NHL Trade and Free Agent Rumors – June 30, 2012.

Updates on Luongo, Schultz, Parenteau, Selanne, Hudler, Salvador and more.


Schultz decision could come today.

TSN.CA: Darren Dreger reports the Oilers recruited Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey to lure Justin Schultz to Edmonton…Devils goalie Martin Brodeur wants to play two more years, but may consider a one-year deal, even with the Devils. Florida, Tampa Bay and Chicago are believed the most interested in him…The Panthers remain a primary trade partner for Roberto Luongo, but if Brodeur’s available, they might turn their focus to Brodeur. The Toronto Maple Leafs could benefit if Brodeur were to sign with Florida or Tampa Bay, as the market for Luongo would shrink, plus it could put Jose Theodore or Mathieu Garon in play.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports Ray Whitney would, like Shane Doan, like to re-sign with the Phoenix Coyotes, but is concerned over the ownership situation…He believes the Dallas Stars “will certainly make a play” for Doan, as he and Stars owner Tom Gaglardi are investors in the Kamloops Blazers…Matheson also speculates how things might shake out for Zach Parise, Ryan Suter and Jaromir Jagr…If the Florida Panthers acquired Roberto Luongo, he wonders if they would trade Jacob Markstrom for a top-six forward. He still feels Luongo could end up in Toronto…With Jonathan Quick re-signed, the Kings will try to move backup Jonathan Bernier…The Calgary Flames have nine defensemen under contract, leading Matheson to speculate they could move Jay Bouwmeester, suggesting the Blues might have interest…

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The addition of Brodeur into the free agent market would certainly shake things up regarding potential destinations for Luongo…I suspect Doan and Whitney might be patient with the Coyotes, but not for long beyond July 1…Markstrom, if shopped, won’t fetch a top six forward. He has promise, but apparently the Panthers don’t believe he’s ready for the NHL yet…The Kings don’t have to rush to move Bernier, who has one year left on his current contract. They could retain him for next season, and if needed, shop him near the trade deadline…One has to believe the Flames could ship out a blueliner, and Bouwmeester seems the likely candidate, though his salary and movement clause will limit the potential destinations.

NBC PRO HOCKEY TALK: Blueline prospect Justin Schultz could decide which NHL team he’ll sign with as early as today.

MIAMI HERALD’s George Richards reported the following yesterday on Twitter: “Word on street is #FlaPanthers are internally getting ready for the return of Roberto Luongo:.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: By getting ready internally, that could mean getting ownership on board with taking on Luongo’s hefty contract.

DENVER POST: Adrian Dater suggests the Colorado Avalanche should pursue winger P.A. Parenteau.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Avs GM Greg Sherman has hinted he’ll be active in the UFA market, so perhaps Parenteau will be a target.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Eric Stephens reports Ducks GM Bob Murray will contract Teemu Selanne regarding his future plans.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: George Sipple reports Jiri Hudler is headed for the UFA market but isn’t closing the door on a return with the Red Wings.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: Tom Gulitti reports UFA blueliner Bryce Salvador would like to re-sign with the Devils but realizes they have to deal with Zach Parise and Martin Brodeur first. Salvador doesn’t rule out signing with the Devils past July 1.

CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty reports Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli claims his club won’t be pursuing big name free agents this summer.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika reports the Stars will allow their UFA players (Sheldon Souray, Adam Burish, Radek Dvorak, Jake Dowell and Toby Petersen) to test the market but aren’t ruling out re-signing them.


  1. Wholly crap is this Schultz guy this good that the Oilers have to resort to having Coffee and Gretzky convince him? The kid has never played an NHL game and was never highly touted as a junior until the thought of him becoming a free agent surfaced two months ago

  2. So Matheson thinks the Panthers can trade a minor-league goalie for a top six forward? Another gem from the half-wit who thinks Bobby Orr is only the 10th best player of all-time.

    • I see his name and I skip reading that section.

  3. The guy writing about Suter and Parise is an idiot. He said that they would both get a 10 year, 100 million dollar contract, which is 10 million cap hit. No one would pay that much for anyone

  4. What the heck is Burke going to do if he is successful at signing Schultz? That leaves a huge log jam of possibly 9 D men and a potential mess.
    1. Phaneuf (Leaf Captain not going anywhere)
    2. Gardiner (needs the same or a bigger role to continue to progress, not going anywhere especially if Schultz signs because of him)
    3. Schultz (possibly newly signed)
    4. Gunnarson (one of the Leafs steadiest Dmen)
    5. Lyles (just signed a new long term deal, not going anywhere)
    6. Franson (needs playing time this year to be fair)
    7. Komi (still 2 years at $4.5M with a NTC)
    8. Blacker (needs a good look)
    9. Holzer (ready to make the move)

    • If the Leafs get Schults, Gunner is gone! He is not as good as some think. I have watched him since he became a Leaf, he is prone to give the puck up defensively and is not strong enough to handle strong forwards.

  5. I really believe Gunnarsson will be part of any trade package the Leafs pursue. Because some people believe that he is steady he makes an ideal part of any trade.

  6. You didn’t comment on Brodeurs game going down.

  7. Gunnarsson is steady, not exciting. Don’t notice him much.

  8. Gunnarson is still better than Komi or Lyles and every bit as good as Phaneuf but I guess if you get a good return for him then so be it. That still leaves 8 Dmen with more in the hopper for the next few years.

  9. Why would Brodeur choose having Florida on his list over Toronto? With Reimer and Scrivens in desperate need of mentoring I would think Brodeur would be the perfect fit for the Leafs for the next two years. Tampa I can understand but Florida??

  10. I agree with Beer googles.

  11. To me for the leafs brodeur makes the most sense. If riemer is the real deal as burke says he is going to have to carry the mail and brodeur can show him how to deliver it! luongo would be ok now but his contract would cripple the leafs in the future. Are leaf fans that starved that they would want this. I hope not.Where some people call burke arrogant. That could very well serve him well here as he is not stupid and won’t allow public pressure to do something affect what he does. Well that is i certainly hope so! lol

  12. Now that the Leafs bought out Armstrong and have $14M in cap space they can afford to pay Brodeur $7M on a one year deal to see how it works out. This way they get one of the best goalies all time for mentoring and he will still play 40 games giving them a shot at the playoffs. Should they make the playoffs then skys the limit with Brodeur in net and the best part is the Leafs aren’t crippled with Luongo’s 10 year contract.


  14. Yeah, yeah, Brodeur might be available so obviously he’s going to the Leafs. Anyways…

    If he doesn’t stay in Jersey I don’t see him going to a non contender. For what? To be a mentor on a team that annually craps the bed and can’t get out of the rebuilding phase?

    Florida doesn’t have enough to offer either. And I’m not talking about money.

    If he is going to leave Jersey I could see Chicago or Tampa.

    Just my opinion, which shouldn’t matter to anyone else but Tampa would be the ideal fit. They already have a goalie for the future for him to split time with. His puckhandling would complement their transition game from the 1-3-1. He gives them a proven playoff goalie. They have an urgency to win now. And if you think that kind of stuff is relevant, I’m sure he has some type of relationships or comfort level from playing with Yzerman, Lecavalier and St. Louis at times in the past.

    • So then why mention Florida if he wants to go to a contender? Plus who knows about Tampa they crapped the bed last year and could do it again this year, there’s no guarantee where ever he chooses. Brodeur’s won a ton of awards. Maybe he just wants the cash… $7M for a one year deal doesn’t sound to bad.

  15. If I’m the Blue Jackets I would trade next years 1st round draft pick and Rick Nash to Vancouver for Loungo, Edler and most important Kesler, then I would sign Hudler

    • not happening Lu will not waive for Columbus

      • nto to mention Vancouver wont give Kesler