Top offseason goalie trade targets, plus updates on the Avalanche, Jets and Bruins.
ESPN.COM: Tim Kavanagh recently listed San Jose’s Antti Niemi, Vancouver’s Jacob Markstrom and Toronto’s James Reimer as this summer’s top goaltending trade targets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given how flat the market is for goaltenders this summer it’s unlikely these three will be playing elsewhere when the season starts. The Sharks hope to give Alex Stalock more playing time but they won’t part ways with Niemi until they’re sure Stalock is ready for the starter’s job. Markstrom could end up demoted again. Manitoba-born Reimer’s been linked to the Winnipeg Jets but they appear willing to start the season with Ondrej Pavelec and recently-re-signed Michael Hutchinson. The trade market for goalies might improve during training camp and preseason this September. Speaking of the Jets…
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe reports the Jets still want to add depth at forward and apparently looked at signing Lee Stempniak. Other options could include David Booth and Daniel Winnik. Wiebe also notes it’ll be interesting to see if the Jets can reach an agreement on a new contract with forward Michael Frolik before his arbitration hearing on July 31.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stempniak has reportedly signed with the New York Rangers. Wiebe believes a four-year deal worth between $12- $14 million would be a fair deal.
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater doesn’t hold out much hope for the Colorado Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly to reach an agreement on a new contract before his arbitration hearing on July 23. If O’Reilly accepts a one-year contract Dater feels that will make it more difficult for the Avs to get full value for him in a trade. Even if O’Reilly accepts a two-year deal, Dater believes the winger will be traded before his contract expires.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whatever deal O’Reilly accepts, expect the trade rumors to start up soon afterward. How long it takes to move him will depend on whatever offers they get. If they don’t trade him before this season they’ll be dogged by questions about his future.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty reports on the difficult choices facing the Boston Bruins in the near future. In addition to finding sufficient cap space to re-sign RFAs Reilly Smith, Torey Krug and Matt Fraser, they’ll have to re-sign David Krejci and Johnny Boychuk before their eligibility next summer for unrestricted free agency.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Bruins currently have nearly $47 million invested in 10 players for 2015-16. Figure it could cost around $12 million to re-sign Krejci and Boychuk, and they’ll have $59 million invested in 12 players, and that’s not counting whatever they end up paying Smith, Krug and Fraser. They’ll also have to re-sign Dougie Hamilton and either re-sign or replace UFAs Gregory Campbell, Dan Paille, Adam McQuaid, Matt Bartkowski, and Carl Soderberg, among others. Assuming the cap increases for 2015-16 to $75 million, and of course placing Marc Savard on LTIR again, they should have enough to re-sign their key players. Depending on the cost of doing so, however, could significantly limit how much they’ll have for significant depth additions.