A collection of rumors from the Ottawa Sun, TSN and ESPN, plus several lists of players believed in play in the rumor mill. Enjoy!
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports as many as 15 teams have contacted Vincent Lecavalier…The negotiating rights of Boston’s Andrew Ference and Winnipeg’s Ron Hainsey could be shopped this weekend…The Rangers have been quietly shopping J.T. Miller…The NY Islanders could explore the option of signing Ilya Bryzgalov. The Florida Panthers could also be an option for Bryzgalov…The Oilers are shopping high-salaried veterans Ales Hemsky and Shawn Horcoff, but teams seem more interested in Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov…The Carolina Hurricanes are listening to offers for the fifth overall pick…The Florida Panthers are shopping Tomas Fleischmann…the Flyers are willing to move the 15th overall pick.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lecavalier could be the most-pursued player in this summer’s market…I could see the Islanders at least exploring the Bryzglaov option, but not the Panthers…I’ll be shocked if the Oilers moved either RNH or Yakupov. I doubt they find any takers for Hemsky or Horcoff unless they absorb part of their salaries.
TSN (Via George Malik on Kukla’s Korner): The Vancouver Canucks want Roberto Luongo off their roster after this weekend. They believe they have trade options (Philadelphia? Long Island? Edmonton?) and won’t have to buy him out…The Flyers could reluctantly shop Braydon Coburn for a young forward to replace the departed Daniel Briere, and could also seek a top prospect or draft pick in the return…Detroit’s Carlo Colaiacovo, Minnesota’s Tom Gilbert and Florida’s Scottie Upshall and Filip Kuba are being aggressively shopped but there’s not much of a market for them. They could be bought out before July 5th if not dealt by then.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited TSN’s Darren Dreger claiming Canucks backup Corey Schneider is “in play” for a possible trade, with part of the asking price being a first round pick and a prospect. Dreger also suggests that could be the Canucks “Plan B” if they cannot move Luongo.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They won’t find any takers for Luongo unless they pick up half his contract, and even then, I don’t believe they can move him now. If they trade Schneider, they’re setting up a potentially horrible situation for Luongo, who’s mentally prepared to move on, while Vancouver fans and pundits will be pissed over moving Schneider. Oh well, at least the Canucks are ensuring an interesting few days in the rumor mill.
ESPN.COM: Pierre LeBrun reports Vincent Lecavalier’s agent acknowledged a number of teams have expressed early interest in his client…He’s hearing Anaheim Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller could be available…LeBrun also cites the following scenario, as noted by an NHL agent: ”If talks break down between pending UFAs and their respective teams, the possibility exists of a sign-and-trade to take advantage of the CBA rule that allows teams to sign their free agents to eight-year deals, whereas players can get only seven years on the open market.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: LeBrun also noted the lack of progress in the Letang talks, the Red Wings possible interest in Lecavalier, and the Sabres haven’t approached Thomas Vanek about a contract extension. Anyway, if Hiller’s in play, they obviously want to stick with Viktor Fasth, though he never got off the bench in their series against the Red Wings. It’ll be done more to free up cap space, which would bring a swift end to the Bobby Ryan trade rumors. Interesting scenario regarding possible “sign-and-trades”. Wonder if we could see that with Letang?
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance lists Kris Letang, Roberto Luongo, Bobby Ryan, Michael Del Zotto, David Perron, David Bolland, Dion Phaneuf and Shawn Horcoff as his top trade candidates at this year’s draft.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle lists Letang, Luongo, Horcoff, Paul Stastny, Phaneuf, Mike Cammalleri, Bolland, Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller as his trade candidates.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson lists Letang, Phaneuf, Braydon Coburn, Rich Peverly, Bolland, Tom Gilbert, Drew Stafford, Vanek, Ales Hemsky and Valtteri Filppula as his top trade candidates.