NHL Trade & Free Agent Rumors – May 11, 2011.

The latest on Jaromir Jagr, updates on Nikita Filatov, more Capitals speculation and more.

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Rob Rossi reports free agent Jaromir Jagr hasn’t committed to playing hockey next season but hasn’t ruled out the possibility. The Pittsburgh Penguins are planning to extend an offer to Jagr to their annual summer golf alumni outing, which would be the first step toward Jagr burying the hatchet with Penguins fans angry with him for demanding a trade back in 2001.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some folks will read into this as a possible return of Jagr to the Penguins lineup but that’s probably not going to happen.

CBC.CA: In his recent “30 Thoughts” column, Elliotte Friedman suggested if the Washington Capitals are to make a trade to shake up their roster for next season, they should choose between Alexander Semin and Mike Green, but not move both.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Agreed, one or the other. I’d suggest Semin.

YAHOO! SPORTS’ Dmitry Chesnokov recently tweeted the KHL’s CSKA has made an official offer to Columbus’ Nikita Filatov to retain his KHL rights, though they’d like to have him back.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Filatov’s under-achievement thus far probably has more than a few Blue Jackets fans wishing he’d return to the KHL.

LAKINGSINSIDER.COM: Rich Hammond recently reported unless the Kings believe Alexei Ponikarovsky will increase his goal total next season above the 15 he netted this season they’re not going to re-sign the pending UFA winger.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can you say “KHL bound”? I can…

9 Comments

  1. Serious Question:

    Q: What is Semin’s trade value?

  2. I think Semin is being seriously undervalued by many people. How many players can score 30+ goals every season. Teams like Minnesota, Columbus, Nashville etc seem to be dying for a consistent goal scorer.
    One rumor I dont see out there, but which might make sense would be Semin to the Wild for Brent Burns. Both are in the final years of their, and both give their respective teams what they want. Semin provides some flash and scoring, while Burns provides some playmaking and hard hits. The Caps might have to take someone else to balance the cap numbers, but this seems like a very decent deal to me.

  3. Shero didn’t go all the way to Bratislava to talk with Jagr and only ask if he wants the chicken or the fish at the golf outing… First line Kunitz-Crosby-Neal — Second line Jagr-Staal-Malkin…

  4. Semin’s value would be low as he has a one year deal, had a decline in production last year, and he vanishes come playoff time. Oh, and his contract is a big cap bite. Not saying teams wouldnt want this guy, but Washington wont get a first rounder, roster player, and prospect right now. Maybe of he has 40 goals by the trade deadline that might work but as of right now it would be out of the question.

  5. Like smielman said, players have a higher value at the deadline. I don’t think he necessarily has to have 40 goals at that point to net a good return, but 25-30 with 25 games to go should land a pretty good value. Not sure if that’s the direction the Caps want to go though. They need a roster player who can contribute right away (especially in the playoffs) and teams aren’t exactly willing to give up a player like that mid season.

  6. LA should have traded for Hemsky, when he is healthy he is a difference maker. Thier GM sat on his hands through most of the trade talk afraid to do anything. He got Penner to keep everyone happy and found during the play offs what a mistake he had made.
    Pittsburgh is a bit like LA, they also know their needs but have done little towards solving the problem.
    I don’t think the salary cap is to blame for the lack of trades, I think fear and playing it safe to keep your job is the main reason. Pittsburgh has 3 top centers and not much in a way of wingers, trade a center for a winger of equal value why don’t you. This is what happens when teams draft the best player and not from need. You end up with a bunch of players that are the same.

  7. I don’t see hem being moved at the deadline. I don’t think many playoff contenders will be offering up key players for Semin at the deadline, nor do I think many rebuilding teams will give up a lot for a guy that is almost a free agent. Trading him at the draft or early next season makes most sense to me

  8. Vanlee, the penguins did bolster their roster with Neal. It’s not their fault they didn’t “need” anyone new. Crosby and malkin together is similar to having the sedins, except in my opinion, better if both stay healthy and play at the top of their game.

  9. First and foremost I don’t know if I could ever forgive Jagr for walking out on the team like that. That was an unprofessional and unmoral thing to do and showed little class.

    That said, I really like the lineup that Spinner here has conducted where Jagr would be an interesting fit on the second line with Malkin and Staal. It allows him some coverage to use his hands (which is all he has left) to work with Malkin while Staal creates the space. Perhaps it’s time for Jagr to come back and make amends for 2001.

    As for Vanlee The Pens have been addressing their problems. Last summer they changed the back end and have a much more solid and responsible defense core. At the trade deadline Neal was brought in to play with Crosby which is a step in the right direction. The problem however has been injuries which is simply bad luck with Malkin and Crosby out at the same time.

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