Will the Montreal Canadiens trade Max Pacioretty
TSN: Bob McKenzie thinks the Montreal Canadiens will revisit their efforts to potentially trade captain Max Pacioretty, who was the subject of considerable speculation leading up to the Feb. 26 trade deadline. He feels they could attempt to move him at the 2018 NHL Draft. McKenzie doesn’t see them making a long-term commitment to Pacioretty, who has a year remaining on his contract and lacks no-trade protection.
Latest St. Louis Blues trade rumors
The Athletic: Jeremy Rutherford reports there’s a better chance of Ryan Reaves returning to the St. Louis Blues as a free agent than David Perron. He also doubts the Blues will try to move Vladimir Sobotka or Jake Allen in a cost-cutting deal. He speculates the Blues could use the first-round pick they received from the Winnipeg Jets in the Paul Stastny trade in a pre-draft deal to acquire a forward. The Blues will also have an interest in John Tavares if he becomes a free agent on July 1.
Dallas Stars looking to add a goalie and trade Jason Spezza
Dallas Morning News: Mike Heika lists adding a backup goaltender as a priority this off-season. Backup goalie options could include St. Louis’ Carter Hutton, Colorado’s Jonathan Bernier and Andrew Hammond, Winnipeg’s Michael Hutchinson and Boston’s Anton Khudobin. GM Jim Nill will have a brief window this summer to trade center Jason Spezza before the final year of his contract kicks in, so he’ll have to decide if he’ll move Spezza or see if he can regain his form under new head coach Jim Montgomery. If Spezza is shopped the Stars might have to absorb part of his $7.5-million cap hit.