A list of the top remaining unsigned RFA players, Flyers signing Shea Weber could might provide Blue Jackets with leverage regarding Rick Nash, another denial of “Boyle-for-Gaborik” trade rumor, and Alexei Yashin plans NHL comeback.
NHL.COM: In the wake of Shea Weber inking an offer sheet with the Philadelphia Flyers, Corey Masisak lists Winnipeg’s Evander Kane, Colorado’s Ryan O’Reilly, Montreal’s P.K. Subban, Buffalo’s Tyler Ennis, Washington’s John Carlson and Dallas’ Jamie Benn as the best currently unsigned restricted free agents who might prove tempting offer sheet targets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Flyers should successfully sign away Weber, it could prompt other NHL teams to consider pitching offer sheets to those players, but it’s by no means a certainty. Weber is a superstar, while the above are promising talents who’ve yet to reach their true potential, meaning whatever offers they receive could be quickly matched by their respective clubs.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson could use the Flyers “impending acquisition” of Shea Weber as leverage against the NY Rangers in trade talks regarding Rick Nash, but Blueshirts GM Glen Sather refuses to include Derek Stepan in the return for Nash.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And if the Predators match the Flyers offer, bang goes that leverage.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: David Pollak reports a source in the know dismisses a rumored swap of Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle to the NY Rangers for Marian Gaborik, calling it total fabrication.
KUKLA’S KORNER: cites a SovSports report claiming former NHL player Alexei Yashin, who’s spent the past several seasons in the KHL, is preparing for an NHL comeback. His agent claims he’s had “one concrete offer” from an NHL team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe there was a problem in translation, and the actual report was an NHL team wants to bury Yashin in concrete? I kid, I kid, just a joke, relax! And yes, the NY Islanders are still paying off his buyout.