The latest on Jamie Benn, Jason Garrison, Jay Bouwmeester, Ollie Jokinen, Guillaume Latendresse, Alexander Semin, and Justin Schultz.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika reports contract talks are ongoing between the Stars and RFA forward Jamie Benn. It’s believed the Stars are seeking a short-term “bridge” deal akin to that recently signed by Colorado’s Matt Duchene, while Benn’s agents are likely seeking a longer term deal. Heika suggests a short term deal could be done in the next month, but a longer-term deal might have to wait until after the new CBA is implemented.
NHL.COM’S Darren Rosen posted the following on Twitter from Flames GM Jay Feaster: “Feaster said with cap going up he doesn’t have to move salary out to accommodate Wideman, but don’t rule out a potential Bouwmeester trade.
CALGARY SUN’s Eric Francis reported the following on Twitter: “Source tells me it’s official: Olli Jokinen’s days with the Flames are over and he will head to free agency July 1.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe if Feaster can get a good scoring forward for Bouwmeester via trade he’ll do it. As for Jokinen, this would mark a significant change for both sides, as they appeared to indicate a willingness near season’s end to work out a deal. Perhaps the lack of depth in this summer’s UFA market has the Jokinen camp convinced he might get a better deal elsewhere.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Harvey Fialkov suggests the five-year, $5.25 million per season contract Dennis Wideman signed yesterday with Calgary could affect the status of Panthers pending UFA Jason Garrison.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Garrison may well get $5 million per on the open market. I don’t believe he’ll get it from the Panthers.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley reports Washington Capitals GM George McPhee recently spoke with Alexander Semin, but couldn’t say with certainty if Semin would be back. Gormley speculated over the possibility of the Capitals shopping Semin’s rights before July 1.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports pending Minnesota Wild winger Guillaume Latendresse would be receptive over a possible return to the Montreal Canadiens. Russo writes Latendresse ”wants to sign anywhere east of Minnesota and most likely in the north part of the country or Eastern Canada.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Latendresse does have a significant injury history (concussions), but when healthy has 30-35 goal potential. I daresay there’ll be a team willing to take a chance on him on a one-year deal, though it’ll likely be for less than this season’s salary.
NEWSDAY’s Arthur Staple reports via Twitter the NY Islanders have dropped out of the bidding for UFA blueline prospect Justin Schultz.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the five significant bidders for Schultz are the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs and NY Rangers.