Updates on the Flyers and Canucks, the latest on the Panthers, Mike Knuble and Gregory Campbell, and the Red Wings could target UFAs via trades.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio reports Jaromir Jagr’s agent confirmed his client wants to return to the Flyers next season, and the two sides are working toward a one-year contract extension. Jagr is eligible for UFA status on July 1. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren confirmed he’s interested in re-signing Jagr. John Boruk, meanwhile, fully expects Holmgren to reach out to the Nashville Predators regarding UFA blueliner Ryan Suter or RFA defenseman Shea Weber, but also mused if it might be worthwhile to acquire winger Alexander Radulov, whom the club intends to shop in the coming weeks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Flyers re-sign Jagr, that probably nullifies the need to pursue Radulov, especially if they’re also interested either Suter or Weber.
TSN RADIO: Pierre LeBrun yesterday told TSN Radio 105o the Florida Panthers were very interested in bringing back goaltender Roberto Luongo.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle mused over the possibility Canucks goalie Cory Schneider could receive an offer sheet.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Panthers are indeed interested in Luongo, it could mean they’ll shop Jose Theodore, who still has a year remaining on his contract, and could cast the long-term future of promising Jacob Markstrom into question. No word out of the Miami media regarding the Panthers supposed interest in Luongo, but LeBrun is among the few respectable and reliable insiders, so I wouldn’t be too quick to dismiss his report. As for Schneider, it’s possible he could get an offer sheet, but unlikely, especially if the Canucks can move Luongo before the end of June. I have more on the possibility of offer sheets this summer on THN.com.
SUN-SENTINEL.COM: Harvey Fialkov reports Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon has sent contract offers to RFA forward Kris Versteeg and UFA goalie Scott Clemmensen, and is close to making offers to UFA blueliner Jason Garrison and UFA forward Mikael Samuelsson. Fialkov reports the offer for Clemmensen confirms the Panthers intend to keep Markstrom in the AHL for one more season.
WASHINGTON POST: Winger Mike Knuble won’t be re-signing with the Capitals, has no intention of retiring, and will test this summer UFA market.
CSNNE.COM: Joe Haggerty recently reports there was no progress in contract talks between the Boston Bruins and UFA forward Gregory Campbell.
MLIVE.COM: Ansar Khan reports Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland is willing to trade for negotiating rights of other teams’ pending UFA players.