Will the Colorado Avalanche make a trade for Tomas Tatar?
Denver Post: Mark Kiszla reports with the injury to Mikko Rantanen who is ruled out “for weeks”, general manager Joe Sakic may be forced into acquiring offensive help for his team. Kiszla believes Montreal Canadiens forward Tomas Tatar would bring a boost to the Avalanche lineup, but isn’t sure that Sakic would be willing to give up the pieces necessary to acquire him.
Tatar is signed through next season at a $4.8 million cap hit. He has 21 goals and is on pace for a career-high in points this season with 53 through 61 games. The 29-year-old was traded by the Red Wings to the Vegas Golden Knights at the 2018 NHL trade deadline for a first-, second-, and third-round picks before being flipped to Canadiens seven months in the Max Pacioretty trade.
With forwards Nazem Kadri and Matt Calvert sidelined in addition to Rantanen, Kiszla suggests Sakic could also contact the Detroit Red Wings about a less costly piece like Luke Glendening or Darren Helm to help the Avs’ push.
Ottawa Senators will likely trade Dylan DeMelo
Ottawa Sun: Bruce Garioch reports the Ottawa Senators aren’t in the same ballpark as Dylan DeMelo when it comes to contract talks, and it appears the defenceman will soon be moved ahead of the deadline.
Garrioch points to the Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning, Winnipeg Jets and Vegas Golden Knights as interested parties and believes the Senators could likely expect a similar return to the second-round pick the New Jersey Devils got for Andy Greene this past weekend.