Updates on Rick Nash and Shane Doan, plus the Detroit Red Wings might not be part of any major deals this summer.
NHL.COM: Dan Rosen “handicaps” the six possible trade destinations for Columbus Blue Jackets winger Rick Nash, based upon his supposed short list of clubs he’s find acceptable to be dealt to, including what it might take for offers to land him.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty dismisses the possibility of the Bruins acquiring Nash, citing the Blue Jackets high asking price and his high salary as the biggest deterrents.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Just because the Bruins are on Nash’s “wish list” doesn’t mean they wish to bring him aboard. As for the other possible destinations, if those teams are interested, they’re also currently under no pressure to acquire him. It’s the off-season, after all, so there’s nothing on the line for those clubs right now.
Sure, it’s possible those clubs could look toward a less expensive option, like Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan (provided he’s available), but only one of those clubs would land him, forcing the others to revisit their interest in Nash, look elsewhere, or stick with their current lineups and hope for the best this season. Don’t expect the Nash situation to be resolved anytime soon.
USA TODAY: Kevin Allen reports Terry Bross, who represents Phoenix Coyotes UFA winger Shane Doan, claimed 16 teams have contacted him inquiring about his client, while “four or five” have submitted formal offers. He’s also been negotiating with the Coyotes, who are keen to re-sign Doan. There were reports of the Coyotes captain waiting until July 16th to reach a decision on his future, but Bross said “there’s no relevance” to that date.
FOXSPORTS ARIZONA: Craig Morgan, however, reported Bross said on Tuesday, “”I would say if we don’t have an answer by the 16th (of July) it may be time to get serious about listening to other teams’ offers”. He also said Doan isn’t interested in a one-year deal.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: Damian Cristodero reports the Lightning have contacted the Doan camp to express interest, but haven’t received a call back.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If there’s confusion over the July 16th date, it appears to have originated from Bross, though to be fair, perhaps things changed from his comments on Tuesday and those from the following day. The recent news the league is pushing ahead with the sale of the club to the Jamison group, and the Glendale city council’s rejection of an attempt by some locals to have the lease agreement with Jamison put on the November ballot as a referendum could also play a part in Doan’s plans.
DETROIT NEWS: Gregg Krupa reports Red Wings GM Ken Holland is “moving on” after failing to land Zach Parise and Ryan Suter via free agency, and any big moves this summer might come slowly, if at all. It’s possible there could be fewer blockbuster signings than fans expect, but Holland remains confident at some point his club’s tradition, history and commitment of ownership could entice a player of significance to sign with Detroit.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I find the perception by some critics the Wings unsuccessful efforts to sign Parise and Suter as a sign they’re no longer a preferred destination for top talent a puzzling one. This year was an unusual one in the UFA market, as the top two free agent players had an opportunity to play together for a team closer to home for big money, a team which has never been a major player in the free agent market until this year. If the Wild hadn’t jumped into the bidding for those two, it’s possible one or both might have signed with the Wings.
It may be premature to point to this summer as the year when the Red Wings went into decline. Sure, the loss of Lidstrom to retirement hurts, and they still need to bolster their offense, but this could be more of a “blip” than the start of a long decline. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about the Red Wings over the past decade, it’s not to write them off when a star player retires or departs via free agency.