Latest on Teemu Selanne, Damien Brunner and Tim Connolly, plus a look at possible Flames trade candidates.
SI.COM: Allan Muir cited a report claiming Teemu Selanne met with Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray last week to discuss his possible role with the club.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given Selanne’s age (43) and concerns over his stamina over an 82-game schedule, the Ducks could want him to play fewer even-strength minutes, using him more in power-play situations. At least he and the Ducks are talking, so the priority for Selanne remains playing in Anaheim.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: James O’Brien lists Mike Cammalleri, Dennis Wideman, Lee Stempniak, Jiri Hudler, Mikael Backlund and recently acquired Shane O’Brien and David Jones as several Flames who could become trade bait this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The expensive contracts of Cammalleri and Wideman will make them tough to move, though the former could attract interest by the trade deadline, when most of his salary has been paid out by the Flames. Hudler could also garner interest if the Flames decide to put him on the trade block. I don’t anticipate any significant trade activity on the Flames part until at least mid-season.
KUKLA’S KORNER: George Malik cites a report out of Switzerland regarding an interview with UFA winger Damien Brunner’s agent Neil Sheehy, in which Sheehy acknowledged he and his client remain patient in their quest to sign with an NHL team for the upcoming season. Sheehy denied his client’s asking price (believed to be over $3 million per season) was the reason he’d yet to be signed. The article’s author speculates Colorado, Anaheim, Phoenix, Dallas or Buffalo could be destination for Brunner.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Avalanche are top-heavy at forward and need blueliners, so I’d rule them out. Ditto the Ducks if Teemu Selanne returns with them. Phoenix, Buffalo and perhaps Dallas could use Brunner as they’re thin at left wing, though he might have to lower his asking price.
SYRACUSE POST-STANDARD: Lindsay Kramer reports UFA forward Tim Connolly remains focused on signing with an NHL team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Connolly could be an affordable, short-term option for clubs seeking some skill at center.