Red Wings and Penguins hope to meet with Shane Doan, more speculation of a Flyers-Predators trade, Alexander Semin’s rumored asking price, and an update on Tim Thomas.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland hopes to meet face-to-face with Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan, who recently met with the respective managements of the NY Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers. Other teams believed to have interest in him include the LA Kings, Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres. Doan would prefer to re-sign with the Phoenix Coyotes, but his agent said their unsettled ownership situation has forced his client to at least consider options with other teams.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Josh Yohe reports Doan’s agent, Terry Bross, said his client is likely to visit Pittsburgh and meet with Penguins management soon.
HOCKEY INSIDE/OUT (VIA MONTREAL GAZETTE): The Montreal Canadiens, who have expressed interest in Shane Doan, might have to outbid fifteen other clubs for his services, so it is far from a certainty he’ll wind up in Montreal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s at least promising for the Penguins if Doan intends to meet with them, as it was for the Flyers and Rangers. Of course, if he starts visiting with the management of every team interested in signing him, there won’t be any way of determining which one (besides Phoenix) has the advantage. Looks like Doan isn’t close to a decision and probably won’t be for a while.
PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi reports Flyers GM Paul Holmgren and Nashville Predators GM David Poile have spoken only once since the former signed Predators captain Shea Weber to an 14-year, $110 million offer sheet last Wednesday. Carchidi suggests that fuels speculation the Predators might be thinking of sending Weber to the Flyers via trade. Carchidi also suggests there’s a chance the two clubs could work out a trade if the Predators don’t match the Flyers offer, in which the former sends back some of the first round picks they’ll received from the latter as compensation, in exchange for some players.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s my understanding that, once a player signs that offer sheet – regardless of whether or not it’s matched – he cannot be traded for a full calendar year. So far, I’ve found nothing which suggests otherwise, so I find Carchidi’s suggestion about the Predators trading Weber to the Flyers a puzzling one. If anyone can find something in the current CBA to clarify this, please post it in the comments section or contact me via e-mail. If the Predators decide not to match the offer, the two teams can work out a separate deal whereby the Flyers deal a player or two to the Predators for a couple of those compensatory draft picks.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Chip Alexander reports UFA winger Alexander Semin is thought to be seeking $7 million or more per season. The Carolina Hurricanes are interested in signing Semin, but only to a one-year contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve also read Semin is willing to accept less than the $6.7 million he earned last season, but also wants a multi-year deal. If Semin is indeed seeking $7 million or more, he’ll have a long, long wait on his hands.
BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa reports several lower-revenue teams have inquired about acquiring Tim Thomas from the Bruins to reach the salary cap floor for this season. Those teams are expected to revisit their interest when the new CBA sets the cap floor. It’s believed the Bruins would want a conditional draft pick for Thomas.