The latest on Ryan Suter’s contract talks, the Kings and Devils are reportedly talking trade, the Oilers are getting thin on the blueline, and the latest on the Lightning and Blackhawks.
THE TENNESSEAN: Josh Cooper recently reported Ryan Suter’s agent met earlier this week with Nashville Predators GM David Poile to discuss a new contract for the defenseman, who is eligible for UFA status this summer. Agent Neil Sheehy said there’s no timetable for a deal to be done, but described contract negotiations so far as “healthy”, believing the Predators are making every effort to re-sign Suter, who wants to remain with the Predators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t doubt the Preds will make every effort to re-sign Suter, and probably will, but it’s not going to be cheap.
THE FOURTH PERIOD: recently reported of rumored trade talks between the LA Kings and New Jersey Devils, with both teams dispatching scouts to watch the other club. The Devils are believed to have interest in goaltender Jonathan Bernier, but sources say the Kings aren’t moving Bernier. Kings forward Dustin Penner is believed available but a deal to the Devils is unlikely. It’s also rumored the Kings may be willing to entertain offers for forward Dustin Brown and defenseman Jack Johnson.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t buy the notion the Kings could “entertain offers” for Brown, their captain, or Johnson. The Kings are currently third overall in the Western Conference, and have won four of their last five games. They’ve no need to move either guy at this stage.
EDMONTON JOURNAL’s Jim Matheson reported via Twitter the Oilers defence corps is getting thin, with Ryan Whitney, Cam Barker, Andy Sutton and Corey Potter sidelined.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch wondered if the Oilers might have interest in Senators defensemen Filip Kuba or Brian Lee.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At this point, I’m guessing, “no”, though if it came to it, the Oilers would probably prefer the younger, affordable Lee. I think if they do hit the trade market, they’ll look for something better than Kuba or Lee.
TAMPA TRIBUNE’s Erik Erlendssen recently responded via Twitter to a reader asking if the Lightning might have interest in Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson, saying the Bolts might have some interest, but not enough to make a move.
NHL.COM’s Brian Hedger reported via Twitter he was told by an “insider” a few weeks ago the Chicago Blackhawks signed Ray Emery was for trade value, wondering if the Leafs might be interested in Emery.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Emery would certainly be a better option for the Leafs than what’s currently available, but are the Blackhawks really willing to move him at this point? We’ll find out soon enough.