The Senators could get into the bidding for Parise, teamwork helped the Oilers land Schultz, Gomez faces uncertain future, and the latest on the Canucks, Flames, Maple Leafs and Jets.
OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan reports the Senators will make a pitch for Zach Parise, though Brennan expects he’ll ultimately sign with Pittsburgh.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doesn’t hurt to make an offer, but I don’t believe Parise signs with the Senators.
EDMONTON SUN: Terry Jones reports it was the presence of Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov, along with pitches from Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey, which helped the Oilers win the bidding war yesterday for free agent prospect defenseman Justin Schultz.
TVA SPORTS: Louis-Andrew Lariviere reports Montreal Canadiens center Scott Gomez heads into a summer of uncertainty. He wasn’t bought out of his contract by the Canadiens, but it’s possible he could be demoted to the minors next season to free up cap space.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s also possible Gomez will be bought out if there’s an “amnesty buyout” period at the start of the next CBA.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford reports the Canucks have “lots of money” to spend this summer via free agency, but wonders how they’ll spend it.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could depend on how confident GM Mike Gillis is in moving out Roberto Luongo and his salary later this summer.
CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak reports Flames GM Jay Feaster will be juggling dollars as he attempts to add depth to his roster via free agency, even though his team currently carries one of the largest payrolls in the league. Defenseman Jay Bouwmeester is rumored to be a trade candidate if Feaster needs to shed cap space.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs aren’t expected to be major players in this summer’s UFA market, as any significant change could come via trades.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With over $57 million currently tied up in payroll for next season, the Leafs can’t afford to spend on expensive free agents.
WINNIPEG SUN: Don’t expect the cost-conscious Jets to make a big free agent signing.