Examining which Flyers blueliners could stay or go, the possibility of the Rangers shopping Marian Gaborik, and updates on Fredrik Modin and Oscar Moller.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio recapped the Flyers defense corps, suggesting Nick Boynton won’t be re-signed, that Matt Carle and Braydon Coburn have high trade value if the Flyers decide to shop them, plus recommended the Flyers should re-sign Sean O’Donnell but a strong push from prospect Erik Gustafsson could stand in the way.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flyers moving either Carle ($3.437 million for next season) or Coburn ($3.2 million) – but not both – seems more likely to me if they’re looking for possible trade bait to upgrade their goaltending than moving Jeff Carter and his expensive, lengthy contract. Boynton and probably O’Donnell won’t be back.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Jesse Spector analysed Marian Gaborik’s performance this season and cast doubt upon speculation Gaborik could be shopped this summer. “Those who make such an argument apparently find it easy to ignore the 42 goals that Gaborik scored for a Tortorella-coached team in 2009-10, not to mention the winger’s no-trade clause and the fact that his value on the market after a disappointing season is disproportionally low”, wrote Spector.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jesse (no relation) is absolutely correct. While it’s of course possible Gaborik could be dealt, the odds are very much against such a move.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH’s Thomas Reed “tweeted” veteran NHL forward Fredrik Modin has reportedly announced his retirement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll take a look at Modin’s career later on my blog once further confirmation of Modin’s retirement is received, but it’s been apparent in recent years injuries had taken their toll on his effectiveness as an NHL player, so his retirement was inevitable.
LAKINGSINSIDER.COM: Rich Hammond further updated the status of 22-year-old Kings forward Oscar Moller, who is expected to sign a two-year contract with a Swedish team this summer, noting the Kings will have to extend a qualifying offer to retain his rights, which if as expected Moller rejects will enable them to retain his NHL rights until he turns 27, when he’d be eligible for unrestricted free agency.