Updates on Sergei Bobrovsky, Alex Edler, Cal Clutterbuck and Alexander Burmistrov.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: The Columbus Blue Jackets are shopping Vezina winner Sergei Bobrovsky. He’s reportedly seeking $6 million per season. TSN’s Darren Dreger believes the Jackets are now in the market for a new starting goalie. The Columbus Dispatch‘s Aaron Portzline believes the Jackets don’t want to move Bobrovsky, but they can’t wait long to remedy this situation if he’s headed to Russia.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gotta believe the Jackets have been planning this for a while. I daresay they’ve got some options already lined up. After all, they sought permission from the Calgary Flames to talk to Miikka Kiprusoff last week. Doubt they can convince Kipper not to retire, but they’re probably shopping around for other options. Remember, they’ve got three first round picks and aren’t afraid to shop ’em.
**UPDATE**: ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports the Blue Jackets are in fact “very close” to a deal with Bobrovsky. Either the Blue Jackets just rattled the Bobrovsky camp into reaching an agreement on a new contract by threatening to trade him, or there was some confusion in the original report.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited TSN’s Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger reporting Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler is believed available.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Edler’s got six years remaining on his contract at a cap hit of $5 million per season. Most teams won’t want that salary, but there’s a few clubs probably willing to do that deal Edler’s a good puckmoving defenseman, but with the cap dropping, the Canucks might have to take some salary back via trade or absorb part of his contract. The Hurricanes were linked to the Canucks and Edler, but apparently they’re not interested in taking on that salary.
TSN’S Darren Dreger reports via Twitter the San Jose Sharks could have interest in Wild winger Cal Clutterbuck.
SPORTS.RU’s Igor Eronko reports via Twitter Winnipeg Jets center Alexander Burmistrov’s Russian agent claims his client is close to signing a two-year contract with AK Bars Kazan of the KHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burmistrov’s a restricted free agent so the Jets retain his rights. This could be a pressure move by the Burmistrov camp to force a trade.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports Penguins winger Tyler Kennedy is “in play”, suggests he could be a good fit with the Sharks.