The more we see former Calgary Hitmen goalie Martin Jones, the more speculation swirls that they might keep him as Jonathan Quick’s long-term understudy and they might try to see what Ben Scrivens, whose contract is up at season’s end (he’ll be an unrestricted free agent), fetches at the deadline. Jones can go back to the AHL when Quick (groin) returns and Scrivens, who has done a great job, can stay on — for now. - Drew Doughty is a rock-hard six-foot-one and 208 lb. now, but he was somewhat beefier at a time in his last junior season. “He weighed 248 pounds,” said one NHL team head scout. “He lost a lot before the (NHL) Combine (where all the top prospects are on display).” - Jordan Staal looks like a shadow of his Pittsburgh Penguins checking-centre self in Carolina. He was in the ideal situation there in Steeltown, but he hasn’t given the Hurricanes a lot of bang for the buck at $6 million per season in salary. The Hurricanes may also have thought that Jordan could maybe push his brother Eric, who may have become a little comfortable in Carolina, but it hasn’t happened. Just because you trade for one brother doesn’t mean it’s a panacea. Case in point: the Philadelphia Flyers acquiring Luke Schenn to have him with brother Brayden. Luke struggles as a third-pairing D-man. - I keep thinking the Anaheim Ducks will change gears and try to re-sign goalie Jonas Hiller as long as the soon-to-be UFA doesn’t get greedy with what he wants and they will trade Swede Viktor Fasth instead. They can play Hiller and Dane Frederik Andersen and let John Gibson have one more year in the AHL. - Eriksson’s been better than former Florida Panthers centre Stephen Weiss is with the Detroit Red Wings, however. Weiss has been a total non-factor with the Wings, who outbid four or five teams to sign him for $24.5 million over five years. Twice he’s been on the shelf with groin problems (he may see a specialist) and every time ex-Wings centre Val Filppula scores in Tampa Bay, people ask why they didn’t just resign him? “Sometimes, you get comfortable on a team that doesn’t win much, and it’s hard to go to another one where winning is expected,” said one Eastern-based pro scout.
Kings could dangle goalie Ben Scrivens as NHL trade bait with emergence of Martin Jones
Edmonton Journal | Dec 16