The latest on the Flames, Avalanche, Blue Jackets and Red Wings.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater reacted to a recent report by CBC’s Elliotte Friedman claiming the Calgary Flames offer of their three first round picks to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for the first overall pick. Dater claims he’s heard there’s no way the Avs would accept a trade which would take them out of the top three selections in this year’s draft. He also believes another reason the Avs rejected the deal was their unhappiness with the Flames for signing Ryan O’Reilly to an offer sheet in February.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: All good reasons to reject the Flames offer.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Michael Arace reports Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson remains confident about re-signing goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to a new contract. Bobrovsky’s agent Paul Theofanous will be in Columbus this week.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Arace pointed out, Theofanous has a lot of leverage. Bobrovsky’s a restricted free agent coming off a Vezina-winning season who is also entertaining a big offer from a KHL team and could be a tempting target for an offer sheet if he’s still unsigned by July 5.
MLIVE.COM: Brendan Savage noted Elliotte Friedman’s Saturday report naming the Red Wings among three teams with interest in Florida Panthers center Stephen Weiss. If Valtteri Filppula departs via free agency, Savage suggests Weiss could center the Wings second line.