The latest on Evander Kane, Derek Roy and Milan Michalek, plus potential compliance buyout candidates.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe speculates over the possibility of the Jets trading Evander Kane this summer after he was a healthy scratch on Saturday against the Maple Leafs. Wiebe notes the Flyers made an offer for Kane during the 2011 NHL Draft. Though nothing has materialized since then, Wiebe doesn’t dismiss the possibility of rival clubs making offers for Kane, who hasn’t requested a trade.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson also wonders if the Jets recently making Evander Kane a healthy scratch could signal a change. If the Jets decide to shake up their core this summer, Matheson believes Kane or Dustin Byfuglien could be dealt…He doesn’t expect the Blues will re-sign pending UFA forward Derek Roy.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It will take a significant offer for the Jets to part with Kane. I believe they’ll try to move Byfuglien this summer. Kane is still young (22) and his best seasons lay ahead of him…Roy’s NHL career could be coming to an end. His value has significantly declined in recent years.
ESPN.COM: Neil Greenberg lists those NHL players he believes most likely to receive compliance buyouts this June. Buffalo’s Ville Leino, New Jersey’s Anton Volchenkov and Columbus’ R.J. Umberger top his list.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That trio also made my list of potential buyout candidates, which I compiled for Bleacher Report.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch believes it’ll be interesting to follow contract talks between the Senators and winger Milan Michalek. He’s eligible for UFA status this summer and has picked up his scoring of late. Garrioch believes the Senators will try to re-sign him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Garrioch notes Michalek has a cap hit of $6 million. Actually, it’s $4.3 million. The $6 million is actual salary. I don’t expect the Senators to overpay for Michalek.