* The Toronto Maple Leafs need to make a push to acquire Corey Perry if the Anaheim Ducks decide to trade him, Damien Cox of the Toronto Star believes. Perry and teammate Ryan Getzlaf are both pending unrestricted-free agents at the end of the season. There is speculation that the Ducks wouldn't want to risk losing the players to free agency this summer and would trade one, if not both, of them if they don't have an extension in place before April 3's trade deadline.
Many believe it is more likely that Perry will be moved of the two players. While the price would be steep (in terms of players and contract), Cox believes the two clubs would be a good fit:
Assuming the Leafs would be very interested, here's where it gets really interesting. Ex-GM Brian Burke, as we know, is now a part-time scout with the Ducks. He can supply Anaheim with the inside dope on every single Leaf player and prospect, plus he knows how Nonis feels and thinks about every single Leaf player and prospect, and how he values them.
Leaf head coach Randy Carlyle, on the other hand, has intimate knowledge of the Anaheim roster. So that factor is somewhat counter-balanced.
* In Cox's proposed trade scenario, Phil Kessel would be a piece sent to Anaheim for Perry.
* Since the Ottawa Senators have been decimated by injuries, rumors have circulated about captain Daniel Alfredsson leaving the team via trade. ESPN's Pierre LeBrun offered the Boston Bruins as a potential landing spot. Alfredsson has downplayed the speculation and continued to do so on Thursday:
Daniel Alfredsson: [Boston is a good team] but as far as me coming here, I can't see it...especially with the way we're playing ourselves"— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) February 28, 2013
* Katie Strang of ESPN tweeted that Newport Sports (a hockey management group), will be in New York making its annual trip to visit its clients playing in the city. Strang speculates that if the group meets with Rangers general manager Glen Sather, restricted free-agent Ryan O'Reilly could be a topic of conversation.
* A team the Hurricanes could be talking to? The New Jersey Devils. Rich Chere of the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports that general manager Lou Lamoriello could look to use the team's defensive depth to acquire a top-six forward. Chere speculates that Andy Greene could be one of the players Lamoriello would be willing to shop:
"I don't have a no-trade, no-movement or any of those, so I know it can happen," said defenseman Andy Greene, whose name often seems to come up when trades are the topic. "I know Lou is going to do whatever is best for the team that he sees fit. It that's it, that's it. I can't argue with him about that. It's not something I put a lot of energy or focus into."
* In addition to the Bruins' interest in Alfreddson, Joe Haggerty lists some of the players he believes the team might be looking to trade for. Those include Jarome Iginla, Daniel Briere and Stephen Weiss (the Bruins want to add a top-six forward, if you couldn't tell). In addition, Ruslan Fedotenko and Tyler Kennedy were also included on the list.