NHL Draft Day Rumor Mill – June 30, 2013.

Check out the latest on Kris Letang, Vincent Lecavalier, Tyler Seguin, Braydon Coburn, David Perron, and more.

OTTAWA SUN (VIA TORONTO SUN): Bruce Garrioch reports Penguins GM Ray Shero claims a couple of teams have called expressing interest in Kris Letang. Garrioch claims the Flyers and Canadiens are interested…There’s talk the Colorado Avalanche will trade the first overall pick for immediate help, but the asking price is high…There’s talk the Anaheim Ducks have asked the Flyers for Braydon Coburn and their first round pick (11th overall) in exchange for winger Bobby Ryan. The Oilers are also believed interested in Coburn…The Minnesota Wild are expected to move Cal Clutterbuck…The Florida Panthers haven’t given up trying to re-sign Stephen Weiss, and are interested in UFA Vincent Lecavalier…The Canucks are listening to offers for Cory Schneider…The Canadiens could try to trade the negotiating rights of Michael Ryder…Expect the Oilers to deal Ales Hemsky and buy out Shawn Horcoff…The Tampa Bay Lightning are rumored to be have interest in Bruins forward Tyler Seguin.

Could David Perron be on the move today?

Could David Perron be on the move today?

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: I can understand the Flyers interest in Letang, but the Habs? They already have a superb puck-moving defenseman (and Norris winner) P.K. Subban on their blueline. The only reason it makes sense is if the Canadiens anticipate difficulty in re-signing Subban…OMIGAWD, THE HABS ARE GONNA TRADE SUBBAN! Kidding! Just kidding!! Come down off the ledge, Habs fans! Anyway, the Habs would be better off with a top-two shut-down defenseman, rather than adding Letang…If Ducks GM Bob Murray actually traded Ryan for Coburn and the 11th overall, he should be fired at once and blackballed from the league. That would be a stupid trade. The Oilers interest in Coburn, on the other hand, appears genuine, but it’ll probably cost more than the rumored offer of Magnus Paajarvi to get him…The Wild have limited cap space and cannot afford to re-sign Clutterbuck, who’s a restricted free agent…Unless the Oilers pick up half of Hemsky’s $5 million salary for next season, I doubt they’ll find any takers. Supposedly, the Oilers aren’t planning any buyouts, but that could change depending on what happens today…Can’t say I blame the Lightning for their interest in Seguin, but with an annual cap hit of $5.75 million to 2019, I don’t believe they can afford his salary.

BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont speculates it could cost the Bruins over $7 million per season to re-sign Tuukka Rask, whose agent will shoot for a long-term deal. It’s also possible Rask becomes an offer sheet target if still unsigned after July 5. He guesses Rask gets a six-year, $46.8 million contract…Dupont considers Vancouver a long shot for Vincent Lecavalier, noting the Canucks recent hiring of John Tortorella…He expects the Leafs re-sign Jonathan Bernier to a two-year/$2.5 million deal akin to that signed by Jhonas Enroth of the Sabres…If Daniel Alfredsson isn’t under contract with the Senators by July 5, the Bruins could “kick the tires”…The Flyers might try to land Buffalo’s Ryan Miller, who has one season left on his contract…

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect Rask will get seven years at around $7 million per from the Bruins…Lecavalier and Tortorella frequently clashed in Tampa Bay, so I don’t believe Torts’ presence with the Canucks is a selling point for Vinny. The Canucks can’t afford him anyway…Bernier’s agent could seek more than Enroth’s deal by arguing his client is ready to be a starter now, while Enroth will labor for another season in Miller’s shadow, unless of course, the latter is traded. Maybe to the Flyers. Why not, the Flyers management appears to be drowning in flop-sweat now. How else to explain the inexplicable desire to weaken their goaltending to add another forward to their already top-heavy forward lines?…There are three certainties in life: Death. Taxes. Daniel Alfredsson with the Senators. He’s not signing anywhere else…

NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks wonders if the NY Islanders could retain Rick DiPietro just to use his contract to reach the salary cap minimum. If the Islanders do buy him out, GM Garth Snow would have to sign a quality free agent or two, or perhaps deal for a veteran like Kris Letang or Tyler Seguin…The Rangers would love to acquire Wild winger Cal Clutterbuck but they can’t afford him…

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Keeping DiPietro just to reach the cap minimum would be a sly move indeed. Still, the Islanders need a good goaltender as Evgeni Nabokov is heading out of town. That should be the focus, not playing footsies with the CBA rules regarding the salary cap. A replacement for Mark Streit is the other priority, but I’d be shocked if they actually went after Letang.

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW/PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE/NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Penguins GM Ray Shero continues his negotiations with defenseman Kris Letang, claiming he hasn’t reach the point yet where he’d have to consider moving the blueliner. It’s believed the Flyers, Canadiens and Sharks have interest in Letang. Talks recently took a step forward during negotiations on Saturday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While this bears an eerie resemblance to Jordan Staal’s status last year heading into the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, it appears the Penguins won’t move Letang during this year’s draft. That being said, I believe if Letang doesn’t lower his rumored asking price of $7.5 million per season down to at least $7 million per (the Penguins offer), the Pens could be faced with either trading him this summer, or watching him walk away next summer as a UFA.

DETROIT NEWS/PHILLY.COM: The Detroit Red Wings plan to meet with free agent center Vincent Lecavalier this morning. The Philadelphia Flyers are also interested in Lecavalier.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe the Wings could become the front-runners. They’re in need of a skilled second-line center, they could pay Lecavalier up to $5 million per season if that were the asking price by freeing up cap space via trades and buyouts, they’re among the most-respected franchises in the league, and apparently they were Lecavalier’s favorite team growing up

COLUMBUS DISPATCH: The Blue Jackets have held discussions with the St. Louis Blues regarding forward David Perron and have expressed interest in Boston’s Tyler Seguin.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blue Jackets have three picks (14, 19 and 27) in the first round and may be willing to package one or more with a roster player or prospect for Perron or Seguin. They could be wheeling and dealing today. 

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Luke DeCock reports the Carolina Hurricanes need to bolster their defense and their checking lines, including their third-line center position. The possibility of shopping Jeff Skinner is something DeCock believes the Hurricanes should consider only if they get a return which would justify moving him. DeCock noted Andrew Ference and Ron Hainsey are available, noted rumors the Maple Leafs are shopping Dion Phaneuf and wondered if they could pry Marc Staal from the Rangers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs claim they’re getting no interest in Phaneuf and I doubt the Rangers wish to part with Staal. Still, the Hurricanes are shopping their first round pick (fifth overall) so they could make a move or two to address one or more of their other needs.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: The Minnesota Wild seek a first round pick and have salary cap issues, so GM Chuck Fletcher could be active at today’s NHL Draft. Forward Cal Clutterbuck could be dealt, plus the Wild have dangled Tom Gilbert and Zenon Konopka, and have received calls about Devin Setoguchi and Kyle Brodziak.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wild are trying to shed salary, but I believe they want to keep Setoguchi and Brodziak. Clutterbuck seems as good as gone, but it could take a buyout to rid Gilbert’s $4 million salary.


  1. Re: Letang
    If Shero does not have a verbal deal by Draft time doesn’t Letang have Pens by the b..ls ?
    a) Few teams can pay him what he wants without screwing up their cap
    b) Not many teams really need him
    c) Very few will be willing to give what Pens want
    d) Hasn’t Letang POISONED the process but shooting off his mouth saying I wouldn’t mind going to the Leafs ?
    1) Meaning go ahead and trade me somewhere else, I’ll play next year and then sign with Leafs
    as a UFA a year from now, so in so many words I’m not staying unless Shero trades me to
    where I want to go and
    2) I’m not staying unless I get what I want in $$$$$

    Letang learned a lot from the Staal trade last year. It’s not that Shero has Letang in a box, It’s Letang that has Shero in a box.

    Note to Toronto: If you want him, make a low ball offer THIS MORNING. Got nothing to lose.

  2. Re: Flyers
    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again Holmgren appears to me to be desperate and impulsive.
    True Flyer Fans need to jump in their cars and make the 90 minute drive to beautiful downtown Newark and keep him busy and away from the draft until after it’s over. Let the head scout make the picks.
    The thought of Paul Holmgren and Bob Murray being in the same building at the same time talking to each other SCARES THE LIVING HELL OUT OF ME.

    • Lol seriously hoping if that is all it would take to land Ryan the leafs may consider looking in to him rather then a UFA.

      • Perhaps a package of Gunnarson mixed in with the 21 pick? And a lil second rounder for desert? Gosh that just looks horrible but not far off what the Flyers offered…I’m sure if there is any deal involving Coburn for Ryan we could match it.

        • Ok ok ok since you want to play hardball we will even throw in Lyles

          • Exactly. For his current production and salary Ryan is a score for two more years. He’s worth Rielly for sure.

          • Ducks really don’t need a D-man this year. They really only have one blue chip coming up and that is Hampus Lindlohm so my guess is that if Leafs want Ryan it starts with Morgan Rielly Plus #21 pick today with maybe Colburne tossed in. None of these guys will help the Ducks this year. Can’t take back salary as the whole idea of trading Ryan is to clear salary to sign a free agent or two. Once again why Ryan, don’t the Leafs need a center ?

          • Leafs sure do but as I said yesterday. Please find us one with Ryans cap hit and production that can also win faceoffs. Nothing out there my friend.

  3. Pens reportedly have a verbal agreement with the pens for 8 years at 7.25/season. Also includes a limited NTC to 15 teams. Think it’s a sign and trade?

    • Hope not to the Leafs…. but could be

      • Shero is starting to screw the pens if its not way too much money tied up in 3 guys.

        • Yeah I agree!! with Cooke and Dupuis and RFA Sutter next year and UFA Orpik and Niskanen and they will need a REAL goalie next year, Bennett will be RFA
          , but we have a Defensive liability and injury prone D-man taking up millions

          • ya with all they gave up in trades this year most would think this could be the end but it doesn’t hurt having arguably the top two talents in the league on your team. If I was Shero I’d trade Letang. They have a lot of depth on D in prospects and the package Letang would bring in return would also certainly include a defenseman.

          • Shero is a fool. Good for Letang.

      • Get real

    • TSN is confirming it. I can’t imagine how the Penguins expect to go into the 2014-2015 with $25+ million tied into just 3 players (Malkin, Crosby, and Letang). They could be gambling on the cap going up, or maybe they found a taker for Fleury.

      If you add Fleury, Kunitz, Martin, and Neal in, they have over $44 million in 4 forwards, 2 D and a 1 goalie. It’s hard to imagine how they’ll be able to field a full roster, and you also can’t be a serious cup contender with one great line.

      • I know this deal is going to make us worse, not better by keeping Letang, not enough money to ice a good team

        • Nope you guys just became the nhl version of ice capades buy out martin and it will make it a little better

          • Schtick – I agree, the pens can buy out Martin, keep Letang for this year and then trade him away the next year when the salary cap is supposed to go up.

      • Honestly players like Iginla that have never won the cup before and want to be part of a winning franchise then I can see these players signing for a lot less.

        • Ya possibly a little less but only a couple vets would probably think that way, add in Martin and Fluery with the other guys they will have to let walk in the next year or so like someone has already pointed out Orpick Dupuis etc, it is going to be tough to have enough quality depth to have a competitive team in a couple years….See the Tampa Bay Lightning

  4. i am a flyers fan. any goalie that becomes a flyer needs to have incredibly thick skin.
    i hate to see goalie after goalie wind up used and abused by flyers management.
    flyers management NEEDS to learn that neither bernie parent nor pelle lindbergh will ever agan be in net for the flyers, so place as good a goalie as you can get petween the pipes and nurture them.

    • Honestly James Rimer is the guy for you after playing the past 3 years in Toronto he has seen a full career worth of trade rumors, a concussion, second guessing, and speculation nothing seems to phase the kid straight up for Coiturier?

      • I can’t see why the Oilers would go after Schnieder straight up for their first overall. I’m sure they can get Remier and Toronto’s first (21st over all) for the Oilers first.

        Toronto then flips the Oilers 5th over all in a package for (dare I say) Seguin. Just image Seguin, Kadri down the middle by next year flanked by Lupul, Kessel, JVR and Ryan. OMG I just about passed out at my desk. LOL

      • Not going to happen guy.

    • Is it true that Smith is close to signing in Phoenix ? If true then Flyers are quickly running out of options. Wow Flyers whole season may depend upon Steve Mason.

  5. DONE DEAL? Letang eight years…$7.25 million

    • Dion says Thanks Bro!

  6. Worst re-siging of Shero’s career

    • Must have had a tone of bad offers to do that deal… Deal him before the ntc kicks in

      • I don’t think he gets moved now

    • agree. that will really hinder the team in the future.

  7. Spector, I have a question… Now that Tampa has bought out Lecavalier, can they still trade his rights, like any other UFA to another team to be able to resign?

    • Maybe they could but who would give anything up when they could just call his agent? There is no chance he would resign with the lightning

    • Once he was bought out, his rights no longer belong to the Lightning.

      • I find it interesting that Lecavalier has been talking to just about every team, but there is nothing but silence from the Briere camp. I also find it interesting that Philly is talking to Lecavalier, but cut Briere – that speaks volumes. Perhaps we’ll see Philly do a Reid and #11 for Miller and the #52 – seems that Holmgren is open to most anything.

  8. Well now that the Letang deal is done that just about guarantees that Dion will be far to rich for the Leafs blood so Dion plus the 21 and some Ahl guy like D’Amigo, or Ashton or Colborne to the Canes for the 5 pick.

    • Yep Dion needs to be moved now.

  9. This rumour of Reilly (5th overall last year) going to the Cane’s for this years 5th over all make no sense unless there is a muli-player package involved. Straight up makes no sense. I wonder who else is involved each way? I need details spec… lol

    • Im very flexible with that deal, would love to get our hands on Monahan

  10. Just don’t really get the hype about Ryan. He’s had chances to play with a pretty good center, and still hasn’t put up the stats yet

  11. Hey Spector! Why do you think,

    “If Ducks GM Bob Murray actually traded Ryan for Coburn and the 11th overall, he should be fired at once and blackballed from the league. That would be a stupid trade.”

    Have no allegiance to either team just curious on your reasoning.

    Coburn in my mind is a very solid two-way #2-3 dman (I admit the only time you might not play him is the PP, but otherwise he is a known commodity) and Ryan is a top 6 forward with potential to be more, but has not proven it yet playing with the likes of Getzlaf/Perry for stretches. I thought the idea of the Philly including a high pick helped even out the Ryan potential.

    • A four-time 30-plus goalscorer in this league is far more valuable than a borderline top-two defenseman.