The latest on Patrick Kane, P.A. Parenteau and Marek Zidlicky.
ESPN.COM:reports NBC hockey analyst Jeremy Roenick believes the Chicago Blackhawks can afford to deal forward Patrick Kane, especially for a goaltending upgrade.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The question is, does Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman want to go that route? Judging by his recent responses to questions about his goaltending, one would assume the answer is “no”.
TSN.CA: Darren Dreger reports NY Islanders forward P.A. Parenteau, an unrestricted free agent this summer, has decided to shelve contract talks with the club until the end of the season to focus on helping the Isles make the playoffs. Parenteau’s agent, Alan Walsh, indicated his client’s preference remains staying with the Islanders.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t assume this means the Islanders will peddle him. Both sides still want to reach an agreement on a new contract, and I believe the odds are good they’ll get it done before July 1st.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports an update on the status of Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky, who earlier today was reportedly ready to waive his “no-trade” clause to accept a trade to the New Jersey Devils. GM Chuck Fletcher, however, called the report “very premature”, saying he’d had no indication from the Zidlicky camp he was ready to waive his clause, nor has he asked Zidlicky to do so. Fletcher did say that doesn’t mean Zidlicky won’t be moved between now and the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if Zidlicky goes to the Devils or somewhere else, but he apparently wants to be moved and Fletcher appears to be talking to several teams. Time will tell…