Jason Spezza to the Leafs?…Should the Rangers consider Chris Campoli?…Will the Ducks search for a veteran d-man?…What’s the latest on Ray Emery? Read on to find out!
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports TSN analyst Dave Hodge created a stir with a recent Twitter post claiming he’d spoken with family members of Senators star Jason Spezza, who believe Spezza could be headed to the Toronto Maple Leafs, though Hodge himself didn’t believe it. Garrioch also doesn’t put stock into it, noting the latest Spezza trade talk occurred last summer and quickly disappeared, as the center has bought fully into the club’s rebuilding process, while also noting the Leafs signed Tim Connolly to be their first line center.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I noted in a recent Twitter post of my own on the subject: “Spezza to Toronto? Sure, when his Senators are playing the Leafs at the ACC. Otherwise, no, he’s not being shopped to the Leafs.” Some of Spezza’s family might love to see Jason wearing a Leafs jersey, but as Garrioch pointed out, the center will be a Senator for a long time. His contract alone, paying him over $7 million per season, plus his full NTC makes him very difficult to move. Maybe in 2015, Spezza might leave the Senators and perhaps sign with the Maple Leafs.
NEW YORK POST: Larry Brooks reports the Rangers inquired about defenseman Chris Campoli soon after the Chicago Blackhawks rejected his arbitration award in July, but to date his agent claims they haven’t contract him recently. With Marc Staal doubtful to start the season due to post-concussion symptoms, Brooks is calling on Rangers management to revisit their interest in Campoli.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The problem could be how much Campoli would seek for a salary. It was rumored he sought $2.75 million per season, and while his agent appeared to suggest they might consider less than the $2.5 million he received as an arbitration award, the Rangers only have a little over $1.365 million of remaining cap space.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER’s Eric Stephens mused via “Twitter” if Ducks GM Bob Murray might look for additional blueline depth with Toni Lydman and Kurtis Foster sidelined, remembering he “signed Andreas Lilja off the scrap heap” last season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps he might consider Steve Staios, who is attending the NY Islanders training camp on a tryout basis, or Anders Eriksson, currently trying out with the Vancouver Canucks.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Matt Reitz wonders if Ray Emery will find a new home with the Chicago Blackhawks, with whom he’s currently trying out, or perhaps another club like the San Jose Sharks, who just lost backup Antero Niittymaki for at least 12 weeks to hip surgery.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sharks brought back Thomas Greiss from Germany over the summer, so they might not have interest in another backup if he plays well in preseason. Still, I don’t doubt Emery could catch on with another NHL team if he fails to stick with the Blackhawks.