Could the Bruins have another major trade in the works? Could Dustin Penner return to the Oilers? Are the Buffalo Sabres pursuing Jaromir Jagr?
BOSTON GLOBE’s Kevin Paul Dupont recently tweeted he wouldn’t be surprised to see Brad Marchand and/or Chris Kelly traded. Dupont added he didn’t say the Bruins were shopping either player, only that he wouldn’t be surprised if one or both were dealt.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: On June 26th, Dupoint wrote a column suggesting the possibility of Marchand or Tyler Seguin being moved this summer. Detractors (including me) dismissed it. A week later, Seguin was traded to Dallas. Little wonder, then, Dupont’s recent musings are generating speculation the Bruins might not be done dealing this summer.
The Bruins have around $5.6 million in cap space, and it’s expected Tuukka Rask’s new contract could cost $7 million per season. The Bruins can spend over the cap during the off-season by ten percent but must become cap compliant when next season begins. They can remain over the cap during the season by placing Marc Savard on LTIR but that won’t leave much space to make additional player moves. Moving another salaried player could be in the offing, though it remains to be seen if it’s Marchand and/or Kelly.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples recently mused on the difficulty the Oilers face in landing a top NHL defenseman this summer, and commented on recent speculation suggesting the Oilers could bring back Dustin Penner, doubting such a move takes place.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Anything’s possible, but I’ll be very surprised if Penner returns to the Oilers. As for landing a top blueliner, Staples believes the best way is to find a younger defenseman poised for his career to take off, like the NY Rangers did with Ryan McDonagh. He suggests Dallas Stars hulking blueliner James Oleksiak as a possible trade target.
THE BUFFALO NEWS/THE SABRES OBSERVER: Mike Harrington and Dave Davis reported yesterday Jaromir Jagr’s agent Petr Svoboda denied a report from the Czech Republic claming the Buffalo Sabres were pursuing his client. “No, they did not (contact us),” Svoboda said.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s rumored the
Montreal Canadiens, Carolina Hurricanes and Ottawa Senators could have interest in Jagr. Given the Sabres recent commitment to rebuilding with youth and shedding salaries, it would’ve been surprising if they were in the hunt for him.
**UPDATE**: Merci to Francois Gagnon for reminding me the Habs are no longer in the Jagr sweepstakes.