The latest on Martin Brodeur, Bobby Ryan, Shane Doan, Jaromir Jagr, Ales Hemsky and more.
NBC SPORTS: cited a report from TSN’s Darren Dreger claiming the New Jersey Devils have made a two-year contract offer to Martin Brodeur.
TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby reports the Maple Leafs have serious interest in Brodeur, but GM Brian Burke expects him to return with the Devils.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Brodeur apparently wanted a two-year deal from the Devils, and now that they’ve made their pitch, it wouldn’t be surprising if it’s announced later today he’s returning to New Jersey, provided the money’s right. The Blackhawks and Maple Leafs see Brodeur as a short-term mentor for their young goalies.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Bucky Gleason reports the Sabres are among the teams angling for a trade with the Anaheim Ducks for winger Bobby Ryan. The Sabres are trying to move center Derek Roy, plus have “plenty of sweeteners within the organization” to offer up.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sabres could face stiff competition in a bidding war for Ryan, but I wouldn’t rule them out as a possible destination if the Ducks decide to move him. As Gleason noted, the Sabres have depth in young talent they could draw from to make a competitive offer.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Sarah McLellan reports Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan will wait until July 9th to decide if he’ll re-sign with the Coyotes or move on via free agency. He wishes to allow more time to determine if the sale of the club to the Jamison group will go through.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Believe it or not, oh ye Coyotes bashers, but Doan loves living in the Phoenix area and would prefer to finish his career there, provided the team isn’t going to be relocated. If the sale of the team to Jamison is on track by July 9, he’ll re-sign with the Coyotes. If not, he moves on . It’s understandable, as Doan doesn’t want to commit to the Coyotes, only to discover they’ll be moved within a year to a city he’s not keen to move to.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio reports the agent for former Flyer winger Jaromir Jagr claimed he received “21 offers” yesterday for his client. The Flyers are believed among the suitors.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jagr’s still a capable player, but 21 offers? Methinks some GMs have stars in their eyes.
TSN’s Ryan Rishaug suggested yesterday via Twitter“ It’s my belief that Ales Hemsky is heavily in play today on the trade front.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No offence to Rishaug, but we’ve heard this stuff about Hemsky for two years now, and nothing came of it. I’ll believe Hemsky’s on the market when either GM Steve Tambellini admits he’s shopping him, or the report comes that he’s been traded.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater believes the Colorado Avalanche, who were very busy during the opening day of free agency, aren’t done making moves, suspecting they could draw upon their depth on the blueline to make a trade.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given how busy the Avs were yesterday, I wouldn’t be surprised if they make a trade or another UFA signing.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeremy Rutherford reports the Blues lost out on the Jason Garrison sweepstakes yesterday but remain interested in Philadelphia’s Matt Carle. They’re aren’t in the bidding for Ryan Suter.