Incredible as it may seem, Martin Brodeur might consider signing elsewhere on July 1. Get the latest on his status, plus the latest on Parise, Semin, Parenteau and more.
TSN.CA: New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur has hired agent Pat Brisson, who today announced his new client could test the UFA market if he’s not re-signed by the Devils on July 1.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun speculates on potential destinations for Brodeur if he does decide to play elsewhere, listing Toronto, Florida, Tampa Bay and Chicago.
CSNCHICAGO.COM: Tracey Myers wonders if Brodeur could be just what the Blackhawks need, providing short-term experience as well as mentoring young Corey Crawford.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sure, it’s fun to guess where Brodeur might go if he opts not to re-sign with the Devils, and who knows? Maybe he will sign with another team. Still, let’s not forget he’s been with the Devils for nearly twenty seasons, so folks shouldn’t assume he’s out the door on July 1. This could be his way to determine his market value, then allowing the Devils a chance to match or top the best offer. We shouldn’t assume his departure from New Jersey this summer is a foregone conclusion.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports he spoke with Zach Parise, who claimed his agents were still in talks with the New Jersey Devils and there’s no guarantee he won’t return with the club. If he does become a UFA, it’s possible teams could meet with him at his agent’s office on Sunday.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun also reported Islanders pending UFA winger PA Parenteau is an under-rated player who could generate more interest in the UFA market than people believe…The Oilers scheduled contract talks with pending UFA Ryan Smyth today…The Nashville Predators will almost surely match any offer sheet for Shea Weber, whom a source claimed hadn’t been approached about one by rivals teams, who were allowed to do so as of Tuesday…The rights of Capitals forward Alexander Semin and defenseman Jason Garrison could be shopped before July 1
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The thing about Parenteau is whether his point totals were the result of his skills, or of playing on the same line as John Tavares…I doubt Weber gets an offer sheet.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley reports barring a last minute offer, Alexander Semin’s tenure with the Capitals will expire at noon ET on Sunday.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater reports Colorado Avalanche GM Greg Sherman hinted he’d be active in this year’s UFA market. Dater observes the Avalanche are currently $14 million beneath next season’s salary cap minimum of $54.2 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Expect teams like the Avalanche to spend more than usual this summer to become cap compliant, even if salaries are rolled back and the cap floor is lowered.