Guessing the destinations of this year’s top UFAs, plus the latest on Josh Gorges, Vincent Lecavalier, Michael Del Zotto and more. 

Could Paul Stastny end up with the Rangers?

Could Paul Stastny end up with the Rangers?

ESPN.COM: Scott Burnside lists his destinations for this year’s top-15 NHL UFAs.  Among them, Burnside guesses Paul Stastny joins the Rangers, Dan Boyle the Red Wings, Christian Ehrhoff the Lightning, Ryan Miller with the Canucks, Matt Niskanen with the Capitals, Jussi Jokinen with the Jets and Steve Ott returning with the Sabres.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bear in mind Burnside is just speculating, and he’s done a pretty good job. Of course we won’t know until tomorrow at the latest who ends up where.  Feel free to debate where these guys could end up in the comments section. 

ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports Martin Brodeur is looking forward to the upcoming UFA market. He also knows he may have to be patient as he might not be signed on the opening day… LeBrun cites sources claiming the Lightning have interest in Matt Niskanen and Dan Boyle “among others”…Brad Richards is keeping a low profile approaching free agency…Paul Stastny’s agent is working to reduce the 15-team list of teams interested in his client…The Stars might renew their exploration of the Jason Spezza situation…8-10 teams (including the Wild) have interest in Thomas Vanek…There’s interest in Leo Komarov…Roughly ten teams have expressed interest in Martin Havlat…Seven or eight teams have interest in Radim Vrbata.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Much of this is an update over what’s been reported earlier today. I am surprised there are teams with interest in Havlat, a brittle and ageing winger whose best seasons are behind him…The Stars have the young talent and prospects to entice the Senators. Spezza will need to approve, of course…Can’t blame Richards to keeping a low profile now. Three years ago when he was the top UFA available there was a circus-like atmosphere over where he might go.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Dave Stubbs with an in-depth piece on the Josh Gorges trade situation. Gorges remains shocked by GM Marc Bergevin’s intent to trade the long-time (nearly 8 years) Habs veteran.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s lots of speculation Bergevin wants to clear salary to pursue a notable free-agent defenseman. It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. 

TSN.CA: The Nashville Predators have decided not to forward a qualifying offer to defenseman Michael Del Zotto, who becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

CSNPHILLY.COM’s Tim Panaccio reports the following on Twitter: “Flyers almost had a deal worked out with NSH to trade Lecavalier but Preds dont want his cap hit for 4 yrs”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Quite frankly, who would? 

 

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44 Responses to NHL Evening Rumor Mill – June 30, 2014

  1. Shticky says:

    Ott Toronto….lol

    • Aki Berg says:

      Oh god please no lol… Kinda scared right now so much cap space available but not many players. Let’s see how they screw this up

      • Thunder says:

        Ha, well if anyone can screw it up you know TO can! kidding.

      • Aki Berg says:

        Also I believe they have until midnight to trade phaneuf before the Ntc kicks in… Anyone heard anything ..

        • Buds17 says:

          I’m not necessarily expecting him to be dealt anymore with the draft over. I suppose he could be a target for teams who strike out in FA, but with Gunnarsson and Gleason gone, and if Franson is possibly trade bait for Gorges, I think he stays unless there’s a trade offer that’s too good to refuse.

      • Shticky says:

        He has an nmc right now from my understanding its easier after midnight. Its just a ntc which comes with a list.

      • Jes says:

        “so much cap space available but not many players”

        You talking about Toronto here?

  2. Liddy5 says:

    Time to play the guessing game on where everyone goes. I’ll start :D

    Ehrhoff – DET
    Gilbert – COL
    Niskanen – FLA
    Boyle – NYR
    Orpik – WAS
    Quincey – NYI
    Mitchell – VAN
    Butler – CGY
    Benoit – COL
    McBain – PTO
    Robidas – MTL
    Cammalleri – STL
    Morris – BOS
    Stralman – TB
    Vanek – NJD
    Richards – CHI
    Santorelli – VAN
    Weaver – MTL
    Stempniak – ARI
    Stastny – NYR
    Fayne – TOR
    Ott – TOR
    Iginla – DET
    Salo – EDM
    Ribeiro – PTO
    Diaz – COL
    Moulson – BUF
    Vrbata – OTT
    Gionta – NJD
    Meszaros – PHO
    Michalek – PIT
    Raymond – MIN
    Del Zotto – EDM
    Jokinen – EDM
    Legwand – CGY
    Goc – EDM
    Kulemin – BUF
    Hemsky – NYI
    Grabovski – DAL
    Jokinen – NASH
    Heatley – PIT
    Havlat – FLA
    Moss – PHX
    Penner – TOR
    Bolland – BUF
    Downie – NYR
    Whitney – MIN
    Perreault – VAN
    Roy – WASH
    Booth – NYR
    Pouliot – MTL

    • Jeremy says:

      You either spent way too much time putting thought into this list, or just randomly selected a team for each player. Can’t really tell as i didn’t read it all….i got a bit bored to be honest.

    • Dcoms says:

      There is no way Pittsburgh signs Heatly, you are out of your mind. Why would they do that? Hemsky, maybe, Kulemin almost for sure and hopefully Goc too but no way they would sign Heatly, hes a Maple Leafs acquisition waiting ]for tomorrow to arrive. Zero chance they sign Michalek either. I think half of your list is close the other half there is a better chance of aliens granting you 3 wishes than coming true.

    • LuvmiDux says:

      You forgot Hiller

    • Jes says:

      Bolland won’t be in Buffalo. Guaranteed, We just got rid of a horrible one horrible contract in Leino we aren’t about to add a 5-8 year contract on a player that plays about half the season.

    • NYR4LIFE says:

      Tampa Bay has 24+ million wrapped up in 7 d-men…… + 2 rfa d-men , I doubt they are hunting down Stralman,,,,, Maybe Boyle, but not without sending $$$$ a different direction!

    • NYR4LIFE says:

      Ehrhoff – DET
      Gilbert – COL
      Niskanen – FLA
      Boyle – NYR
      Orpik – WAS
      Quincey – NYI
      Mitchell – VAN
      Butler – CGY
      Benoit – COL
      McBain – PTO
      Robidas – MTL
      Cammalleri – STL
      Morris – BOS
      Stralman – TB
      Vanek – NJD
      Richards – CHI
      Santorelli – VAN
      Weaver – MTL
      Stempniak – ARI
      Stastny – NYR
      Fayne – TOR
      Ott – TOR
      Iginla – DET
      Salo – EDM
      Ribeiro – PTO
      Diaz – COL
      Moulson – BUF
      Vrbata – OTT
      Gionta – NJD
      Meszaros – PHO
      Michalek – PIT
      Raymond – MIN
      Del Zotto – EDM
      Jokinen – EDM
      Legwand – CGY
      Goc – EDM
      Kulemin – BUF
      Hemsky – NYI
      Grabovski – DAL
      Jokinen – NASH
      Heatley – PIT
      Havlat – FLA
      Moss – PHX
      Penner – TOR
      Bolland – BUF
      Downie – NYR
      Whitney – MIN
      Perreault – VAN
      Roy – WASH
      Booth – NYR
      Pouliot – MTL……………………..Who really knows… other than blind speculation,,,,, this seems a waste of time…. LMFAO!!!!

      • NYR4LIFE says:

        TBa after every name…….. I could blindly guess and say in a month” I told ya so”….. But how right would any of us be 10%, 20% 0 %…? we need better time fillers than this!!!

  3. Shticky says:

    Oh god I hope youre right with the Buffalo free agents lol like with every fiber of my being would I love them to overpay Bolland.

  4. Silver Seven says:

    Gagne for Purcell OK but then flipped to Arizona for nothing…. WTF. Can someone explain.

  5. Buffbry says:

    Ehrhoff – DET
    Gilbert – Was
    Niskanen – Minny
    Boyle – DET
    Orpik – WAS
    Quincey – NJ
    Mitchell – Minny
    Butler – who cares
    Benoit – COL
    McBain – NYI
    Robidas – VAN
    Cammalleri – NYI
    Morris – Nowheres ville
    Stralman – NYI
    Vanek – MINNY
    Richards – NYI
    Santorelli – VAN
    Weaver – TB
    Stempniak – CBJ
    Stastny – STL
    Fayne – NYR
    Ott – BUFF
    Iginla – DET
    Salo – WIN
    Ribeiro – EDM
    Diaz – Who cares
    Moulson – BUF
    Vrbata – NJ
    Gionta – DAL
    Meszaros – EDM
    Michalek – ARI
    Raymond – NYR
    Del Zotto – BUf
    Jokinen – NASH
    Legwand – WASH
    Goc – EDM
    Kulemin – PIT
    Hemsky – ARI
    Grabovski – NASH
    Jokinen – NASH
    Heatley – COL
    Havlat – FLA
    Moss – EDM
    Penner – nowheresville
    Bolland – FLA
    Downie – MON
    Whitney – CAL
    Perreault – CAL
    Roy – FLA
    Booth – OTT
    Pouliot – OTT

    • JoshWard says:

      Leafs arnt signing anyone?? lol I dont mind Ott for 3.5-4 mil.. Havlat or Heatly for 3 mil for some scoring exp on the 3rd line. Richards might be worth while if hes 4 mil or under.. Gotta trade reimer for something useful now even if that means trowing in a second round pick or med prospect.. Leafs gotta get komarov back, a much harder team to play against when he was there.. I’ve been saying the leafs need to get a vet or 2 and it looks like thats the bulk of whats available this year.. Hopefully Deon gets shipped out.. I dont hate him but its clearly not working for us.. Trow 7 mil for 6 years at stastny and see what happens lol

    • LuvmiDux says:

      You forgot Hiller also

  6. Shticky says:

    Just keep looking at that lis of ufas and thinking…..what a pile of crap that is really maybe 5 decent players, maybe. Cant wait to hear the whining and complaining about contracts next year lol

  7. John Piwowarski says:

    What about Brian Boyle??? Does anyone think Hawks might land him. I read before hawks had interest.

  8. John Piwowarski says:

    Hawks need cap space trade Kane for a good return. Kane always disappears during playoffs. To jets kane sharp. To hawks big buff evander kane.

    • monumentallydumb says:

      Except that time he won the Conn Smythe. Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrp.

    • Aki Berg says:

      I think everyone else has chose to ignore you but i have to ask are you serious…

  9. Cliff says:

    Bolland – Leafs
    Booth – Predators
    Cammalleri – Flames
    E. Cole – Flyers via trade, bought out, signed by Lightning
    Gagner – Senators via trade yet again
    Gionta – Habs
    Grabovski – Predators
    Havlat – KHL
    Hemsky – Coyotes
    Horcoff – Flyers via trade, bought out, signed by Canucks
    Iginla – Avalanche
    J. Jokinen – Wild
    O. Jokinen – Panthers
    Kulemin – Penguins
    Lecavalier – Stars via trade
    Legwand – Blackhawks
    Malone – retires
    Michalek – Coyotes
    Moulson – Islanders
    Ott – Sabres
    Ribero – Islanders
    Richards – Stars
    Roy – Jets
    Setoguchi – Canucks
    Spezza – Coyotes via trade
    Stastny – Blues
    Vanek – Predators
    Voracek – Stars via trade
    Vrbata – Panthers
    Boyle – Rangers
    Ehrhoff – Islanders
    Fayne – Islanders
    Gorges – Predators via trade
    Jovanovski – retire
    Meszaros – KHL
    Mitchell – Avalanche
    Niskanen – Wild
    Orpik – Ducks
    Quincey – Oilers
    Salo – Penguins
    Stralman – Wings
    Volchenkov – KHL

    • Cliff says:

      To be thorough:
      Gryba – Coyotes via trade
      Yandle – Senators via trade
      and also:
      Heatley – Flames

      • Cliff says:

        Before someone flips, I’m not saying Gryba straight up for Yandle. The second post was an add on. I’m predicting Spezza, Gryba for Gagner, Yandle.

    • Ryan says:

      Lol, are the Flyers going to trade Voracek to Dallas for Cole and Horcoff and then buy those 2 guys out????

      • Cliff says:

        Voracek and Lecavalier. Would make no sense to just ship out Voracek for the small amount of cap space they would get in return. Dallas gets a good, relatively young player and one bad contract with four years remaining. Philthadelphia gets 3.4 million in cap space this year and 6.4 million for 15′-16′.

        • Ryan says:

          So Philly is going to move their second best player who’s only 24 for 2 guys that they have to buy out? Why not just buy out Lecavalier? Are you a Stars fan?

  10. John Piwowarski says:

    To jets Sharp Kane. To hawks wheeler Byfuglien and. Bogosian

  11. John Piwowarski says:

    Hawks could use Mcbain!!! And Delzotto. Goodbye leddy and Aduya.

  12. John Piwowarski says:

    Hawks Gm Bowman just made a huge signing!!! Michael Handzus!!!!! Yeah!!!!

  13. Jes says:

    Ehrhoff – TB
    Gilbert – COL
    Niskanen – FLA
    Boyle – NYR
    Orpik – BUF
    Quincey – NYI
    Mitchell – MIN
    Butler – CGY
    Benoit – COL
    McBain – PIT
    Robidas – SJ
    Cammalleri – CGY
    Morris – BOS
    Stralman – TOR
    Vanek – MIN
    Richards – NSH
    Santorelli – VAN
    Weaver – MTL
    Stempniak – BUF
    Stastny – DAL
    Fayne – EDM/BUF
    Ott – BUF
    Iginla – BOS
    Salo – EDM
    Ribeiro – CHI
    Diaz – COL
    Moulson – VAN
    Vrbata – OTT
    Gionta – NJD
    Meszaros – PHO
    Michalek – PIT
    Raymond – WSH
    Del Zotto – EDM
    Jokinen – EDM
    Legwand – CGY
    Goc – EDM
    Kulemin – PIT
    Hemsky – NYI
    Grabovski – WSH
    Jokinen – NASH
    Heatley – FLA
    Havlat – CAR
    Moss – PHX
    Penner – CAR
    Bolland – FLA
    Downie – NYR
    Whitney – MIN
    Perreault – VAN
    Roy – WASH
    Booth – BUF
    Pouliot – MTL

  14. Phil says:

    I could see Sharks going for Niskanen and Vrbata. Love Vrbata’s intensity! Niskanen a younger replacement for Boyle, although this may be Demer’s big chance to take a leap forward in Wilson’s eyes. To me, Demer is a defensive liabilty, but he did get better last year…

  15. Coyotes 19 says:

    Coyotes like gagner probably keep him

    • Aki Berg says:

      I’d be happy with what the coyotes have in Gagner .. Especially for a 6th..that was a good move to get a top 6 forward.. Whether they use him at centre or wing.

  16. john says:

    Who will the Hawks go after???

  17. Marc A Bouchard says:

    This list is not perfect with a 25 to 40% precision but there are many good ideas in that list
    Good job !

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