Monday NHL Rumor Roundup – April 25, 2011.

The latest on Ilya Brygalov, Evgeni Nabokov,Marian Gaborik, Ed Jovanovski and more

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reported the feeling in Washington is the Capitals will retain goalie Braden Holtby and shop either Semyon Varlamov or Michal Neuvirth…Defenseman Ed Jovanovski has probably played his final game with the Phoenix Coyotes as David Schlemko and Oliver Ekman-Larsson could replace him…Matheson wondered if the Rangers might try to move Marian Gaborik and his hefty salary ($7.5 million per season) after his disappointing performance this season…He also wondered if the Columbus Blue Jackets should call up the Colorado Avalanche and offer up goalie Steve Mason and center Derrick Brassard for center Paul Stastny, although such a move would leave the Jackets in need of a starting goalie…

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Caps do shop a goalie it’ll be Varlamov, not Neuvirth, who was steady throughout the season and terrific in their first round victory over the Rangers…Jovanovski could return to the Coyotes if they stay in Arizona and he’s willing to accept a pay cut and a short-term contract. His family lives year-round in Arizona and he’d probably prefer to stay put if possible…Moving Gaborik isn’t impossible, heck, the Rangers moved Scott Gomez and his big contract two years ago, but it’ll be very difficult, given his salary, “no-trade” clause, injury history and his sub-par numbers this season…The Blue Jackets are likely to shake things up this summer but management insisted they’ll stick with Mason.

CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis reported Sunday Coyotes goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has changed agents, hiring Ritch Winter in hopes of securing a lucrative contract this summer. Winter also dismissed Bryzgalov’s comments about Winnipeg, saying the goalie was merely expressing “what everybody knows”: Winnipeg has the same issues as Edmonton and thus will have trouble attracting free agents…Once the NY Islanders “toll” Evgeni Nabokov’s contract to next season they can trade him as he won’t have to pass through waivers in the off-season. Francis expects the Isles will try to shop Nabokov given they’ve already got Rick DiPietro, Al Montoya and Kevin Poulin in their lineup.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bryzgalov might find it difficult to land a lucrative contract this summer given his poor playoff performance and uncertainty over what the next CBA could contract once the current one expires next year…Nabokov’s experience and affordable contract could make him tempting to teams seeking affordable goaltending, like maybe the Colorado Avalanche.


  1. I think Mason is a nice kid, but his career smacks of being an Andrew Raycroft-type player (great rookie and then… pffffft.) “Quality” goalies are hard to come by, but “merely capable” goalies are a dime a dozen, and a non-contender like CBJ can live with having an average goalie while they rebuild, again. If I were Columbus, I’d trade Mason while I had the chance and he has some value.

  2. Wow last year everybody was on Masons bandwagon. Now he goes through a sophmore slump and everybody thinks he should be shipped out of town. Relax guys, he’s still young.
    That being said, I do like the proposed trade for stastny. Although I think minor tinkering might have to be done. Maybe Colorado adds a late pick or lower teir defensive prospect to get it done.

  3. Actually, not being defensive about it, but Mason’s numbers have been pretty horrible for 2 years after a great rookie season. I’m hoping he bounces back, too, but back-to-back seasons of .901% and over 3.00GAA on a defensive-minded team? Pretty gross.

  4. It would be admittedly dirty to see a line of Kessel, Richards, Gaborik but I have a hard time believing Sather will be able to ship that contract out. It sounds as though he’s attempting the same thing as he did when he traded Gomez, trade the high-salary poor performance player so you can spend it in the offseason, the only difference is Gaborik has a bad injury history and costs more than Gomez (Gomez – Gaborik) (Gaborik – Richards?). I personally don’t see how the Rangers are even in the discussion when it comes to Brad Richards, they have some key RFA’s to re-sign that will eat up a considerable portion of their remaining cap space.

    As for Mason, it took Cam Ward a year or two as well after his Stanley Cup/Conn Smythe performance to round in to form, I suppose the question best posed to any CBJ fans who can answer – Is it visibly apparent what he’s doing wrong? I mean, with Raycroft it was always top cheese as it appears to be for many young struggling goalies, the difference is once they knew that/exploited it, his confidence was shattered and he was letting them in from EVERYWHERE, not to mention if you don’t work to change the weakness or overcome it, you’re pretty much done for.

    Also, I wonder if Burke might try for Stastny if he can’t get Richards, seeing as St. Louis STOLE Chris Stewart +, it probably wouldn’t cost a whole lot to get Stastny and they would likely view it as clearing his cap space.