"EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports former NHL enforcer Georges Laraque would love to return to the Edmonton Oilers to finish his career…He believes the "best bet" regarding Alexander Radulov (provided he doesn’t return to the KHL) is the NY Rangers try to acquire his rights, re-sign him, and send either Brandon Dubinsky and his $4 million per season contract to the Preds, unless they want someone younger like Derek Stepan…Colorado Avalanche forward David Jones’ new four-year, $16 million contract sets the market value for comparable forwards and pending UFAs P.A. Parenteau, Jiri Hudler and Dustin Penner…Matheson wondered if the Coyotes would qualify forward Gilbert Brule. He doubts Wild forward Guilluame Latendresse, Panthers winger Wojtek Wolski or the Flames’ Blake Comeau get qualifying offers…He still advocates the Oilers contact the Predators about young defenseman Ryan Ellis…Matheson also believes Ryan Suter’s agent could test the UFA market, then allow the Predators to match or beat the best offer…He "can see" the Kings moving Jonathan Bernier to the Lightning for Mathieu Garon and one of the Bolts first round picks…He knows the Hurricanes would love to land Jordan Staal, but doubts they have the depth in available young talent to entice the Penguins."
Unlike Bruce Garrioch or Brooks, Matheson is actually a respected journalist, who has been inducted into the Hockey Hall Of Fame for his journalism contributions. So I actually consider some of the things he writes, just as many Stars fans will entertain the ideas of Mike Heika.
As for trade targets, we've mentioned Jordan Staal, and I think he'd be great. But since a defenseman is also a priority, how about Shea Weber, or even someone like Michael Del Zotto, a more realistic option.
He's young, just 21 years of age with over 200 NHL games under his belt. He has some playoff experience and had 41 points this season. He's got the potential to be a top pairing defenseman, and at the very least, he'd be an immediate contributor and could free up one of our other defensemen as trade bait to lure that vaunted number one center that we've all been hoping for.
Let's discuss. What are your thoughts?