in media speculation, but the Ducks still have confidence in Hiller, so he's an unlikely fit, while the Wild, for depth reasons aren't looking to trade Harding, but are willing to listen to offers between now and the trade deadline.

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Hi Darren,

Has there been any word on the situation with Zach Parise and the New Jersey Devils? I believe as of January 1 he's eligible to sign a new contract with them? If unsigned he will be the best trade bait available at the trade deadline - especially if the Devils lost the tight race for a playoff spot in the East!

Thanks!
Clay from Halifax
 
A:  Clay, there is no question the Devils will be faced with a very difficult decision at trade deadline. Parise in so many ways is the cornerstone of this franchise and the Devils appreciate that and want very much to re-sign him.  However, with unresticted free agency looming these situations are always delicate because the player (Parise) wants to be fair to the organization, but also wants to test the market, primarily to see which of the true contenders surface among the multiple bidders that will undoubtedly express considerable interest.  This isn't about money.  Zach Parise will get his money either from New Jersey or the open market. At this stage, not much has changed...Parise wants to wait, focus on the season and helping the Devils secure a playoff spot. 

However, in the coming weeks Lou Lamoriello will have to decide whether he can afford to continue to play the waiting game and risk his captain and star player walking in July, or Lamoriello will have to embrace the feeding frenzy and trade offers that will increase in value in the weeks leading up to the deadline. The ownership issues that continue to swirl around the Devils will also heavily impact Lamoriello's ability to re-sign Parise and will factor into Parise's decision to leave or stay. 

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Hi Darren,

With the trade deadline on the horizon, are the Bruins in the market to add some more veteran leadership? Last year Peter Chiarelli added Chris Kelly, Rich Peverley and Tomas Kaberle at the deadline, and we all know what happen next. What do you think about the Bruins going after and player like Ray Whitney or Zach Parise for another cup run?  Or do you think Peter Chiarelli will be in the market for some more depth on defence?

Thank you,
Nick Di Paolo

A:  Nick, based on the way the Bruins are currently rolling over teams, there's no reason to believe Peter Chiarelli will do anything more than fine tune...if that. Teams have no interest in helping the defending Stanley Cup champ, so any trade Boston considers involving an impact player in return, will only happen if the Bruins are willing to overpay. I don't see that happening. Chiarelli will make his calls and might do some minor tinkering to improve the Bruins such as adding a couple of depth pieces up front and on defence, but Boston doesn't appear to have a glaring weakness.

Got a question on the latest news and rumours? E-mail Hockey Insider Darren Dreger and he'll answer your emails at dregereport@tsn.ca!

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