The cost for the Edmonton Oilers if they were to pursue P.K. Subban, the latest on Michael Del Zotto and speculation over Justin Williams future with the Kings.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis examined what it could cost the Oilers to pursue P.K. Subban if the Montreal Canadiens shop the blueliner. “Something built around Jordan Eberle and Justin Schultz should be an easy decision for Edmonton; so too would a deal involving Schultz, Nail Yakupov and, say, the 2015 first round pick. Even a stellar prospect like Darnell Nurse would be a reasonable point of discussion – Subban is the mature version of a best-case evolution for Nurse.” Willis also speculates that “secondary assets – David Perron, Oscar Klefbom, Martin Marincin, etc. – should all be on the table, too.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bear in mind Willis is merely speculating at this point. The Oilers haven’t made a pitch for Subban and the Canadiens have given no indication they’re shopping him. If the Canadiens decide to trade Subban, the asking price will be expensive, but rival clubs will need assurances from the Subban camp he’s prepared to re-sign with them (assuming he’s not under a long-term contract) before agreeing to a trade. The perception around the league (and it’s not without merit) is this arbitration hearing could be Subban’s first step toward leaving Montreal – via trade or free agency – by July 2016. Expect his name to start popping up in trade rumors over the course of this season.
NEWS 1130: reports via Twitter that Michael Del Zotto’s agent (Mark Guy) said there’s “no chance” his client signs with the Vancouver Canucks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not sure why Del Zotto was linked to the Canucks in the first place. He wouldn’t add much to their blueline depth this season.
NBC SPORTS: Joe Yerdon wonders what the Los Angeles Kings will do with 2014 Conn Smythe trophy winner Justin Williams. The 32-year-old winger is eligible for UFA status next summer, and the club must re-sign young RFAs Tyler Toffoli, Tanner Pearson, Kyle Clifford, Jordan Nolan, Jake Muzzin and Martin Jones. While re-signing all their free agents by next summer shouldn’t hurt the Kings’ cap space, Yerdon feels retaining Williams could stunt the development of one of their young forwards.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a situation worth watching following next year’s playoffs. Williams could be willing to accept a lesser deal to remain with a perennial Cup contender, but will he accept a lesser role?