The latest on P.K. Subban, Wade Redden, Dmitry Kulikov, plus updates on the Bruins and Blues.
THE SPORTING NEWS: Sean Gentille wonders how realistic it might be for Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban to sign an offer sheet from another club. Subban’s contract talks with the Habs appear stalled, leading Gentille to suggest the possibility of someone like Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren or Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to take a run at him via offer sheet.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One can’t rule out the offer sheet option, but the Canadiens aren’t a low budget team where a rival might be able to successfully sign away a player via offer sheet. The Habs will match any offer for Subban. Besides, let’s not forget that, since the offer sheet option was introduced back in 2005, only one player (Dustin Penner) has been successfully signed away by one. Even the usually cost conscious Nashville Predators matched the Flyers hefty offer last summer for Shea Weber.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James reports the Red Wings are examining the possibility of signing NY Rangers defenseman Wade Redden if the Blueshirts opt buy out the remainder of his contract before the season starts on January 19th.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Believe it or not, the Red Wings aren’t the only team which could have interest in signing Redden as a UFA if the Blueshirts buy him out by Saturday. Redden is no longer considered an all-star blueliner, but has value as an experienced depth defenseman.
Speaking of compliance buyout candidates, there’s whispers the San Jose Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks might have interest in Montreal Canadiens center Scott Gomez once he’s bought out of the remainder of his contract.
MIAMI HERALD: George Richards reports Florida Panthers assistant GM Mike Santos has spoken with RFA defenseman Dmitry Kulikov on two occasions but has nothing new to report on a new contract. Kulikov is no longer on the roster of his KHL team.
ESPN.COM: Joe MacDonald and James Murphy don’t foresee the Boston Bruins making any trades entering this shortened season, but Murphy feels GM Peter Chiarelli won’t hesitate to make a deal later in the season to help his club in the playoffs. Murphy noted rumors from last year linking the Bruins with Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle and Anaheim Ducks right wing Bobby Ryan, listing Bruins David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Andrew Ference rumored to be possible trade candidates.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Coyotes apparently aren’t keen to move Yandle, but if they were, they’d want a reliable scoring forward, which rules out Krejci. It would cost at least Lucic to pry Bobby Ryan out of Anaheim, but I have my doubts the Bruins wish to move him.
BND.COM: Norm Sanders reports the St. Louis Blues are still seeking blueline depth.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps they might be interested in Wade Redden once the Rangers buy him out?