Penguins, Flyers and Jets Rumors – March 11, 2014

Will the Penguins continue their pursuit of Canucks center Ryan Kesler in the off-season? What could the Flyers do this summer to bolster their defense? What does the future hold for Jets winger Devin Setoguchi?

Could the Penguins continue their pursuit of Ryan Kesler in the off-season?

Could the Penguins continue their pursuit of Ryan Kesler in the off-season?

TRIBLIVE.COM: Rob Rossi recently reported the Pittsburgh Penguins will continue their pursuit of Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler this summer. Rossi claimed GM Ray Shero wants to re-establish the depth at center he once had when Jordan Staal was part of their lineup. That’s why Shero is believed to have offered up “a prominent roster player (Brandon Sutter), two draft picks (first and third in 2014) and Vancouver’s choice of defensemen Simon Despres or Brian Dumoulin.”

CSNPHILLY.COM: Tim Panaccio recently reported sources claimed the Philadelphia Flyers’ only interest in Kesler was to drive up the asking price for the Penguins.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can read my take on this in my recent column

PHILLY.COM: Sam Carchidi believes the Flyers addition of Andrew MacDonald while shipping Andrej Meszaros to Boston seems to slightly upgrade their third defense pairing but didn’t drastically alter the roster. He also examines how much cap space the Flyers could have by re-signing MacDonald and once again placing Chris Pronger on LTIR. Carchidi also wonders if the Flyers will revisit their previous interest in Nashville’s Shea Weber.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Assuming the salary cap comes in at $68 million instead of $71 million, the Flyers will have $9.5 million in cap space. If they re-sign MacDonald for less than the $5 million per season he was rumored to have sought from the Islanders, it still won’t leave much to re-sign or replace Kimmo Timonen, Brayden Schenn, Ray Emery, Steve Downie and Erik Gustafsson, even with the cap relief they’ll get by placing Pronger on LTIR. It’ll take a trade to land a true top-two defenseman. Even then, they’ll have to free up sufficient cap space to make that move. Once again, it could be another interesting summer for the Flyers.

WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe recently reported Jets winger Devin Setoguchi (linked to the Sharks before the trade deadline) was relieved not to be dealt at the deadline. He’s hoping to help the Jets clinch a playoff berth.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Setoguchi’s been a disappointment for the Jets this season, who hoped he could provide additional punch to their offense at an affordable price. He’s a UFA this summer.  Unless he lights it up down the stretch and helps the Jets clinch a playoff berth, I don’t expect he’ll be re-signed.


  1. Setoguchi is the new cheechoo.

    • We the Wild got rid of Seto because he couldn’t produce, now the Jets want him out. He’ll either end up in the minors or the KHL, or the hardware store.

  2. Sam c is a moron

  3. After last nights embarrasement, I dont think Kesler can get out of Vancouver fast enough. Trade him, Edler and beg Bieksa to waive his NTC. Those three could bring in some serious young talent. I would trade Kesler to Anaheim, Edler to Boston, Bieksa to Toronto (if they would want him) Thats thre sure fire first rounders to
    start, call up Corrado full time, Horvat, Shinkaruk, Gaunce, possibly Dane Fox. I would rather watch the kids play full tilt, then watch Vets who would rather sleepwalk through the game. But above all please get rid of Torts and Gillis!

    • Not getting a first for Bieksa from the Leafs (or anyone else I doubt) Nonis is not going to do the Canucks and Gillis any favors. Bieksa is 32 years old starting to be a little injury prone and a 4.6 mill cap hit for 2 more years think more along the lines of a player to balance salaries out prospect and a second round pick. Calling all younger talent up full time could be a mistake right now imo its a soap opera that I wouldnt want them involved in.

    • First thing Vancouver should do is replace Gillis, do you really want this guy in charge of the rebuild ?

    • Torts is a strange guy. I went from hating him, to liking him, to hating him even more. The guy is poisonous. The way he treated players in NY, I’m shocked he could get any job in the NHL. His misuse of Kreider, Saying that Hagelin “is just terrible on the PP, I don’t know why he sucks, he just sucks” in public, Telling Mcdonagh ” He should just shut his mouth” in public….. again. His public feud with Avery etc. etc. and on and on….What was Vancouver thinking? No disrespect to NYI’s, But 7 goals against in the 3rd period against one of the worst teams in the NHL? How does this guy still have a job today?

      • Did I forget to mention the MDZ fiasco?

    • Why would Kesler agree to go to Anaheim? The very reason that he wants out of Vancouver is because Kesler and his family want to move back to Michigan full time and sense when is Anaheim close to Michigan and besides he wants to play for an Eastern Team they said.

  4. Seems like the Torts show isn’t playing well in Vancouver. Problem with the Canucks is that they have too many NTC’s and they really need to get some young, fresh faces in the lineup. Should be an interesting off season for them.

    • lol good thing Gillis signed him to a 5 year contract.