As the free agency excitement fades, the trade rumors are picking up. Get the latest on James Reimer, Vincent Lecavalier, Mike Green and more.
ESPN.COM: Craig Custance lists Capitals defenseman Mike Green, Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer, Jets winger Evander Kane and Flyers center Vincent Lecavalier as possible trade targets for clubs which failed to land any of the notable unrestricted free agent stars. Custance suggests Colorado and Detroit as possible destinations for Green, Winnipeg and San Jose for Reimer, Nashville for Lecavalier and pretty much everyone else for Kane.
THE GLOBE & MAIL/TORONTO SUN/TORONTO STAR: James Mirtle wonders what the Leafs’ plans are for James Reimer, noting GM Dave Nonis said he won’t move the 26-year-old goalie unless he gets a good offer. Lance Hornby notes the rumors linking Reimer to the Jets, claiming the Leafs asking price is steep. Hornby also noted the Jets re-signing Michael Hutchinson, suggesting he’ll back up starter Ondrej Pavelec. Kevin McGran reports Nonis saying if there’s not a deal to be had for Reimer the goalie will return with the Leafs. He expects the situation will work out one way or another.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Reimer filing for salary arbitration adds an interesting twist to the situation. Any interested club will wait to see what happens. If his case goes to arbitration and the Leafs reject his award he’ll become an unrestricted free agent. Regardless, there’s not much of a trade market for goalies right now.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli reports the Flyers and Nashville Predators revisited the idea of shipping Lecavalier to Nashville yesterday, though no deal appears imminent.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Earlier trade talks fell through because the Predators don’t want to pick up the full value of Lecavalier’s remaining contract (4 years, $4.5 million annually). The Flyers will have to pick up part of his salary in order to make this happen.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty reports Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli acknowledged he can’t go into 2014-15 carrying nine NHL-caliber defenseman. “At some point, I have to do something there, but I’m in no hurry. It may be that we see how the preseason goes, with who’s mixing, who’s matching with whom”, said Chiarelli. Johnny Boychuk has been frequently mentioned, though the club’s decision not to re-sign Jarome Iginla lessens the need to dump his salary. Other trade options include Adam McQuaid, Matt Bartkowski and David Warsofsky.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Chiarelli reportedly prefers to retain Boychuk, though he’s have great value on the trade market. Still, if Chiarelli’s not looking at making any major additions, guys like McQuaid or Bartkowski could end up on the move come September.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports the Detroit Red Wings must add a top-four defenseman at some point via trade. Washington’s Mike Green, Buffalo’s Tyler Myers, Winnipeg’s Dustin Byfuglien, Toronto’s Cody Franson, Edmonton’s Jeff Petry, Arizona’s Keith Yandle and Vancouver’s Alex Edler are possible trade targets for the Wings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Landing any of those defensemen will certainly cost the Wings one of their promising young forwards as part of the return. I doubt they’ll part with Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar, but after that anyone’s possible.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson suggests David Legwand could be a good free agent target for the Oilers to address their need for a center. David Staples suggests trying to acquire St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund, as long as defenseman Jeff Petry isn’t part of the return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Trading for Berglund might be a better option. Legwand had a 51-point season but struggled with the Red Wings after they picked him at the trade deadline.
ESPN.COM: Katie Strang reports Martin Brodeur could end up waiting all summer to land a job with another club, perhaps until training camp.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s not much of a market for goalies this summer. If Brodeur doesn’t get signed by September, maybe it forces him into retirement.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Chuck Gormley speculates Mike Green, Dmitry Orlov, John Erskine or Jack Hillen could be possible trade candidates if the Capitals decide to shop for depth at forward.
BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl reports the additions of Brian Gionta and Josh Gorges lessens the need to bring back former captain Steve Ott, though there remains mutual interest between Ott and the Sabres.