Hurricanes to pursue Parise or Suter?…Predators hoping to re-sign Radulov…Another call for the Leafs to trade Phil Kessel…Update on the Flyers goaltending.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: James O’Brien linked to a report by TSN’s Darren Dreger claiming the Carolina Hurricanes could get into the bidding this summer for Zach Parise or Ryan Suter if they decide to test this summer’s UFA market.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It would certainly be a bold step for the Hurricanes, and would also prove expensive if they land either guy. Think over $7 million per season expensive. GM Jim Rutherford would also have a significant sell job on his hands in convincing them the Hurricanes are building toward Cup contention, considering the potential bidding war for their services. I’m not saying it’s impossible, Hurricanes fans, just pointing out it won’t be easy to land either guy.
ESPN.COM’s Craig Custance reported via Twitter Nashville Predators GM David Poile said it is his intention to re-sign Ryan Suter, Shea Weber and Alexander Radulov to contract extensions.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Assuming he can do this, it could cost over $20 million per season to lock up those three to long-term extensions. The Predators currently have over $31.9 million invested in 12 players next season. Ownership apparently is willing to invest more money in the lineup, so they could spend up to the cap ceiling for next season, assuming it comes in close to this season’s $64.3 million ceiling. The cap space is there for those three, but it won’t leave much afterward to fill out the rest of the roster with quality depth.
SPORTSNET.CA: Mike Brophy adds his voice to the media chorus calling on the Maple Leafs to trade Phil Kessel.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given Brian Burke’s disdain for the media, I doubt he’ll listen to their advice. Good thing, too, because trading Kessel would not be a smart move.
PHILLY.COM: Frank Seravalli reports Ilya Bryzgalov is the only Flyers goalie under contract for next season. Barring a trade, he expects Sergei Bobrovsky to be the most likely to return.