Mark Streit will hit this summer’s free agent market, the Capitals currently cannot afford Mike Ribeiro, Valtteri Filppula taking a “wait-and-see” approach to his future, and a rumor of the Panthers dealing Erik Gudbranson to the Avalanche for the first overall pick. Enjoy!
NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple reported yesterday afternoon NY Islanders defenseman and captain Mark Streit rejected the Isles latest offer and will test this summer’s UFA market. A source claimed the Isles offered him a three-year deal worth $5 million per season, but Streit is looking for something “north” of $5.5 million per. Given the lack of depth in skilled free agent blueliners this summer, Staple suggests Streit could command a four-year, $6 million per season deal.
Staple also reports UFA winger Brad Boyes is unlikely to return (though talks are ongoing), while pending UFA goalie Evgeni Nabokov could re-sign a one-year deal before July 5.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Losing Streit is a blow to the Islanders in both skilled experience on their blueline and leadership, so it’ll be interesting to see what, if anything, they’ll do to replace him. If they’re close to re-signing Nabokov, we can forget about last week’s rumor suggesting a swap of Roberto Luongo for Rick DiPietro. Streit could be targeted by the Philadelphia Flyers, who are lacking a skilled puck-moving defenseman, though his age (36) could be an issue.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley does the math and points out the Capitals, even by trading Jeff Schultz’s $2.75 million cap hit, still cannot afford to re-sign pending UFA center Mike Ribeiro without shedding more salary, like trading or buying out Martin Erat.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Other than moving Erat, I don’t see what else they could do to retain Ribeiro, expect trade or buy out Joel Ward, and I don’t think GM George McPhee would be keen to do that.
MLIVE.COM: Brendan Savage reports Detroit Red Wings pending UFA forward Valtteri Filppula is disappointed contract talks with the Wings fell through, and while acknowledging the possibility he could move on via free agency, is taking a “wait-and-see” approach.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless Filppula is willing to drop his rumored asking price of $5 million per season, he’s played his final game as a Red Wing.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman reported an NHL executive heard “Florida and Tampa Bay were talking about an Erik Gudbranson for third-overall-pick deal”, but another source Friedman spoke with laughingly dismissed the rumor. Friedman also reports the Coyotes will be in the hunt for more scoring, and suggests the Flyers could target restricted free agent defensemen. He also repeated his report from this week regarding the NY Islanders willing to move Rick DiPietro, willing to take a bad contract back in return while adding a draft pick (or picks) or prospects with DiPietro.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t believe Panthers GM Dale Tallon wants to part with Gudbranson. The availability of Mark Streit could shift the Flyers focus.