NHL Evening Rumor Update – June 28, 2012.

The latest on Jamie Benn, Jason Garrison, Jay Bouwmeester, Ollie Jokinen, Guillaume Latendresse, Alexander Semin, and Justin Schultz.


Long or short term deal for Benn?

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.


  1. would latendresse be good on the Pens?

    • Wow you have everyone going to the Pens, not sure if you know this but there is a salary cap in the NHL.

      • Genius, he would come cheaper due to his injury history. I have ideas of who could go there. No crap there is a cap. I say players that could help the Pens

    • NO!!!

      • Why no

        • Parise or bust. After that proposed new deal with Crosby the pens owe it to him to get him a scoring winger.

          • Its not that simple, you can offer him everything but that doesn’t mean that he will come here

        • Actually it is that easy. Parise is the only UFA that will help this team offensively, behind that is trading for Ryan or Nash but will cost quite a bit in prospects and one or two roster players. Otherwise resign Sullivan because there are no other players that will help this team. No one offensively is worth anything in this UFA class behind Zach. Honestly Defensively there isn’t much improvement behind Suter either, Carle and Allen have some up side and Barret Jackman in my opinion could be worth a cheap contract but honestly if they couldn’t land Suter I would rather give Depris a shot.

          • Jackman resigned 2 weeks ago

          • Then give Simon a chance at D and get a scoring winger for crosby that has the las name Parise.

  2. latendresse may be cheap and a good option on the wing for the pens i guess it depends.

    Here’s a thought, do you think Olli Jokinen would be a good option for the leafs? lets face it they need a center and if they can move one of the big salaries ( ie lombardi, komi, connley) he might fit in nicely, and what options do they have? i’m all for a trade but he may be a good stop gap for a year.

  3. @ MOdernFamilY

    Yes, agree with you on Jokkinen, that is what I was thinking. I typed a long response but it “did not post”. Agree with you a very good option as Staal is signed and Getzlaf is not even on the block.Burke however, may think he is too old.

  4. I don’t understand why the Pens re-upped Crosby for such a long period of time, given his concussion history. The next one could take away his career!

  5. Flower’s horrific play against Philly in round 1 should have Pens fans scared. He could not stop a beach ball. How many of those gosls would Psrise hsve saved? You cannot out-score your mistakes. Parise is a false move; Shero wants Suter.

    • I couldn’t agree with you more … Shero cleared that cap room for one guy and it is Ryan Suter … he’s a really good two-way player and Shero already has him paired with Letang … scoring is not the Pens most pressing need …

      • Last time i heard Suter didnt want to sign with any eastern team, probably means the Pens are out. As for Parise…who knows…i just dont see how parise helps the pens. All Offense no Defense.

        • doesn’t matter if you win agame 1-0 or 10-9. Parise gives us a better chance to win 10-9.

  6. Agree Jokinen could be an affordable year or 2 stop gap for Toronto. Use him and get back a pick for him at the trade deadline. I thought Burke would have signed Arnott last year instead of Connolly.