Are the Canucks any closer to trading Ryan Kesler? Will the Bruins shed some salary? Are some Canadian teams interested in the first overall pick?
VANCOUVER SUN: Ben Kuzma reports Ryan Kesler could be moved before the upcoming draft weekend and the Anaheim Ducks might be willing to part with the 10th overall pick in a package to get him.
METRO NEWS: Cam Tucker reports Canucks president Trevor Linden claims there’s no timetable to moving Kesler. The club has also had a couple of conversations with Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon regarding the first overall pick.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Now that the Canucks have their coaching and management situations squared away, there’s likely to be a lot more trade speculation about Kesler in the coming days.
BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa reports the Bruins want to re-sign Jarome Iginla but that could prove difficult as they’re facing a cap penalty of around $4.5 million for next season, much of it tied to the bonuses they paid Iginla this season. If they fail to re-sign Iginla, they’ll need to add a scoring right wing, but have limited cap space to do so. That could mean a trade, and Shinzawa suggests blueliner Johnny Boychuk could fetch the biggest return.
BOSTON HERALD: Steve Conroy also reports the Bruins have different scenarios with and without Iginla.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty reports the Bruins aren’t expected to be major players in this summer’s UFA market.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins can also try to trade Adam McQuaid or Chris Kelly, but both are coming off injuries and could be tough to move. I know a lot of Bruins fans are against moving Boychuk, but Chiarelli might not have much choice if he hopes to re-sign Iginla. And if Iggy departs, Chiarelli will definitely have to consider a trade to add a right wing.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Harvey Fialkov reports Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon is considering packaging some prospects to bring in a player who can help their roster now, preferable a scorer. Tallon also said he won’t move his first-round pick (first overall) for anything lower than eighth overall.
TORONTO SUN: Mike Zeisberger reports four Canadian teams – the Oilers (third overall), Flames (fourth overall), Canucks (sixth) and Maple Leafs (eighth) have a shot at landing the first-overall pick if they can cobble together the right deal. “If the suggestions on the world wide web are accurate that a package from the Leafs of Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner and the eighth overall pick would not be enough, it’s an indication that the asking price simply might be too high”, writes Zeisberger.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I concur with Zeisberger. That rumored offer from the Leafs is more than enough for the first overall pick in this year’s draft. If we were talking can’t-miss star Connor McDavid, then I could understand it.