Rumors linking Washington’s Alexander Semin to Buffalo, LA or Detroit, as well as of one supposedly involving a major swap between the Avalanche and Predators. Enjoy!
HOCKEYBUZZ.COM: “Eklund” claims he’s heard the Buffalo Sabres have strong interest in Alexander Semin, while the Red Wings and Kings have “Semin contingency plans”…Somehow, the Wild play into a rumored deal between Montreal and Winnipeg, though the Jets may be backing away from something major.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sabres are currently above the salary cap ceiling by $3 million. They would need to shed at least $7 million in salary to comfortably absorb Semin’s $6.7 million salary for this season, so I doubt they make this move. Since the Kings will likely need to keep considerable cap space free to re-sign Drew Doughty, they won’t have enough to invest in Semin without making a separate move to clear more cap space. The Red Wings appear set with their lineup heading into this season….The Jets signing last night of Kyle Wellwood probably takes them out of the trade market for the time being for a center.
Steven Ellis of The Hockey House last night “tweeted” he’d heard the Predators and Avalanche were close to a deal, which would see Paul Stastny shipped to Nashville in exchange for Ryan Suter.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While I acknowledge anything’s possible, I don’t see the cost-conscious Predators taking on Stastny’s $6.6 million per season contract, especially when they have to figure out if they can afford to retain Shea Weber, and would still need to find the money to re-sign Pekka Rinne.