January 9, 2017
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet is one of the most respected insiders who covers the National Hockey League. The veteran journalist is very credible when he speaks about the inner workings of front offices across the league as he has a very good working relationship with many general managers, scouts, league officials, etc.
Friedman was a guest on Sportsnet 960 AM in Calgary Monday morning and had an interesting nugget on the trade market and the Chicago Blackhawks.
“I have to tell you, I think there’s teams that really want to do something,” said Friedman. “I think Tampa Bay really wants to do something. I think L.A. really wants to do something to get some scoring. I think Chicago really wants to do something to add a scorer on Toews’ wing.
“But the problem, as somebody said to me on the weekend, is there’s really only two teams that have said that they’re out of it… Colorado and Arizona. And their asks are high. When you don’t have a lot of suppliers, the price is high. So that’s kind of where we are right now.
“A lot of teams are having their scouting meetings at this time, and I think that opens up a lot more conversation. But right now I’ve been told the biggest problem is the prices are high and there aren’t a lot of sellers. That’s kind of where they are. But there are teams out there, and I just mentioned a couple of them, that would really like to do something.”
Bowman being on the lookout for left winger is not exactly breaking news. The two biggest road blocks to get a deal done are the salary cap and not wanting to trade a high draft pick. Stan has gone on the record saying that he does not want to trade this year’s first-round pick because the NHL Entry Draft will be in Chicago this June.
We have already heard the name of Jarome Iginla mentioned as a possible trade target, but he is a right winger. The list of left wingers who will be free agents this summer and could be on the market is less than impressive, so we shall see what happens.