The San Jose Sharks have opened contract talks with Dan Boyle, the Detroit Red Wings unlikely to make trades before training camp, plus speculation on the St. Louis Blues future in goal.
CSN BAY AREA: Kevin Kurz reports Dan Boyle’s agent confirmed discussions with the San Jose Sharks regarding a possible contract extension. Boyle, 37, has one year and $6.67 million remaining on his contract and is eligible for UFA status next summer. It’s believed he could seek a two-three year extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Boyle’s agent suggested the possibility of a new deal in place before the season begins. The veteran blueliner will have to accept a pay cut if he wants a multi-year deal from the Sharks.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland admitted things were quiet on the trade front, suggesting he might be unable to make a salary-shedding trade or two before the start of training camp. Holland hinted there were moves he could make to become cap compliant before the season opens in October, but wouldn’t specify what they were.
Khan suggests Darren Helm’s ongoing back injury could be one way (long-term injured reserve). Another could be demoting Gustav Nyquist and/or defenseman Danny DeKeyser to the minors as they’re exempt from waivers. They could also waive a veteran like Patrick Eaves and demote him. Holland also said the club isn’t in any position to add players, which doesn’t bode well for Dan Cleary’s hopes of returning to the Wings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Trade possibilities could arise over the course of preseason during the last two weeks of September, but if not demotions are the likely way Holland will go.
ESPN.COM: Tim Kavanagh speculates over the St. Louis Blues future in goal, believing they’ll either re-sign Jaroslav Halak or Brian Elliott. Much could depend on Jake Allen’s performance this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Much will depend on all their performances this season.