In this morning’s collection of MSM-generated rumors: Could Alexander Radulov return to the NHL soon?…The Maple Leafs are shopping for help…Ray Whitney to Boston?
YAHOO! SPORTS: “Puck Daddy” blogger Dmitry Chesnokov recently wrote Alexander Radulov is butting heads with the head coach of KHL team Salavat Yulaev, which is fueling speculation he might return to the NHL (and the Nashville Predators, who still own his NHL rights) sooner than expected. Chesnokov also reported there’s a “gentleman’s agreement” between Radulov and the GM of Salavat allowing the winger to return to the NHL next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Radulov is currently in the first season of a three-year deal with his KHL team. It doesn’t appear as though he’ll be leaving the KHL this season, but the door appears open for a possible return next season, depending of course upon which KHL team he’s playing for by then.
TSN.CA: Darren Dreger reported the Toronto Maple Leafs are “keenly interested in adding another top forward”. He claimed the Leafs are willing to part with a couple of younger players to make this deal work, but nothing is imminent and it could take until at least November until they make a move.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No specifics on whether it’s a winger or a center the Leafs seek, but given the injuries to Connolly, Bozak and Kadri, I’m guessing center. As for availability, we might have to wait, as Dreger suggested, until November at least for the picture to become a little clearer. Feel free to offer up suggestions, gang, but please, keep it realistic. No claims of Malkin or Staal to Toronto, ok? I’m genuinely interested in hearing rational, reasonable possibilities.
BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont tweeted of “lingering chatter” Phoenix Coyotes left wing Ray Whitney could become a Bruin, if there’s a need to fill the void left by Mark Recchi’s retirement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is the first I’ve heard of Whitney linked to the Bruins, or for that matter, that he might be available. There’s been nothing from the Phoenix hockey reporters about this. On the surface, I can’t see why the Coyotes would be willing to move Whitney, who’s in the final season of his contract. His absence would leave a significant hole on the left side for the Coyotes, unless they could get a suitable replacement from the Bruins.