An update on Ilya Bryzgalov, speculation the Maple Leafs could shop Cody Franson, and guessing which forwards the Red Wings could shop.
PHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli recently reported former Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov has received an offer from KHL team Vladivostok Admirals. Alexander Mogilny, who heads up the Admirals, confirmed the offer, but acknowledged his club might not be able to afford Bryzgalov.
YAHOO! SPORTS’ Dmitry Chesnokov reports via Twitter “Bryzgalov tells Russian media he has had offers, but declined to say whether they were from the NHL or the KHL.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Vladivostok is Russia’s far eastern port, which I visited Vladivostok over 20 years ago. It was a lovely city ( likely better now than it was when I visited, when Russia was still the Soviet Union), but it is a long, long way away from other KHL cities, meaning road games will be lengthy affairs for the Admirals. I daresay if Bryzgalov does sign with a KHL team, he’ll prefer one in the East. As for NHL offers, there’s been little to suggest he’s received much interest of late.
TSN.CA: Darren Dreger reports trade speculation involving Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson could heat up, as the Leafs want to keep him but his asking price could be too expensive. Dreger suggested the Leafs could seek a draft pick or prospect for Franson.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting turn in Franson’s negotiations. He led the Leafs blueliners in points last season with 29, and appeared a more confident blueliner under coach Randy Carlyle than he was under Carlyle’s predecessor the season prior. He made $1.2 million last season. Dreger didn’t report what Franson was seeking, though I daresay that could leak out at some point in the coming days in the Toronto media. The Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche and NY Islanders could have interest.
MLIVE.COM: Responding to readers e-mail questions, Ansar Khan speculated Jordin Tootoo ($1.9 million) or Patrick Eaves ($1.2 million) are the likely forwards to be dealt by the Detroit Red Wings, who are trying to shed some salary and free up a logjam at forward. Cory Emmerton has also been mentioned in trade rumors but Khan notes his salary (over $533K) wouldn’t free up much cap space. Khan doesn’t expect Mikael Samuelsson will be moved. He acknowledged Tomas Tatar’s name has come up in trade rumors but doesn’t believe the Wings will move him without giving him a chance to prove himself.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect Tootoo is the likely trade candidate. He saw limited playing time with the Wings last season, and he would have some market value.