Ilya Bryzgalov expresses interest in the Oilers, plus the latest on the Flames, Senators and Jets.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples cited a report by Ilya Bryzgalov’s agent claiming his client would “actively consider” signing with the Oilers “if they’re interested”. GM Craig MacTavish said he’ll speak with his pro scouts and “see what our interest level is” on Bryzgalov.
Jim Matheson believes the Oilers should have plenty of questions about Bryzgalov. If the Oilers are seeking a goaltender, Matheson believes they should consider Anton Khudobin or Ray Emery before Bryzgalov. Matheson also wondered if the Oilers could have interest in soon-to-be free agent defenseman Andrew Ference, and suggested the Oilers contact the Bruin about the availability of defenseman Johnny Boychuk.
Jonathan Willis, meanwhile, noted the Detroit Red Wings could shop blueliner Carlo Colaiacovo and wondered if the Oilers could pursue him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: On the one hand, it can be argued Bryzgalov couldn’t be faulted for the Flyers failure to make the playoffs this season, that he simply wasn’t a good fit on that particular team, and he played well with his previous clubs in Phoenix and Anaheim. On the other hand, there’s all the negative press about his personality and his interaction with teammates and pundits in Philadelphia. Bryzgalov could prove an unnecessary distraction for a rebuilding club like the Oilers. If they do decide to sign him, keep it to as short as possible, one to two years.
CALGARY SUN: Flames GM Jay Feaster remains keen to move up in the first round of this year’s NHL draft, but failing that, will select the best available player with the sixth overall pick.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the depth in the first round of this year’s draft, the Flames should still land a very good young player with the sixth overall pick. Since 2000, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Sam Gagner, Derick Brassard, Milan Michalek, Mikko Koivu and Scott Hartnell were selected sixth overall.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators aren’t closing the door on underachieving center Stephane De Costa, tendering him a qualifying offer.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Analysis of the Jets blueline depth.