The Trade Deadline is history, which means speculation about this summer’s pending free agents begins . Read on for the latest on Mikhail Grabovski, Tuukka Rask, Ryan Suter, Corey Schneider, Alexander Semin and more.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance looked ahead to a “Summer of Intrigue” regarding not only Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash, but also pending free agents like Vancouver’s Corey Schneider (RFA), Nashville’s Ryan Suter (UFA) and Washington’s Alexander Semin (UFA).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a long way between March 1st and July 1st, meaning there’ll be plenty of speculation over what happens with those pending free agents. Best guess at this early stage: Schneider is traded and re-signed, Suter re-signs if Predators go deep in the playoffs, and Semin signs elsewhere this summer, perhaps with the Kings, Wild or another club in need of offense.
TSN’s Mark Masters recently posted on Twitter Mikhail Grabovski’s agent will be in Toronto next week, hinting he might have some news by then.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Oooooo, goody-goody! That means a Grabovski re-signing, right? Right?? Don’t toy with the frayed nerves of Leafs fans, man!
CBS BOSTON: Bruins team president Cam Neely recently said the club continues to highly value goaltender Tuukka Rask, saying they never considered moving him at the trade deadline. Rask will be a restricted free agent this summer, but Neely expects he’ll be re-signed.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was rumored the Bruins might offer up Rask as part of a return for Rick Nash, but that was quickly dismissed. With Tim Thomas having one year left on his contract, it’s obvious the Bruins intend to transition Rask into Thomas’ role as their starter by the end of next season, if not before. Mull that one over, rumor fans!
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ed Tait recently reported the Jets have shelved contract talks with their pending free agents until the end of the regular season, rather than risk them becoming a distraction.