The latest from the Edmonton Journal, New York Post and Philadelphia Inquirer.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson suggests a trade of Alexander Ovechkin isn’t as far-fetched as it was a few years ago, and points to the Scott Gomez trade three years ago as proof that – despite high salaries and a cap system, and as Rangers GM Glen Sather explained – you just have to find the right trade partner…Milan Hejduk’s new one-year, $2 million contract with the Avalanche could have bearing on the Oilers contract negotiations with Ryan Smyth…Tomas Vokoun could maybe find work in Los Angeles if the Kings move Jonathan Bernier this summer…Matheson wonders if the Canadiens should consider trading Tomas Plekanec and his $5 million per season contract…”Many people” can see the NY Islanders taking a run at Alexander Semin if he’s available this summer as a free agent…The Capitals might only offer defenseman John Carlson $2-$2.5 million per season in a new deal…The Winnipeg Jets could be looking for a new backup goalie…Matheson suggests the Phoenix Coyotes should try to acquire David Krejci from the Boston Bruins.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks believes if the Montreal Canadiens hire Patrick Roy as head coach, GM Marc Bergevin “would likely inquire” about Nashville Predators forward and pending RFA Alexander Radulov.
PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi doubts the Philadelphia Flyers could afford to sign both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, but suggested they could have enough cap space to sign Parise and re-sign Matt Carle.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Wayne Gretzky could be traded, or Scott Gomez with his hefty salary, then Ovechkin could be dealt, but that doesn’t mean the Capitals will go that route. He remains their franchise player, but now they have to find a coach who can work with him. That being said, I’d suggest that if the Capitals don’t make any significant improvement in the next couple of years, the possibility of an Ovechkin trade could increase…Hejduk is a good comparable for Smyth, so his new contract could have bearing upon the latter’s contract talks…The Kings aren’t in any hurry to move Bernier, but if they did trade him, I’m not sure Vokoun would want to be a backup, especially behind Jonathan Quick, who’ll play between 60-70 games next season…The Canadiens won’t trade Plekanec, whose offensive decline last season was due to a revolving door of linemates…Semin would be a terrific replacement for Parenteau on the first line, but would Islanders management actually break with their current building with affordable players to pursue an expensive option? Doesn’t seem likely …Carlson could get over $3 million per, as I don’t believe the Capitals will go that cheap on him…There’s plenty of good options in this summer’s UFA market if the Jets decide to bring in a new backup goalie…Until the Coyotes get new ownership, they won’t be taking on expensive, long-term contracts like Krejci’s, and even then, that’s doubtful…If we’re to believe the recent speculation out of Montreal, Roy isn’t among the favorites for the head coaching job with the Canadiens. Regardless of who becomes their head coach, it remains to be seen what moves Bergevin could make…Parise to the Flyers? Well, that’s a change from “Suter to the Flyers”.