Jay Bouwmeester’s trade value could be on the rise, update on the Jets contract talks with Evander Kane, and speculation over possible moves by the Ottawa Senators.
CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak believes the market value of Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester could go up in the wake of the Nashville Predators matching Shea Weber’s offer sheet from the Philadelphia Flyers, along with Ryan Suter signing with Minnesota and Matt Carle bolting for Tampa Bay this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, Bouwmeester’s $6.8 million per season (though only two years remain on the contract) eats up a lot of cap space, his “no-movement” clause limits potential trade destinations, and there is some concern over the decline in his production (which I attribute to playing with the low-scoring Flames), but he’s arguably the best defenseman potentially available via trade. If the Flames get an offer of a good scoring forward, I think they’ll listen.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe reports on the efforts of the Jets and Evander Kane to iron out a long-term contract extension for the winger, who Wiebe believes wants to remain a Jet.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been reported Kane is mulling over a six-year, $29 million contract offer.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch doubts the Senators will go the free agent route to add more depth to their lineup, believing they’ll look at the trade market. He also claims GM Bryan Murray could wait for Daniel Alfredsson to decide if he’ll return this season or retire before making a move. They’ve unsuccessfully attempted to trade Bobby Butler, and could use a short window of opportunity to buy out his contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At this point I don’t expect the Senators to make any major moves. If they do make a trade, it could be for depth, perhaps adding another physical forward.