The latest on Paul Stastny, Ryan O’Reilly, Matt Niskanen, Daniel Alfredsson, Patrick Marleau and Mike Cammalleri, plus updates on the Blackhawks, Flyers, Devils and Blues.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater reports Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy says his club remains confident they’ll re-sign pending UFA Paul Stastny and RFA Ryan O’Reilly to long-term contracts. Starting Wednesday, rival teams can speak to the pair, though no actual deals can be made until July 1st if they’re still unsigned by then. Stastny is considered the best player in this summer’s UFA market, while the Avs are taking O’Reilly to salary arbitration.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Confidence? Or wishful thinking? We’ll find out soon enough.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Josh Yohe reports Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford expects to lose Matt Niskanen and Jussi Jokinen to free agency on July 1, but declined to comment on pending UFA blueliner Brooks Orpik. Rutherford is also willing to trade the Penguins first-round pick (22nd overall) for a player who can help them in the short term. He’s also interested in adding picks, as the Penguins lack second and third round selections in this year’s draft.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rutherford will be under the gun this offseason to make moves to improve the Penguins next season. It’ll be interesting to see what he has in store. Of course, the fact the Pens haven’t yet found a new head coach is giving rise already to second-guessing about his management.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James reports Daniel Alfredsson hopes to return for another NHL season. The Red Wings are keen to re-sign him, though there is some concern over a nagging back ailment which hampered his performance this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect they’ll re-sign Alfredsson to another one-year, bonus-laden deal.
YAHOO! SPORTS: Nicholas J. Cotsonika reports long-time San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau wants to remain with the club and help them win a Stanley Cup. He said he hasn’t thought about waiving his no-movement clause.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After all the sound and fury in recent weeks about the Sharks possibly trading Marleau and Joe Thornton, both players have made it clear their intent is to remain in San Jose. That’s dampened down some of the recent trade rumors about the pair. If they aren’t willing to accept a trade there’s little management can do about it.
CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak reports the Flames are running out of time to re-sign winger Mike Cammalleri before July 1. GM Brad Treliving offered no update on contract talks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve heard rumors that term, not dollars, is the issue. Seems like the Flames don’t want to invest too long in the 32-year-old Cammalleri, perhaps a three-year deal, while he’s seeking something a little longer.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Mark Lazerus reports sources claiming Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman could consider a major move during the upcoming draft weekend. “With star centers Ryan Kesler (Vancouver), Jason Spezza (Ottawa) and Joe Thornton (San Jose) all on the trading block, and Colorado’s Paul Stastny possibly hitting the free-agent market, Bowman likely would have to give up a major piece of the Hawks’ core — Patrick Sharp’s name has been bandied about — to make such a move”, writes Lazerus.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve heard Sharp’s name kicking around the rumor blogosphere in recent days. He’s got a modified NTC so if the Blackhawks want to move him there could be limited destinations. If they intend to pursue someone like Ryan Kesler they’ll have to give up someone like Sharp to make the dollars fit.
PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi reports Flyers GM Ron Hextall could shop for a replacement on left wing for the recently-traded Scott Hartnell via free agency. Free-agent candidates include Matt Moulson, Mike Cammalleri, Benoit Pouliot, and Mason Raymond – provided the Flyers can find enough cap space”, writes Carchidi, who also notes Hextall will be alert to any trade possibilities this coming weekend.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Expect the Vincent Lecavalier trade rumor mill to keep churning in the coming days. Unless Hextall can shed some salary he has no room to take on a significant addition.
NJ.COM: Randy Miller lists Washington, Minnesota. Pittsburgh, Edmonton and the NY Islanders as possible destinations for Martin Brodeur.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals and Islanders are possibilities. The Wild have a logjam between the pipes while the Oilers are set with Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth. Pittsburgh could be an option, depending on what they do with Marc-Andre Fleury. They could even bring Brodeur in to back up Fleury.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeremy Rutherford reports the Blues are willing to move their first-round pick (21st overall) for an established forwards.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps that pick will be packaged with a player and prospect for someone like Jason Spezza or Ryan Kesler.