Daniel Alfredsson expected to make a decision on his future today, the fallout from the Flames multi-player swap with the Avalanche, the Canucks hope to trade Roberto Luongo this weekend, Habs GM facing pressure to pursue Vincent Lecavalier, plus the latest on the Oilers and Jets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t worry, Leafs fans, I haven’t forgotten your club. They’re featured in today’s Rumors updates because of their ties to Kris Letang and Vincent Lecavalier.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson is expected to make his decision on returning or retiring today.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Recent speculation had Alfredsson leaning toward returning. Hopefully, we’ll know for certain by the end of today.
**UPDATE** Start cheering, Senators fan. Alfredsson will return next season!
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen, however, if they’ll be any better. It’s possible this deal could work out for the Flames in the long run. Tanguay and Sarich were ageing, while Jones and O’Brien are in the late-twenties.
CALGARY HERALD: Brendan Shanahan informed the Flames he’s decided not to accept their offer to join their hockey operations department, and will remain NHL director of player safety.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE/VANCOUVER SUN: Ben Kuzma reports the Canucks will still try to trade Roberto Luongo during the draft weekend, while Elliott Pap examines the pros and cons of the Canucks using one of their two compliance buyouts on Luongo.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If they don’t find any trade partners for Luongo by July 4, I believe the Canucks have no choice but to buy him out. They cannot afford his cap hit for next season, and it wouldn’t be fair to Luongo, who has handled this delicate situation very well.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin faces extra heat heading into this year’s draft, as a number of Montreal fans and pundits are pushing for him to sign Vincent Lecavalier. The Canadiens will pick 25th overall this year, but they also have six picks in the first three rounds.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lecavalier will be among the most-pursued players in this summer’s UFA market. The Habs have $9 million in cap space and could afford him, but at this stage in his career, it could be asking too much to expect him to be a superstar first line center. Adding him would give the Canadiens a big name (albeit fading) Quebec-born star they’ve been lacking since Patrick Roy left town, but the bigger question is if he’s a good fit on this team.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Bruce McCurdy wonders if Blackhawks center Dave Bolland would be a good fit with the Oilers.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets go into this year’s draft with ten picks, including six in the first three rounds.