All the non-Parise/Suter rumors, which today includes several reports on Blue Jackets winger Rick Nash, plus the latest on the Sabres, Blues and Canucks.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Pat Leonard reports the Rangers don’t want to part with Chris Kreider, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan or Michael Del Zotto as part of the return for Columbus Blue Jackets winger Rick Nash. It’s possible they could agree to part with forward Carl Hagelin and prospect J.T. Miller. Anaheim Ducks winger Bobby Ryan could be an option for the Blueshirts if a Nash deal should fall through.
CSNBAYAREA.COM: Kevin Kurz cites a report from the Columbus Dispatch claiming the San Jose Sharks have a deal on the table for Nash. It’s believed the Blue Jackets want to pry Logan Couture out of San Jose, which is a non-starter for Sharks GM Doug Wilson. Kurz speculates the Sharks might have to part with Joe Pavelski and/or Ryane Clowe, along with a top prospect and a goalie, to land Nash.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators owner Eugene Melnyk cut off his team’s trade talks with Columbus, not because they’re unwilling to spend money on someone like Nash, but because he wants players who want to play in Ottawa. The Senators reportedly aren’t on Nash’s list of preferred trade destinations. It’s believed Nash prefers the Rangers or Sharks, and Garrioch speculates he might consider Toronto.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Melnyk is still smarting over Dany Heatley’s trade demand a few years ago, and doesn’t want to acquire another expensive, big-name player whose heart might not be in playing for the Senators. As long as the Blue Jackets maintain their expensive asking prices from the Rangers and Sharks, Nash won’t be going anywhere, unless another team jumps into the mix willing to pay the price.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports several sources claim the Rangers could be in the hunt for Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan if he decides to leave the Coyotes. Doan is waiting until July 9th to make a decision if he’ll re-sign or leave, depending upon the progress (if any) in the sale of the club to the Jamison Group.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl reports the Sabres could look to the secondary trade market after the UFA market to address their need for depth at defense. The Sabres are well-stocked at defense and on the wings.
STLTODAY.COM: Jeremy Rutherford recently reported the Blues could turn to the trade market for a defenseman if they cannot find what they want via free agency. Possible trade targets could include Calgary’s Jay Bouwmeester or Phoenix’s Keith Yandle.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Blues have interest in either guy, they’d stand a better chance of landing Bouwmeester than Yandle, as I don’t believe the Coyotes are seriously shopping the latter. The Flames need depth at center and could be willing to move “Jay-Bo” for a scoring center, though I don’t think the Blues have sufficient depth at that position to make that move.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford reports lack of quality depth for free agent centers could push the Canucks into the trade market to address that issue.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A center could be part of the asking price by the Canucks for Roberto Luongo. If you’re keeping count, that makes the Sabres, Canucks, and Flames who’ll be in the market for depth at center via this summer’s trade market.