You sort of get the sense that the St. Louis Blues have been the favourites all along.
And according to a contact I spoke with last night, they remain at the front of the pack. While timelines still remain a little unclear, it does seem like this will be a deal that gets done before or at the NHL Entry Draft scheduled for Friday night in Philadelphia. Just one week from now. Earlier this week it seemed like there wasn’t really anything that could be labelled as “close” but that seems to have changed over the last couple days.
That leads me to believe that one of the two teams with serious interest has improved on their offer. It sounds like that team is the St. Louis Blues.
This will obviously be good news for Spezza as the Blues are at or at least near the top of his list of preferred destination. Now, this doesn’t mean a deal with the Blues is a lock.
Once Murray has an offer he is comfortable with, you know he’ll circle back and see if those other teams can improve on their offers. So that would be Anaheim. That would be Dallas. As well as a couple teams that appear on Spezza’s no trade list.
Stay tuned. Interesting days ahead.