Possible offer sheet targets, plus the latest on the Red Wings, Lightning, and Devils.
THE SPORTING NEWS: Jesse Spector lists the Rangers Derek Stepan, the Maple Leafs Carl Gunnarson, the Red Wings Gustav Nyquist, the Canucks Chris Tanev and the Kings Kyle Clifford as possible offer sheet targets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting list by Spector (no relation), focusing not upon big-name RFAs (as they would be matched), but instead upon second-tier talent on teams squeezed for cap space. Considering how rarely offer sheets are made and how rarely they’re not matched (only once in the last eight years), it remains to be seen if the aforementioned or anyone else gets one this summer.
DETROIT NEWS: Ted Kulfan reports the Red Wings cannot afford to re-sign UFA forward Daniel Cleary until they’ve shed some salary. Jordin Tootoo, Mikael Samuelsson and Cory Emmerton could become trade candidates.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Damian Cristodero reports the Lightning have eight defensemen under one-way contracts and about $1.7 million in cap space with one or two forward positions to fill. The Lightning would be allowed to exceed the cap next season if needed by placing injured defenseman Mattias Ohlund on LTIR. GM Steve Yzerman said adding a defenseman would have to come through trade to allow the club to shed salary in the process, but Yzerman said he’s not shopping right now.
NEW YORK POST/NORTHJERSEY.COM: Brett Cyrgalis suggests the money saved by the New Jersey Devils trading defenseman Henrik Tallinder could be used in part to sign Marek Zidlicky, but Tom Gulitti reports Devils GM Lou Lamoriello claimed the move was done to clear a spot for a young defenseman. Still, Lamoriello didn’t rule out re-signing Zidlicky.