NHL Free Agent and Trade Rumors (Part One) – July 1, 2012.

The latest on Semin, Doan, Whitney, Garrison, Langenbrunner and more.

TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby mused on the possibility of the Devils losing Martin Brodeur, Zach Parise, or both…The Predators still believe they have a good chance to re-sign Ryan Suter, who’ll test the UFA market…Columbus is still shopping Rick Nash, and the Senators and Flyers are believed to have interest…If the Ducks are shopping Bobby Ryan, they’ll likely want a defenseman as part of the return after losing Justin Schultz…The Penguins might have interest in NY Rangers UFA forward Brandon Prust…The Islanders could have interest in Devils UFA blueliner Bryce Salvador.

Would Semin be a good fit with the Avalanche?

DENVER POST: Adrian Dater wonders if Washington Capitals UFA winger Alexander Semin would be a good fit with the Avalanche.

WASHINGTON POST: Katie Carrera reports the Capitals are unlikely to make a big splash in the UFA pool.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Sarah McLellan reports the delay in selling the Phoenix Coyotes to the Jamison group leaves the futures of pending UFAs Shane Doan and Ray Whitney unclear.

MIAMI HERALD: George Richards reports the Florida Panthers’ free agent needs aren’t as dire as they were a year ago. It’s believed the Panthers have interest in Canucks goalie (and former Panther) Roberto Luongo, who is being shopped via trade, and continued to negotiate with pending UFA blueliner Jason Garrison, who intends to test the market.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Chip Alexander reports the Carolina Hurricanes intend to be active in this summer’s UFA market. They could make a pitch for New Jersey’s Zach Parise.

NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple reports the Islanders will look to bolster their blueline via free agency. One target could be New Jersey’s Bryce Salvador. Others include Ottawa’s Matt Carkner and the Rangers’ Steve Eminger. Forward options could include Alexander Semin and Buffalo’s Brad Boyes.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Chris Kuc reports the Blackhawks could look at bolstering their defense, and believes if Martin Brodeur’s available, they could consider him as a short-term goalie option to mentor Corey Crawford. A source claims the Blackhawks are shopping defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika suggests the Stars, despite having more money to spend this summer, might not make a big splash in the UFA pool.

 TAMPA BAY TIMES: Damian Cristodero reports Lightning GM Steve Yzerman will focus on defense in the UFA market. Though Ryan Suter is available, more realistic options include Jason Garrison, Matt Carle, Carlo Colaiacovo, Michal Rozsival and Bryan Allen.

STLTODAY.COM: Jeremy Rutherford reports veteran forward and UFA Jamie Langenbrunner hopes to re-sign with the Blues.


  1. Who should i follow on twitter to get up to the minute rumors/signings?


    I take back my comments about Parise staying a devil …Marty Brodeur going to UFA is the biggest sign that Parise is not signing with New Jersey and this is why Brodeur is leaving ….the team is aging and they have a lot of unsigned players and unless they rrade Kovolchuk for good youth they are in serious trouble.
    As said before Parise and Suter are best friends and will sign together on the same team.


    Rangers ….Leafs ….Blue Jackets
    I have a feeling that Rangers ….Leafs and Blue Jackets are in a 3 way deal on this one ….having the Rangers take on Nash while the Leafs end up with Gaborik and shedding some salary to the Rangers but giving the Rangers some player that will be flipped for Nash with other Rangers players as well!

    LEAFS ( Goalie )

    The leafs will start the season with Reimer and aquire Clemenson …Scrivens will in the fold as well, the leafs will exhaust the high profile playres in trades for better quality forwards and will not have enough to land the #1 Goalie as that UFA Goalie market is really shrinking to players that actually want to play in Toronto …NONE!!!!!

    Dont be surprised if leafs end up with Weber either !!

  3. S&S, my friend, I want some of what you’re smoking. 😉

  4. I don’t see Brodeur leaving. He’s the greatest player in Devils history and a first ballot hall-of-famer. He’s played his whole career with Devils and has three rings. I can’t see him leaving now.

    If the Devils are smart, they’ll grab Bernier from the Kings, and have Brodeur mentor him for a year while they split time.