Updates on Dave Bolland, Leo Komarov, anticipating significant Penguins trade rumors once they hire a new GM, looking at the Flyers’ offseason priority and which Red Wings’ UFAs could be re-signed.
NBC SPORTS: Jason Brough reports center Dave Bolland told a Toronto radio station he’d like to remain a Maple Leaf for life. Brough notes the Leafs would like to re-sign him, but it’s not clear how much they’re willing to pay.
NATIONAL POST: Michael Traikos reports agent Mark Gandler, who represents Leo Komarov, seeks a multi-year deal. Gandler wouldn’t discuss salary but Traikos believes Komarov seeks close to the $2 million he earned this season in the KHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Bolland is willing to accept less than Tyler Bozak ($4.2 million per season) on a shorter-term than the 7-8 years he’s reportedly seeking, the Leafs could re-sign him. If not, Bolland will have to test the UFA market. As for Komarov, $2 million per season on a multi-year deal certainly sounds affordable for the Leafs, or any other NHL club for that matter.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Dave Molinari expects the rumor mill will crank up in earnest about Penguins James Neal, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury once the club hires a new general manager. A few of the rumors might even turn out to be true.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The clock’s ticking on the Penguins to hire a new GM. The draft is less than a month away, the deadline to qualify their RFA players or to buy out any of their players is June 30, and unrestricted free agency begins on July 1.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio examines what the Flyers offseason priority should be. After posing the question to his readers, acquiring a number one defenseman is the suggested priority. He rules out Nashville’s Shea Weber as Predators GM David Poile insists he won’t move Weber. The Flyers tossed around the name of Buffalo’s Tyler Myers at the trade deadline but passed on him. Panaccio feels Myers could benefit from a change of scenery. They could also pursue Matt Niskanen if he tests this summer’s UFA market.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given their limited cap space ($4.5 million if the cap goes to $69 million for next season), the Flyers will have to dump a salary or two to free up cap space to take on a top defenseman. Easier said than done.
DETROIT NEWS: Ted Kulfan reports “Forwards David Legwand, Daniel Alfredsson, Todd Bertuzzi, Daniel Cleary and Mikael Samuelsson; defenseman Kyle Quincey; and goaltender Jonas Gustavsson are potential unrestricted free agents.” Of these, Alfredsson and Gustavsson are the only two the Wings might try to re-sign.