Check out the latest collection from the Ottawa Sun, CBC, ESPN and CBS Sports, with updates on Lecavalier, Clarkson, Briere, Bozak and more.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports NHL pending UFAs are now allowed to be interviewed by interested teams under the new CBA. NHL has also informed teams they cannot spend millions attempting to woo players (ie flying them in on the team owner’s private jet)…Patrik Elias is close to re-signing with the New Jersey Devils…Flyers, Lightning, Senators, Sabres and Oilers rumored to have interest in Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler, who has a $5 million per season cap hit through 2018…Sabres haven’t been able to move Ryan Miller but it’s through no lack of effort…Oilers efforts to land Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn may not be dead, though Garrioch wonders if Flyers are using this as a bargaining chip to acquire Bobby Ryan from the Anaheim Ducks…Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle (one season remaining at $6 million) is a trade possibility. Senators might be interested if he’s available…Since Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy have taken over management of the Avalanche, Paul Stastny might not be available.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Edler’s contract (which also contains a no-trade clause) might not be easy to move with the salary cap for this season dropping to $64.3 million. Could be a market for him but it’ll be limited…Same goes for Miller, with $6.25 million cap hit for next season…If the Ducks do ship Bobby Ryan to Philadelphia, they’d better be getting more than just Coburn in return. At the very least, a top prospect should be included. Yes, Coburn’s a good defenseman and the Ducks could certainly use him, but Ryan’s a consistent 30-goal scorer, which is becoming more valuable as uncalled obstruction slowly creeps back into the game…I doubt the Sharks move Boyle. They resisted that temptation the past couple of years, and they lack someone to suitably replace him…Even if the Avs were shopping Stastny, I don’t see many takers for his $6.6 million salary.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports it’s possible Vincent Lecavalier chooses his next team by the end of Wednesday, though he can’t officially sign with them until July 5. If Lecavalier wants a quiet, non-traditional hockey market similar to Tampa Bay, LeBrun suggests Dallas…As of 12.01 am ET on Wednesday, pending UFA players have a 48-hour window before the UFA market opens on Friday to meet with other teams…David Clarkson recently rejected an offer from the Devils and is believed headed to the UFA market…Daniel Briere is talking with teams and should narrow the field down by Wednesday…Talks between Pascal Dupuis and the Pittsburgh Penguins are ongoing…Damien Brunner’s agent continues talks with the Red Wings but isn’t sure where they’re headed…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Speculation suggests the Stars could be among the front-runners for Lecavalier. We’ll find out soon enough where he wants to go…I expect the Devils will let Clarkson go…Briere will be a short-term, less expensive option for those who lose out in the Lecavalier sweepstakes… The Penguins want to re-sign Dupuis but finding suitable cap space could be an issue…If the Wings pass on Brunner, I expect it’s because they’ve got a better UFA option in mind.
CBC.CA: Elliotte Friedman asked for some “sleeper picks” for the upcoming UFA frenzy. Two notable ones: Andrew Ference to the Red Wings, the Penguins bring back Rob Scuderi…Matt Hendricks and Anton Khudobin could be two “under the radar” free agents who attract more interest than expected. Friedman suggests Khudobin could be a good fit with the Oilers…He also guesses Vincent Lecavalier’s new contract could be five years at $5 million per. The Stars and Panthers could be destinations if Lecavalier maintains his residence in Tampa…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think the Carolina Hurricanes could be interested in Ference and possibly Scuderi if the Kings fail to re-sign him…Khudobin and Hendricks could certainly attract some interest in the UFA market, and I agree Khudobin could be a good fit with the Oilers.
CBS SPORTS EYE ON HOCKEY: Brian Stubits cited tweets from ESPN.com’s Katie Strang claiming the NY Islanders and Buffalo Sabres are among the clubs interested in Daniel Briere.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sabres, of course, are Briere’s former team prior to joining the Flyers, and where he posted his best regular season numbers. Keep an eye on the Islanders, as they are currently around $12 million under the salary cap floor (including DiPietro’s buyout) and must spend this summer to become cap compliant.
TSN’s Darren Dreger tweets Tyler Bozak’s camp have tabled an eight year contract proposal at less than $5 million per season to the Maple Leafs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Maple Leafs, or any team, agreed to that kind of contract for a player comparable to Bozak, it would be yet another shining example of why the salary cap can’t fix stupid. I don’t blame the Bozak camp for making that pitch, but such lengthy deals can also backfire (hello there, Roberto Luongo), and even if it’s for less than $5 million per, that’s still too much money for too long for a player like Bozak. Yes, I know, the Leafs committed $5.5 million per season for five years to Mikhail Grabovski. Two wrongs don’t make a right.
SPORTSNET’s Mark (no relation) Spector reports via Twitter the agent for Canucks UFA winger Mason Raymond said his camp is proceeding as though his client is headed for the UFA market.