Updates on Tyler Seguin, Vincent Lecavalier, Daniel Briere, Evgeni Nabokov and more.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggarty reports the Boston Bruins are listening to offers for Tyler Seguin but it would take a “king’s ransom” (including a top ten first round pick & an All-Star level roster player) to get him. Normally the Bruins wouldn’t consider moving a promising young player like Seguin but they have to clear roster space to re-sign Tuukka Rask and Patrice Bergeron. Haggarty also reports some teams have expressed interest in acquiring Andrew Ference’s negotiating rights. Ference is a UFA and won’t be re-signed by the Bruins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins don’t intend to use compliance buyouts to free up cap space, and evidently they’re not getting much interest in Rich Peverley if they’re listening to offers for Seguin.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio reports finding a goaltender remains a priority for the Philadelphia Flyers, particularly one who has only a year left on his contract. The Flyers have been linked to St. Louis’ Jaroslav Halak and Buffalo’s Ryan Miller. The Flyers also spoke to the NY Islanders about pending UFA blueliner Evgeni Nabokov. Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn has been linked to the Edmonton Oilers. It’s believed the Flyers aren’t targeting the Oilers first round pick (7th overall) but their two second round picks. The Calgary Flames offered their sixth overall pick to the Flyers for Coburn, Matt Read and the Flyers first round pick (11th overall) but that was an excessive amount to ask. The Flyers are also reportedly “quite keen” on Vincent Lecavalier.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Earlier today Sabres GM Darcy Regier said he doesn’t expect Miller or Thomas Vanek to be moved this weekend. Doesn’t mean it can’t happen, but Miller’s name hasn’t been in play very much today. Can’t blame the Flames for trying to pry Coburn and Read away with the sixth overall, but that really was asking too much from the Flyers. One or the other plus the Flyers first rounder, maybe. Not Read and Coburn plus their pick.
MIAMI HERALD: George Richards reports the Florida Panthers are interested in Vincent Lecavalier.
TSN’S Ryan Rishaug reports via Twitter “Sources tell TSN Lecavalier camp has met with Dallas, St. Louis, Philly and Montreal with more to come tonite.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Welcome to this week’s new fun NHL game show, “Everybody Love Vincent”.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Ryan Dadoun cites a report via NHL.com in which Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero claims he’s still attempting to re-sign Kris Letang, who recently spurned an eight-year, $56 million contract offer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Letang isn’t willing to come down from his rumored $7.5-$7.75 million per season asking price, he’s a goner.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Chip Alexander reports Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford claims he’s received plenty of interest in his first round pick (5th overall) in tomorrow’s NHL Draft. The Hurricanes are in the trade market for a top-four defenseman.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Well, hello there, Philadelphia Flyers and Braydon Coburn.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect a number of teams who lose out in the Lecavalier sweepstakes will take a run at landing Lecavalier. As for Nabokov, well, there’s always the Flyers, right? Everyone’s favorite goaltending laughingstock. What, too harsh? Sadly, it’s been that way since the early 1990s. Prove me wrong, Flyers fans. Prove me wrong.