The latest on Dustin Penner, Nathan Horton, Sergei Bobrovsky, plus updates on the Red Wings and Blues.
NHL.COM: Curtis Zupke reports LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi indicated he wants to bring back winger Dustin Penner and could re-sign UFA blueliner Rob Scuderi. ”I’m going to try everything I can to bring the pieces back,” Lombardi said when asked about Penner. “It’s going to be a little more difficult.”
LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: Elliot Teaford reports Scuderi said he hasn’t spoken with his agent yet about re-signing with the Kings. He’d like to remain in Southern California but was noncommittal about returning to the Kings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Kings have around $11.8 million in cap space. In addition to Penner and Scuderi, they must re-sign RFA blueliner Slava Voynov, as well as RFAs Kyle Clifford, Trevor Lewis, Jordan Nolan, Alec Martinez, Keaton Ellerby and Jake Muzzin. Backup goalie Jonathan Bernier is also a restricted free agent, but its expected he’ll be traded this summer.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggarty believes Nathan Horton’s strong performance in this year’s playoffs makes him worth re-signing.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The problem, however, is the Bruins have only $5.8 million in cap space, and must re-sign goaltender Tuukka Rask to a long-term contract, plus re-sign or replace Anton Khubobin, Jaromir Jagr and Andrew Ference. They’ll get over $4 million in cap relief when Marc Savard goes on LTIR again, and they could use a compliance buyout to shed Rich Peverley’s $3.25 million salary. That’s what it could take to keep Horton in the fold.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline reports Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said contract talks with Vezina Trophy nominee Sergei Bobrovsky have picked up in recent days, with Kekalainen telling his agent to approach their talks as if Bobrovsky had won the award.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think this gets done before the end of the month, especially once it’s known if Bobrovsky has actually won the Vezina or not.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Looks at several UFAs the Red Wings could pursue this summer, including Mark Streit, Bryan Bickell, Nathan Horton, Pascal Dupuis, Jarome Iginla and David Clarkson.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeremy Rutherford reports Blues GM Doug Armstrong intends to talk with pending UFA defenseman Jordan Leopold.