Latest on the Bruins, plus updates on Martin Brodeur, Ray Whitney, Dustin Penner, Raphael Diaz, Jacob Markstrom and Shane O’Brien.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty, responding to a reader’s question, doesn’t expect the Bruins will invite winger Dustin Penner to training camp…Haggerty also expects defenseman Johnny Boychuk could be the likely trade candidate to free up cap space to re-sign Torey Krug and Reilly Smith…He doesn’t rule out the Bruins pursuing Winnipeg’s Evander Kane but it could be difficult to fit his salary within their limited cap space…Haggerty also reports Chris Kelly hasn’t been approached about waiving his no-trade clause.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Amelie Benjamin speculated on the futures of oft-injured Bruins center Chris Kelly and defenseman Adam McQuaid. She notes Kelly has a modified no-trade clause allowing him to list eight teams to which he would accept a trade.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: How the Bruins free up space to re-sign Krug and Smith will remain a hot topic as training camp approaches. It’s believed the Bruins prefer to retain Boychuk, but he would certainly have better trade value than Kelly or McQuaid. I doubt the Bruins can afford to pursue Kane at this time, nor do I believe the Jets will trade him now.
TORONTO SUN: Martin Brodeur said if the Montreal Canadiens made him an offer he’d be willing to listen.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens already have Peter Budaj signed as Carey Price’s backup and must decide what to do with Dustin Tokarski. I doubt they’ll make a pitch for Brodeur.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports Ray Whitney heads a list of several veteran NHL players still unsigned as training camp nears.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whitney and many of those unsigned UFAs noted by Matheson have reached the end of the line. Age has finally caught up with them.
HOCKEY CENTRAL: reports via Twitter that Dustin Penner’s agent claims his client has received offers from NHL and European teams.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: The Florida Panthers have invited defenseman Shane O’Brien to camp on a tryout basis.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford reports Canucks third-string goalie Jacob Markstrom isn’t allowing his situation to get him down. Canucks GM Jim Benning admitted during the summer he was exploring a trade for Markstrom. Some teams were interested but no deal materialized.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Benning could explore trade options during training camp and preseason in hopes a deal could turn up for Markstrom.
NLZ beat writer Nicola Berger reports via Twitter that three NHL teams have offered training-camp tryouts to defenseman Raphael Diaz. He’ll take the weekend to decide where he’ll go.