As the February 25 deadline nears, the Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames may be hunting prominent trade prey.
Pierre LeBrun had a Wednesday afternoon radio hit on Ottawa’s TSN 1200.
At one point, the Insider was asked which of the Calgary Flames or Winnipeg Jets he felt would make “a splashy move, and maybe gives up a first-round pick, something like that, to try and put them over the top this spring.”
“I think both Brad Treliving and Kevin Cheveldayoff make a splashy move,” replied LeBrun. “So I’m not even picking one, I think they both are. Cheveldayoff already showed us last spring in giving up a first for Paul Stastny that he understands his team is all-in.
“It wouldn’t surprise me, quite frankly - and I don’t want to be radioed here, but - if the Senators can’t re-sign Matt Duchene, it wouldn’t surprise me if Winnipeg phoned. But at the same time, I think Winnipeg is going to phone on all the rental forwards that are out there.
“And I think the rental part is the key for Winnipeg because they’ve got cap issues moving forward, so I don’t think they can trade for a guy who’s under contract past this year. But whether that’s Wayne Simmonds or Micheal Ferland, I think the Jets have everyone on their radar.
“And I think in terms of Calgary, it wouldn’t surprise me at some point in time if they phoned Carolina on Ferland. But some way to get some size up front. They’ve had a great year.
“But here’s the thing: They almost signed Ryan Reaves last summer - a lot of people perhaps didn’t hear that. They actually thought they had him, but then Reaves had a last-minute change of heart and went back to Vegas.
“But I think when they included Ferland in the Carolina deal, I think they thought they were getting Reaves. So I think they feel probably they need a little more muscle up front, even though James Neal is a pretty rugged offensive player on the third line. So I think that’s the idea for Calgary.
“But I’m telling you right now, I think both of those teams are aggressive.”