One thing I like to stress to people to people is that teams are always in discussions with other teams regarding all sorts of players. But it’s sort of like with proposed amendments to the US Constitution; 95% of the time it doesn’t work out. For that reason I do not like to get worked up about speculative rumors.
But here we have a couple of bits of information from different sources that leads me to believe there is genuine cause for paying attention. A week after playing the Canucks there’s reason to speculate that the Canucks and Rangers could be trying to make a deal. Could Glen Sather be trying to find a bargain on the trade market again? Keep reading to see what exactly has been reported.
For me to take any speculation seriously I would prefer to see relavent but different information coming from different sources.
Minnesota Wild beat writer Michael Russo tweeted two days ago that Rangers pro scout Doug Risebrough was at the Canucks-Wild game. Granted, pro scouts are always attending various games, so it could simply be a routine visit. Still, it’s worth noting that it was Risebrough at the game. Risebrough is a former GM and a very good friend of Glen Sather, so it’s a safe bet that, if Glen had a player (or more) in mind that he’s been in negotiations to acquire, Risebrough would be the guy to go scout him.
But what really makes this relevant is the other speculation out there. Darren Dreger claims that the Canucks might not be done (in reference to the recent acquisition of David Booth). The Canucks currently have an excess of defensemen and with uncertainty for the Rangers at the position, Staal or not, it’s reasonable to think that the Rangers and Canucks could be discussing a deal. Keith Ballard and Kevin Bieksa specifically are the two defensemen who have been the targets of trade rumors recently.
Ultimately, it’s just speculation. But I think there is some legitimate backing to this. The Canucks have a glut of defensemen and Dreger believes they’re still discussing trades. The Rangers have acknowledged being open to adding another defenseman since training camp and have sent arguably their top pro scout to watch Vancouver. I think it’s likely that Glen Sather and Canucks GM Mike Gillis have been in touch over the past few days. Whether it amounts to anything remains to be seen.