Usually there are more teams waiving the sellers flag, but not this year. There is still plenty of time for things to change, but Pierre LeBrun doesn’t think that is going happen. Devils GM Ray Shero on the trade deadline.
“As a manager, you always want to help the group out,” Shero said over the phone last week. “It’s why in September we signed Jiri Tlusty and Lee Stempniak, there were a couple of holes up front and those guys have done a good job. When it comes to Feb. 29 … when it comes to New Jersey, it’s about our assets and trying to retain them to a certain extent. If there’s something that needs to happen, maybe it’s more of a hockey deal than a rental deal.”
Even if the Devils are in a playoff spot at the trade deadline, don’t expect Shero to be trading high picks or top prospects for short-term help.
Flames GM Brad Treliving ;
“No. 1, there’s always going to be activity,” said Treliving. “No. 2, have people distanced themselves in one or two groups in terms of buyers or sellers? And No. 3, you always have the issues — which plays a little bit into where you are in the standings — but you always have those pending UFAs. Do you sign, do you hold on to them for a playoff run and hope you can get something done in the summer? Or are you looking to maximum return and get some young assets?”
The Flames will have to make decisions on pending UFA defenseman Kris Russell.