Latest on Ales Hemsky, Ron Hainsey and Damien Brunner, plus the latest on the Red Wings.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples reports Oilers GM Craig MacTavish in a recent interview seemed to suggest he may be done making moves this summer, which would mean winger Ales Hemsky, a frequent subject of trade rumors, may return with the club next season. Staples believes, however, MacTavish would still like to move Hemsky, and still expects a trade to happen, perhaps landing another hard-checking center or winger in return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hemsky may still have value, but his injury history combined with his $5 million salary for next season is a tough sell. Doesn’t mean a trade is impossible, but not as easy as some folks would like to believe. The Oilers might have to pick up part of Hemsky’s salary to make a deal happen this summer. Otherwise, they could be forced to wait until sometime during the season, when part of his contract has already been paid out, and teams can evaluate his performance.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Chip Alexander reports it is believed the Carolina Hurricanes could be interested in signing former Winnipeg Jets blueliner Ron Hainsey. Such a move, however, will mean moving out a contract for cap reasons.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hurricanes currently have over $58.875 million tied up in 18 players for the new season. Adding Hainsey, whose annual cap hit on his last contract was $4.5 million, could cost up to $3 million per season. Still, he’d be a good fit for the Hurricanes, providing some leadership and experienced defensive skills for their blueline.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland would like to make another move or two to free up some cap space to re-sign Dan Cleary, but it doesn’t appear as though it’s going to happen during the summer.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited an interview by NorthJersey.com’s Tom Gulitti with the agent for free agent winger Damien Brunner, claiming there’s “nothing imminent” for his client at this time. Speculation had the Devils pursuing Brunner, with a report out of Switzerland claiming they were close to signing him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That doesn’t necessarily mean the Devils aren’t interested, but it appears it could be a while before Brunner signs a deal with an NHL team this summer.