LA Kings and Minnesota Wild interested in Max Pacioretty
Sportsnet: Elliotte Friedman reports there’s a belief Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty wants to be traded. Talks between the Canadiens and Minnesota Wild broke off as the Wild aren’t willing to part with forward Charlie Coyle. Nick Kypreos said the Los Angeles Kings are “pushing hard” for Pacioretty. It’s believed the Habs would want Tanner Pearson or Tyler Toffoli in return, but Kypreos isn’t sure that’s enough to get it done. At least a first-round pick would also have to come from the Kings.
Tampa Bay and Nashville in on the Erik Karlsson sweepstakes
Sportsnet: Elliotte Friedman reports there’s a mutual desire between Ottawa Senators’ management and defenseman Erik Karlsson to try and work out a trade by Monday’s 3 pm ET trade deadline. Friedman considers the Tampa Bay Lightning as the leading contender and believes the two clubs have exchanged proposals. He also suggests there’s could be “stealth contenders” for Karlsson, such as the Nashville Predators. Some believe Preds general manager David Poile could be attempting to drive up the price for other clubs.
Winnipeg Jets interested in Tomas Plekanec and Artem Anisimov
Winnipeg Sun: Ken Wiebe reports Tomas Plekanec and Chicago’s Artem Anisimov are believed on the Winnipeg Jets’ trade radar. Anisimov has a no-movement clause and would have to approve a trade. The Jets scouted the Blackhawks on Friday but could’ve been watching defenceman Jan Rutta or forward Ryan Hartman.