Check out the latest speculation on possible off-season moves by the Flyers and Predators.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio reports on possible moves for Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren this summer. Holmgren claims he’ll wait until July 1st to decide what to do about his defense if Chris Pronger (concussion) isn’t ready to return next season, though Panaccio doubts the Flyers GM will wait until that date. As there’s a belief the Nashville Predators could try to move UFA blueliner Ryan Suter before June 30th, Holmgren could try to make a pitch for him.
“One Board of Governor told CSNPhilly.com earlier this month that “all the big-money” clubs will “max out” on the cap because if the league has to adjust under the next CBA, it will do so across the board and not penalize the top spenders” reports Panaccio. Holmgren also said he’d like to re-sign blueliner Matt Carle. As for Jaromir Jagr, it remains to be seen if he’s willing to re-sign.
PHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli speculated on what could happen to oft-injured left wing James van Riemsdyk, whose six-year, $4.25 million per season contract kicks in next season, believing if he’s shopped there won’t be any shortage of interest. He believes trade deadline acquisition Pavel Kubina won’t be re-signed. Sam Carchidi meanwhile doubts Jagr returns, Holmgren expects Carle to re-sign for less than market price, while Kimmo Timonen will return next season. The Flyers GM also hopes Chris Pronger will be ready to return next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting bit there from Panaccio regarding big money clubs, though it’s not a surprise the league would adjust across the board if the cap ceiling were to decline under the next CBA, but even if salaries are rolled back, teams still must ensure they give themselves enough leeway to stay under the cap even with a salary rollback. Remember, under this CBA, teams are allowed in the off-season to go over the cap ceiling by ten percent, but we don’t know if that will still be allowed under the next CBA. That could create an additional headache for those who “max out”. As for Jagr and Carle, I have my doubts they’ll return, and while there would be interest in van Riemsdyk, his new salary and injury history could scare off some suitors. Guess we can forget about retirement for Timonen, at least for next season. I fully expect the Flyers will try to land either Suter or Weber if one or the other becomes available next month. Whether they can land either guy is another story, as there will be serious interest around the league.
THE TENNESSEAN/EXAMINER.COM: Josh Cooper reports Predators GM David Poile has made retaining Shea Weber and Ryan Suter his priority, and also said he’d like to re-sign pending UFA Jordin Tootoo. Cooper also noted Alexander Radulov said he would like to return to Nashville, while the Predators face a tough choice on inconsistent RFA forward Sergei Kostitsyn. Jim Diamond meanwhile reports Poile would like to retain the veteran presence of blueliners Hal Gill and Francis Bouillon.
CSNBAYAREA.COM: Kevin Kurz is imagining Ryan Suter coming to the Sharks, especially the cost of signing him as a UFA.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see if the Predators are willing to re-sign Radulov. Gill, Tootoo and Bouillon should be affordable re-signings, but of course that’ll depend on how much it costs to retain Weber and/or Suter. They could qualify Kostitsyn’s rights and then perhaps try to shop him later if they need to free up some cap space, or if his salary demands are too expensive. The Sharks aren’t the only club to imagine Suter playing for next season, as there will be considerable interest in his services if he hits the open market in July.