NHL Entry Draft Rumors (Part One) – June 23, 2012.

Penguins might not be done dealing, latest on Tim Thomas,  Jiri Hudler and Cory Sarich, Wild not ruling out trading for UFA rights, Blues interested in Garrison, and Stars need depth at center.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Joe Yerdon cited a “tweet” from Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Rossi claiming Penguins GM Ray Shero, after trading away Jordan Staal, contacted Nashville Predators GM David Poile to discuss the rights of pending UFA blueliner Ryan Suter. Poile, however, isn’t trading Suter’s rights as he hopes to re-sign him.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It appears Shero has moved away from Suter to Phoenix’s Keith Yandle, though his dealing Zbynek Michalek back to the Coyotes last night could instead signal he’s clearing cap space to take a serious run at Suter via the UFA market on July 1.

BOSTON HERALD: Stephen Harris reported Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli claimed several teams had contacted him expressing interest in acquiring the rights to goalie Tim Thomas, who intends to sit out next season for personal reasons. Those teams are interested in landing Thomas aren’t hoping to convince him to play next season, but instead could use his $5 million cap hit to help them reach next season’s project salary cap floor of $54.3 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No indication so far if a Thomas trade is close, even though he’s waived his “no-movement” clause, which will expire on July 1. Those teams could be waiting to see if the cap rises again should the NHLPA use their five percent escalator clause.

Hudler headed out of Detroit?

MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland met briefly with Jiri Hudler’s agent and will meet again today, but it appears Hudler is headed for free agency on July 1. Holland also isn’t close to re-signing RFAs Justin Abdelkader and Kyle Quincey,but those deals are inevitable.

CALGARY HERALD: Vicki Hall recently reported Flames veteran defenseman Cory Sarich is prepared to face the uncertainty of free agency. Sarich is a pending UFA and the Flames aren’t expected to re-sign him.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is open to dealing for the negotiating rights of free agents he’s interested in signing. It’s believed Fletcher will pursue New Jersey’s Zach Parise and Nashville’s Ryan Suter if they’re available in the UFA market on July 1. Fletcher also hopes to re-sign RFA Guillaume Latendresse, whom he doesn’t intend to tender a qualifying offer for by the Monday deadline.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some folks have asked me if the Wild’s rumored interest in Parise or Suter constitutes tampering. As long as Fletcher or any member of the Wild front office or coaching staff don’t specifically state who they’re interested in, it’s not tampering. 

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH’s Jeremy Rutherford “tweeted” the Blues are rumored to have interest in Florida Panthers defenseman Jason Garrison, though no team has inquired about acquiring his rights. Garrison is eligible for UFA status.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s rumored Garrison could command up to $5 million on the open market, which the Panthers have no intention of paying him, leading to speculation they could shop his rights before July 1.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika reports the Stars shipping out Mike Ribeiro leaves them thin at center, meaning they’ll either have to turn to prospects or make another move to add depth at that position, perhaps by shopping winger Steve Ott or Brenden Morrow.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think GM Joe Nieuwendyk isn’t done dealing here. He’s got new ownership so he doesn’t have to operate on a shoestring anymore, and Ribeiro obviously wasn’t part of his future plans for the team. It’s believed there’s interest in Ott and Morrow, and if he can translate that into a good second line center, I have to believe he’ll do it.


  1. Pitts trading away assets for cap space may be a case of putting the cart before the horse here. No guarantees that they land a big ticket UFA. I guess we shall see how that unfolds. They should have traded fleury lol

  2. Garrison is NOT worth 5mil.Period.

  3. Pens are going after Yandle, as the deal is very, very close

    • And you know that how?

      • ESP!

        • N?

  4. Why get Thomas to reach cap floor when they can get a player that they can actually use or call up this year to actually PLAY on the team. Hey, to all teams wanting to reach cap floor….I’m available. I’ll sign for 2 3 or 4 million…what ever you want. Unlike Thomas, I’ll clean the locker room for that……do laundry? Drive the team bus? Message me for contact info :)

    • If he sits out his contact is just a cap hit. They don’t have to pay him a dime. So he saves a floor team alot of money.

  5. The team acquiring Thomas would not have to actually pay him a salary so it could be beneficial to a small market team.

  6. gotcha

  7. I really don’t think for the Pens it would be putting any cart before a horse. They wanted to and fans were calling from them to move ‘Michalek’ anyway and they managed to do that. I don’t see a deal with Yandle working between Pens/Yotes as IMO that means Pens are giving up James Neal. Instead the Pens can re-up Crosby for like $10 million season in a mega deal, they can pitch Parise a long term deal worth $6-7 a season AND still sign a good defenseman like maybe Garrison instead. They could also seek to move Paul Martin and they have the cap space to do it all right now.

    With a wealth of young d men now in their system players like Martin and maybe Orpik who are big cap hits over the next few seasons are just going to find themselves out and replaced by younger guys. Parise offered the chance to play year round with Crosby or Malkin + joining Neal on that team? Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Parise is the best top four in the league bar none if it were to happen.

    If they are capable of moving a contract like Martin or Kennedy then they could possibly lock Crosby up long term and sign both Parise + Suter as IMO Pitts looks like a better destination now then Detroit, younger, more youth in the system, and getting better talent.

    • “They could also seek to move Paul Martin…”

      I’m sure they are seeking to do just that. No one wants Martin or his contract however. You’re dreaming if you think Parise and/or Suter end up in Pitt.

  8. While there is a lot of talk about Bobby Ryan and as much as I would love to see the Sabres get him, I think a more realistic trade might be moving Roy to Dallas in exchange for Morrow. Darcy and the team did a great job of drafting and I think a number of these picks have a good chance of making the club, I also think we have some potential leaders in Girgensons, McCabe and Kea. Having Morrow will help fill that void until these guys make the jump and also would be a great mentor.

    • Or how about Roy for Ott?

  9. I kinda think Roy will end up in Chicago after they make a little room by shedding a guy or two from their defense.

  10. Why is it that ppl have a real hard time understanding that it could be possible that Parise/Suter could land in Pittsburgh? Money talks & every hockey player knows when you go 2 Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh is known 4 wanting 2 win the Cup. And the owner Mario Lemieux, GM Ray Shero, Coach Dan Bylsma & the rest of the coaching staff are gonna do everything they can 2 put the best team on the ice every night 2 compete against great teams. Pittsburgh loves the challenge & Pittsburgh is known 4 it winning traditions & a lot of players in the NHL recognizes that. And players know if they go 2 Pittsburgh, they will have a better shot @ winning the Cup verses going 2 certain other teams in the NHL. So yeah, it is VERY possible that Pittsburgh could very well land one of these players or possibly both, it all depends how bad the Penguins want these players. If these players don’t sign with Pittsburgh then its their loss. Bc Pittsburgh WILL move on & find other best players 2 sign within this team! As 4 Martin, I can assure you that Paul Martin will in fact be moved this summer! Just watch & weep!