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Could the Bruins part ways with Milan Lucic this summer?

Could the Bruins part ways with Milan Lucic this summer?

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports the Oilers and Vancouver Canucks are among the clubs monitoring the struggles of Bruins power forward Milan Lucic. It’s believed the lockout and “soft living” during that period didn’t help Lucic, who reported to training camp out of shape,leaving him a shadow of his former self this season. Matheson doubts the Bruins want to shop Lucic, but  a number of clubs could be interested, even though his new three-year, $18 million contract begins next season. The Bruins are also likely to turn the page on pending UFA Nathan Horton, who hasn’t been the same since suffering a concussion in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final…Matheson also reports some folks believe NY Islanders defenseman Mark Streit might like to join his old Swiss National coach Ralph Krueger in Edmonton, but the knock against him is his age (he turns 36 in December). The Islanders may give him three more years at $5 million per.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  I doubt the Bruins give up on Lucic because of one poor season. He’s coming off back-to-back 60-plus point performances and should regain his form with more devotion to off-season training. Horton is likely to be allowed to walk via free agency…I don’t believe the Islanders will part with Streit, who also wants to stay.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Calgary Flames defenseman Anton Babchuk (an unrestricted free agent this summer) expects to play in the KHL next season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames apparently tried shopping him near the trade deadline but couldn’t find any takers.

THE TENNESSEAN: John Glennon reports the Nashville Predators could be in the market for depth at center this summer. Top two centers David Legwand and Mike Fisher are both 32 and have played 13 NHL seasons, and it’s uncertain if wingers Colin Wilson and Craig Smith are ready to take over those roles, let alone the amount of time such a transition might take.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Glennon pointed out, they’ll have to be good two-way centers, as coach Barry Trotz demands defensive accountability at that position.

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7 Responses to NHL Morning Rumor Mill – Monday, April 22, 2013.

  1. Nick Badgio says:

    If Horton leaves, I wonder who the Bruins will replace him with. Perhaps they keep Jagr!

  2. Micki says:

    One bad season doesn’t end a player’s tenure with his team unless he is playing himself out.

    Horton will most likely hit the market. Despite his concussion many teams will want his services.

    Nashville needs a good center that is smart and can put up points? Make a pitch at Weiss?

    It wouldn’t surprise me if a team tried to re-unite Weiss and Horton.

  3. Shticky says:

    wonder if Nashville could be a spot for Bozak to land?….team with some cap room that could offer a bigger contract then Toronto would be willing to give, hopefully Nonis keeps his whits about him and dosent overpay yet another smallish center because someone for sure is going to overpay this guy.

  4. Jason says:

    Lucic will be just fine. Boston would be stupid to deal a guy like him

  5. leaffan says:

    Horton walks with Soderberg taking his spot. Lucic will come back next year the same bull he was last year and in real shape this time. Boston is just a ridiculously stacked team (somewhat at the leafs expense).

    I personally hope the Oil realize that they have more than enough offence and pick up some strong own end type dmen and a few 2 way forwards to augment their youth. Not a Streit type.

    And i really hope the leafs dont offer Bozak more than 3.5 per year. If he’ll stay for that wonderful. If not walk him. While your at it use a buyout on grabovski too.

  6. Steve says:

    I think the Bruins need to retool (not rebuild) Horton walks. Trade Kreiji and let Seguin finally develop at centre. I would love them to pick up Bobby Ryan. Also need 3rd line depth. That’s likely where Soderberg figures in next year. Jagr would be great if they can clear cap space and he resigns for max of $3mill. They also need to resign Rask and a back up goalie.

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