Leafs GM has no plans to pursue big name UFAs, Jay Bouwmeester’s future in Calgary, Senators interested in Parenteau, Oilers and Canuck make pitches for Schultz, and the latest on the Canadiens and Jets.
SPORTSNET.CA: Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, speaking at the PEI Special Olympics Luncheon Festival, admitted he doesn’t believe his club will be in the bidding for top pending UFAs Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Parise and Suter probably haven’t put Toronto on their list of preferred destinations. Besides, as the article noted, the Leafs already have over $57 million invested in 18 players for next season, giving them about $12 million of available cap space.
CALGARY HERALD: George Johnson wonders if the addition of Dennis Wideman put Jay Bouwmeester’s future with the Flames in doubt. He’s not the only observer pondering that question.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators director of player personnel Pierre Doiron, speaking at a business luncheon, admitted his club would have interest in NY Islanders winger P.A. Parenteau, provided he does opt for UFA status on July 1 and if the price was right.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators won’t be the only club which will likely have interest in Parenteau, who could net a big payday thanks to the lack of quality depth in this summer’s UFA market.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets will hold their first development camp from July 9-13 at the MTS Iceplex.