A collection of updates on Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek, Stephen Weiss, Alex Edler, Vincent Lecavalier,Viktor Stalberg and more.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl reports Sabres GM Darcy Regier doesn’t expect to move Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek this weekend. Miller’s agent concurred, doubting anything would happen.
James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail: “Gillis also hasn’t ruled out buying out Luongo. Next few days on this front will be fascinating.”
Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com: Dallas Stars meeting with the Vincent Lecavalier camp today. Very interested in him. LeBrun also reports the Canucks are receiving inquiries about defenseman Alex Edler. His NTC kicks in on July 1.
George Richards of The Miami Herald: Panthers GM Dale Tallon has spoken to the Avalanche about moving up to first overall. He also has interest in Lecavalier.
Harvey Fialkov of SunSentinel.com: Tallon said his club is still trying to sign Stephen Weiss.
Craig Custance of ESPN.com: “Columbus an interesting team to watch with three first-rounders. Plenty of trade talk there now but mostly of the tire-kicking variety.” Custance also spoke to Viktor Stalberg’s agent, who believes his client will become a UFA.
Bob McKenzie of TSN: Minnesota Wild’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard headed to UFA market.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Probably isn’t much of a market right now for Miller and Vanek because of other players in play. That could change over the next couple of weeks. It appears the Canucks are merely testing the trade value for Schneider, but not actively shopping him. As for Edler, sounds like the Canucks are even listening to offers at this point. I doubt the Panthers can make an offer rich enough to convince the Avalanche to part with the first overall pick. It could happen, I suppose, but I remain pessimistic. I also doubt the Panthers could re-sign Weiss, especially if they’re interested in Lecavalier.