Updates on Ryan Callahan, Marian Gaborik, Paul Stastny, Thomas Vanek, Joe Thornton, Patrick Sharp, Dave Bolland, Vincent Lecavalier and more.
TAMPA TRIBUNE: Erik Erlendsson reports the Lightning are believed closing in on a new contract for pending UFA winger Ryan Callahan. It’s rumored the deal could be five years and worth $5.5 million annually.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s considerably less than the six years and $39 million he reportedly sought from the New York Rangers earlier this season, which led to his being dealt to the Lightning at the trade deadline. It’s still an overpayment but then Callahan, like almost all the top potential UFAs, will receive more than their true worth via free agency.
TSN.CA: Pierre LeBrun reports the Los Angeles Kings are closing in on a new contract with Marian Gaborik. A deal could be announced within the next 48 hours.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s rumored Gaborik was offered a three-year, $15 million contract. We’ll find out soon enough if that’s what he actually gets.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater reports Paul Stastny intends to test the upcoming UFA market, but will circle back to the Avalanche to give them the opportunity to sign him. It’s believed the Avs offers Stastny a multi-year deal worth between $5 – $6 million. The Minnesota Wild reportedly have “significant interest” in Stastny.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Avs won’t go over $6 million annually, they’ll likely lose Stastny to free agency, where he’ll receive offers worth more than that.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports Thomas Vanek’s agent wouldn’t rule out his client inking a shorter-term contract as a free agent. Russo speculates the Minnesota Wild could offer Vanek a one-to-three year deal in order to pursue a top defenseman, like Pittsburgh’s Matt Niskanen.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Russo points out, the Vanek camp will learn between now and July 1 which teams are interested in him. The NHL’s interview period for free agents opens today and runs to the end of the month.
SAN JOSE MERCURY-NEWS: David Pollak reports Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau have shown no intention of waiving their respective movement clauses.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like all the chatter earlier this month of one or both being moved was much ado about nothing.
SPORTSNET: Nick Kypreos believes Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Sharp is a possible trade chip as the club seeks a second-line center…Chris Johnston reports the Toronto Maple Leafs and pending UFA Nikolai Kulemin appear ready to part ways. It also appears Dave Bolland will depart via free agency. He wants to stay in Toronto but not at a hometown discount. Bolland and his agent will get a good idea which clubs are interested in him during the free-agent interview period. Lines of communication will remain open with the Leafs. Johnston also claims talks between the Leafs and RFA defenseman Jake Gardiner have begun.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sharp has a modified no-trade clause which limits where the Blackhawks could shop him, if indeed he’s on the market at all…Kulemin’s a goner for sure, but Bolland might re-sign with the Leafs if he doesn’t get much interest from rival clubs during the interview period.
TORONTO SUN: Mike Zeisberger reports Bolland will join pending UFAs Mike Cammalleri, Brad Richards, Jarome Iginla and Thomas Vanek in availing themselves of this interview period to gauge potential interest from rival clubs.
PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi reports Flyers GM Ron Hextall is still trying to clear some cap space, which could mean Vincent Lecavalier may be moved if he agrees to a trade.