Find out what moves the Flyers, Red Wings, Panthers, Penguins, Blues and Lightning have in store as the NHL UFA market opens today.
PHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli reports the Flyers made a pitch to former Flyer Ray Emery yesterday to lure him from Chicago, and continues to speculate the Flyers could move a defenseman, likely Braydon Coburn, via trade. He also wonders if the Flyers might try to bring back Jaromir Jagr, and suggested St. Louis’ Alex Pietrangelo, the Islander Travis Hamonic and the Leafs Jonathan Bernier as offer sheet targets.
Sam Carchidi believes the Flyers should target winger Viktor Stalberg, citing his youth, speed and size. He calls upon the Flyers not to move Coburn, and suggests more affordable goalie targets like Jose Theodore, Evgeni Nabokov, Johan Hedberg, or Dan Ellis.
CSNPHILLY.COM‘S Tim Panaccio claims the Flyers remain in the mix for the Blues’ Jaroslav Halak via the trade market.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I can’t see the Flyers going the offer sheet route this summer, simply because of their lack of cap space. I like Carchidi’s suggestion of adding Stalberg, as he could be a good fit with the Flyers. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun last night reported Emery was likely leaving Chicago, so the Flyers could have a good shot at signing him.
MLIVE.COM/DETROIT FREE PRESS/DETROIT NEWS: The Red Wings have interest in Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, plus Mikhail Grabovski (a friend of Red Wings superstar Pavel Datsyuk) could become a target as the Wings seek a second-line center if, as expected, Valtteri Filppula departs via free agency. The Wings also reportedly had talks with Stephen Weiss, Mike Ribeiro, Tyler Bozak and Matt Cullen, as well as Jarome Iginla and Brenden Morrow.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t blame the Wings for targeting Alfredsson. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Grabovski, who was Datsyuk’s linemate in the KHL during the lockout, could be an intriguing possibility for the Wings, as could Weiss, whom they’ve been linked to in rumors for a month now.
MIAMI HERALD/SUNSENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers have tried to re-sign center Stephen Weiss but he could be headed to free agency, as he’s been courted by the Detroit Red Wings. As for the Panthers free agent targets, they could include Mikhail Grabovski, Valtteri Filppula and Andrew Ference.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’d find it amusing if Weiss signed with the Red Wings and Filppula with the Panthers.
TAMPA BAY TIMES/TAMPA TRIBUNE: Having bought out Vincent Lecavalier, the Lightning will be shopping for a second-line center. Options include Valtteri Filppula, Tyler Bozak, Mike Ribeiro and Mikhail Grabovski.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It doesn’t sound as though GM Steve Yzerman is willing to overpay for any of these guys, suggesting he could look to within to fill that gap on the second line.
BND.COM/STLTODAY.COM: The St. Louis Blues hope to add a center via free agency this summer. Possibilities could include Mikhail Grabovski, Stephen Weiss or Mike Ribeiro. Other affordable options could include Matt Cullen or Boyd Gordon.