NHL Morning Rumor Mill – Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

The latest on David Clarkson, Ryan Miller, Stephen Weiss, Matt Hendricks, TJ Galiardi and more.

David Clarkson appears headed to UFA market.

David Clarkson appears headed to UFA market.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: Tom Gulitti reports the New Jersey Devils re-signed center Dainius to a three-year, $9.3 million contract, while multiple sources expect Patrik Elias will also return on a multi-year deal. As for David Clarkson, it appears he’ll be testing the UFA market on July 5.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Clarkson will command big bucks on the UFA market so no surprise he’s going to test his value. I doubt he’ll be returning with the Devils.

ESPN.COM’s Pierre LeBrun reports via Twitter “The Sabres remain intent on moving Ryan Miller but whether it happens this summer or at trade deadline next season remains to be seen…”

SPECTOR’S  NOTE: It’s sounding like the Sabres won’t move Miller or Thomas Vanek this summer, but rather have them play out the final year of their contracts in hopes their trade value will increase for next year’s trade deadline.

MIAMI HERALD: George Richards reports the Florida Panthers had hoped to re-sign center Stephen Weiss, but it appears he’ll test the UFA market. It also appears Jose Theodore will become a UFA.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Weiss will probably be among those UFA snapped up within the opening two days of the UFA market.

STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher still has some cap space to clear this summer. Russo speculates the Wild’s recent addition of Nino Niederreiter could result in Devin Setoguchi ($3 million cap hit) being shopped. Center Zenon Konopka is also being shopped. Defenseman Tom Gilbert ($4 million) could be bought out, though with the recent trade of Justin Falk, that could put the Wild in the market for a defenseman. Winger Dany Heatley’s shoulder injury prevents him from being bought out, but Russo wonders if there could be some way to trade him.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect Gilbert will be gone via buyout or trade. Setoguchi could also be a goner. Can’t see anyone taking Heatley’s contract ($7.5 million cap hit, $5 million in real salary).

WASHINGTON POST: Katie Carrera reports Capitals forward Matt Hendricks would prefer to stay with Washington, but the club hasn’t spoken to him about a new contract, leaving him preparing to hit the UFA market.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Capitals are pressed for cap space and must re-sign Karl Alzner and Marcus Johansson. Hendricks shouldn’t have too much difficulty finding a new NHL team to play with.

CSNBAYAREA.COM: Kevin Kurz reports an NHL source claims the San Jose Sharks are shopping winger T.J. Galiardi, likely as a result of their acquisition this weekend of Tyler Kennedy from the Penguins.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Chip Alexander reports Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford will seek a defenseman in the upcoming UFA market. One option could be Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ference might be a good fit for the Hurricanes, bringing experience and leadership to their defense corps.


  1. I am having a HUGE problem with Buffalo trying to say that they are going to hang on to Miller until the trade deadline!!

    How is Miller suppose to start a season being an internal Captain in the room and a number one goalie suppose to play another season with the neon trade sign over his head especially with the mental situation of his state of play right now !!

    This is not good for either party and is going down a Luongo path ……they need to get what they can and cut baite and allow for everyone to readjust and start fresh !

    • I more get tired of the short-term attitude teams have: win TODAY or we blow the whole thing up! “We didn’t make the playoffs last year? Trade EVERYONE!”

      4-to-1 odds say that the Sabres have a good season and Miller and Vanek re-sign.

    • Not a sellers market for goaltenders, there are a lot of goalies available, Buffalo has no choice but to hold on to Miller.

      • I agree that its not a good time to market Miller, but I think Vanek has value and could be traded before the season. While I would like Vanek to stay, it probably is time for him to go. Wouldn’t it be ironic if he ends up in Dallas?

  2. PLUS keeping Miller at this point will also increase the possibilities of major injuries and if he has another bad year ( 3 in a row ) it will decrease his value even further …..another MAJOR reason to move Miller now !

    If I was Buffalo I would inquire about Luongo and see if Vancouver will throw in a solid player to take the contract and make the swap! There is a trade history here if both Luongo and Miller agree to the trade !

    I really like Tanev or Corrado along with Luongo to get a deal done for Miller and a possibly a piece such as Luke Adam as well !

    • Buffalo does not want to touch the Luongo contract. Just like no one else wanted to touch it. That’s why Schneider ended up getting moved.

  3. I see no way holding Miller past this summer works out well. I think you need to get what you can for him now or his value will only decrease if you play the odds. If you wait till the trade deadline you are risking he has a sub par season in a playing environment that is not doing him any favors, he is expensive no matter when you take him, and I just don’t see there being huge opportunity for a high level goalie as a rental player for the playoffs unless something crazy happens to a good team. These odds all just seem to thin. And of you wait even longer you wont get much trading just his rights away. Darcy Regier needs to get this one right or he could be hurting the future of the Sabres who are in need of a desperate rebuild (thanks to him).

    • EXACTLY !!!

      Very well said ! You might be left with a First rounder like Vancouver if your lucky …look what Calgary got for Iginla!

      Thats what your looking at in the end!

    • Thing is, I really don’t see any Western Division team with a need for a goalie aside from Edmonton. Miller has a limited NTC and the question would be – is he willing to go to Edmonton and what would you get in return Hemsky and a future draft pick? So then do you trade him to an Eastern Club? Who needs a goalie in the East – Philly, Florida? Anyway, Miller just might be stuck with Buffalo and Buffalo stuck with Miller. What might work would be Halek and Chris Stewart for Miller and Stafford.

      • You are forgetting one important team in the East who needs a goalie…the NY Islanders. They are a team on the rise who can benefit from what Ryan Miller has to bring.

        • Chris, you are correct I knew there was a team I was forgetting. But don’t they own the rights to Thomas if they decide to toll his contract, especially in light of their release of dePietro. Thing is Miller has a NTC and he wants to head West not further east – so he might list the Islanders as one of the 8 teams he doesn’t want to go to.

  4. Anyone understand what happens if a team keeps salary and the cap hits? What I mean is with Heatley if the Wild take half his salary, 2.5 million real money, is their cap hit 2.5 or 3.75? Moreover what is the cap hit to the team that takes him? For one year at 2.5 he might be worth it.

    • Heatly is on injured reserve I think…

      • Might be wrong but injured reserve means he can not be bought out but can still be traded…..

        • You’re right about the buyout vs. trade. I’d love to know the answer to the question about cap vs. salary in a trade though.

          My guess is that the % of salary retained would be the same as the % of cap hit retained, since that would make sense. That’s probably means it’s not right though.

  5. Can the Sabres include Darcy as part of the Miller deal?

    • I’m in for that trade, but we will throw in a couple of others as well.