The facts behind a “Rick Nash to Boston” rumor, Jiri Hudler might not be a Red Wing next season, and suggesting the Flyers bring back Martin Biron as a backup.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty dissects a rumor out of Columbus suggesting the Boston Bruins could make a push to acquire Blue Jackets right wing Rick Nash. Haggerty acknowledged the Bruins are on Nash’s list of preferred destinations and would have interest in Nash if they could clear out $7.8 million to absorb his contract, but suggested the rumored asking price from the Jackets (Tyler Seguin, Patrice Bergeron, prospect defenseman Dougie Hamilton have been mentioned in the rumor mill) is too high. Haggerty suggests an offer of center David Krejci and prospects and/or picks, but that isn’t close enough. Unless the Blue Jackets were willing to accept Krejci or goalie Tim Thomas, Haggerty doubts the Bruins will land Nash.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli sounded reluctant about potentially shaking up his roster this summer. Perhaps he’ll kick the tires on Nash, but I’ll be very surprised if Chiarelli lands him. Seguin, Bergeron, Hamilton and Milan Lucic (who’s also been mentioned in trade rumors) aren’t available, and I agree with Haggerty that if the Bruins were to make an offer, it would be Krejci, maybe Thomas, along with picks and/or prospects not named Dougie Hamilton.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James reported Red Wings GM Ken Holland touched base with the agent for right wing Jiri Hudler, who could exercise his option to test this summer’s UFA market. St. James believes the Wings would like to re-sign Hudler, but won’t overpay, and will be looking to become grittier and speedier, hopefully adding fresh blood to their top six.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In a thin free agent market this summer, Hudler could land himself a significant raise above the $3 million he earned this season. The Wings could put the money they would’ve invested in him toward finding a better player.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Sarah Baicker, picking up on the theme of colleague John Boyuk’s suggestion of the Philadelphia Flyers adding a more experienced backup goalie, suggested bringing back former Flyer Martin Biron.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Biron, 35, is currently backup for the NY Rangers, but enjoyed his time with the Flyers. He’s an unrestricted free agent this summer, and if the Flyers came calling, he’d definitely listen.