Is James van Riemsdyk using an injury to block a trade? Could Luke Schenn be dealt to Edmonton? What’s the latest on Andrei Kostitsyn, Tomas Holmstrom and Arron Asham? Read on to find out!
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK/YAHOO! SPORTS/USA TODAY: All report the Philadelphia Flyers and Columbus Blue Jackets are denying a report out of Philadelphia suggesting Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk was delaying hip surgery to block a potential trade which would ship him to Columbus in a package deal for right wing Rick Nash. van Riemsdyk and Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said the reason for the delay was the forward was receiving treatment for a foot infection.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yep, the silly season for trade rumors has begun! Sure, it’s possible the Flyers could try to acquire Rick Nash, but with superstar Claude Giroux due a new contract in a couple of years, having Nash’s $7.8 million per season cap hit on the books would make re-signing Giroux, a better player, very difficult. Don’t see them dealing for Nash.
THE HOCKEY GUYS: Dustin Leed reports sources claim the Flyers are close to a new contract with UFA defenseman Matt Carle. The deal hasn’t been finalized, and it’s expected to be announced on July 1st, as the Flyers cannot re-sign him before then or risk violating the league’s salary “tagging rule”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been rumored for some time Carle wants to remain with the Flyers and they want to keep him. Wouldn’t be surprised if this deal is among the first announced on July 1.
TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox reports Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke has dismissed a rumor he might package defenseman Luke Schenn with the fifth overall pick to Edmonton in hopes of landing the first overall pick in this year’s draft.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And pop goes that rumor bubble. Seeing how quickly Burke moved to quell that rumor, I’d say there was probably no truth to it.
THE TENNESSEAN: Josh Cooper recently reports the Predators have no intention of re-signing pending UFA forward Andrei Kostitsyn.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise there. Kostitsyn could wind up in the KHL as some have suggested, but I believe he’ll find another NHL club, though not for as much ($3.25 million) as he earned this season.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Helene St. James reports Red Wings veteran forward Tomas Holmstrom said Red Wings management will make a decision about him sometime in July. He’s an unrestricted free agent and it’s been rumored he could retire if the Wings decide not to re-sign him.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Josh Yohe reports Penguins UFA Arron Asham would like to re-sign with the club.