The latest on Ryan Suter, Tomas Vokoun, Barret Jackman and more.
THE TENNESSEAN: Josh Cooper reports Ryan Suter’s agent will meet with Nashville Predators management this week to discuss his plans. Suter is eligible for unrestricted free agency on July 1st.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Cooper noted on his blog, the fact Suter is willing to talk with Predators management can be considered a positive step, as he could have instead simply said he was testing this summer’s market.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons recently reported the Maple Leafs could have interest in Washington Capitals UFA goalie Tomas Vokoun as a stop-gap signing as they maintain their commitment to James Reimer, rather than entangle themselves in the lengthy, expensive contract of Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Leafs trade for Luongo, that pretty much guarantees Reimer and Ben Scrivens have no future in Toronto. If Burke still believes in Reimer as his future starter, someone like Vokoun would be a better alternative.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators goalie Robin Lehner and Ben Bishop could attract interest from Toronto, Columbus and Tampa Bay in the coming weeks, perhaps as early as this Wednesday during the GMs meetings in New York. Garrioch believes it’s doubtful GM Bryan Murray moves either guy but suggested it could give Murray pause for thought.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s possible, but I also doubt Murray moves either guy. He’s under no pressure to do so, and it appears the plan is to let Lehner and Bishop battle it out for the backup job this fall. After that, he can demote one of them or field trade offers.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeremy Rutherford reports long-time Blues defenseman Barret Jackman faces an uncertain future with the club. He’s eligible for UFA status on July 1st, and hinted he’d be willing to accept a “hometown discount”, but there would be other issues besides money that would determine if he stays.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jackman is more concerned about where he fits into the team’s future plans, that they wouldn’t be re-signing him as a favor, or that he’s doing something out of a comfort level. Sounds like there’s a chance for the two sides to get a deal done, but ultimately it could come down to what his role would be, rather than salary.
NEW YORK POST: Brett Cyrgalis reports gritty forward Brandon Prust wants to stay, but that depends on how much of a discount – if any – he’d give the Rangers, compared to what he might earn as a UFA. Cyrgalis also reports it appears Mats Zuccarello won’t be back.