Can the Lightning re-sign Ryan Callahan? Should the Oilers trade their first round pick? Does Christian Ehrhoff want out of Buffalo?
TAMPA TRIBUNE: Erik Erlendsson lists five things to watch for with the Lightning in the off-season. Among them is attempting to re-sign trade deadline acquisition Ryan Callahan (eligible for UFA status in July) and adding defensive help. Erlendsson notes the Lightning were linked to Vancouver’s Alex Edler and Phoenix’s Keith Yandle.
NBC SPORTS: Cam Tucker reports Lightning coach Jon Cooper hopes Callahan will consider returning with the Lightning.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It appears the Lightning want to retain Callahan, but that’ll depend upon his asking price. If he still seeks six-or seven-years at $6.25 million per season, I doubt they’ll go for that. If he’s willing to accept five years at, say $5.5 million, I believe that’s doable for the Bolts. As for defensemen, Edler would have to agree to waive his no-trade clause. Yandle lacks a no-trade clause, but the Coyotes will want a scoring forward in return.
OLEAN TIMES HERALD: Bill Hoppe reports Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff wants to remain with the rebuilding Sabres. ““I think if they want to move me, they can move me. If not, they won’t”, said Ehrhoff.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe it’ll depend upon the return. I don’t see the Sabres moving Ehrhoff solely to ditch his salary. They still need experienced players to tutor their young guys.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples took note of a reports from the Edmonton Sun’s Terry Jones claiming the Oilers could consider trading their first round pick (third overall) to the NY Islanders for promising shutdown defenseman Griffin Reinhart if they can’t draft Aaron Ekblad. Staples writes he doesn’t see the high quality skill and skating in Reinhart’s game that would merit such a trade.