Updates on Rick Nash, Jonathan Bernier, Derek Roy and more.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports the Oilers have until June 25th to tender qualifying offers to nine RFAs (including Sam Gagner, Devan Dubnyk, Cam Barker and Jeff Petry) or they become UFAs on July 1st. It’s expected they’ll try to trade Linus Omark, rather than qualify his rights…With Zach Parise saying he won’t sign with the NY Rangers, expect them to pursue Rick Nash. He suggests offering Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Michael Del Zotto and Derek Stepan as trade bait, along with a first round pick…The Blues signing Chris Stewart to a one-year, $3 million contract could affect the Oilers attempts to re-sign Gagner, as Matheson considers them comparable…The LA Kings might not wish to move backup goalie Jonathan Bernier until they’ve got starter Jonathan Quick, who has one year remaining on his contract, to a new, long-term deal…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Matheson expects the Oilers won’t quality Barker’s rights…I don’t think Stewart’s new contract will have much impact upon Gagner’s negotiations…I can see the Kings hanging onto Bernier for another year.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: John Vogl reports Sabres GM Darcy Regier has an abundance of draft assets (including two picks in each of the first two rounds) which they could try to parlay for depth at center. Derek Roy is one name being whispered as a possible trade candidate heading into the opening round of this week’s entry draft.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Roy’s been a frequent fixture in the rumor mill this season, but given his $4 million salary cap hit for next season and declining production, it remains to be seen if a team is willing to take him on
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports not to expect Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher to swing any blockbuster moves at this year’s entry draft akin to the one he made a year ago, when he shipped defenseman Brent Burns to the San Jose Sharks for a package including winger Devin Setoguchi. Among the reasons is the Wild plan to aggressively pursue Devils winger Zach Parise if he becomes a UFA, they don’t have the same kind of “trade bait” as they did a year ago, and they don’t wish to part with their promising young players. Of their established players, Setoguchi could be a trade option but his value is low. Cal Clutterbuck has some upside and 35-year-old Matt Cullen could be available.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I could see Setoguchi or Clutterbuck moved, but that’s about it. Fletcher definitely isn’t interested in moving any of his promising young prospects.
ISVESTIA: reports Alexander Radulov’s Russian agent claims his client could be joining CSKA Moscow of the KHL, in part because of the uncertainty over another NHL lockout next season. It’s believed the Nashville Predators, who own his NHL rights, are trying to trade him, feeling perhaps a sense of urgency to do so before he potentially signs with a KHL team.
CHAMPIONAT.COM: reports Radulov’s agent is hinting his client will stay in the NHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Will Radulov stay or go? Your guess is as good as his!